If you’re cool toned, then this highlight palette was built for you. Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Limelight is a tri-colour, ombre’d illuminator that’s both super subtle and ethereal. In my mind, it’s for tones that can barely take any colour – it’s very, very light, but it’s unusual in that it takes pale golden peach via pinky-mauve through to a deeper violet shade.
The powder is incredibly soft – the downside is that it leaves a lot of dust, but the upside is a sweep of subtle sheen that’s a long way from the bold metallic highlighters that gleam on the skin. I guess this is more of a grown-up version, diluted and re-imagined into a barely there (but there) nuance. The violet at the end is obviously most dramatic, but as you’ll see in the swatch, it’s a whisper of colour. It’s £47 (HERE) which I think is expensive, but it’s big and will last, I should think, until the trend dies.
I’m really impressed with the Volume Mascara though – I love these thin wand mascaras that are so much easier to use than the big bee-like brushes and I think they’re perfect for thinner or shorter lashes that look overloaded if you use a regular volumiser. This one has some fibres to it (don’t be thinking of those loose fiber thingys) that does add some volume, but I liked it a lot for a spikey, lengthened and defined lash-line. Maybe it is that the older you get the less inclined you feel to load up on gigantic lashes: I’m certainly leaning far more towards the easier manageability of a slender wand that still lays down a properly black lash without looking weird. It’s £22.50 HERE.
Also, a note on the The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation. There’s no doubt that this gives a beautiful, light-hit look on the skin with a medium (to high), semi-satin coverage. It feels quite powdery on my skin, so I wouldn’t recommend for very dry skin, but if you have reasonably flexible and hydrated skin, then it’s one to have a look at if you need a new base. It contains a hydrating serum, and I must admit, it didn’t dry out my skin, but it’s a personal preference that I just prefer bases to feel dewy. It’s definitely a base I would use again, but at £50 (HERE), I might save it for best!
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