For as long as I can remember I have loved Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders and have always wondered if a loose powder was on its way. I’m pleased to say wait no more, as the brands first loose powder is here, and it is the very thing beauty dreams are made of. Its lightweight, its silky, and it is UNDECTABLE on the skin! Expect skin to be a mattified where needed but not flat looking, never cakey and this is hands down my new favourite powder in both my own makeup bag and m pro kit. I’ve said it before but powder isn’t a sexy product and its a hard product to get right, especially when you only make one shade, and this is truly translucent. I’m happy to report I’ve already tried it on my clients and a variety of different skin tones and it performed wonderfully across the board. It just glided across the skin and also is wonderful for setting under eye concealer without disrupting any concealing work or drawing attention to the area. I really can’t say enough good things about it and it was actually my highlight of the week in the latest episode of Full Coverage.
This describes itself as a full coverage moisturiser with SPF 50, and very hydrating and I am happy to agree on all those statements. The idea of a full coverage moisturiser res make me think is that not just foundation? But Its when you wear this on the skin you are instantly aware of the hydration you don’t typically feel with some other full coverage foundations. Living in LA I like that I have a high SPF with this and its super long wearing. Its also very flexible in the coverage department as you can sheer it down or add more coverage without it ever looking too heavy. It still makes my skin look like skin, but unified and dewy, nice and plump. This is just the right side of dewy, without being oily looking, and I think this actually caters to a lot of skin types because of the long wearing formula.
This product has created a lot of confusion as to what it actually is but to simplify things, just think of it as a glow enhancer that you can use under your foundation, mixed into it or layered top to amplify the glow to your skin. I like to use this a lot in my pro kit especially for red carpet. I find this photographs beautifully especially when I use to lift the high points of the face before I apply foundation as it doesn’t add any coverage, just a beautiful glow to the skin. These add light and glow to the face without being shimmery or glittery and they compliment the skin tone as opposed to looking like something sat on top. This is also really nice instead of a foundation just on top of moisturiser to life the complexion and brighten it on low maintenance makeup days. Just think of this as a glow in a bottle, and if you like a dewy look this will be right up your street.
Who doesn’t love Violet Fr? If you haven’t see her Youtube channel I highly recommend you do, she’s creating something pretty special in the makeup world and her aesthetic is very similar to my own style of makeup. When I heard she was the new global creative director for Estee Lauder I was fascinated to see what she would bring to the brand, and Poppy Savage her first collection is inspired by the French poppy fields, expect beautiful reds and pinks along with very wearable neutrals and a play on textures that bring the skin to life. The liquid lipstick was mine and Lindseys joint highlight of the week over on our podcast and with good reason. If there could be one red that suited anybody and everybody this is it. The red has a tiny bit of orange and a tiny bit of blue so it really brightens your complexion, makes your teeth look whiter and as the light changes so does the drama of this lipstick. Its full pigment, velvet matte but still feels plump on the lips and not as drying as most other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried making me want to check out more colours within the Estee Lauder collection.
It’s fair to say this palette has already had a lot of love on my channel, and you can actually see it in action in this video. Like most people I had been weary of ABH eye palettes after the fall out issue with the Subculture palette, but this palette is faultless. While there is a little kickback when you tap your brush (something I experience with any full pigment eyeshadow), I don’t find this falls onto the face. This is intense pigment which means the colour you see in the pan is exactly the colour you get on your eyes. They bend like a dream and apply beautifully. The lasting power is second to none and the edit of colours and textures in this palette is beyond beautiful, and because of the above it’s been a current favourite in my pro kit, especially for red carpet looks, but I also love using it on myself.
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