To be honest with you, I’m not highlight crazy. Highlighters are not a makeup product I tend to “collect”. But when I saw the stunning, delicate floral pattern of the Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powders from the Dior Spring 2016 Collection, well, let’s just say I couldn’t resist. If you’ve read my last couple of posts, my Spring makeup haulage has been pretty epic so far. I blame online shopping while in a state of post-holiday slash new baby exhaustion.
In fact, it seems, I couldn’t resist Dior in general because I picked up a few other new goodies (as seen on Instagram). So excited to test out the new Forever & Ever Wear Primer!
Anyway, back to the Illuminating Powders.
What the designer says: To sculpt the face with touches of light, Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens draws inspiration from the technique of strobing. This powder with extremely fine illuminating pigments is embossed with a delicate floral motif. Two pearly shades, pale pink or luminous beige, to bathe the face in light.
The Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder (left) is a warm, rose-gold while the Dior Glowing Pink Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder (right) is a cool, very, pale almost white pink. A note about the packaging. The illuminating powders are beautifully packaged and come with the standard deep navy velvet pouch and mini white-haired kabuki brush. However, when I first held the compacts in my hand I noticed right away that they felt quite light. Just to be sure I wasn’t going crazy, I compared them to the other Dior compacts in my collection (Nude Tan Bronzer and Tie Dye Blush). These Illuminating powders are indeed lighter – the compact definitely has less heft. Not a huge deal but something to note. (There is also the addition of the brand’s name “Dior” engraved on the compact).
They are beautiful. The finish on the skin is high sheen/shimmer that adds stunning luminosity. The powders feel dry to the touch but apply smoothly and blend very well. I have rather large pores and have not found that they emphasize that situation, but I can see the potential of that happening if I had a heavier hand because these do have quite a bit of shimmer. I was really a fan of the Pink Glow especially because its not chalky like some highlights of this tone family can be. Both powders wore well for 8+ hours. First photo taken without flash, second is taken with flash.
The Illuminating Powders retail for $58.00 USD/£40.00. Unfortunately, they are sold out most places in the U.S (I meant to get this post up much sooner) but I spotted Glowing Pink at Selfridges and Glowing Nude at Harrods. Maybe you’ll still be able to find them at your local department store (Dior isn’t sold in The Bahamas, apart from fragrances).
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