The holidays started for me, yay! I hope yours is around the corner too. Today we are going to drive to another town to visit family and spend Christmas there. Right before I get a few days off the blog, I thought I will show you something super pretty.
La Mer is known for their skin care (my favorite must be the Illuminating Eye Gel, reviewed here) but have a small range of cosmetics which also delivers. I have tried The Radiant Concealer (reviewed here) and Reparative Skintint (reviewed here) and was pleased by both. Last year during Holidays I caught a glimpse of their out-of-this-world beautiful Illuminating Powder at the counter and wanted to try it out since than. It was limited edition and was sold out at the time I was in for it. This year when I found out that it is released again, I laid my hands on it. Here are my thoughts on Skincolor de La Mer Illuminating Powder...
|Skincolor de La Mer Illuminating Powder|
Just a little off-topic rant, may I?
Before I start I would like to stress that fact that I am very proud my giveaway posts are read less than the other posts with real content. In December many blogs have one month of giveaway, some of them have it every single day. I personally find it a bit too much. I usually stop reading these blogs during the giveaway season all together but that can be just me, who, let's be honest, don't really need any more products at the moment.
I appreciate the readers who are in for some beauty news and make-up rambles. I have the feeling most of the readers of Color Me Loud are more interested in those than a giveaway. This is so valuable to find those people with similar interests and exchange with them. For me giveaways are meant to be a "thank you" for those who read and exchange with me on social media or on comments here. After each giveaway I host though, I see that there are many prize hunters who just stick for a few days as long as there are more prizes. They would then either leave or keep being a ghost follower. Many blogs use these ghost followers and prize hunters to inflate their statistics which in turn effect the quality of the exchange medium in a bad way. I also see a trend that some of the blogs don't publish over months, then host a few giveaways to get their statistics high to update the numbers on their webpage.
I am hoping my giveaways are not annoying my real readers. I am trying my best to keep up with the blog on the first months of my new job. I am thankful to each and every one of you who stick up with me and tolerate the fact that I can't reply all the messages at the moment but I will work on it during holidays.
Back to this beauty...
|Close-up: Skincolor de La Mer Illuminating Powder|
Be still my beating heart! This is so pretty. Skincolor de La Mer Illuminating Powder comes in a study metallic looking plastic packaging with two tiers. The top one has the illuminating powder, the bottom one keeps the brush. The brush has white bristles and is made of natural goat hair. It is soft and functional. Mostly I don't like the brushes which come with the compacts but this one is an exception for me. I can see myself using it.
The illuminating powder has a light overspray. The powder under it has the same shade, only the silver bits are gone after the first few uses. I believe the idea is to use the shimmery bits for the holidays and party season and go on with the powder for an over illuminating/ brightening effect.
|Packaging & Brush : Skincolor de La Mer Illuminating Powder|
Skin Color de La Mer Illuminating Powder's base shade is almost matching to my skin tone but it is just a little cooler/pink. I can wear it as a very subtle flush on the cheeks or swipe all around the face for a brightening effect since my face might look a bit full during winter days and a light rosa touch always brings it back to life. The powder is very finely milled, very soft and not powdery. Since it is not very shimmery, I can see this working best on combination and oily skin. If you want a highlighter just to use on the high points of the face, then Skincolor de La Mer Illuminating Powder is best for medium and dark skin tones since there wouldn't be enough contrast for the lighter ones.
|Swatch, comparison: Skincolor de La Mer Illuminating Powder|
I swatched Skincolor de La Mer Illuminating Powder and some of the close shades in my collection. The closest one I have is Chanel's Highlighter/Blush from Holiday 2012, Joues Contraste #73 Stardust which is best applied over a blush or as a blush for me. Although their base shade is very close, La Mer Highlighter Powder doesn't have the glitter that Stardust have. I also swatched my go-to highlighter, Chanel Poudre Signée de Chanel next to it. My dry skin eats up the shimmer so I need something more than a light illumination La Mer Highlighter offers. I love it as an all over powder on my light to medium complexion.
|Skincolor de La Mer Illuminating Powder|
Final thoughts: Skincolor de La Mer Illuminating Powder would make each collector's heart go pitter-patter with its breath taking design. It works best for all over powder on light to medium skin tones. It would show up as a blush on very fair complexions. The shimmer is very subtle so it is best if you like your highlighter to have the "lit-within" kind of low-key shimmer. Deeper complexions, especially those with combination skin would benefit from its shade and the shimmer. Looking at how stunning the design is and how finely milled and fine the shimmer is, I am sold for it.
Availability/Price: Skincolor de La Mer Illuminating Powder is now available for holidays at the counters and online. In Germany I see that Breuninger still have it in stock (here, not affiliated). The powder sets you back 78€ but it includes generous amount of powder (10 g) and a good brush.
Wish you all happy holidays!
How are you spending yours?
Disclaimer: The product in this post was provided free of charge for my consideration.
I am not paid for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.