the highlighter chronicles: innisfree

I bought this Innisfree Mineral Rose Marbling Brighter in 02 on impulse on a recent trip to Seoul, and to be honest didn’t have super high hopes for it. The other colours they had in store (a bright white and a deep pink which was actually a blush) were total glitter bombs, so even though the store sample of this shade swatched decently well, I was certain I’d take mine out and discover I’d somehow been duped.

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But it was too pretty to leave behind, so I crossed my fingers and snapped it up. I mean, look at that beautiful rose shape. And the opalescent veins of colour. You know I wasn’t going to leave it behind.

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And I’m sure glad I didn’t because as luck would have it, swactching at home proved this to be a winner! As expected, bling intensity and hue does depend on where on the rose you swatch from – the blue veins have bigger shimmer particles, and the gold veins turn the finish distinctly warm – but overall I love the way it looks.

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Here it is swatched between The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer and MAC Mineral Skinfinish in Lightscapade. As you can see, Mary Lou-Manizer is more pigmented and darker, and Lightscapade is comparatively more subtle and pink/cooler.

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On my face, this Innisfree highlighter (or uh, “brighter” as they call it) gave delivered another pleasant surprise. Despite my being quite heavy handed, this showed up as a very sheer translucent glow rather than a distinctive layer of highlighter.

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I couldn’t really detect shimmer particles, and they certainly aren’t obvious in this close up.

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Long story short, this was definitely my best impulse buy of the trip and most likely my best impulse buy of the season. I really can’t think of any other makeup purchase that’s surprised me this well in a while, and it would take something pretty special to de-throne this beauty!

Face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Cle de Peau Concealer, Too Faced Primed and Poreless Loose Powder
Cheeks: Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly Watery Cheek in 01, Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil,
Innisfree Mineral Rose Marbling Brighter in 02
Eyes: Ardency Inn Manuka Pigment in Rose Gold, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold,
MAC Fluidline in Dipdown, Lancome Hypnose Mascara
Brows: MAC Mystery // Lips: Fresh Tinted Lip Treatment in Tulip

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