I’ve been meaning to pick up my Highlight Chronicles again with Becca’s Poured Shimmering Skin Perfectors, but the sudden change in weather here has wrecked absolute havoc on my skin. It’s not in good enough shape to do any skin-focused looks right now, but I’m working on remedying that!
In the meantime, here’s a plummy fall look that I built around a $3 drugstore gem: Wet n Wild’s eyeshadow trio in I’m Getting Sunburned.
I love the colour combination of this mini palette, and it had great pigmentation. My only gripe would be that the purple shade was a bit sheer on the purple and heavy on the frost. As such, it showed up a bit cool in contrast with the other two shades, so I helped it along a little with some MAC eyeshadow in Hidden Motive. FYI: Hidden Motive is actually a limited edition colour, but MAC’s Plum Dressing is very similar.
I finished up with my favourite fall lip colour – Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment in Plum. I swear, these tinted balms are just about the only thing that works on my cold-weather lips. I actually sleep with a stick of their Advanced Therapy under my pillow at night!
Face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Cle de Peau Concealer Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites
Cheeks: Burberry Beauty Light Glow Blush in Earthy, Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight
Eyes: Wet n Wild trio in I’m Getting Sunburned, MAC eyeshadow in Hidden Motive & Deep Damson, Lancome Hypnose Mascara
Brows: Anastasia Dip Brow in Dark Brown // Lips: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Plum
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Wet ’n’ Wild isn’t readily available in Singapore, so I’d like to think I can be forgiven for only just discovering it. Believe me when I say I’m making up for lost time though, starting with (of course) their extremely popular Reserve Your Cabana highlighter.
Technically labelled a bronzer (who knows why), it shows up as pale pink-champagne on my skin. I liked that there weren’t visible sparkles and was surprised that it had quite a refined sheen for a drugstore product.
Reserve Your Cabana is regularly compared to Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, but it also reminded me of Kevyn Aucoin’s The Celestial Powder in Candlelight. Candlelight is more than ten times the price and less than 1/4 of the size however, so while setting up to swatch these I was all, “please be different, please be different, OH PLEASE BE DIFFERENT.”
As you can see (click to enlarge), Reserve Your Cabana ended up being less sparkly than Candlelight and more metallic/reflective than Dim Light. But even though the high-end products had better textures, I have to be honest and say that the increase in quality didn’t quite tally with the price difference. So if you can’t justify spending $45 on either Kevyn Aucoin or Hourglass products, buy this. It’s not exactly a dupe for either, but stands on its own as a great product…even before you consider the $4 price tag.
Like Shiseido High Beam White, this sort of falls between a traditional highlighter and a finishing powder in terms of sheen. On my face, the result was a slightly-golden luminosity that was subtle but flattering. With a light hand, I could see this being a good all-over finishing powder if you have the right skin type for it.
In summary: If you like subtle highlighters or are in the market for a luminous finishing powder, I recommend this wholeheartedly…whether or not you’re on a budget. It’s not far behind its high-end cousins in terms of quality and finish, and in my opinion worth way more than it actually costs.