Blushes, highlighters and bronzer – OH MY!
Buying this was a given. I actually have the old version. Laura Mercier came out with a new version a few months ago that has different packaging – pale silvery metallic – that will benefit the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. 100% of the profits will be donated to the fund. Basically, you are getting your inner and outer beauty taken care of, while practicing good value shopping, all at the same time.
1. Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour, $48.00
This palette comes with 1 large sized cream-matte bronzer (over double the size of the other shades), two creamy, non-shimmer based blushes and two shimmery highlighters. I love all of the shades in this palette, including the bronzer and I don’t like to use bronzer as bronzer!
The colors are very pigmented, but definitely on the drier side of creamy. Texturally, I would call this a creamy-matte feel, if that makes sense. The formulation is similar to NARS The Multiple. These dry very quickly to the skin and offers opaque coverage that can be blended out with a little roughness. It is best to apply these shades with your fingers, although you can certainly buff out the hard edges with a short bristled, compact brush. My only caution for this product is more for the dry-skinned girls. You should moisturize pretty well before you use this. It may accentuate dryness in your cheeks. As an oily skinned girl, I am perfectly happy with the texture and feel.
I love the fact that this palette offers five very distinct shades that can still work harmoniously with each other. Most of the shades are universal shades that work on all skintones, with the exception of the bronzer that can probably be skipped on the deepest skintones, and used with extreme caution by the palest, blue undertoned.
This palette also comes with built-in visual instructions in the form of pull down tabbed note cards sheathed in a slot within the cover. There are three steps: Bronzer Veil, Cheek Veil, and Glow Veil. Here are the steps.
Step 1: Bronzer Veil
Step 2: Cheek Veil
Step 3: Glow Veil
This comes in a neat hard cardboard and plastic packaging that is quite durable. My only issue is that it does fall about around the weaker sections, such as the glued porton of the cover, which becomes unsticks rather easily.
Finally, here are the swatches.
This is a great palette and if you are looking for value, variety, and supporting a good cause at the same time then you should pick these up!
Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica (Ci 77019), Isononyl Isononanoate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera), Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Synthetic Beeswax, 1,2-Hexanediol, Simethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tropolone. May Contain (+/-): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 75470 (Carmine).