1. Gorgeous Cosmetics Sheer Brilliance Liquid Foundation, 1.1 oz for $50.00
I was checking out Nordstrom’s beauty selection when I came across the new to the U.S. brand, Gorgeous Cosmetics. My eyes went agog. As a true beauty fiend who is always looking for something better, or just – different – I had to do some net sleuthing for this brand.
Gorgeous Cosmetics is a premium australian brand created by pro australian makeup artist David McConnell. It is difficult to find blog reviews for this brand. As always, I focused on my makeup bread and butter: foundations, blushes and highlighters when I decided to check out this brand. It was very difficult to select shades sight unseen as a Nordstrom is nowhere near me. I decided to select from the lower shade range.
First up is their “Sheer Brilliance” Liquid Foundation, which is a sheer coverage foundation that provides light to medium coverage with layering. Now here is where I will start making comparisons to Becca Cosmetics, that OTHER australian brand.
“Sheer Brilliance” is meant for dry skin and offers a very soft “velvet” but sheer finish. I find that the texture of this foundation is slightly thicker than the water-like Luminous Skin Colour by Becca Cosmetics. It also offers more pigment, which means that you won’t necessarily fit multiple shades the way you could with Becca’s Luminous Skin Colour, which is more forgiving with wrong shade selections. Another difference with “Sheer Brilliance” and Luminous Skin Colour is that “Sheer Brilliance” offers distinct undertone categorized shades, while Luminous Skin Colour follows a more fluid skintone range that changes wth depth and undertone, but isn’t very easily broken up into different undertone categories. I find Becca’s skintone range far more flattering and reflective of the diversity within human skin, while Gorgeous Cosmetics seems to stay within the strict Yellow, Beige, Peach, Brown undertone categories which doesn’t offer much flexibility for those of us who fall outside of it. In that aspect, Gorgeous Cosmetics offers a similar shade range to what most American Beauty brands offer. However, the finish and feel of “Sheer Brilliance” is unique to me compared to the many foundations I have tried. Lightweight, sheer, velvety and luminous is not that common.
Unfortunately, I was not able to find a shade match from the two shades I selected. I am fortunate I did NOT go with the beauty advisor choice of a level 3 shade. You mention the undertone “olive” and all of a sudden someone things you are medium-deep. No, I am not one of those folks trying to “brighten” my skintone with makeup three shades too light, I am trying to match it. And yes, I have green undertones to my skin, even though I am naturally light, if not fair. While 3Y may have been useable, it is obvious it would have been a very golden yellow and I am not golden.
2Y is closest to MAC’s NC 15-20 without the dreaded peach undertone, while 2N is closer to MAC’s NW 20-25. It felt soft, velvety and luminous, but also sheer. It’s very nice texture and look and I think even oilier skintypes can use this even though it says it is best for dry skin.
If you are looking for a sheer foundation with a bit more coverage, and you fall within american traditional shade ranges, then this is a good product to check out.