Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Highlighter in Rose Illumination, $34.00
Back when I was lemming for Hourglass‘ new highlighting powders, I decided to jump back in with highlighting powders, which I normally do not like. My first experience with a highlighting powder was with LORAC’s Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder. I could not figure out how to use it without looking like a disco ball. I tossed that sucker after a few uses (oh, how some of you would quiver at how I disposed of barely used makeup that I did not figure out how to use back in the day). Anyways, the specific shades I was interested from Hourglass were not available at Sephora at the time, so I just picked this up instead.
First off, if there is any difference between this and a general drugstore powder highlighter, I can’t tell. The powder in the compact feels rough to the touch, gritty. The shimmer/highlight is not delicate, or refined. While it did not look like large scraggle-rock glitter, it wasn’t very fine either, or sophisticated looking. Even some of Hourglass‘ more aggressively twinkling shades like Radiant looked more refined than the pink-coppery-golden points of light this offered like a rough edged sandstone just glistening under the water.
This wouldn’t be so bad though, if it weren’t so overpriced. I feel like $34.00 for this is pretty high. I wouldn’t exactly call this a multi-functional product either. Too golden shimmery to be used as a highlighter or a blush. This is almost like a duo chrome finish so I tried this as an eye shadow, too. But there isn’t enough pink pigment in there. This wasn’t a good purchase for me, overall. The color is just not very skin tone friendly for me without it looking like I am going to a 10 year old pink Disney costume party or clubbing like a 20 year old. Unlike what the marketing for this product says, this rose-gold shade highlighter is not universally flattering. Some will look good with this, others will not.