I love this stuff! I've only recently gotten into doing a "full face" every day, but don't like looking overdone, and this is the PERFECT highlighter!
This is one of those products that you kick yourself for not knowing about sooner. I have used this every day for the last two weeks and am very, very impressed. It's a nude powder with yellow undertones, and looks like it can be used on many skintones. It has no discernible shimmer or iridescence -- that's a good thing, because I'm too old for sparklies. The product looks very blah until you apply it, and then you look **fabulous**. It does what it says -- highlights -- and gives you a beautiful enhanced glow without shine. It is incredible on the browbone and on top of cheekbones, and just pulls me all together. You'd have to wrestle it away from me, it's that good. It is on the pricey side, $26 for a .06 oz pot about the size of a MAC eyeshadow. I went another route, and bought a .26 oz.Baked Highlighter Duo (half French Vanilla, half Golden Rose) for $28 on Amazon. You can also find them on eBay. For about the same price, I got twice the amount of French Vanilla plus an essentially free Golden Rose. My husband loooooooooooooves my shopping math, lol. The Golden Rose is gorgeous but iridescent, however,sparkles are very finely milled and not too shiny. BIG THUMBS UP FOR THIS HIGHLIGHTER!
This Highlight isn't just a highlighter it's also a concealer! I love this stuff!!! I use it under my eyes and on my cheek bones. I sometiems use it alone as a concealer under my eyes sometimes I add concealer then this on top. Depending on my mood and how tired I feel I look.. But it's really good all on it's own. It's doesn't shimmer or sparkle like most highlighters but what it's does is just so much more amazing than the others I've tried. It literally brightens the areas you use in on.
I've only had this 2-3 wks so will hopefully update once I get to play w/ it some more but for now, it's overall just OK. Was hoping to use this as an inner eye brightener as well as cheekbone highlight but it doesn't show up well on my fair skin (or when I do pile enough on to make it noticeable it doesn't look quite "right"..) :*(
Currently I'm using French Vanilla over my under eye concealer kind of like a setting powder, & it brightens my overall appearance. But is this my HG highlighter? NO. Is it worth the pricey pricetag? No, not in my personal opinion unfortunately..
I'm just feeling like maybe it's not meant for fair skin like mine?(For reference I'm N/Nc13ish // fair & mostly neutral but lean slightly warm with dark hair & eyes) Another issue for me is the awful applicator stick thingy it came with, I was looking forward to using it but I feel it makes applying even more difficult for me than it already is so It's laying in a box of old m/u brushes, tried applying 2-3x w/it w/ no success so am now using a small concealer brush :)
well here's my update & unfortunately it's not a great one.. I have taken this from 3 lippies down to 2. I feel like no matter how many times I tried this it never looked natural on me. I have fair, neutral-warm skin (Ivory in Revlon CS) & I imagine if you're NC/NW 20-25 or deeper (med skin in general) this may end up working really well for you. I love the cute compact packaging & am pleased that it included a little mirror (most small compacts like this one do not)
Another thing worth mentioning, this needs to be handled with care. Mine cracked & lost a fair size chunk when I dropped it from about 3feet off the ground onto my living room carpeting!
Also, I'm 99% sure that this was the culprit of a few clogged pores (flesh colored bumps/pimples) that were popping up on my upper cheekbone area every single time I used this product.
All in all after deciding it not only didn't look flattering on my skintone, but was breaking me out too I swapped it away about 1 month ago. I *truly* hope the lovely MUA'er I swapped it to is able to make it work on her skin :) -French Vanilla Baked Highlighter is just not for me, back to Benefit HighBeam, TheBalm MaryLou Manizer, & Physicians Formula Translucent Happy Booster I go!
I purchased this as the supersize duo with both the french vanilla and the portofino in the pan.
When I first opened it, the lid kinda left an indent, like the makeup was filled up too high so when they closed it, it got crushed a little. No biggie.
I too was wowed at the QVC presentation, I was like oh man these girls look gorgeous! I want to look like that!! Lol. Well did I end up looking like them?? Not quite, but close.
The french vanilla is definately a bright light creamy color, no sparkley or shimmery just bright and has light reflecting properties. Used over the brow, on the nose and in the corners of the eyes, you look brighter and more awake. The thing I don't like, is that when i do my cheekbones, it makes my dark circles look more pronounced, totally weird, but this happens to me with all highlighters.
I have to be careful too, because it can escentuate fine lines and dry skin :/ but as long as you have nice plump and moisturized skin, you should be fine.
I ordered this after seeing Laura Geller demonstrate it on a model during a presentation on QVC. I was amazed at how this just made the model glow and look so much more "alive". I ordered it, first chance I had to do so. When it arrives & you open it, I will admit you look at it and say to yourself, "THIS is what I paid $26.50 for?"
It comes in small fliptop pot, similar to most Laura Geller products, and is accompanied by a double ended sponge tip applicator. One end of the applicator is similar to a sponge tip eyeshadow applicator and the other end is a broader sponge meant for face application. The product looks exactly as it sounds, like someone scooped a bit of french vanilla ice cream and plopped it into a makeup pot. But that is where all similarity ends. Once you begin to use this product you will be amazed at all the uses it has.
You can highlight your browbone, put it in the inner and outer corners of your eyes to make them appear more open and "awake". It can highlight cheekbones, be used to slim the nose, and even patted in the middle of the bottom lip for more "pout". This is NOT shimmery or frosty and anything, it just makes you glow like someone focused the softest of candlelight on you. I am 48 years old and just love the effect it gives me. I have not experienced any irritation with this product. The sponge applicator really does a nice job of placing the product where you want it. It is a bit pricey @ $26.50, however I know there are much high priced highlighters (ballz) out there. The final total, if purchased from QVC, is $32.83 with tax and shipping.
I do think this product will last quite some time, but if something better doesn't come along, I think I would re-purchase it.