Average Rating 4.7/5
Review by tbeezy07
First off, I'll state, I am not a twi-hard. I watched the movies, but eh...I'm not obsessed. I will state however, I AM obsessed with highlighting products and anything that can make me "glow". I have owned/own the infamous NARS Albatross, MAC Soft & Gentle, Superb, STILA Kitten, theBalm Mary-Lou Luminizer etc. I stumbled across this when I was visitng ULTA (as I so often do) in the brushes section. There were polishes, blushes and glitter powder from the ESSENCE display but none compared to this beauty. It reminded me right off the bat of theBalms Mary-Lou Luminizer, but with more of a brown peachy undertone. I got home and swatched them both. As you can see from the picture I've included, Bella's secret is more of a subtle sheen. not overly frosty or glitter ball at all. Mary-lou is more light, white champagne colored with medium frost and mid glitter. Telling from both, Bella's secret would be great for mature skin because it does not highlight wrinkles or fine lines (which I have alittle of, even though I am 23 yrs). Mary Lou is more over-dramatic and noticeable. For three dollars, you can NOT go wrong with Bellas secret, AND you get .38oz which is TONS! It is ever slightly powdery, which can be a result of drugstore products. It goes on nice and smooth. I use my Real techniques stippling brush to apply. Its like I got kissed with the highlight fairy! It lasts just as long as my face make-up does. I make sure to add my facial spray (Mario Badescu Facial spray), to make sure this melts right into my skin. Even though the packaging looks cheap, I LOVE the fact that you can see from the outside whats inside, how much is left and what color it is. When I'm in a rush, its very helpful. I even did a Holiday look with this and it looks so great with a light smokey eye and bold lips. ULTA's return policy is great, so if you want to try it out, and don't like it afterwards and doubt you'll ever wear it, you can always return it. For me though this is a keeper and I am sure to use it when I need a soft lit glow to highlight my cheeks. Get it!!!