Wow. Can we say, deceiving? I made a phone order to Holt's Scott Barnes counter (word to the wise, Canadian girls: deal with counter manager Evgeny - pronounced eve-GAIN-ee - amazing service! Hope he's still there; I made this order about a year ago) and ordered this, and a few other things, based entirely on the reviews of a friend. Even I, NARS' Cactus fluorescent-coral-in-the-pan Flower lover, was taken aback when I opened the ever-so-elegant, olive-kissed bronze packaging. Perhaps it was the dim light of my living room, but I couldn't imagine writing a glowing review on this $58 purchase. I put it on, on top of existing blush, and I agreed with some reviewers below - the middle shade felt entirely too pigmented, so I went to bed that night with the fact that I would have to wear ALL the colors mixed together, every time, to get that pretty, subtle glow.
Not the case at all! I tried it on a "fresh" face the following day, determined to make this work the way I'd hoped it would. And with some newly shampooed brushes and Kate Hudson's glow as motivation, I got it. Concealer, then a gentle rub of Cactus Flower (my skin eats up powder blush - I need a cream for it to adhere to), a dusting of powder, and THEN Samba - voila! The Scott Barnes Glow! I find it essential to follow as instructed and wear the darkest shade as a contour, the middle shade for color, and the lightest shade as a highlight.
If you're contemplating Samba at all, or any of the Chic Palettes, I advise you run to your nearest SB counter! A thousand lipsticks and a thousand kisses to Scott Barnes!