It was a disappointment to know that only one of the two Nude Tan Paradise Duos from Dior’s Bird of Paradise Summer Collection is available here in Hong Kong. I had my eyes set on 02 Coral Glow at first, but this left me with no choice. Nonetheless 01 Pink Glow is still a beautiful blush/bronzer duo.
Along with the blush/bronzer duo is a small kabuki brush. It’s rather small but useful and the size is good enough to be used with the duo. The weighty compact is just gorgeous with quilted patten embossed on the lid.
The product is split into half, one as the bronzer, and the other as the blush. Even though there are two colors for each of the section, I find that each color is actually too small to be used individually, even with the included mini kabuki brush.
The left side of the pan which is the bronzer is a light bronzy brown, and the right side which is the blush is a cool tone bright pink. By swirling the colors together you’ll get more of a blushed effect.From left to right: Bronzer, Blush and mixture of both.
The powders are smooth and silky, so they blend into the skin quite effortlessly. Even though there is a slight sheen on the blush from the pan, it’s not visible at all on the face. It just warms up the face nicely with a healthy look without the powdery look.
The duo stayed on my face nicely for more than at least 8 hours so for those with combination/oily skin like me won’t have to worry about wearing this in the summer (especially in humid places like Hong Kong). I enjoy Pink Glow a lot, but that only makes me want to try 02 Coral Glow even more!
Included in this year’s Tom Ford Summer Collection is this Bronzing Powder in 01 Gold Dust, which is not a new product from Tom Ford (it has been available in the US and most other countries since last summer). However for us in Hong Kong, this Bronzing Powder (along with the other shade 02 Terra) is a new addition to the Hong Kong line-up.
This bronzer and the Fire Lust Skin Illuminator are the first products that caught my eye in the collection. I skipped Fire Lust during my first visit because I have too many highlighters at the moment, and since summer is right round the corner, I decided that a bronzer would come in handier for the season.The Bronzing Powder comes in a sleek metallic mahogany and gold packaging. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and feels weighty despite being a rather thin compact. The huge mirror in the compact is another reason why I love this powder, it’s great for travelling!This bronzing powder comes with a good amount of product (21g) which justifies the high price ($90 USD/$700 HKD). The recent Nude Tan Paradise Duo from Dior’s Summer collection is $56 USD for just 9.5g of product, so Gold Dust is not that expensive when compared.Gold Dust is a warm golden brown with fine gold shimmers. The glitters are subtle so people like me who has combination/oily skin won’t have to worry. The powder is very fine, and works perfectly with Tom Ford’s own Bronzer Brush (which has recently become available in Hong Kong finally!). It creates an amazing sunkissed glow. And with such a large pan of product, it makes it very easy to apply with any brushes, especially with the Tom Ford Bronzer Brush. I have been using this bronzer everyday since I got this, and I just love the natural sunkissed glow that it creates. It’s long-wearing that it stays on for at least 10-12 hours.
Once again this is a new product for us in Asian countries, so I urge you all to give this a try. In my opinion it’s worth every penny and just imagine how long you’ll be able to use this for!
I’ve had this Highlighting Powder Palette Couture from YSL’s Fall 2012 Contemporary Amazon Collection for almost a month now, and I’ve been using this alternatively with Guerlain’s Rose aux Joues Peach Boy (reviewed here) and Armani’s Face and Eye Palette (reviewed here). I love them all and whichever I wear depends on the occasion and my moon since they are quite different.
This product is absolutely gorgeous with an exotic snake-skin pattern engraved on the signature gold YSL compact, and within is the embossed powder with a similar print.
Even though it’s named as a highlighting powder, I find this rather misleading since the product actually consists of 3 rosy peach, brown and rather matte blusher shades. I don’t see how it is a highlighting powder, it will give you a very subtle glow, but it’s more like a bronzer kind of glow. So I have been using this as a blush bronzer and I find this most effective.
It’s soft and blends very well and beautifully on the skin. It’s not powdery at all and certainly not chalky. Unlike the Armani Face and Eye Palette, I can easily pick up enough product with just a normal blush brush for a soft finish. You can apply with a heavy hand and you’ll get a much stronger result. It’s quite long wearing as well, I only see minor fading after 6 hours of wear.
I really like this Palette Couture and I’m glad that it’s not a highlighting powder. I don’t think I’ll like it as much, probably because I’m more of blusher kind of girl.
This is limited edition, and you can find this at any YSL counters all over Hong Kong such as in Lane Crawford. Or if you have the time, do visit the world’s first YSL Beauty Boutique at Pacific Place!
I was never a big fan of bronzers, I own one or two, but I don’t find myself reaching for them often. But I recently tried the Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Blush Bronzer (review coming soon!), and I love it. I love how I can use it as a blush and of course also as a bronzer. This Soleil Tan de Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder in Sable Rose from the Summer 2012 Collection is absolutely beautiful, and just like the Blush Bronzer, works as a blush and also a bronzer.
Beautiful packaging right? Instead of the silver logo, for the bronzers Chanel made it gold.
Just like the Guerlain’s Blush Bronzer, it consists of several colors instead of just one single color. In Chanel’s Sable Rose, you get 7 stripes of colors.
The second and fifth shade from the top looks pretty identical to me, but it doesn’t really matter because it’s so versatile and the quality is great. You can use the top half for a bronzing effect, and the bottom half for a blushing effect. Or, of course, you can do a single swipe of all the colors for a rosy-brown color.
The powder is very finely-milled and soft, it feels like a very moisturizing formula which I love so much. I have been using it every other day alternating with Guerlain’s Blush Bronzer.
The other bronzer Sable Beige that Chanel has in the collection is definitely lighter shade, I doubt it can be used as a blush as well, but I’m interested in giving it another look next time I see it. I definitely wouldn’t mind a light bronzer since my other bronzers are all on the darker side.