Lau ra Mercier’s new Baked Blush Illumine ($42) is a limited edition for spring/summer 2016. It is a baked blush that is supposed to “provide 8 hours of long wear natural looking color for the face and cheeks.”
The color is a cross between a bronze, peach and pink with a highlighter in it. The color on the face or cheeks is semi-opaque, and fairly buildable. The color on your face is a natural healthy looking color that isn’t overly saturated.
The color is subtly pigmented.
It also has shimmer and micro-glitter in it. The micro-glitter is more prevalent in the pan, and even though it does translate to the face it is not too pronounced, it is more like the glitter is mixed in with the shimmer, and it is the shimmer that is more pronounced. The glitter is hardly noticeable on the face.
The formula is slightly drier than her other baked products with some powder fallout onto the pan.It does feel silky and it was easy to apply. The texture was velvety.
My impression of Laura Mercier Baked Illumine…….is that if you have tanned skin, the color shows up more like a highlight than a blush. It does leave the skin glowing with a beautiful shimmer. Laura suggests that it should be worn “on top of a cream cheek color for more dimension and more wear-time.” I did like the sun-kissed look created with the blend of bronze and blush tone with the highlighter included in the pan. I think it could make a gorgeous eye shadow shade either on the eye lid or in the crease of the eye. It also makes a great highlighter. And I liked the way my cream blush, I used a pink one, with the baked illumine over it made the blush glisten.
Baked Blush Illumine is fragrance free, dermatologist tested, and can be used on all skin types, including sensitive skin.
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