Faces Cosmetics will always be meaningful to me - it was the company that first introduced me to makeup *beyond the drugstore* and was where I learned most of my makeup artistry techniques! I worked at a Faces counter in my last year of high school and on and off during university - you can imagine that my drawer was (and still is) full of Faces product. It's also the place where I met and worked with Makeup Artist Erin Turner, the gorgeous Veronika, and the new-to-blogging beauty Amelia! These are some fab ladies so be sure to check them out :)
There is always a sense of familiarity and belonging when I approach a Faces kiosk, so you can imagine my excitement when I found them on Twitter (@facescosmetics)! I was even more excited to try out one of their newest products, the Duo Hi-Liter/Bronzer.
This beautiful duo consists of a sheer hi-liter and a deep bronzer that is suitable for all skin types. The website says it's a mineralized product that contains anti-oxidants and vitamins that do not clog pores, and actually nourish and condition the skin - bonus! I believe it retails for $28CAD which is fairly competitive with other bronzing powders.
Today was a gorgeous Spring day so I thought it was very fitting to add a glow to my face using this product! After applying concealer and face powder, I added a touch of the bronzing powder on my cheeks and temples. I added an even lighter touch of the hi-liter on top of it all...here's what I ended up with:
As you can see this is extremely luminous! I couldn't help but think J-Lo Glow when I first applied it. I would absolutely recommend this if you are looking to create a sexy, dewy effect, perhaps for an evening out or special occasion! I wore it all day and caught myself staring into a mirror admiring the shimmer effect on more than on occasion - ooops! It's great for daytime wear however I'd be cautious to apply a small amount and blend it well as it is very shimmery for an office or corporate environment. With this product, I find a little goes a long way, so be careful if you have a heavy hand with bronzer - start with a light application and build to taste!
Overall I am very pleased with the Duo Hi-Liter/Bronzer. This is going to be a must-have on my Caribbean vacation (which is coming up in 20 days!!) - I'm looking forward to testing out the versatility on a darker, more tanned complexion!
On a side note, it was interesting to see the marketing piece that came along with the product:
It's a South Asian bride with the wording "Ideal for all skin types". It's nice to see diversity in the campaign, it's not everyday that the South Asian bride is given the center stage! However with that being said, I have to wonder if this particular photo has impacts on the non-South Asian consumer. We always hear that marketing (especially for cosmetics companies) should be relateable and identifiable for the consumer - if you saw this ad would you be inclined to try the product? Or would you associate it with South Asian brides and move on? I'd be interested to hear your feedback!
In the meantime, check out a Faces kiosk next time you walk by one - you'll be pleased with the selection of products and shades...I bet you won't walk away empty-handed!
Disclaimer: This product was provided to me by Faces Cosmetics for consideration only. The above post consists of my honest opinion and thoughts on the product.