It’s been a while now since my BeautyBay haul, I think it’s about time I get around to reviewing a few of the bits. Let’s start off with what was, for me, the main attraction – the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder and Celestial Powder had been on my wishlist for the longest time and I’m so glad they’re both now nestled away in my collection. They both have awesome packaging, luxe and super compact – perfect for travelling and the powders inside are pretty lovely too.
Touted by some of my favourite bloggers as the perfect subtle contour, I was very excited to start playing around with this one and I must say – I’m not disappointed. At first, I was worried the colour might not work on my super pale skin but so far, so good. It could be, perhaps, a teeny bit cooler, but I can definitely make it work. When I apply it I need only the tiniest little bit on my brush, I often give it a quick tap before going in because this stuff is seriously pigmented. For me, I prefer building it up in small amounts because otherwise it can look a little stripy. The formula is beautifully soft and blends out like a dream though, so it’s incredibly easy to work with. For those of you with skin a little darker than mine, this would be great for you.
As you can see, it’s very much the most pigmented when swatched next to some other contour powders in my stash. It looks patchy here in the swatch but on the cheeks, it’s much easier to work with.
I can never have enough of the shiny stuff and after spending longer than I’d care to admit picking between Candlelight and Starlight on BeautyBay, I went for the former. It’s your classic pale champagne shade that looks lovely on pale skin. I mentioned in the haul post that I was slightly underwhelmed by the initial swatches but I think that was more me comparing it to it’s intense competition in my drawers, the powder is finer and the pigmentation isn’t as intense as the Becca Opal’s and MAC Soft & Gentle’s of the world. On the cheekbone it gives off more of a subtle sheen rather than a BAM in your face glow. I’ve been reaching for it on days where minimal makeup has been on the menu and it really does pull the makeup together without being too noticeable. Again, the formula is beautiful but I find that if I blend too much, it can vanish entirely on my skin.
A similar colour to some of the other popular shades in my stash (I love highlighters) but less sheeny and more subtle.
Are they worth the hefty price tag? If you’re a serial collector of highlighters or love a bit of contour on a daily basis – they could be worth a look as a treat or a collector’s piece but realistically, they’re not completely unique shades and although the formulas are great, there are formulas out there for a less tear-inducing price point that perform just as well. Nevertheless, I’ll be getting a lot of use out of these beauties for years to come, I’m sure.