Estée Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelée in Heat Wave

(Last Updated On: April 3, 2017)

Illuminating powders are one my favourite make up products. Anything for that flawless glow right? When it comes down to personal preference, I especially love illuminating powders that are gold based as I find that it complements my tanned skin the best.

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I recently tried the Estée Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelée in Heat Wave. This champagne gold illuminating powder gelée  and is a limited edition product as part of the Bronze Goddess Collection. It is also termed “an innovative tri-blend liquid, powder, gel formula” with “a perfect mix of pigment and pearls for a multi-reflective finish”.

The gorgeous gold compact looks so luxurious and upon opening it, the product itself just impresses even more. It reminds me of glorious radiant sunbeams. So beautiful, I really tried not to ruin it when swatching or applying.

Upon first swatch, I was a little surprised by how stark and shimmery it looked and was a little unsure about how it would apply. Luckily, its gelée formula means it blends out really well {almost melts!}. I also found that a good brush made a huge difference in the application. I found a good balance with my trusty Sigma F25 Face Brush with its large fluffy body and tapered bristles that pick up and dispense just the right amount to give a subtle radiance. To me, less is more with this product as too much tends to make it lean a little too metallic.

While Estée Lauder markets it as an all-over bronzer for an all-over soft sheen, I actually prefer to use it as a highlighting product as I am smitten with its multi-reflective finish and in my opinion, I can see a lot more of a difference and a more pronounced effect when used specifically on certain parts of the face {I really do enjoy my highlighting and contouring}. However, on the ever-so-rare night out, I might use it as an all-over product for a gorgeous overall glow.

For something that looks so vibrant and pigmented, I experienced no fall out with this illuminating powder, again thanks to its very smooth, almost-buttery-to-the-touch formula. It is such a joy to work with, so fuss free and easy to use, despite my initial hesitations about it.

I mainly use it for highlighting on my cheek bones, sweeping up towards the temples. I have also ventured on to my nose bridge and it works well with a very light application. On busy days, I multi-purpose it {yes, using it as a verb!!} and use it as a gold eye shadow – just a quick pat and a sweeping blend to give a beautiful wash of gold on the lids! Too easy!

Overall, this is such a lovely product that gives a radiant dimension to my skin and I especially love the easy-to-work-with formula.

RRP: AUD 75 from Estée Lauder counters

*I received this product for review purposes. However, my opinions are uninfluenced and genuine as always!

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