I was going to be all clever and come up with a headline something along the lines of “a diamond in the rough”. But, this really isn’t a diamond in the rough. It’s a diamond that’s been perfectly polished, packaged and is ready to be worn and enjoyed. I discovered DiorSkin Poudre Shimmer (Ultra Shimmering All Over Face Powder) in Amber Diamond (or as I’ve dubbed it “Wonder Dust”) on the gorgeous Makeup & Macaroons. I was so impressed with the review (and the pics), that I jumped straight onto StrawberryNet to rustle me up one of my very own.
Firstly, can I just say how much I adore buying Dior products. They are always perfectly packaged, oh so pretty and just unboxing them makes you feel like a million bucks. Velvet compact case anyone? *swoon* This little diamond is a highlighter powder made up of five differently coloured shades, which combine to create an absolutely stunning shimmer and highlighter. You can either swoosh your brush along length-ways, picking up a little of each colour, or you can be a bit more precise and choose just one or two. I chose the former, because I’m greedy. And I wanted to see what the results would be like.
I’ve used plenty of highlighters in my time: creams, liquids, powders, almost gel-like solid illuminators and I am I.M.P.R.E.S.S.E.D. The combination of colours neatly sidesteps the obvious patch or line that you sometimes get from one-colour highlighters, creating a soft, gradual shimmer wherever you use it. The extra colours also mean you can completely substitute or use this in combination with your usual blush or bronzer. The powder is super-fine, meaning a) It won’t sit on top of your foundation looking all powdery; b) It won’t make your skin look dry or cakey and c) It looks incredibly natural and blends superbly.
I created a face of the day (FOTD), with the excuse of getting dolled up to go Christmas shopping, using DiorSkin Poudre Shimmer in Amber Diamond as the basis for my look.
The products I used:
Face: Napoleon Perdis Stick Foundation in Look 4, Revlon PhotoReady Powder in Medium/Deep
Eyes: The two purple shadows from Revlon’s CustomEyes Palette in 015 Party Pops, Maybelline Eye Studio MasterLiner 24 Hour Cream Pencil in Black, Revlon Fabulash Thickening Mascara in Black followed by Australis Killer Curves Mascara in Black.
Brows: Benefit Brow Zings in Medium
Cheeks: Natio Pressed Powder Bronzer (as a contour below my cheekbones) and Estée Lauder Signature Silky Powder Blush in Peach Nuance (along the cheekbone)
Lips: Natio Lip Liner in Nude (used to outline and fill lips completely), followed by ModelCo Lip Service Lip Duo in Kitty (just the gloss).
How I used DiorSkin Poudre Shimmer in Amber Diamond: as a highlighter along the top of my cheekbones, one swoop down the middle of my nose, on my brow-bone and the outer corners of my eyes to lift the whole eye area and lastly a little bit (applied with the tip of my finger) on my cupid’s bow, for a bit of extra lip va-va-voom.
I absolutely adore this product. I love the way it gives you a nice soft shimmer, a natural glow that doesn’t look overdone or fake. It is definitely my must-have for the party season. I’m going to be using it again and again.
So lashies, what are your must-have party season products? Have you made any excellent makeup discoveries lately? Please share! Leave your comments or tweet me. I’d love to hear from you.
p.s. all the images above have been taken with a flash