Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo
This pressed-powder highlighter compact is split between a golden cream color and a rosy tone. Both are chockfull of shimmer, which is typical of highlighting products, but this one is a bit more frosty and shiny than the norm. That’s not to say it can’t work as a highlighter, but we highly recommend using it sparingly, especially if you have wrinkles or enlarged pores because the shimmer and shine will only accentuate them.
By the way, there’s no reason to pay this much for a highlighting powder when there are plenty of similar (if not better) options available at the drugstore for less.
- Each compact holds two workable highlighting colors.
- Very shimmery so it doesn’t take much to create a highlighting effect.
- The finish is more frosty and shiny than some may like.
- May accentuate wrinkly areas and enlarged pores.
- Overpriced for what is a fairly ordinary product.
Too Faced At-A-Glance
Too Faced is the brainchild of Jerrod Blandino, who got his start in the cosmetics industry as a department store makeup artist in the '90s. According to brand lore, Blandino's clients sought him out for his lighthearted, playful approach to beauty, which led him to create his own line. Soon he teamed up with business partner Jeremy Johnson, and launched Too Faced. The brand caught on quickly, getting distribution in stores like Nordstorm and Sephora.
Too Faced's biggest hook is its emphasis on a feminine persona that seeks to make beauty seem fun. There are several food- and scent-themed palettes, and many products bear trendy or cheeky monikers. The brand offers some top-notch performers, including some great powder products and its top-selling Better Than Sex Mascara, though there are some mis-steps as well (see our individual reviews for more information).
Note: In November 2016, cosmetics giant Estee Lauder bought Too Faced for $1.45 billion. Despite the fact that Estee Lauder sells products in China, where animal testing is in some cases required by law, Too Faced's founders say they maintain their commitment to no animal testing (and there are no plans so far to sell Too Faced products in China).
For more information about Too Faced Cosmetics call (949) 553-4431 or visit the Web site at www.toofaced.com.
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