No trip to London would be complete without a visit to one of my favourite stores ever – Space NK Apothecary. Located in the cool Covent Garden area, Space NK is a beauty boutique/concept store featuring amazing, sometimes hard-to-find brands such as Tata Harper, by Terry and Colbert MD (apparently this line boasts the best eye cream for under eye dark circles).
As my friend Jen had a consultation to find her own perfect blush, I poked around the Kevyn Aucoin counter. I was thrilled to finally play around with this makeup line as it is not sold where I live.
I was a huge fan of the late Kevyn Aucoin. His Face Forward and Making Faces books are two of my favourites – lovingly dog-eared from years of constantly poring over them. To me, he transformed the makeup industry with his focus on natural makeup, nude colours for all skin tones and was one of the first makeup artists to develop a line of makeup for women of all colours, instead of a separate line for white women, and another for women of colour. He was also known for developing foundations featuring a yellow undertone, instead of the prevailing pink and peach undertones (who to me, suit no one). His lipsticks, blushes and eyeshadows were all brown-based neutral tones, devoid of sparkly, vivid colours.
As I scanned the Kevyn Aucoin counter determined to buy everything I saw (I have a makeup issue), I decided to be good and treat myself to one item. That item was The Celestial Powder in Starlight. Starlight is a gorgeous, shimmery powder highlighter that is suitable for all skin tones. I would describe it as a warm, golden apricot/champagne colour. It is a perfect highlighter for my medium-dark skin, and would be fantastic also on those with a tan or olive skin. For the fairer skinned ladies, this powder could substitute beautifully as a blush. What I also noticed is the powder blurs out minor imperfections – bonus! I have a couple of dark spots (ghosts of acne past), which the powder seems to greatly diminish.
This powder has a light, pretty shimmer (not glittery at all), is fairly translucent so it blends easily and gives me the perfect glow. I used a little on my décolleté this weekend, and it gave me a warm, subtle shimmer. Absolutely love it.
I paid £35 for this highlighter at Space NK Apothecary, but it can also be purchased at Sephora for $53.
Have any of you tried this powder yet? What are your thoughts? What are your favourite highlighters? Please share in the comments section!