I'm working my way through reviews of the Estée Edit line. In today's review includes thoughts and swatches of The Barest Bronzer in Medium-Deep ($32 for .56 oz) and Flash Illuminator Fluid Powder in Heat ($32 for .27 oz). Both are exclusive to Sephora and are smooth finish pressed powders that come with an embossed surface. The textures are very soft and finely milled for flawless and streak-free application.
The Barest Bronzer comes in two shades, Light-Medium and Medium-Deep. I was sent a press sample of the shade Medium-Deep which is one of the darkest bronzers I've tried so tan to deep skin toned girls will rejoice! On my complexion it's too deep and warm for my preference. There's a shimmering gold design on the surface but it's only overspray. I suspect the Light-Medium would be the better option for me, but given the extensive number of bronzers I already own (summer favorites in this post here), I did not venture to test it out. The finish is smooth and blends in seamlessly with the skin so it looks very natural in terms of texture/finish. Pigment is medium to rich but easy to blend out on the skin.
The Flash Illuminator Fluid Powder in Heat is a gorgeous highlighter. In the compact it looks like a champagne but it's got a peachy undertone to give it some warmth. It's on the shimmery side but unlike most highlighters this is one that smooths the skin, doesn't emphasize imperfections, doesn't make the pores look big and also doesn't look overly frosted. Those who love a good glow but think most of the popular highlighters on the market right now are too shimmery will love this one. It blends in beautifully with the skin and I highly recommend it. You can use it on the eyes or cheeks - anywhere you want a pretty sheen. I'm not sure why it's called a fluid because it's definitely a powder without any creamy feeling.
Both lasted all day on my cheeks from morning to late afternoon. The Barest Bronzer did warm up on my skin but it didn't oxidize too much.
Swatched on bare skin below:
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light - review
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Powder in Champagne Pop - review
- MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle
- Anastasia Glow Kit in Sundipped - review
- Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder in Indiscretion - review
Bronzer comparisons below:
- Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sunkissed and Bronzed - review
- Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Duo Summer 2016 - review
- Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder in Seduction - review
I think both are solid beauty launches. The texture is smooth, well pigmented and super easy to blend on the skin. The Barest Bronzer in Medium-Deep is too dark for me, but I can appreciate the good quality and texture. I think it will be something tan to deep skin beauty lovers will like. The Flash Illuminator Fluid Powder is something I absolutely love. It gives a pretty sheen to the skin and as you can see in the comparison swatches it has enough warmth in it that makes it better suited for my skin tone compared to other super pale highlighters.
You can find both The Barest Bronzer and Flash Illuminator Fluid Powder exclusively at Sephora. If you've tried these or any of the other cheek products from The Estée Edit let me know in the comments!
Both items provided for review consideration.