By Terry Sun Designer Palette “Light and Tan vibes”

This is a limited edition release for spring/summer, a face palette of “sunkiss powders”, meant to “sculpt contours, brighten features, correct or intensify the complexion, all the while revealing the full splendour of the tan”.

It comes in two colours — Tan & Flash Cruise, which has darker bronzers and more vibrant blush shades, and Light & Tan Vibes, which is the lighter and more tonal palette I picked up. This retails at Space NK for £64, but I got mine for £44 (including the £5 delivery) with the help of some discount codes and accumulated reward points (university students on a budget have to do what they can).IMG_6185The palette is beautiful to look at. It’s elegantly packaged in a sleek art deco inspired plastic casing, which feels sturdy and well-made. The six shades (15g of product in total) are arranged in a zig-zag pattern that mimics the outer shell, allowing for easy mixing of colours.

The powders are very soft and very pigmented, especially the warm pink blush shade and the bronzer — I had to be much more light-handed than I’m used to. However they do blend out really smoothly, so it’s easy to make these look seamless.

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The shades in this palette are:

  • a bronze shimmer — this could be used on top of bronzer to create a radiant glow, or mixed in with the pink blush to create a warmer shade.
  • a warm watermelon pink with slight shimmer — I love this shade. It looked a little daunting in the pan, but once blended out gave the most beautiful vibrant flush.
  • a shimmering champagne rose — this is very pigmented and gives an intense highlight.
  • a matte beige — I’m not sure if this is supposed to be used as a highlight, but unfortunately it’s extremely close to my skin colour and doesn’t show up. It could also be mixed with the other bronzer shades.
  •  a matte rosy beige — this is beautiful mixed in with the bronzer, or worn as a neutral blush colour.
  • a warm bronze with slight shimmer — the shimmer doesn’t translate much to the face.

I can definitely see these shades being flattering on a wide range of skin tones, even sun-starved people who don’t have much of a tan to enhance. The shades are all stunning, there’s an excellent mix of mattes and shimmers, and they work together harmoniously to liven up the face. The formulation of these powders is also excellent, they’re a treat to use and last all day without fading.

On the whole, I’m thoroughly impressed with this palette and definitely recommend this to anyone who can get their hands on it. The neutral, tonal range of colour is perfect for creating a soft, diffused and radiant summer look.

Edit: I’ve read on several other reviews that people had problems with kickup. I tested this out by swirling a large Zoeva powder brush in the palette and it did have significant powdery kickup. However I hadn’t actually encountered this problem prior, because these powders are so pigmented and soft that I usually just touch my blush brush to the powder and that would pick up enough product — no kickup at all.

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NARS “Impassioned”

When I first saw the description of this on the NARS website — a “rich orchid”, I knew I would like this. It’s the exact kind of dusty, minimalist rose shade I often gravitate towards. I also saw this on the models at the Rodarte SS16 show, and loved the natural, romantic-yet-modern vibe it had.

NARS Thakoon SS16 Beauty Look 2

I picked this up for £23 at Selfridges, after trying it on in-store. Impassioned is a matte blush, with neutral, greyish undertones, released as part of the Spring 2016 colour collection “Nouvelle Vogue”, and has been added to the permanent collection. I feel that muted, grey-undertone shades like Impassioned work best with neutral soft summer colouring.

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Here is Impassioned swatched. It’s not very pigmented, and I had to swatch quite heavily to get it to show up on my arm.

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Impassioned worn on cheeks

Overall, I really like this blush as it’s subtle and wearable. It’s got decent staying power and the shade is modern and minimal, great for daily wear all year round. I recommend this to anyone with a more muted complexion, however I think it’d be hard to get this to show up on darker skin tones.