I celebrated when Becca announced that Pearl will be coming out in a pressed form. Then, I waited until it was available for purchase. I had to wait for a family friend to bring it over from the US but the moment my greedy mitts were on it? Angels were singing. Or maybe it was just me, squealing my little highlighter loving heart out. Either way this stuff? Is glorious.
It’s no secret that I love me a bit of glow. Looking greasy? Not a thing in my book. However being on the light end of the foundation spectrum getting a highlighter to truly pop is difficult. Yes there are some subtle formulas that will reflect off your cheeks for that “I’m off a juice cleanse” glow, like the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlight. However finding a highlighter that isn’t gold, champagne or rosey toned is one great task. Being pale the tone of whatever your using becomes more apparent than if you were rocking a slight tan and that my friends can ruin your look entirely
A quick mention to Pearl’s liquid version – the greatest mix in illuminator, it doesn’t darken your foundation or change it’s tone so you look like a yellow or pink face disco ball. It does amp the moisture content in your foundation so things may slip or slide if not set, but that glow from within look? It’s there.
Back to my newly owned Pressed version (yes, the poured isn’t mine just quite yet but it’ll happen!). This is a highlight like no other – I’d go far and say it’s a little bit juvenile. It’s a stark white highlight so you’ll need to be careful and blend it out. I prefer a fan brush for applying it, and going in with a little bit at a time to build the glow where I want it. This isn’t the type of highlight you whack on without a thought, careful placement and precise blending are what’s needed. It’s a hassle sure, but it’s worth it to have your highlight visible from a space station. You’ll catch yourself looking in passing reflective surfaces moving your head to and fro just to see that glow.
Is this for everyone? Probably not. It’s intense, it’s white and needs work. If you want something easy – the Kevyn Aucoin is the subtle choice and the Charlotte Tilbury packs more punch. But if you are a pale pale lady and want rays of light bouncing off those cheekbones – Pearl is your saviour.