I love, love, love it when something unexpected arrives…after all, Marcia and I have been writing this blog and testing products for over four years now, and we were product testing and reviewing for years before we started the BIZ. While I have tried many luminizers and lots of products meant to give a sheer glow, I have never come across a combination of the two like the GLIMMERsheers ($28) from Beauty Addicts.
They are soooo pretty…and at first glance, I didn’t have a clue what to do with them! The GLIMMERsheer is a mirrored compact that contains a colored half-moon of luminizing shimmer, along with a coordinating half-moon of sheer gel.
The shimmer is on the right. You can pat this on the brows, lids, and cheek bones to luminize.
The sheer is on the left. This is smoothed over brow bones, cheeks, and anywhere on your skin to create a soft, dewy look.
The shades available include:
Seduce, a clear gel with golden shimmer and a white pearlescent luminizer.
Express, a yellow/beige tinted gel with a champagne luminizer.
Motivate, a pink tinted gel with a baby pink luminizer.
Glow, a purple tinted gel with a lilac luminizer.
I only swatched the luminizers…the gels were so subtle that they were impossible to photograph.
I adore the ‘Glimmer’ highlighter side of each shade. I find that a finger works best to apply; that ‘skin to skin’ contact makes the color meld in beautifully. They are flipping fabulous highlighters for the brow, and all of them are great as eyeshadows for the mobile lid, with Motivate and Glow the most outstanding. Seduce and Express are wonderful cheek highlighters that give a subtle shimmer and a gorgeous glow.
The ‘Sheer’ side is a little more challenging for me. As someone who constantly strives for a matte look (oh how I hate a shiny nose!) I struggled at first to figure out how to use them. For you younger gals, the sheer balm is an option for cheeks to get a dewy look. For me? Not so much. However, they give an interesting look and feel when layered over eyeshadow – it reminds me of Stephane Marais Gloss Eyeshadows, anyone remember those? The sheer sides also make for a great lip balm, shiny and emollient with just a hint of color.
Overall, I think the GLIMMERsheers are interesting and versatile products. The luminizers are fabulous multi-taskers, and the sheer gel is, at the very least, fun to play with! Head on over to Beauty Addicts and take a look – which GLIMMERsheer appeals most to you? – Lisa
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