Elizabeth Arden Rose Aurora Spring/Summer 2012 Collection: highlighter and bronzers review and swatches

Elizabeth Arden has the prettiest spring collection I have seen so far.  The colors are all beautiful rosy shades, and together they give a truly wonderful, glowy look. This post is all about the highlighter and bronzers, a separate post will focus on the lips, cheeks, and eyes.

Probably my most favorite item in the collection is the Pure Finish Highlighter in Rose Illumination ($34).

Elizabeth Arden Rose Illumination

I am not kidding, this beautiful powder gives the best glowy look EVER.  It’s a golden rose shade that makes your skin look almost incandescent.

Rose Illumination

Pictured above is in direct sunlight, below is in indirect sunlight.

Rose Illumination, slightly different lighting

The shimmer is super fine, and the finish is absolutely stunning!

Rose Illumination swatch - indirect outdoor lighting

Above is a heavy swatch in indirect sunlight, below is in direct sunlight.  Obviously you don’t put that much on your face, just a light swish over the powder with a big fluffy brush, then sweep  over your face and you look amazing.

Rose Illumination swatch - direct outdoor lighting

This powder is so good I can even wear it without foundation and my skin looks great.  You have to check this out.

While you are at it, be sure to give the bronzers a try too:

Elizabeth Arden Spring Collection Pure Finish Bronzer Powders

The collection has several Pure Finish Bronzer Powders ($38).  There are three different colors:  Warm Radiance, Soft Radiance, and Deep Radiance.

bronzer packaging - isn't it adorable?

I absolutely love the packaging, an embossed rose gold metal collectible compact.

another view - Elizabeth Arden Spring Collection Bronzers

The bronzers are a soft, finely milled powder that doesn’t look dry and powdery on.  I had no problems with that streaky look you can get from bronzers, even with Deep Radiance, the darkest shade.  The bronzers have an ingredient in them called Zin’cite, which is there to help protect skin cells.  They also have a slew of other antioxidant ingredients like green tea, white tea and minerals.

Soft Radiance Bronzer

The Soft Radiance Bronzer is indeed a soft color that would work even for light complexions.  It’s a slightly shimmery golden-toned bronze.

Soft Radiance swatch

The shimmers are golden and very fine, so you don’t look sparkly – just glowy.  If you want to liven up your complexion without looking too tan, this is the color for you.

Warm Radiance Bronzer

Warm Radiance is the medium shade of the three bronzers.  I have neutral skin that falls somewhere between fair and medium, and this one is the best color for me as an overall bronzer.

Warm Radiance swatch

It’s obviously deeper than Soft Radiance, and this one leans more toward red than golden.  I really love the color, it’s fabulous on and looks very natural.

Deep Radiance Bronzer

Deep Radiance is – surprise! – the deepest of the three colors.  If you have medium to dark skin, this is for you.  Any lighter than medium and you can easily use this for contouring or for blush.

Deep Radiance swatch

I love the color, it’s extremely pretty – I’ve used this as my blush for the last week or so and it gives a terrific pop of color.

Elizabeth Arden 2012 Spring Collection Brush

And if you need a big fluffy brush for your highlighter and bronzer, the collection includes the All Over Face Powder Brush ($22).  It can be used to apply powder products to your face, neck, or body.  It’s good for contouring and for blending in your products, too.

gotta love a big, fluffy brush!

This is the perfect size for powder highlighter and bronzers.  It’s not the softest brush I’ve tried, but the size is great and the price is terrific.

My Elizabeth Arden Spring Collection FOD

In the picture above, I used the highlighter as an all over powder, Warm Radiance as a bronzer, and Deep Radiance as a powder blush.  (My eyeliner and lipstick are also from this collection.)  I love the powder products in this collection – stay tuned for my review of the color products!  – Lisa

*pr samples



  1. I don’t use bronzes but I like the look of the rose illuminator. Seems so springy.

  2. Oh wow, those are all so pretty!! I can’t wait to hear about the rest of the collection. Ok, I may not wait, going to the mall tomorrow. LOL!

  3. Oh my gosh, that blush looks gorgeous! You had me at “rose gold.”

  4. Elizabeth Arden Rose Illumination remind me of the 407 shadow from ingot I like to use. I want to buy this a mega eyeshadow. lol

  5. Renee A. says:

    I absolutely love the fact that they use ingredients that are good for your skin. Now how can you say no to a good for you glow?


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