Shiseido isn't really a brand you see a whole ton of on the British blogosphere - and I'm not entirely sure why. Definitely in the luxury category (the financial outlay is up there with Chantecaille and By Terry, broadly speaking), I don't think I've ever heard a negative comment about a Shiseido product. When I saw the beautiful Shiseido 7 Lights Powder Illuminator, my magpie eyes lit up.
Well, I mean, look at it.
We all know I'm a sucker for a beautiful highlight. The powder colours in this palette have been carefully chosen - it's possible to use this as a highlight, highlighting blush, warm bronzer, or simply as a swish-all-over-yo'-face, "bonne mine"complexion powder. Shiseido state that this powder is designed to subtly colour-correct, and add a "sweep of radiance and luminosity to every complexion".
I'd liken the effect of this to powders like the gorgeous Guerlain Meteorites Pearls - subtle, radiant, flattering, and not at all overdone. It is on the subtle side as a highlight - more you-look-well-today than oh-my-life-I-need-sunglasses, but that is pretty everyday appropes for me. The blush can be a lovely, peachy-pink colour, and all of the powders swished together is a beautiful, radiant finishing powder, without clashing with my olive undertones.
As a finishing powder, it's very natural - you're not going to be super-matte using this powder, so if oil control is paramount, this won't do the job. I get a good 6-7 hours before any noticeable colour fade using 7 Lights Illuminator as a blush/highlight/bronzer, and 7-8 hours over a good primer using it as eyeshadow.
The texture is gorgeous - super smooth, finely milled, face-touchingly good; and is very subtly radiant - the shimmer is barely detectable (in a good way) even in direct sunlight. Even if you're a bit scared of highlighting, it's worth considering; this is so beautiful and easy to use.
Overall - love it. It's not going to stop me using my amazing Beauty Pie Highlight on my cheekbones, but for allover, subtle radiance - and the easiest travel powder option ever - I'm in.
Have you tried any Shiseido products?
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