Saturday, 11 March 2017

Shiseido 7 Lights Powder Illuminator Review and Swatches

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.

Top-Bottom - all powders, bronzing shades, highlighting shades

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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  1. I am unsure if I have ever used any Shiseido products but I like the look of this. I have so many highlighters already that I'm unsure if it tempts me enough to actually buy it xx


  2. I've tried a lot of Shiseido skincare but not so much for the makeup. It's a brand that the beauty blogsphere seems to forget though but I think it's because they don't send out lots or any PR stuff. It's the same with the brand Stila.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Yeah I think the lack of PR send outs does mean it's an overlooked brand on the ole blog circuit-their products are really luxurious and beautiful though!

  3. I haven't tried any Shiseido products, but I love that they have a high SPF in their foundations/skincare so definitely intend on trying more. This is gorgeous! So pretty in the pan I don't think I would want to use it and it swatches beautifully. Radiant without being glittery, great post xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    1. I am really enjoying using this powder. It's a lovely one-powder-for-everything option! X

  4. I haven't heard of this before but it is sooo pretty! Love the mixture of all the shades, looks lovely swatched. Will have to keep an eye out for it xx

    Tamz |

    1. It is LUSH. Definitely worth swatching if you can find it in store somewhere!! X

  5. Would you be able to post the ingredients? Thank you!

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