Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup

December 2, 2013
Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup ($30 for 1.0 oz.)
Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup ($30 for 1.0 fl. oz.)

Hi there, and happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrated! I took a few days off from blogging but have completed all Christmas shopping and wrapping, plus our tree is up and decorated. I’m awfully proud of how on top of things we are this year, it’s a new record. I’ve been trying a new liquid luminizer, something which feels vaguely festive, so I thought I’d say a few words about how it’s been performing. I’ve been trying out the Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup, a shimmery product that is formulated to help disguise fine lines and other skin imperfections while brightening the face.

I received this tube of it in my November Sample Society box. While they didn’t advertise it as such, I’ve realized that the 1 oz. that comes in the tube is actually the same size as the $30 full sized version. If you purchase the full sized version, it will come in a little jar with a pump rather than a squeeze tube, though. I don’t find that this gets a ton of attention in the blogging community, and so I didn’t have any preconceived notions about it before giving it a try.

This is advertised as a luminizer that flatters all skin tones, and there aren’t any shade options available. I can see why they say it’s universally flattering, as it really doesn’t add much of a color to skin but isn’t an icy cold white color, either.  It’s more of a subtle peachy pearl. It blends into my fair skin nicely without being too warm or dark, and I think the color would just be transparent on darker skin tones.

Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup
Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup

The product can either be blended with moisturizer or foundation for a sheer application or can be applied directly on top of foundation for a stronger shimmer. I’ve been applying it on top of foundation very lightly with my fingers, and find it really easy to work with. I can apply a very small amount with my fingertips and get a perfectly daytime appropriate highlight on my cheekbones.

I don’t find it to be especially good at hiding the fine lines below my eyes, I’ve had much better luck with simply upgrading my eye serum and cream. But, I also don’t find it to emphasize the qualities of my skin that I’d rather hide. I don’t have any longevity issues with it, and find it lasts nicely throughout the day.

Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup
Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup
Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup
Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup
Wearing Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup on my cheekbones and bridge of my nose
Wearing Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup

In the photo, you can see Splendore lightly reflecting light off of the top on my cheekbone, the bridge of my nose, and above the center of my eyebrow.

I’m also wearing: DreamWorld Hermetica mineral foundation in Rhea II C (review), Jane Iredale PureBrow gel in Blonde (review), eye shadows and Exposed blush from the Tarte Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette (photos), and Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara (review).

The Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup is available from Borghese and Beauty Bar, and costs $30 for 1 oz.

Have you ever given Borghese a try? What’s your favorite highlighting product?

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