The new Chic Luminosity Glow Powder from Sonia Kashuk is something I’ve had my eye out for and I saw it sitting on the shelf in Target the last time I visited. To me, the name suggested that it was a highlighting powder, but it’s really a light reflecting pressed translucent powder that can be used to set makeup or otherwise perfect the appearance of skin.
It comes in a circular compact with a clean design, typical of Sonia Kashuk pressed powder products, and has an undulating surface embossed with a really great crocodile skin pattern. It’s the same pattern as the Chic Luminosity Bronzer, which I’ve owned for the better part of a year and I can vouch for the fact that the pattern will not go away with just a few uses!
These compacts are kind of large for my taste (and for my limited storage), but you really do get a nice amount of powder in them. The powder tray lifts to reveal a mirror and cheek brush, so theoretically you can take this on the go and not need an additional full-size brush.
With the first swipe of my finger, I could tell this wasn’t the kind of highlighting product that I’d expected. A heavy swatch looks white, but I don’t get any obvious signs of white powder when I dust it onto my face with a brush. When I blended the swatch on my arm, I really couldn’t detect any apparent luminosity. When applied all over my face, though, it definitely has a perfecting effect, and seems particularly impressive when used under my eyes. It does make my skin look a bit brighter and younger, and helps minimize pores, too.
The Sonia Kashuk website says to apply where needed to combat shine, but I haven’t found this to extremely useful for all-day-long oil control. I personally prefer to use the NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder (review) just on the spots that get shiny (basically, my nose) and then dusting the Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity over my whole face with a larger powder brush. The Sonia Kashuk powder is definitely more luminous than the NARS, and I think it’s better for perfecting fine lines.
In the photos above, I’m not wearing any other setting powder besides Chic Luminosity. If you’re curious, I’m also wearing: a mix of L’Oreal True Match (review) and Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous liquid foundations, L’Oreal True Match crayon concealer (review) around my face and Maybelline Fit Me concealer under my eyes, The Body Shop bronzing powder in Medium Matte and Fyrinnae blush in Nordic Angel (review), Maybelline brow pencil in Blonde and Jane Iredale PureBrow gel in Blonde (review) on my brows, Maybelline The Falsies mascara (review), and L’Oreal Balm in Dragon Fruit (LE for Spring 2014) on my lips.
I’m pretty excited about this one! It could be better at oil control, but otherwise I have no complaints. I think it’s beautiful and will work nicely for dry to normal and combination skin. The Sonia Kashuk website has this priced at $12.99, but Target (where I found mine) lists it at $9.99.
Have you tried this one yet? Are you liking it?