I was not previously familiar with the Nordic fairy tale that this collection by Corvus Cosmetics is based on, but I paid attention to the product release because I love the other highlighting powders created by Corvus. The East of the Sun and West of the Moon collection was actually created in collaboration with several other indie brands including Arcana, Blooddrop, and Nui Cobalt Designs. Corvus released five different highlighting powders, and I bought three snowy shades: White Bear, North Wind, and East Wind.
I bought the highlighters in a sale a few weeks prior to Black Friday, and also threw 3 of their eyeshadow shades into my cart as well. I also already own their full Nevermore eyeshadow collection, and then for Black Friday I ordered their brand new Anthology eyeshadow collection, so I have more products of theirs on the way to me as I write this.
I bought all three in mini-sized jars with 3g of powder, which cost $5.75 each. They are also available in sample bags for $2 or full-sized jars with 6g of powder for $10. Both mini and full-sized jars come with sifters (which I think is really important for all loose powders). I already own three of the loose highlighting powder from Corvus, also in mini jars, and I use them all the time. I think they’re actually my favorite everyday highlights to wear to the office and on simple makeup days because they’re very pretty but are fairly low-key and easy to wear in a subtle way. They can definitely be built up on the skin, but never take on a blinding metallic finish. That being said, I think these are super flattering products on the cheeks, including over textured skin.
Depending on the lighting, it’s kind of difficult to tell these three shades apart in the jar (particularly North Wind and East Wind) so I do look at the bottom of the jar to read which shade I’m reaching for when I pick them up. These sifters are pretty tight and the jars have to be tapped in order to dispense the powder, so these really aren’t that messy. I had to purposefully tap the jars in order to get all of the powder you see in the photos.
There are some colors incorporated into this collection that are on the whimsical side, like blue and green, but none of these are so strong that they’re difficult to wear. White Bear (left) is a pale silver leaning toward turquoise, North Wind (middle) has a subtle light blue base but predominantly appears to reflect a pale icy rose, and East Wind (right) is a subtle pearly purple base reflecting a cool-toned yellow.
North Wind and East Wind both have what I’d say is a very smooth, seamless texture on the skin and overall a quite satin-like luminosity. Their shades overall are also quite wearable, though you can certainly build up the opacity as I’ve done on my hand so you can see them better. White Bear is the strongest highlight that I’ve tried from Corvus, and there’s a bit of very fine sparkle in it which still looks subtle on the cheeks but the appearance is noticeably different from the others. In the photo above, White Bear is tilted away from the light so the luminosity looks less intense but I think you can see that little bit of sparkle in the finish a bit better.
Here’s a really light-handed application of East Wind on my cheekbones and curving up above my brow. Used lightly, these powders are very easy to wear with minimal makeup.
Although White Bear has a stronger luminosity, the bluish color isn’t obvious on the skin. It just has an icy tone. It also highlights skin texture a little bit more, but not really to a strong degree, it’s just a different finish than the other two satiny shades.
Besides these three, Corvus also released a peachy copper shade called South Wind and a pinkish violet called West Wind. Beyond this collection, Corvus has a full 10 different permanent shades with lots of different colors and depths represented. I recommend them overall, and they’re very affordable.
Have you tried any of these? Do you enjoy any other Corvus products? I’d love to hear.