The finishing touch to any makeup look is a touch of highlighter to brighten up your face and impart a bit of a glow that will make your skin look wonderful. And since you can never be with too many, the Face Designing Brightener from Etude House appealed for its cute look and arriving in a sleek compact.
Packaging: Included with a handy mirror, the pressed powder formula is adorably embossed with a sparkle design that is a nice visual touch. Now, it doesn’t come with a brush, which makes it not-so-travel-friendly, especially if you don’t have a travel brush that you bring along already. But for the size, it’s pretty slim yet big enough that it’s accommodating to a big, fluffy brush (or whatever your preferred highlighter brush choice is).
Shade: Looking at it in the compact, the shade that I received to try, #2 Dolly Face, is a light pink color that is subtly iridescent - very pretty. Being a soft shade, it would match most skin tones well, though I think on tanner/darker users, you wouldn’t get much of the color, but just the shine-glow of the highlight.
Depending on the light you’re in, the pink actually doesn’t come through that strong, it’s all a very subtle effect. But still really nice, if you’re going for something to match a more natural/light makeup look.
Application: With a brush, it picks up really easily and when you actually swipe it on, with its subtle coloring, it applies a little sheer. But I found that it was pretty okay, since it makes it hard to go overboard and put on too much. The box recommends placing it on the T of your forehead and down your nose and then on the C near your eye and curving down across your cheek/cheekbone. The result ends up in a pretty cute shine that accents the light really well.
Overall: If you’re looking for a subtle highlighter that you could use everyday, this would be it. The light pink shade of Dolly Face really works nicely to bring in a finishing touch that makes your face look bright and sweet. With the mirror, it’s a good compact, though it doesn’t come with a brush. But if that doesn’t bother you, then I would totally recommend this to anyone.
Though if you’re looking for something a bit stronger to really highlight and define your face in one go, this wouldn’t be the best since layering this powder formula might end up making you look cakey instead since the color isn’t that strong right off the bad.
(Disclaimer: Etude House’s Face Designing Brightener in #2 Dolly Face was provided to me for review purposes. This review is purely my opinion.)