This review will be on the Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil.
A creamy highlighting powder for the face, with high-performance crystals infused with multicolored luster pigments that capture and reflect light.
What it does:
Sweep on a glowing look with this silky powder, formulated to create a lit-from-within radiance. Enriched with Argan oil, which provides nourishment to the skin, its champagne hue mirrors the natural radiance of healthy skin. The ultra-creamy powder is infused with madonna lily and poet’s narcissus to help brighten, and it sits lightly on the skin, leaving a wash of radiance.
My Experience with Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil:
Packaging: I love the rose gold mirror finish compact. It has a “Shine the light you were born to shine” quote on the mirror. The only con here is the mirror finish that attracts a lot of fingerprints.
Texture: This powder is very silky smooth and soft, it’s almost creamy. It does not feel dry or gritty and is easy to use.
Pigmentation/Shade: All 3 versions of Josie Maran highlighters (which are the powder, stick and liquid versions) are the same exact color, but with a varying degree of glow (see comparison swatches below). This one (Veil) is a beautiful warm champagne golden highlight. I feel it is very similar in shade to Becca Opal which I love.
Coming to the pigmentation of this product. When I bought this, I was under the impression that it would be an all-out glowy highlight like the Becca shimmering skin perfector powders, but to my disappointment, it is not. Instead, this is a very sheer and subtle glowy powder. When I tried to highlight the top of my cheek bones and nose, it failed to make an impact even when I applied it heavily. Being someone who loves “glowy glowy” highlight, I was quite disappointed, but with regular use, this powder has grown on me.
I find this powder works best as an all-over face dusting powder to give your skin that extra oomph and natural glow. I need not be very careful with it as it is very sheer hence it is also beginner friendly and perfect for someone who is just starting to use highlighters. There are no chunky shimmer or glitter particles in this product. It would also be perfect for mature skin as it does not cling to dry patches or accentuate pores or fine lines.
For people with dry skin who usually steer clean of traditional mattifying powders can use this as an all-over powder without it feeling drying or mattifying the skin too much while helping set your foundation to some extent. It is not drying on the skin like traditional powders.
Staying Power: Staying power is average. Since it is so sheer, I find it hard to detect it on my skin unless I apply it heavily. It stays for 6 hours before I notice fading.
Overall, I quite like this product, but there are points to consider before you think about buying this product. Do not buy this if you are looking for a glowy highlight, you will be disappointed. In that case, I would still recommend the Becca shimmering skin perfectors in the pressed form. Nevertheless, this product is quite good in terms of texture and formula, but it was not what I was looking for. I might use this product as an all-over face powder for now in addition to my regular highlight, but I will not repurchase it. I will recommend this product to those who are looking for a natural subtle highlighter.
Pros of Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil:
- Smooth texture.
- No gritty feeling.
- Sheer pigmentation, you cannot go overboard with this, beginner friendly.
- Does not accentuate dry patches or pores.
- Can be used all over face for a natural subtle glow.
- Beautiful compact.
Cons of Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil:
- Not a glowy highlight. DO not get this if you like highlighters like Becca skin perfectors.
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