5.10.2013

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight.

Confession: Kevyn Aucoin's The Celestial Powder in Candlelight is the first highlighter to successfully steal my heart since Dior Amber Diamond

The Celestial Powder in Candlelight is a pale, champagne-tinged beige highlighter. It has the most gorgeous, unimaginably soft and finely-milled texture that somehow resists being powdery and isn't chalky in the slightest. Its buttery smooth texture melts into the skin, making discernible lines separating highlighted and non-highlighted skin an impossibility.

Swatched heavily on the left and blended on the right.

Compared to MAC Soft and Gentle MSF and Dior Amber Diamond, Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder has by far the smoothest and softest texture. It is also the least overtly shimmery and is the palest of the three. 

L to R: MAC Soft and Gentle MSF, Dior Amber Diamond, Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder

Since The Celestial Powder has more of a skin tone-like base (ie beige as opposed to peach, gold, etc.), I find that it looks gloriously perfect on lighter skin tones and creates an angelic glow minus any added color. The shimmer is so ridiculously soft and delicate that at some angles and lighting, it isn't visible at all. In direct sunlight, however, the effect is a subtle glow that is beautifully refined.

Below, I've dusted The Celestial Powder on the tops of my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose.

The Celestial Powder is my new favorite highlighter and possibly even my new HG, but shhhhh...don't tell Amber Diamond. It's the highlighter that will have people wondering, "Is she or isn't she actually glowing from within?"  But in all seriousness, if you are a highlighter fiend like me (I know you're out there!) and you're wanting a more subtle highlighter, possibly one more suitable for daytime, I'd highly recommend considering The Celestial Powder. She's a beaut.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight is available from Nordstrom for $42.


43 comments:

  1. oh this looks truely amazing on you!!! im SO glad you like it!!!!! Q, what brush do you use with it? i need to wear mine tomorrow, you reminded me!

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  2. Thank you, J! So glad you recommended it. It pushed me over the edge to buy it :D I use a MAC 188 with it and pretty much all powder highlighters. It disperses the color perfectly :)

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  3. ooooooo ty! got to wash my 188 brush tonight!

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  4. ACCCCCCCKKKK it's so GORGEOUS and GLOWY on you! I keep looking at this one, but uggh I have so many highlighters right now!

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  5. very natural and pretty! the packaging is so sleek.

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  6. Angelic glow is the perfect way to describe this! I think if I bought this I would never try another highlighter lol but that's a good thing xxxx

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  7. Yay so pretty! It really does look fantastic on you--so natural and glowy! I swatched this a long time ago at the counter and fell in love but for some reason, never went back. I NEED this in my life though! So pretty! A while ago, Barneys had an AMAZING set called The Candlelight Set that came with this highlighter, an exclusive eyeshadow palette and a candle. I wonder if it's still available anywhere...gonna go Google now! :D

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  8. Looks so good on you Tiffany, wow! I think that I overlooked this because of how, well, plain it looks in the pan, but it is stunning in the sunlight and on the face!

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  9. OOO this is perfection! We finally have easier access to Kevyn Aucoin here, and I was just wondering the other day how the products perform. This post came at the right time! I love this highlighter on you! My go-to is the Chanel spring one. I use it so much that the beautiful pattern is almost entirely gone! Oh well. It's even prettier on the skin so I don't feel too bad ;)

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  10. I looks so beautiful and it picks up the light so nicely! thanks for sharing

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  11. i love candlelight its such a gorgeous product i think kevyn aucoin products in general are amazing!

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  12. Ohhhh, crap. I JUST finished saying how I'm perfectly content with the highlighters I have. THIS IS MISSING. Love the subtle glow it gives - the shade is perfect!

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  13. So excited you picked this up!!! This is one highlighter I don't ever want to be without!! it's just so perfect for my skin tone and seems to work so beautifully for so many. Happy you love it!!!

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  14. I"m not a big fan of highlighters since they tend to show all the little lines that appeared out of nowhere on my face. However, I love the way it looks on others. This one is amazingly natural looking.

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  15. amazing and very natural !!! the packaging is really chic too!!

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  16. Oh wow, it looks so natural on you! like you're glowing from within! just beautiful :) I've been eying that highlighter for a while now but I can never convince myself to actually buy it. To be honest, I don't use highlighter on a daily basis...I'm way too lazy haha so I feel like I would be wasting money :) xxx

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  17. What are some of your favorites right now? Actually, don't tell me. I don't want to be tempted ;)

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  18. Thanks, Lily! I quite like the sleek and simple packaging as well :)

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  19. You know, I said the same thing about Amber Diamond and I actually kept with it fairly well! I'm not tempted by other highlighters nearly as much as I am other beauty products because Amber Diamond was my HG, and I think I'll continue to avoid buying other highlighters now because I have The Celestial Powder :) One fantastic product is always better than 30 mediocre ones!

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  20. Ahhh! That set sounds amazing! Any luck finding it? And if not, you still need this, Becca. It's beautiful!

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  21. Yup, it looks like a whole lotta nothing in the pan, but it's amazing when it catches the light...and never in an over the top kind of way! Thanks, Emma :)

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  22. Wow, sounds like you really love it, Sunny! That's great! I don't like buying makeup just to collect (even if it is beautiful). I figure, if it costs a lot of money, I better use it as much as possible! I really think you'd love the KA highlighter, Sunny :)

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  23. Yes, it is! :D I'm kind of in love with it.

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  24. Thanks, Silvia! I'm glad you enjoyed the post :) It's definitely a beautiful product.

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  25. I agree! So far, I've only tried this and his Sensual Skin Enhancer (love that too), and I'm dying to try out more from the brand!

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  26. *evil cackle* Yes, it really is perfect. YOU NEED.

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  27. I've literally had Amber Diamond for about 3 years now and have never found another highlighter that was able to compete with it, until now. I LOVE THIS.

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  28. Aww, I'm sorry you've had that issue with it :( Is it because the highlighters you've tried were just a tad too sparkley? Or have you tried quite subtle ones and still experienced the same problem?

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  29. I agree! It's an all-around winner ;)

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  30. Aww, I know what you mean. I used to use Amber Diamond religiously, but then I stopped using highlighter on a daily basis for a while for some reason. If anything, this Kevyn Aucoin one is the perfect one for daily use. It never looks over the top during the day time :)

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  31. Sooo beautiful!! I have both Dior Amber Diamond and Mac Soft and Gentle, but I've been wanting this one for ages! :)
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  32. AHHH! this one is gorgeous! It is glowy and so subtle at the same time. I'm putting this on my list. Haven't tried this brand before, and this looks like the perfect start :-)

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  33. I am drooling!!!! So beautiful!

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  34. This has been on my wishlist for FOREVER and a day. I'm worried it about being too pale for me, but the fineness of the shimmer should make it okay, I think.

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  35. Wow, just the name of the Kevyn Aucoin powder is enough to draw me in. Um this looks absolutely gorgeous on you! I'm surprised by how shimmery Amber Diamond looks, I thought it was way subtler than the MAC MSFs but they look pretty similar!

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  36. ahhhh! i want this. it is so pretty on you! this is on my birthday list, I can't wait! :)

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  37. Thanks, Megan! If you're ever looking for something a bit more subtle than either of those, you should try the celestial powder! I love those two too though ;)

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  38. Thanks, Lily! This and the SSE were my first Kevyn Aucoin products (I bought them at the same time) and I'm definitely impressed! :)

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  39. Glad you like it too, Chelsea! :)

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  40. Hahaha, if you only knew how many products have been on my wishlist for forever and a day.... ;) But yes, I think this would still work on medium skin tones. Once you blend it out, you don't really see the base color at all...just the glow left behind :)

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  41. Awww, thank you, Catherine! I think the thing with Amber Diamond is that it's possible to make it looks more subtle and refined too, while it's more difficult to do with MSFs. I'm not sure! They're both fairly built up in the swatches though.

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  42. You need this, Joyce! I love it :)

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