Health & Grooming | The Reconnoisseur

A hit highlighter that offers a subtle glow

The blusher that’s not really a blusher

A hit highlighter that offers a subtle glow

April 29 2011
Karen Wheeler

Of all the products in the cosmetics arsenal, there is none more terrifying – or with greater potential for disaster – than blusher. I’ve always avoided it, believing that there is a fine line between giving your cheeks a “healthy glow” and tipping them over into Lily Savage territory.

But recently, on one of my frequent visits to the Bobbi Brown counter in search of its Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow, £16.50 (previously written about in this column) in the elusive Mercury shade, I’ve discovered an amazing product.

The Bobbi Brown Face Highlighter Pen, £25, is almost but not quite a blusher. It’s actually much better. Rather than delivering two scary blobs of rouge to your face, the focus is on highlighting the cheekbones. The pen delivers gleaming cheeks and a barely disernible hint of colour – Opal, Rose, or Bronze – in a few clicks of a pen.

The effect is so subtle – you only really see the product when the light hits – that I don’t even need a mirror to apply Opal (a soft pink shade). Just click and go – with no fear of looking like Baby Jane.

See also

Make Up