Thursday, 2 August 2012

Review & Swatches: Stila Set & Illuminate Baked Powder Trio

This cute little compact is a new release from Stila for summer 2012.  Set & Illuminate Baked Powder Trio contains "illuminating and light refracting powders" beneath a plastic grinder that helps to dispense fresh powder on demand.

This is a seriously weighty compact - perhaps a little too weighty to be carried around in a handbag every day.  Inside the sleek black packaging, you'll find a reasonably large mirror as well as the powder and grinding mechanism.

There are three shades included - a pale pink to add warmth, champagne for highlighting, and Kitten - Stila's ever popular brightening shade - to add radiance and illumination.

Many illuminating products give a glitterball effect, instead of a soft, barely noticeable glow.  This powder, thankfully, isn't glittery at all - the effect is very subtle, brightening and glowy but in no way sparkly.  The swatch above was pretty heavy and had to be photographed in bright sunlight to even be a little bit visible, so there's very little risk of ending up looking too sparkly with this stuff.

At £24, Set & Illuminate isn't cheap, but nor is it your average radiance product.  If you've looking for a setting powder which gives a genuinely subtle glowy effect, this is well worth a try.  Find it at Stila counters and concessions, and online via their new webstore.

Disclosure: PR sample

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