I have to admit, I never jumped on the bandwagon at first when it came to rose gold makeup products. I don’t know why really, because I love rose gold jewelry, but for some reason the idea of applying rose gold all over my face didn’t quite capture my attention and enthusiasm. I guess my first impression of rose gold makeup was the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette full of rose hued eyeshadows. This is a beautiful palette, but I remember watching it, sometime in the spring of its release, with allergy season in full swing and visualizing how these pinky shades would emphasize my already red and uncomfortable eyes. I immediately swore off these pinky shades, deeming them unflattering. Looking back, I think this might have been my subtle tactic to keep that fifty dollars in my wallet, but it did cause me to steer clear of rosy shades for a long time. I even resisted during release of Becca’s Champagne Pop, a highlighting powder designed by a favorite Youtube Beauty Guru of mine, Jaclyn Hill. As you can see from the picture below, I eventually caved, but it wasn’t until I started warming up to bolder highlighters that I decided to embrace the rosey glow of this Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector.
Although when swatched, the bold and in no way “natural” sheen of these Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors was a bit intimidating to me and my oily skin, I decided to give them a shot simply because they were so raved about. I’m someone who does a lot of research before investing in inexpensive makeup bits and pieces, so this $38 price tag made this product no different. I played with it in the store often, each time gathering up the confidence to give it a try. I finally made the leap when my mom and I, taking a birthday stroll through the Grove in LA, ventured into Sephora and she generously let me pick out a few birthday treats that I wouldn’t have otherwise built up the courage to purchase myself. Of course the first thing I thew in my basket was Champagne Pop. I immediately tried it on upon our return home and I was blown away. This shade has more of a peachy gold undertone rather than super pink and rosy, which I think is a beautiful complement to my warm skin tone. It adds a warm glow to the top of the cheekbones that catches the light and in one step, gives your face a healthy sheen and makes your entire makeup look seem put together. To me, this is definitely not a daily wear highlight. I look to MAC’s Soft & Gentle for that. But it really has added a lot to my meek highlighter collection and I couldn’t be more pleased. I do recommend using a brush with it that can apply the product precisely, but still be able to blend out the edges. Otherwise you could end up with bold highlighter stripes up each cheekbone.
I picked up these next rose golden lovelies during the same birthday shopping trip with my mother. We were browsing the makeup aisles (shocking I know) in Nordstrom when I saw the brand Charlotte Tilbury. This was the first Charlotte Tilbury counter I’d ever seen and honestly, I thought that maybe they hadn’t arrived in the States yet, which thank god isn’t true! So I rushed over to take a look, marveling at all the beautiful rose gold packaging and luxurious products. I had done some digging online into Charlotte Tilbury and I’d heard some of my favorite British beauty bloggers and Youtubers rave about this brand. So I had been eagerly searching through the website for the most sought after goodies. Through this research, I came to the conclusion that what I needed (wanted is more accurate, let’s be real) from Charlotte Tilbury was a nude lipstick. After declaring this to an enthusiastic attendant at the counter, we eagerly got to work searching for my “perfect nude”. If you haven’t kept up with my blog, you may not know this, but I have always struggled with nude lip products. I’m obsessed with them, especially trying new ones out, but the combination of my naturally very pigmented lips and my skin tone always seems to make this search a struggle. Nudes that are too pink clash with my warm skin tone and make me look like a something’s-not-right Barbie and those too light make me look like a cast member of the walking dead, the un-dead kind. Nevertheless, I began this search again trying on two or three lipsticks until we came across Penelope Pink. Unlike the name suggests, on me, this color is a pinky-peach browny nude and it’s exactly what I’d been looking for. The formula and texture was moisturizing enough to keep my dry lips looking full and pouty and pigmented enough to cover my dark lips. I didn’t think I could love it any more until the sweet Charlotte Tilbury attendant told me to try on the Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk first, and then apply the lipstick over it. And wow, this creamy browny-nudy-pink lip liner was amazing. Now I was in love. This was a perfect lip duo that made me feel like a million bucks. I’ve finally found that sophisticated nude that I’d been visualizing all along. Yes!