Tuesday, May 10, 2011

N.Y.C. New York Color: Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder in Rose Glow

I have owned quite a few of these Color Wheel powders over the last few years. My first powder when I started getting into makeup was the Color Wheel in Translucent/Highlighter Glow, and I loved it. I must have used up about 8 of them before I switched to something else. I also have a limited edition Color Wheel called Desert Bloom, (which unfortunately had a little accident and is now in a jar and used loose) and Peach Glow. I have also tried the All Over Bronze Glow, but it is SERIOUSLY dark and pigmented and I am so pale that it just was not a good combination.

Rose Glow is a shade I have looked at in the store about 50 times but never actually picked up. I'm not a big blush fan, so I always avoided Pink Cheek Glow, but Rose Glow was always appealing to me. It's somewhere between a blush and a bronzer, which I really like...not too pink and not too brown. When this was sent to me for review, I was really happy to finally try it out!

As you can see from the swatches (see end of post), the shades are as follows: matte/satin peach, matte/satin light brown, luminous bronze, and luminous rose. I described the last two shades as luminous, because there is no shimmer or glitter, just a glowy sheen. You *could* call it shimmer, but I wouldn't.

The texture of Rose Glow (and all the other Color Wheels) is VERY soft, so you barely need to touch the brush to the pan to get enough product. I find that these are also nicely pigmented, so a little goes a long way.

Blended together, the shades described above make a very pretty and glowy, bronzy peach color with no shimmer or glitter, just a healthy glow. Funny enough, it's not at all rose to me. The rose shades in the pan just disappear and balance out the bronze shades, so the end result is more of a bronze peach glow than a rose glow. But this is exactly what I like...just like I said above, a hybrid blush/bronzer that doesn't come off as being too pink or too brown.

I lightly apply this with a skunk brush, and even with my extremely pale NC10ish skin, this gives me a light, healthy glow without being too dark.

As for the packaging, yeah, it's not the best...but these are super affordable and really good quality, so it's not a big issue for me. I like the packaging better than some of the other cheapy drugstore packaging, at least these are simple and don't scream cheap as much as some I have seen. The only real drawback is that they could come open during travel, so be aware of that.

Would I recommend this? Definitely! Not just Rose Glow, but all of the Color Wheels!

Swatches: Each shade individually, and all blended together.