Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder Review / Swatches

1st September 2014

Urban Decay had always been my favourite makeup brand, until I tried the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette which blew me away with its beauty and quality and now Too Faced have become my favourite makeup brand. My newest Too Faced addition to my makeup collection is the Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder which has been created to give the complexion the soft focus illumination of a candlelit room.

Image showing the highlighter inside the pastel pink box packaging
Image showing the back of the pink box

The Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder £25* claims to be a multi-tasking, breathable, vitamin-enriched powder that can be applied to both bare skin or over foundation to set makeup or impart a soft focused glow.

It supposedly contains antioxidants to help protect and soothe tired skin, while its peachy tones warms the skin and complexion reducing the appearance of fine lines and imperfections. Too Faced even claims that this powder is made with ‘real gold’.

Image of the highlighter compact next to the sponge applicator included inside
Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder

The packaging of the Candlelight Powder is so gorgeous.. a circular, plastic compact with a yellow tinted pearlescent sheen with a candelabra on the top. Inside the box there is a thin, pink, foam puff which is a nice addition to have, but I don’t think it’s the most appropriate applicator for a product of this type. Inside the lid of the compact, there’s a mirror and the overall packaging feels of really good quality and feels as if it would travel well within a makeup bag.

Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder Review / Swatches

Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder
Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder

When I first opened the compact, I was taken aback by how ‘glittery’ the powder looked in the pan. It was almost sparkly, which really surprised me for something that is supposed to impart a natural glow. The powder is so silky and finely milled.. it’s really beautiful.

The first time I tried the Candlelight Powder, I tried it as a setting powder like Too Faced recommend and when I looked in the mirror, I looked like Edward Cullen and had to remove my makeup as I looked so ridiculous. The powder is just way too shimmery to be used as an all over setting powder.. it’s very much an highlighting powder, and it did take a couple of uses for me to work out the best way to apply it.

For everyday use, I love to use the Real Techniques Setting Brush to dust the powder across my cheekbones and browbones in a light sweeping motion. I also like to use my Real Techniques Shading Brush to dust a little powder along the bridge of my nose and my cupids glow.

The Candlelight Powder creates such an ethereal glow to the skin, it’s unlike any other highlighter I’ve ever tried. It doesn’t give a sheen to the skin like say MAC Lightscapade or theBalm’s Mary Lou Manizer.. it’s so much softer, and stunning. It’s such a flattering highlighter powder and gives the skin a subtle golden glow, and luckily the glitter in the pan doesn’t translate to the skin.

I was worried that the peachy tones would be a little too warm for my skintone, but it works really well and doesn’t add any colour to my skin as it truly is translucent. I really do love this Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder, and it’s just fuelled my Too Faced obsession even more.. I love how it can be applied sparingly for day to day use, or built up for a more intense glow for nights out – it’s love.

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