Jouer Glisten Lip Gloss in Nude Glisten on lips and Glistening Brightening Powder on upper cheek bones
My brain perceives sparkly makeup and ice cream (BASKIN-ROBBINS!) in similar ways. When I see either of them behind their respective counters, I do a lot of ooh-ing and aah-ing with grabby fingers in the air. Most of the time I can barely speak at all, with the only sentence I’m able to utter consisting of the words, “I want!”
That’s what glitter can do to ya. It’s powerful stuff — especially good glitter, like the kind in Jouer’s new Glisten Up collection for spring.
From left to right: Glisten Lip Gloss in Rose Glisten, Coral Glisten and Nude Gliste; Glisten Brightening Powder
Indie line Jouer takes a simple, straightforward approach to makeup that’s both feminine and sophisticated at the same time. The brand reminds me of Becca…if Becca left the beach early to hang out downtown.
Like good-looking, well-mannered men who also happen to be a little short, good glitter is small, fine and sophisticated (Ben McKenzie in a suit). It’s glitter for grownups. Picture the kind of glitter Snooki would wear, swing the pendulum in the opposite direction, and BAM! That’s good glitter (sorry, Snooks!).
Available now at Henri Bendel stores and also online, the pieces in Glisten Up come calling with just the right amount of good glitter. The release features three sheer glosses with subtle sparkle, a powder eyeshadow and a luminous loose powder that glows on the skin like stars in the sky. All of them are designed with luminescence in mind, aka soft shimmer.
Today I let my lips and cheeks enjoy the company of the glosses and loose powder…
Glisten Lip Gloss in Nude Glisten, Coral Glisten and Rose Glisten ($20 each)
These smooth glosses (no grit) are thick like a MAC Lipglass but nowhere near as sticky. They last about three hours on my lips and are neither scented nor flavored.
The sheer, almost transparent colors contain a faint whisper of shimmer. I don’t think I’m able to appreciate their subtlety on my pigmented lips as much as someone with lighter lips could.
I their smooth texture and subtle shine and can see myself reaching for these before rushing out to do errands. I can also see wearing them when I want to pair subtle lips with a bold eye. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Glistening Brightening Powder ($28)
Imagine turning down the shimmer on a highlighting powder, and that’s Jouer’s new Glistening Brightening Powder. I think opalescent, peachy pink loose powder looks like crushed pink, peach and white pearls in a jar. It’s SUPER pretty. Fo’ reals, the swatch here doesn’t do it justice (I tried).
It even contains bits of golden glitter, which I thought might make it too disco, but no way. It illuminates skin with a pretty candlelit glow.
For these pics, I applied the powder onto the tops of my cheekbones with a fluffy domed brush (the MAC 224), but next time I plan to try a light dusting all over the face. I bet it would also look lovely lightly dusted beneath the eyes and provide a subtle brightening effect.
I feels weightless on my skin, meaning I don’t feel it at all. The grains are so finely milled that they practically melt into the pores. LOVE THIS! MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A, or maybe even an A+ (if it were $18 instead of $28)
From left: Coral Glisten, Nude Glisten and Rose Glisten
Glistening Brightening Powder
Swatches from left: Glistening Brightening Powder, Nude Glisten, Coral Glisten and Rose Glisten
Coral Glisten on lips
Rose Glisten on lips. Additional makeup worn in this look: Jouer Powder Eyeshadow in Caramel, Jouer Eye Definer in Chocolat, NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Benefit Brows a Go-Go, Panthera Mascara, Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener and Josie Maran Argan Blend Concealer on eyes; Jouer Powder Blush in Rose on cheeks
Based on what I’ve seen, I will definitely Glisten Up. I love the way Jouer handled the shimmer with these products, and I think it all fits the brand well. What we have here is glitter that my 30-something self feels comfortable in. Bravo, Jouer!
I need a green beer right away…
I don’t know about you, but I’m plum tuckered out. This week kicked my butt. I blame the time change. Seriously! I know it was only an hour, but I’ve felt off all week long. Well, I guess it’s been longer than that.
I’m looking forward to this weekend. I’ve been thinking about dusting off my knittin’ needles and takin’ a stab at a new hat.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,