Monday, July 16, 2012

Topshop: Sunbeam Highlighter

I only got to know Topshop after becoming a beauty blogger. Because the brand has no stores in Portugal, it was only after starting writing and reading about beauty (and sometimes fashion) that I got to know it. I'm not into fashion, don't pay that much attention to my clothes and don't follow any trends. What got me on Topshop's website was their makeup line. And, honestly, I don't mean the quality or diversity of the range but their packaging. The dots on the blushes, the stars in the highlighters, the stripes on the lipsticks... don't know why but found it pretty and wanted to have some in my stash. Not the products, not a specific lipstick color but just the cute white packaging with some polka dots or stars on top.

Só conheci a Topshop depois de me tornar uma blogger de beleza. Uma vez que a marca não tem lojas em Portugal, foi só depois de ter começado a escrever e a ler sobre beleza (e às vezes sobre moda) que a fiquei a conhecer. Não me interesso por moda, não ligo muito à minha roupa e não sigo tendências. Aquilo que me levou ao site da Topshop foi a sua linha de maquiagem. E, na verdade, não foi a sua qualidade ou diversidade de oferta mas o visual. As bolinhas nos blushes, as estrelas no iluminador, as riscas nos batons... Não sei bem porquê mas achei-a bonita e queria ter alguns na minha colecção. Não os produtos, não uma cor específica mas sim embalagens bonitinhas com umas bolinhas ou umas estrelas na tampa.

When I finally gave in and decided to get my hands on one of those beauties I wasn't looking for anything in particular. I didn't need another lipstick, or blush, or nail polish but there was one thing I didn't had: a golden highlighter! Sunbeam looked okay in the site photos and costing 9£ (11,42€) I decided to order it because, you know... the packaging. Because he was afraid to travel to Portugal all alone, he brought a lipstick and a blush with him because, you know... packaging. We'll talk about those in future posts, lets focus on the highlighter. The website claims this is a "shimmering silky golden highlighter to add lightness and radiance to face and body." This is huge (6.5 grams) and although I sweep this above my cheekbones and on my eyelids, I seriously doubt this will ever hit the pan. It's a shame it doesn't come with a mirror like their blushes do. The compact itself is quite sturdy but found it a bit hard to open.

Quando finalmente cedi e decidi pôr as mãos numa destas belezuras, não estava à procura de nada em particular. Não precisava de mais um batom, ou blush ou verniz mas havia uma coisa que não tinha: um iluminador dourado! O Sunbeam pareceu-me bem nas fotografias do site e pôr 9£ (11,42€) decidi encomendá-lo porque, vocês sabem... a embalagem. Como estava com medo de viajar sozinho para Portugal, trouxe consigo um batom e um blush porque, vocês sabem... a embalagem. Falaremos deles noutros posts, foquemo-nos no iluminador. O site diz que é um "iluminador dourado sedoso que adiciona leveza e radiância ao rosto e ao corpo." É enorme (6,5 gramas) e mesmo usando-o no topo das maçãs do rosto e nas pálpebras como sombra, duvido seriamente que alguma atinja o fundo. É uma pena não vir com um espelho como os blushes. A embalagem propriamente dita é rija mas achei-a um pouco difícil de abrir.

On the left side you have a heavy swatch and on the right just a light dust. As you can see, it gives you a nice golden sheen with very few product, as this has nice pigmentation. I don't like using this during the Winter months because I don't think it compliments my pale skin that well. I also think it will suit those with warmer tones best, but that doesn't mean others shouldn't try it. I use this one at night (just a matter of personal preference, it all depends on your skin tone and the look you're going for) and it stays on for four or five hours, the average wearing time I get from most powder highlighters.
I liked this highlighter it bothers me that the compact comes with that much product. Would like it best if it had less product (and cheaper) so I could hit the pan in less than five years. I know most women don't have several highlighters so they don't feel the need to finish one or two in order to buy new ones but how long will it take me to hit the pan applying it only above my cheekbones? Guess you're never satisfied.

À esquerda está um swatch pesado e à direita apenas umas leves passagens. Como dá para ver, dá à pele um brilho dourado bonito e como tem boa pigmentação basta pouco produto. Não gosto de o usar durante os meses de Inverno pois não acho que fique tão bem à minha pele branca. Também acho que fica particularmente bem a quem tem um subtom mais quente, o que não significa que os outros não o devam experimentar. Uso-o à noite (apenas por preferência pessoal, depende mais do vosso tom de pele e do visual que querem) e dura umas quatro ou cinco horas, a média dos iluminadores em pó no meu rosto.
Gostei deste iluminador mas incomoda-me que o compacto venha com tanto produto. Preferia que viesse com menos produto (e fosse mais barato) para que conseguisse chegar ao fundo em menos de cinco anos. Sei que a maior parte das mulheres não tem vários iluminadores e por isso não sentem necessidade de terminar um ou dois para poder comprar outros novos mas quanto tempo levarei a chegar ao fundo se só o uso no topo das maçãs do rosto? Parece que nunca estamos satisfeitas...


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