Lunasol Glowing Powder Cheeks EX03 Review & Swatches

Although I reviewed and kinda sorta trashed the Lunasol Glowing Powder Cheeks Blush in a past post I was terribly tempted by the limited edition EX03 shade that was released with the Lunasol Summer 2012 Collection.

This shade combines a pretty orange and a peachy pink in one powder that can be used together or separately.

Take a look!

Lunasol Glowing Powder Cheeks comes in a cute Benefit Box of Powder style packaging with a brush applicator for application. Unlike Benefit’s version the packaging is a little less sturdy than Benefit’s but remains travel friendly thanks to a fabric covered rubber band that wraps around the box to keep it sealed shut. Unlike Benefit’s rougher bristled brush this comes with a softer brush that’s a bit on the smaller side but still fits the contour of cheeks nicely for application on the go although I prefer my own brush for the best application results.

As I mentioned in my original review I think at this price point the blush is a bit disappointing due to the sheerness of it. The blush formula is a soft, silky formula with a sheerer color pay off that builds easily. I like that I can’t over do this blush no matter how much I apply however, I do think at 3,500 yen one would expect a bit more pigmentation.

The color selection is gorgeous to say the least but I find the colors apply the same no matter if they are combined or separately used. It gives me cheeks a subtle hint of peachiness that runs on the cooler side. I felt like it looked a lot like Pure Coral, the shade I originally indulged in, so I was a bit disappointed in this aspect.

I also feel like the “Glowing Powder” puts the product in a poor light as you think you’ll be getting a more radiant, glowy finish but in reality I’m not seeing that finish factor in after application although I will say it does look very healthy and natural on my face.

3,500 yen for 6g of powder is a bit much since I feel like this lacks Lunasol’s original formula.

3,500 yen translates terribly to USD at the moment so you’re look at nearly $44. For that price you can get almost twice the product if you purchase Benefit Coralista at $28 and you’ll benefit from the gorgeous golden peach glow you desired which Lunasol promises but doesn’t deliver on.

Overall, I give it props for folks like me that have a heavier hand because truly it creates the perfect finish no matter how much you use. It’s very natural, healthy, and perfect and applies foolproof with effortless application. However, for me I get a little disappointed at the lack of glow and the pigmentation here. Injecting both into the formula would get a bigger rave from me.

On Cheeks: EX03

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  • 6/19/12 23:38 LINDARRAGNAR:

    I’m such a sucker for the boxed packages! The blush is really pretty.


  • 6/20/12 0:25 catazure:

    That color does you no justice, Muse.
    Your eyebrows look great, though!


    • 6/20/12 9:09 the Muse:

      does me no justice? I didn’t think it was that bad :)


  • 6/20/12 0:46 stef:

    pretty pretty pretty, must have!


  • 6/20/12 11:58 midori:

    Hi Muse!
    The color does look nice, but Lunasol fails to interest me lately…:( It’s a good thing for my wallet, though!


    • 6/20/12 12:01 the Muse:

      hey midori! How are you dear? same here….! rehash of same old shades and products blah! did you see jill Stuart fall 2012? that I want in on ;D


      • 6/20/12 20:32 midori:

        I’m enjoying my time back home right now : ) Jill’s limited edition blush for fall is calling my name, actually!! How can I resist a blush called Berry Tiramisu?


  • 6/20/12 12:42 Cassie:

    Holy cow, that looks GORGEOUS on you muse!! Too bad for the high price and low pay off though :( I normally probably put this on my wish list since it’s so cute and looks like a lovely color but not if you have to use a heavy hand and will thus go through the product so quickly. Too bad!!!


  • 9/26/12 8:58 Taffy:

    The color is nice on you. I find the benefit style cardboard packing to be bulky though as I have alot of makeup and limited storage. I would probably depot it into a z-palette if I knew it was a steel pan cause they stick to those magnet palettes really well. Those recycled aluminum pans are a pain.


    • 9/26/12 15:13 the Muse:

      ugh wish I could, always terribly hard for me to depot anything taffy!


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