June 19, 2012

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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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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

  • catazure

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

  • midori

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

    • 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

      • 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?

  • 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!!!

  • 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.