The best thing about Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes is their finish, they’re luminous and light-catching without being shimmery or glittery. I haven’t unfortunately had the opportunity to see whether the shade range for blushes is WOC friendly. One of my first blog posts was about the holiday palette which tbh I haven’t used since I got it.

Radiant Magenta however, is a completely different story. This colour is one of my favourites for a 5 minute face. It works with all of my nude/pink lip colours and because of the finish it never looks overapplied.

Today’s swatches will mostly be on my mom, Savitry. She’s a tad darker and less yellow-toned than I am, but hopefully these swatches will still be useful. In fact, I hope they’ll be more useful as you’ll be able to see how the products look on mature skin.


Not going to lie, I originally considered this palette because of all the hype around Jaclyn Hill. I don’t follow her on Youtube but Instagram swatches can get even the best of us.

What made this trio more compelling was the results when I Google searched the ‘Blushed Copper on Dark Skin.’ Search it yourself and you will not be disappointed. It looked so good on the Black women who reviewed it that I had to see if it would work with yellower undertones.

I picked this up at Sephora for $44CAD.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Champagne Glow Palette featuring Champagne Pop x Jaclyn Hill
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Champagne Glow Palette featuring Champagne Pop x Jaclyn Hill

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Champagne Glow Palette featuring Champagne Pop x Jaclyn Hill

Each one of these is just under 1/3 the size of a regular Shimmering Skin Perfector. You’re not actually getting much of a value (if any) but I prefer smaller pan size with greater variation because I hardly ever finish any one product.

I was a huge fan of the BITE holiday set from a couple years ago and decided that I had waited long enough to pick up another.  Three of four of the colours work well for women of colour. And I’ve heard complaints about Café from even the fairest of people, so at least we’re all suffering with an equally useless shade together.

It seems that this is sold out online but hopefully a local store still carries it if you’d like to pick it up.

Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Eyeshadow Palette was designed with a range of colours that would ‘contour’ the eye. But this choice of branding doesn’t really offer anything different to what most of us have always done with our shadows (light on the lid and dark in the crease). Part of its appeal comes from the fact that the entire palette is matte with neutral colours. I picked mine up at Sephora and it retails for $54CAD. Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

This new trend known as ‘strobing’ focuses on achieving a luminescent shine. This is the most frequently cited ‘example’ image.  And you can see that there’s a very white/pearlescent highlighted look without any contouring. I also highly suspect that it takes a lot of inspiration from Korean makeup trends which focuses mostly on the skin and brightening it. I’ve done a blog post on Korean contouring in the past which is here. This ice-queen/white mascara look definitely isn’t the best for women of colour but there are so many highlighting options in both the drugstore and high end that you don’t need to worry. 

Usually when I post swatches for new products I try to either take as many pics in store or buy a wide selection of colours I think will work for women of colour. NARS’ Dual Intensity Blushes were unfortunately not a product I could do that with. With two shades, varying levels of intensity wet or dry, and a high price point it simply wasn’t possible. So I went in with the goal of getting just one. I ended up visiting Holt Renfew at Yorkdale Mall to purchase one, which came to $58.76CAD with tax (eep), but price per ounce they’re about the same as other mid-range blushes such as MAC. I didn’t get the name of the artist who helped me but she was lovely, helpful and applied the blush in a very flattering way (as opposed to the stripes I often get at Sephora).

We’re seeing red lips on the runway this summer, meaning you don’t need to wait for winter months or a little black dress to rock them.


Women of colour have a less difficult time than most finding a shade of red to suit them but in case you’re still having trouble I’ve added a few pics of colours I own below. And if you’re taking inspiration from the 2015 summer runway, the most important thing is making sure nothing looks too perfect. No crisp lines, no lip liner, and no concealer around the edges. Make sure to blot some of the pigmentation out of your lips with a tissue after you apply too.