I feel like I stumbled across a pretty special brand on Saturday! Bellápierre, an American brand specialising in cruelty free, mineral products with safe, minimal ingredients.
I was in the market for a new highlighter - one I could also use on the lid, dare I say it a dupe for Tom Fords Golden Mink eyeshadow quad - to give a subtle sparkle (no chunky glitter crumbs here please!). So when I stumbled across the Bellápierre Strobing Kit in a department store on Saturday afternoon in between clients I was super excited to give it a try!
The price: £12.99 down from its regular retail price of £50. At full price it doesn't seem like much of a steal in comparison to Mr Ford but at £12.99 I could afford to give it a go and chalk it up to experience if I was disappointed...
... but I wasn't disappointed - far from it!
Inside packaging, you get a cruelty free Fan Brush and 4 x 2g pure pigment pots of illuminator. Here is how the colours are described by Bellápierre;
Lustre - Icy white Mineral shimmer with a violet duochrome finish
Toast - Champagne mineral pigment with a white gold shimmer
Rosé - Rose gold mineral pigment with a silver shimmer
Sultry - Copper mineral pigment with a warm, golden finish
I'm heavily into all things Rose Gold at the moment thanks to one of this years brides who passed on this obsession to me, so I knew I wanted something that would deliver that colour by the truckload. However Toast is also absolutely amazing. The Lustre shade is beautiful, I'm not getting the duochrome but I haven't tried it foiled yet. It would make the perfect tear duct highlight. Sultry is just like molten gold.
In terms of texture, they don't feel grainy, just soft, super blendable and buildable. I would say that Lustre and Toast are more cool/ ashy whereas Rosé and Sultry are definitely warmer despite Rosé's silver shimmer. And the best bit - so far there has been minimal fallout which is a minor miracle for me and they have fab staying power! Here are the swatches:
I also decided to do a video so you can see how the product twinkles. It's just soooo pretty!
So on Saturday afternoon I had regular GirlyGlam client Kelly booked in for her night out makeup. Kelly loves all things Kylie Jenner, it's all about that contour and highlight plus she is seriously into her smokey eyes. Every time I have done her makeup she has always asked for a deep feline flick too.... not so this weekend! She presented me with a visual that just screamed Strobing!
On the centre of the lid I used a mixture of the Lustre and Rosé pigments and on the top of her cheekbones I used Toast.
I got to use these amazing pigments again today, this time on Bride to Be Amy. No time for a trial, just a quick consultation and the usual medical q's and a's and in we went.
This time I took inspiration from Amy's hair and hubby to be's tie and after creating my signature bridal look, I packed on the Rosé Gold pigment with a slightly damp MAC239 brush into the centre of Amy's eyelid. Again I used Toast as the cheek highlight, more subtly this time which just goes to demonstrate how versatile the product is. In hindsight I could have used a teeny tiny bit more but then again I always pick my work apart so maybe it's just fine! What do you think?
The verdict on these for me is Wow - I want to used them everywhere and in everyone! Will definitely be repurchasing!
Thanks for reading, hope it's been helpful!