I recently got a Laura Geller set that included a duo compact of her Tropic Hues Baked Blush N’ Brighten ($27.50 for the full size at QVC) and Tahitian Glow Baked Body Frosting ($45 for the full size at Nordstrom). Since they work well together, I decided it made sense to review them together.
Tropic Hues is a pink coral blush with a gold sheen. When I wear it, I skip highlighter because it has a faint shimmer that gives a nice glow (but may be too un-subtle for some). This one is so easy to work with. Whether you apply it lightly or more heavily, it just glides on smoothly and blends out easily. It wears a nice long time for me, and I find the color is really flattering to my light skin tone. I think medium skin tones will also work for this one. I suspect it would work as a highlighter on deeper skin tones – it’s got enough gold, the only problem would be if the pink is a little too cool for warmer complexions. This one does indeed “blush and brighten.”
Tahitian Glow is a warm medium brown with a gold sheen. I thought it was going to be too warm for contouring, but it works for me. It also works well as a bronzer, and actually isn’t as shimmery as it looks in the pan. This one also wears a long time on me. I apply it lightly and it works very well on my light skin tone. On deeper skin tones, my guess it is will add just a slight hint of something warm and almost peachy. If it’s just the right color for you, it could actually work as an all over setting powder with a little bit of sheen.
This is with Tahitian Glow all over as a bronzer and applied more heavily to contour just under my cheekbones. Tropic Hues is worn as blush. I had a dewy foundation on under this, so very little of the sheen you’re seeing came from Tahitian Glow. I applied it very lightly, and at first I wasn’t sure it had altered my color much at all. Then I went over it again and saw the difference, but it’s still very subtle. Which is great for those of us with lighter skin tones!