Too Faced’s Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo is a second generation version of their original Candlelight highlighting powder. This one is designed to be more subtle, leaving just a luminous glow without even a hint of shimmer or sparkle. They say it “diffuses harsh light, giving your skin a soft, youthful luminosity.”
It contains two powders split down the middle, each taking up half of the compact. “Sheer Gold” is a pale golden beige and “Gilded Rose” is a light neutral pink with hints of a gold sheen, but no visible shimmer particles. You can use one color or the other, or blend the two to create a third.
The first thing I noticed about this product when I got it was that Gilded Rose doesn’t yield as much pigment as Sheer Gold. It’s stiffer. At first, I thought this was a quality issue and I set the compact aside for a while to review other items. Then I tested another pink highlighter – Prism from Smashbox’s Ultimate Palette. These were the only two pink highlighters I’d ever used. Prism made me rethink Gilded Rose, as I realized you don’t necessarily want a lot of pigment in a pink highlighter. It would just look like a blush.
So I went back and retested Candlelight Glow Duo, and fell in love. It’s very subtle compared to another favorite of mine, Mary-Lou Manizer by TheBalm, a shimmering champagne powder that looks great if you use an extremely light hand, but can emphasize skin flaws if you accidentally get too much (which I’ve done). With Candlelight Glow Duo, I’m not sure you can get too much. It seems to just keep diffusing if you try to build it up, so all you get is an extremely subtle luminosity. With Mary Lou, sometimes people compliment me on whatever it is I’ve got on my cheeks. With Candlelight Glow Duo, people tell me I’m looking really good, but they’re unable to get specific about why. That’s the kind of subtlety we’re talking about.
As for wear time, this performs very well. I had to apply it super heavily to see, but it only faded a little bit toward the end of the day. You might need to touch up for evening if you wear it all day long.
Candlelight Glow Duo swatches
This is Sheer Gold swatched very heavily on the left, and then swatched just as heavily on the right but sheered out. It’s still heavier than you’d ever wear it because I used a spongetip applicator – a brush would never pick up this much pigment. I swatched it this way because when I apply it like normal, you can’t really see it in a photo. This is to give you an idea of the color, and the fact that it’s got sheen but no shimmer particles at all.
This is Gilded Rose swatched the same way – heavily on the left, and heavily but sheered out on the right. It’s not actually all that pink – it’s more neutral with pink leanings, but still has a fair amount of what looks like Sheer Gold built in to me.
And here’s the peachy color you get if you swirl both colors together. This is how I prefer to use them, actually.
It’s on my cheekbones and down my nose – see what I mean about subtle? It’s there, but you can’t be sure it’s not just a natural glowy spot.
This is a very subtle highlighting powder. Gilded Rose can seem a bit stiff and unyielding compared to Sheer Gold, but it actually applies as much pigment as I can imagine anyone wanting in a pink highlighter. This compact gives you a choice of a champagne color, a neutral pinkish color or a peachy color (the two blended together).
Available at Sephora (0.35 ounces for $29).