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Avon mainly offer cosmetic type products via a rep or from their website www.avonshop.co.uk.
Avon offer two different types of face pearls - Bronzing Pearls and Illuminating Pearls.
The Illuminating Pearls are designed to be used on your cheeks to give them a 'subtle, radiant sheen'.
When you receive the pearls, the round, plastic pot is packaged in a black box which looks simple yet smart. The black pot features a screw top lid. Inside, there is a thick, round applicator sponge. Underneath, is a decent amount of coloured pearls in various shades of pink.
This product has a 24 month shelf life.
Price and Availability
A 22g pot can be purchased from the website or from your local Avon rep. It retails at £9.00 but is often on offer. The current offer is 2 for £12 across a range of products which does allow you to gain a considerable saving for multiple purchases.
I am a fan of Avon make up and have been using it for years. One product I have used on and off for around 9 years or so is the Illuminating Pearls. Having branched out to try other blusher type products over the past few years, I had forgotten about these pearls. A few months ago, a neighbour started doing Avon and I was given the opportunity to purchase my favourite items again. I recently bought a pot of these pearls for just £5.00 but I would happily pay full price for this product.
The pot holding all the pearls is very secure and hasn't changed any over the years. When I received my most recent pot, it was approx 1/3 full of pearls. The pearls themselves are round and look like little round stones. You can tell they are have a powdery texture as the residue is evident around the inside of the pot. It doesn't look like you get much for your money the pearls do hold some amount of colour and last for ages! The pearls have a light cosmetic scent which isn't offensive in anyway.
Powder or Pearls?
I like to wear some blusher of some kind as I like to highlight my cheekbones and give my pale skin an injection of colour. I own lots of blusher products including compacts, loose powders, liquids and cream blushes but these are the only pearls I own. I am not a fan of the bronzed look hence why I opt for the Illuminating Pearls. These pearls are perfect for those with pale to medium skin in my opinion and I choose to apply over the top of my foundation/powder or onto bare skin depending on what type of look I wish to achieve.
I am not a fan of the sponge applicator. It is thick and this makes it a little difficult to work with. The surface of the sponge is a little scratchy but once you get around the fiddly size of it, it does pick up colour well and can be applied fairly easy. I prefer to use my own cosmetic brush with the pearls and favour a large blusher brush over any other. I clean my brushes regularly to ensure no build up of germs etc.
I skim my brush over the surface of the pearls and they hold together nicely. I have picked one up to test durability and can confirm that with a pearl squeezed between finger and thumb, the pearl will crumble into powder. Applying the colour with a brush is very simple as the pearls let off the perfect amount of colour. I sweep the brush across my cheeks and the colour transfer is excellent.
The various pink tones of these pearls is lovely as there is some light and deep tones which blend perfectly. Different looks can be achieved with these pearls and it is all down to layering. I have never applied too much colour to my skin and it is very easy to blend the colour to highlight my cheeks but not make me look clown like (like you would with blusher). A few swishes around the pot allows enough colour for a subtle, healthy pink glow on my cheeks. Perfect for day time use, using for work etc and this is the perfect 'barely there' and natural look. The colour is incredibly lightweight on my skin and my skin feels soft and smooth after applying it.
Layering the colour is very easy to do and I love a more evident colour for evening use. Applying a few sweeps of colour to my cheeks results in a warm glow which is so much more natural looking than a bright blusher. Extra layers results in a gorgeous shimmer on my cheeks - not over the top but pretty. I then apply some eyeliner, mascara and some lip balm. I love the way the pink tones compliment my pale skin and enhance my cheekbones but at the same time, leaving my skin looking fresh and glowing. The pearls do not clog up my skin or highlight dry areas which is excellent and the colour does last throughout the day but starts to fade a little by dinner time. The last traces are easy to remove with a cleansing wipe or make up remover.
These Illuminating Pearls are a firm favourite with me and have stood the test of time. My last pot lasted me over a year if I remember rightly so I think £9.00 is a fair price. I personally favour the pearls for using to perk up my skin and leave it looking less tired. If you have pale skin and do not like strong blushers or bronzing products, these pearls are definitely for you. The pearls are so much more natural on the skin and it is difficult to over do the colour.
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