Yes, I’ve got more lovely Jouer goodies to share with you guys today! In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve really been loving this brand lately. I just love the simple, paired-down aesthetic of the line–it’s a little reminiscent Laura Mercier…except with way cooler packaging! Jouer offers superior formulas, lovely textures, super wearable shades, and intelligent packaging. It’s perfect really–no muss, no fuss just brilliant products that are pretty and work. Today, I’m showing you a cream product from the line–the aptly titled Highlighter. From Jouer:
“These lightweight cream highlighters instantly illuminate cheekbones, eyes and décolleté, providing a stunning luminescence with a sheer, sheen finish.”
I received the shade Tiare, a shimmering, warm creamy-gold. I’m not sure if you know this or not, but the Tiare is a type of gardenia that is native to Tahiti. You may have heard of monoi oil before (a heavenly perfumed oil that I’ve taken to using in place of fragrance lately)? Well the tiare flower is the flower that perfumes monoi oil. I think Tiare is the perfect name for this glowy-gold highlighter–it evokes more a feeling than the physical form of the flower, if that makes sense. It calls to mind warm, tropical days and golden sand and sunshine. In a word, it’s beautiful.
Now don’t be deceived by the simple and straight-forward “Highlighter” moniker–this highlighter is anything but boring. It has an incredibly smooth and silky balm consistency. It’s not slick in that overtly silicone-y way but the oils and waxes in this highlighter make for an amazingly luxurious, satiny feel. It spreads with ease across the skin and hardly takes any effort at all to blend. The resulting gilded sheen is very smooth and even–it’s hard to discern any individual shimmer particles because the thin, silken texture of the product melts into the skin so well and the shimmer is so, so fine.
When it comes to cream products, I usually prefer to use my (clean) fingers to better melt the product and work it into the skin. This highlighter is just brilliant when used that way–you can use a brush of course, but I just find that the finish is much more seamless when applied with fingers.
*Pardon the surface–I nicked it with my nail literally right before taking these photos :/
As far as packaging goes, please refer to my original review of the Mineral Powder Bronzer in Suntan for more details.
I compared Tiare to 2 other highlighters in my collection that I thought were the most similar–my JK Jemma Kidd Spotlight Intense Highlight Crème in After Show (a really beautiful and affordable highlighting stick. I’m surprised these don’t get more love–I’ve never heard anyonemention them before) and Giorgio Armani’s Fluid Sheer #2. The biggest difference between these 3 is that Tiare is creates the most even, natural-looking sheen. Both After Show and the Fluid Sheer #2 are beautiful but you are able to make out individual micro-shimmer particles on the skin. Tiare, meanwhile, just yields an ultra-fine glow. After Show and Tiare are closest but you can see that After Show is much more a pale white-gold and Tiare is much warmer and a touch darker.
Though the color is quite warm, it will be no less flattering on cooler skin tones. The lovely Charleston Girl over at Best Things in Beauty reviewed this one a while back and on her fairer, cool-toned skin, Tiare took on a slight rose tint. Still, if Tiara doesn’t work for you, Jouer has 2 other shades available: Camellia (shimmering pearl white) and Champagne (shimmering pink).
Tiare lasted about 5 hours before fading noticeably, which is fantastic for a cream product on my oily skin. This is by far one of my favorite products I’ve tried from Jouer thus far. The pigmentation is perfect, the glow is insanely gorgeous, the texture is luxurious…there’s not much more I can say–just look at those swatches! You need this highlighter. It’s a great first product to try for those of you who have been curious about the brand! You will fall in love.
Pros: gorgeous, gorgeous color; fine shimmer creates an even, natural sheen; color is flattering for all skin tones; texture is ultra silky and blends easily; good wear time; packaging is simple and useful
Cons: none at all!
»»Pricing: $20/0.07 oz. (2 g.)
»»Recommended for: everyone!
»»Overall Rating: A+
Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.