Westman Atelier has some beautiful sets this year. The Squeaky Clean Vault ($228, available at Westman Atelier and Bergdorf Goodman) is quite the splurge with six new shades of the Squeaky Clean Lip Liquid Balm, all exclusive to this set. Today I have a look + swatches.
The six colors include:
Parla – sheer sparkling gold
Biscuit – neutral cool beige
Ma Biche – cherry red
Lou Lou – plum brown
Snowy – sheer sparkling white
Rudey Nudey – perfect nude pink
The Squeaky Clean Lip Liquid Balms are smooth and non-sticky. They have a nice moisturizing feel with a natural glossy look. They adhere well to the lips though without feeling like they’ll slide off. Colors pull on the sheer side in terms of pigment for the lighter and neutral colors. Deeper bold shades have more color payoff.
I really like the set and most of the colors. The lighter shades pull really sheer, especially the two sparkly ones – if they had more pigment or sparkle color payoff I would have absolutely 100% loved it. Parla and Snowy still give the lips that glassy gloss shine which I think is pretty – would have liked to see more pigment.
Whether or not it’s for you depends on if you can see yourself wearing all the shades or if you think it’s worth the splurge. It can be difficult to justify a set if you don’t like all the colors. I think it’s lovely and would make a great WOW gift. That being said if you only like certain shades I think you can find dupes in other lines.
If you’ve been eyeing this set I hope the swatches help you! I have a review of the Petal Edition Set here along with swatches of all the Baby Cheeks and other Squeaky Clean Lip Balms I own.
Westman Atelier has some beautiful sets for holiday and today I have a look at her Petal Edition Set ($134). This set has 3 full-sized items in the Petal color with her Baby Cheeks Blush Stick, Lit Up Highlight Stick and Squeaky Clean Liquid Lip Balm. You can find this now at Nordstrom, Sephora and Violet Grey.
If you’re into the minimalist glowy makeup look you’ll love this Petal Set. I already own her Baby Cheeks in Petal but I use it so often I did not mind getting another one in this set. Both the lip balm and highlight stick are exclusive to this set right now.
The Baby Cheeks Blush in Petal is a soft rose pink cream. It has a creamy finish with a slight dry down but still remains fresh and dewy looking. On my normal/combination skin this is not the longest lasting but I still find it has decent staying power for a cream blush. These come in her magnetized twist up stick format.
The Lit Up Stick in Petal is a really pretty cool-toned pink. Pigment is extremely sheer with this one and adds a glossy glow to anywhere you apply it. It’s a versatile product you can add to the cheeks, lips, eyes. I’m not really a fan of the glossy balm look on the face but it does add a nice pretty fresh dewy glow. I know a lot of you are huge fans of anything dewy. I think this is a nice addition to her lineup.
The Squeaky Clean Liquid Lip Balm in Petal is really pretty. In general this formula is extremely sheer (except for the darker bold shades) and the balms offer just a slight wash of color. The formula has a nice smooth texture and they feel like a balm on the lips. I layer these on top of a lip pencil most of the time but find they will wear nicely alone too. I really love these but wish they had more pigment. The colors are so good I would have loved to have an option that matches what you see in the tube more.
Overall I think the set is beautiful. It’s easy to wear for any season. I like the fresh pops of pink it has too!
Since it’s been a while since I’ve done a Westman Atelier roundup I’ve added swatches of all the Baby Cheeks, Lit Up Sticks and Squeaky Clean Lip Balms I have. If you’ve been asking for swatches of everything side by side, these are for you!
By popular request I have a Westman Atelier beauty haul review + swatches. I love the Superloaded Tints (reviewed last year here) and think Peau de Peche is one of the most beautiful unique colors I’ve tried! The most recent launch from Westman Atelier is the Eye Pods. They were kind enough to send Les Nuits for review and I loved the look so much I tracked down the Les Jours before the trio sold out (hoping it will restock soon). You can find Westman Atelier online at their website. I’ve also ordered things from Violet Grey, Credo Beauty and Net-A-Porter.
The Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer comes in one shade called Coup de Soleil. It’s a matte powder bronzer that is super soft and smooth. Color is a neutral-warm matte soft brown with a slight pink tinge – it does show up on my medium tan skin (I’m usually around MAC NC35-40). It has a super soft powdery texture and blends in smoothly without oxidizing or looking muddy. I think it’s a nice one for a wearable lighter-toned bronzer. By comparison Tom Ford Terra is the closest and it’s a tiny bit lighter in color and MAC Radiant Matte in Beige-ing Beauty is close but a little more brown.
Wearing the bronzer on the cheeks, beauty breakdown:
I have such a love/hate relationship with cream blushes because most don’t work for me in hot humid Florida. The Baby Cheeks Blush Stick is one of the better formulas I’ve tried with a creamy almost waxy formula that has a nice dry down. It is easy to blend and once it sets on the skin it does not feel super emollient or too dewy but still looks like fresh glowing skin. Petal is a medium rose pink that sheers once blended. Lasting power is around 4 hours on me before it starts to fade.
I also tried it on the lips and it gave them a soft washed matte glow. Below wearing Petal on lips and cheeks.
Super Loaded Tint in Peau de Rose
I love the Super Loaded Tint in Peau de Rose is a complex shimmery pink rose with white pearl. To me it has a more dewy creamy feel compared to the Peau de Peche/Soleil but is still easy to blend. It gives a shimmery glow to the skin and has a soft coconut scent to it. I think the Hourglass Vanish Flash Stick in Pink Flash or Rose Gold Flash have a similar effect on the skin.
Eye Pods in Les Jours and Les Nuits + Eye Shadow Brush I
Last I have a look at the new trios called Eye Pods. These are individual eyeshadow pots with twist lids. The packaging is magnetic so you can stack them as well. The Eye Pods have luminous formula with a velvety cream-powder hybrid – they feel like bouncy creams with a powdery dry down. Pigment is sheer to medium – they have a soft look on the eyes but you can build and layer for more color.
The formula adheres well to the skin making the lasting power is very good. Les Jours has a softer look with Neige (sheer pearly white), Tabac (metallic golden-bronze sand) and Chocolat (plummy bronze shimmer). On me this is very natural and glowy looking for a nice everyday look.
My favorite of the two is Les Nuits which has Champagne (iridescent soft pink), Vin Rouge (warm reddish shimmer) and Noir (softwash faded deep grey black shimmer).
I also picked up the Eye Shadow Brush I which I need to play around more with. This is larger than I’m normally used to so I found it a little awkward to apply and blend eye colors for my eye size and shape. It is well made of nylon fibers. If it were smaller or shorter I think it would be easier for me to use.
Overall I love the look of the Eye Pods! I think Les Jours makes for a really nice everyday kind of look although I think Les Nuits is more unique and prettier! I’m pleasantly surprised by the Baby Cheeks cream blush although I still prefer powders. The new Peau de Rose highlighter is quite stunning but it is very shimmery and I think can be duped with the Hourglass Vanish Flash Sticks which have longer lasting power on me and a better dry down.
For those who have been asking for a review I hope you found this helpful! I do not have a counter near me so I have been relying on other reviews on beauty blogs and YouTube. Although the in-person beauty shopping situation has completely changed with Covid-19. They started to open up stores in Florida and limit the number of people that can enter a store. We are required to wear masks in our area (although I think it varies by county). I stopped by the mall for the first time in a long time last week. Nordstrom has all the testers covered with a plastic sheet (like a plastic wall!) so you can’t touch anything. In Sephora they have signs everywhere saying “Do Not Touch” for the testers. If you want to see anything an associate will help you and they swatch product for you on a tissue. I haven’t even tried shopping at any other beauty place and most of my purchases (except groceries) are online.
More beauty reviews coming next week! I have a lot of nail polishes I’m excited about. More NARS newness coming soon to the blog. I just ordered the new Gucci Bronzers and Lipstick (they arrived today and look beautiful!). If you’ve followed me on IG stories I’m trying to figure out my right shade for the new La Mer Radiant Skin Tint (Medium is slightly too dark, so I’m giving Light Medium a try).
I have a mini luxury highlighter edit today with some new to me formulas from Westman Atelier, La Mer and Tom Ford Beauty. I have swatches and makeup looks for all five colors in today’s roundup. At this point I have enough highlighters to last me multiple lifetimes! There are quite a few new launches out from many brands. I narrowed down my picks to the colors and formulas that interested me the most. For a quick roundup of my favorite existing ones to date, scroll down to the end and I’ll summarize my top picks compared to the new ones I tested.
Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tint Highlight
For months SO MANY of you have been begging me to review products from Westman Atelier. The packaging and rave reviews had me intrigued along with the small edited range. I held off for so long because I was hoping to see everything in person but decided to order the Super Loaded Tints ($75 each for 4 g/0.14 oz) in Peau de Peche and Peau de Soleil sight unseen because curiosity got the best of me and I could not be happier. I bought mine from Barney’s.
As everyone has mentioned about the line the packaging is exquisite. These come in a hefty mirrored compact that feels luxurious and special when you hold it. The highlighters are a lovely cream to powder finish that have the most lovely shimmer and glow with an easy to blend finish. They are both deeper than traditional champagne colored highlighters which I love. Peau de Peche is a multi-dimensional soft rosy bronze pearl on my skin and if you’re fair it will look more rosy/bronze. I love this on the cheek bones or eyes. It’s absolutely stunning and I cannot rave enough about it.
Above left wearing just the highlighter on the cheeks, on the right added MAC Peaches, full breakdown:
Peau de Soleil is a newer color that launched in the summer. I’m a sucker for anything bronze and this one has a golden bronze shimmer with visible yellow gold flecks. On my olive skin it pulls a little yellow with the sheen so I can’t wear it alone on my cheeks. I have to pair it with something pink or peach as a blush, but I ADORE this one on the eyes.
Lasting power is excellent. Finish is shimmery but make the skin look radiant. For application I’ve been using either my fingers, the MAC 133S brush or Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Brush. I’m seriously tempted to buy one of her brushes but I would rather save for another one of her makeup products like the foundation or bronzer.
La Mer The Glow Highlighter
I’m 100% thrilled with the La Mer The Glow Highlighter ($105 for 5 g/0.17 oz). It took my breath away the second I spotted in store but with the $105 price tag I didn’t know if I’d have buyers remorse after. After playing with it I still don’t know that I think it’s worth the price but it is beautiful, I love it to bits and I have no regrets buying. It has a sheer smooth shimmery white cream on one side and a peachy pearlescent powder highlighter on the other. I love that it has a separator inside to protect the cream from powder debris. I could probably find something similar from MAC, Anastasia, Tarte etc. but I think the cream and powder formula is so good. The shimmer factor is perfect for me as well, it’s not too frosty and it’s not too sheer. If Tom Ford’s Shade and Illuminate products were the same as this La Mer cream I would 100% love it (for me the TF is too dewy).
I swatched it next to the Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in Moodlight which is probably my favorite. The colors are similar but not the same. Also the Tom Ford has a much higher sharper shimmer finish.
On the face, cream is just on the left photo, on the right I layered the powder on top:
I already reviewed the Tom Ford Soleil Neige Collection a few days ago but wanted to give you a closer look at the product on the face. The Glow Drops in Reflects Gilt and Glacial Rose are sheer once blended so it’s hard for me to capture the true finish on camera. I applied both over Tom Ford Bronzer in Terra to hopefully give you an idea on the difference in sheen. If you want a natural highlight that isn’t glaring or too sharp these are really beautiful.
Overall thoughts are that I have 5 out of 5 that are winners. I purchased them all myself and I think the Westman Atelier Peau de Peche is the best one out of the colors I tried. I really love the La Mer Glow Highlighter but I don’t think the colors are really unique. I’m still really loving both of the Tom Ford Glow Drops. To date I would say my top 5 highlighters that have been previously released include the Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Duo in Moodlight, Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion, Hourglass Vanish Flash Stick in any color, Fenty Killawatt Highlighter in Afternoon Snack/Mo Honey and MAC Mineralize Finish in Global Glow.
Have you tried any of the highlighter I reviewed today? What did you think? Do you have a favorite you keep reaching for right now? Are there any other holiday highlighters you want me to review? The new Chanel holiday review is coming soon and I’ll be in including that one for sure. Let me know in the comments!