Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Illuminating Emulsion
Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Illuminating Emulsion ($52.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a light-medium rosy pink with warm undertones and fine, pink and gold shimmer. Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Wild Rose (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate (Illuminate) (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $46.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Sassy Grape (LE) is cooler (80% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion is supposed to be a “weightless highlighter” that “stays put for “12 hours” that can be used as a “primer, foundation, or even a highlighter.” It has a thin, liquid-like consistency that’s more watery than it is substantial, so it mixes well with a variety of products without adding heaviness. I’m a big fan of using this type of product mixed with moisturizer or liquid foundations for an all-over glow. I reviewed the original shade, Celestial, years ago here, and I recently noticed the brand released two more shades, Starlight and Sunlight. The formula is very subtle as a targeted highlighter, but it works well patted onto cheekbones, down the nose, above the cupid’s bow, and so on, if desired. There’s a soft sheen and dewy finish that’s apparent but doesn’t move around my base products easily. The brand says 12-hour wear, which I don’t get; it added maybe an hour of wear time to my base products when mixed in, and on top of bare skin as a typical highlighter, it lasted a solid eight hours. I don’t expect that one needs to collect all three shades; this is ever-so-slightly more pink-toned and less golden, so it may suit those with pinker and redder skin tones a bit more than the original Celestial. Worth noting, the liquid version is pinker and not quite as peachy as the powder version.