Happy Friday! Hope you’ve all had a great week & are ready for the weekend. I know I am. It’s officially only 1 week until I go on holiday back to my fave place – Wroclaw! So I’m definitely feeling pretty happy right now. Today I wanted to review the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée in the shade Heatwave, whilst it’s still available to buy. It’s a limited edition bronzer highlight (which has been re-released a couple times) but you can pick it up HERE AT ASOS if you’re interested.
Estée Lauder describe this illuminating powder gelée as a super luxurious all over bronzer which gives you a heavenly glow. They say it smooths on as a soft sheen and builds up to a luminous pearl highlight. So it sounds like the perfect multi use product!
The packaging is super stunning – I wouldn’t expect anything less from Estée Lauder. You get a mirror in the compact which is always nice too.
It comes in 3 shades: Heatwave, Solar Crush & Mirage. I have got the shade Heatwave as it is the lightest shade available. I actually got this myself as a free gift when I purchased Double Wear foundation during a special offer at Boots. But the price is set quite high at £38. However, this is to be expected from Estée Lauder.
The first thing I noticed when I opened up the compact was the amazing smell. It’s really luxurious & a little sweet. The design on the powder is stunning – I didn’t want to ruin it!
I did think this would be a little dark for my skin tone, and if I’m honest it very slightly is, but it’s not something I can’t get away with. If you are paler than me though, I would imagine this would come off a little muddy on you.
The texture of this is lovely – it’s a really smooth powder. I apply it with a fluffy highlight brush & gradually build up to give me the desired result. I normally need a couple of layers of this for maximum glow. You can even make it more intense by using a setting spray on the skin before applying. It doesn’t look chalky or chunky on the skin, it glides on and sits nicely without emphasising texture as some more powdery highlights can. It really does look beautiful and provides a stunning healthy glow. The shade Heatwave is perfect for pale skin in summer as it does warm up the skin a little as well as highlighting. I can’t wait to use this on holiday!
I find that most highlights don’t last all day on the skin, & while this one isn’t super visible by the end of the day, it does out preform the cheaper options in my collection for longevity. I like to top up any highlight I wear throughout the day if I can. This one is perfect to do that with as it is a neat little compact with a mirror – much easier than some of the highlight palettes I have!
Here’s a few comparisons of highlighters that I would consider similar.
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess in Heatwave – £38 | Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl in Gilded Honey £21 | Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl in Molten Copper – Seasonal Edition
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess in Heatwave – £38 | Makeup Revolution x Soph Highlight Palette £8
Overall I think this is a stunning highlight which gives you a lovely summer glow. £38 is pretty expensive for a highlight, but it is seriously beautiful & I see this as sort of a collectors piece for Estée Lauder lovers & I’m sure it will last me ages. However, there are more affordable highlights on the market which gives this some serious competition.
What do you think of this Limited Edition highlight? Would you be tempted to pick it up before it’s too late? I’d love you to leave a comment below!