Mark Instant Vacation Illuminating Powder Review

There are two kinds of people in the world: the glitterati and everyone else. Mark has introduced a product for both.

Just in time for summer, New Glowdacious Illuminating Powder is a pressed powder that enhances skin tone by brightening and illuminating. It comes in three colors: ‘Prettied Up’ (light), ‘Shimmied Up’ (medium), and ‘Amped Up’ (dark). Each color comes in three shades pressed into one compact. Mark suggests the best effect is from blending all three onto your brush, but you can use individual shades as subtle eye color, or for illuminating specific areas.

I used the ‘Prettied Up’, since I have fair skin. The first time I used the product, I brushed it all over my face. Immediately, my face was imbued with a sheer glitter when the light hit it. If you’re into body glitter, then the effect is perfect. It’s subtle, but visible without being gauche. I, however, generally do not like to sparkle–it’s not my thing. So, the next time I used the powder, I used it only to highlight my cheeks. This was perfect for my style. It called attention to my cheekbones for a perfect summer look. I also use the white shade in the ‘Prettied Up’ compact to highlight the inner corners of my eyes. I’ll definitely be keeping this in my summer make-up rotation.

A friend of mine of South Asian descent happened to be visiting while I was testing the product. She tried the dark shade, ‘Amped Up’ on her cheeks. She loved it because it defined her cheekbones without looking fake. She frequently finds that blush or bronzer never looks natural on her skin tone. She found ‘Amped Up’ to be a great alternative for the more traditional blush hues. We both loved the bright summery feel of the product.

Product provided free to writer for reviewMark’s Glowdacious Illuminating Powder will be available from Mark in May 2010 ( or through your Mark representative. Each compact includes the pressed powder, a mirror, and a brush and costs $12. If you plan on using the product heavily, $12 might be a little steep. If, like me, however, you intend to use it for a special summer look, then $12 is a bargain. The color lasts all day without reapplication, is non-comedogenic, and oil-free. Should be good for all skin types.

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