Supermodel Glow with Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer (Review)

I'm constantly asked about eco makeup products, so I'm happy to review you the beautiful highlighter** by supermodel Miranda Kerr's brand, Kora organics! Btw: I'm sorry I haven't been posting as constantly lately - I just dealt with almost 3-week-long flu/cold, but now I'm back with a lot of new and fun upcoming posts! Enjoy!

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About Kora Organics

Kora Organics is a brand created by Australian model, Victoria's Secret Angel (lingerie giant's model) and self-help author Miranda Kerr. I used to be obsessed with models, fashion magazines and candid photos in my youth, but for the past few years I haven't paid any attention. I don't have a TV to follow Victoria's Secret shows - I highly doubt they even sell the brand in Finland. I still highly admire women who have made a business out of their modelling career as fashion isn't an easy business. Same goes with beauty. It "makes sense" a model would create their own clothing or beauty line, but to my understanding Miranda is also very passionate about sustainability, natural ingredients and organic life. The highlight ingredient of Kora organics is a fruit called noni, which is a "super fruit" that can be taken internally and externally. I learned Miranda has drank the juice of noni fruit since she was a child. 

 Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Rose Quartz Luminizer

Kora Organics Rose Quartz Highlighter is a cream pot highlighter with rose hued luminous glow. Can be used on the high points of the face with  be used with fingers or a small brush. The ingredients are mostly organic and 98.8% of natural origin.  6g/0.21 oz of product for 28.90€/$28 (Stockmann.fi and Sephora.com).

Using the Rose Quartz Luminizer

Don't you hate the expression when someone (especially a beauty blogger) is obsessed with something? Well, I am with this highlighter. It gives the most natural sheen without being too subtle or undetected. The luminizer makes the high points of your face to stand out and glow without looking like you've applied highlighter. Perfect for the "glowing from within", seamless finish.

I'm especially happy that the luminizer is easy to blend with fingers. I very lightly dip my index finger into the cream, do two to three taps on my cheek bone and use my middle finger to blend. If you need some inspiration or tips how to highlight your face, read my highlighter tips post. My mind does a little scream every time I dip my fingers into a cream product, but that's life. I think you could use a concealer brush, a small goat hair or synthetic brush to blend and buff this product, but honestly I think softer cream products are the easiest to apply and blend with fingers. I leave my brushes for harder cream products, such as the THREE Duo Highlighter (review here).

 Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Here's some highlighter applied on my cheekbones and cupid's bow. It blends into my foundation very seamlessly, it was pretty hard to capture on camera - congratulations if you notice anything, but take my word: it looks beautiful in real life!!

Ingredients

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Mica (and) CI 77891, Hydrogenated Palm Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract*, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil*, Tocopherol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Quartz

I usually don't dig the ingredients of makeup products, but as this is almost 100% natural and organic ingredients, I thought I would paste them for you. I was hesitant to use a makeup product high in coconut oil on my face, but luckily I've had zero congestion from using this highlight. I've also had no reaction from RMS beauty products, so if they worked for you so might Kora. If you're sensitive to shea butter or coconut oil proceed with caution or ask a sample. I don't own Tata Harper or RMS highlighters, but compared to my RMS Buriti Bronzer the Kora is much more softer in texture and doesn't feel as dry.

Notice: Coconut Oil etc natural butters should be kept under 30°C / 86F to avoid melting. Finland is now having a heatwave and my highlighter is a bit soft in the middle.

Swatches

 Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review
 Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review and Swatches

The color of Rose Quartz Luminizer is icy pale pink. In these pictures it looks almost lilac, but don't worry - this isn't an "unicorn highlighter" but has just a strong white undertone. I have nothing like it, but I swatched two of my pinky highlighters and the paler side of TF's Paradise lust and THREE Shimmering Glow Duo 01 (review here).

 Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review

Overall thoughts

This highlighter is a clear winner for me! I hope Kora Organics brings out more complexion products - if so, I'll be first in the line! (Please, Miranda, bring out a BB cream! Right now I'm testing Kora's skincare items, I hope to report back soon, but so far... I'm impressed. What's your favorite eco makeup item? Do you love cream products for the Summer?

**Kindly PR gifted for consideration. Images and thoughts are my honest and my own!

SUQQU SS18 Designing Color Eyes Palette 09 RYOGETSU review

There's nothing like SUQQU's new collection: the anticipation, I can feel my heart pounding when I see the promo pics, eager waiting of release and hitting refresh on the web shop. In SS18 I think the star were lip glosses and face products although there were 3 new eyeshadow palettes as well: 2 permanent and 1 limited edition. The limited edition got sold on Selfridges in a blink of an eye, but I actually found the blue-green permanent quad the most interesting although they aren't my go-to colors. SUQQU UK team kindly sent 09 Ryogetsu for me to try, here are my thoughts below!

 SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 09 Ryogetsu flatlay
 SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 09 Ryogetsu

SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 09 Ryogetsu

SUQQU's Spring 2018 collection takes inspiration from 'Kindami', which is a traditional Japanese technique of grazing silver and gold to kimono garments. This collection is serene with harmonious colors and some luxurious sparkle top-coats. The palette retails £46/~$64/~€52.6 for 0.19 oz/5.6g of product. My favorite place to shop for SUQQU is Selfridges.com as they have international shipping. If you shop there a lot, I recommend the Selfridges+ program to save you on shipping costs!

 SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 09 Ryogetsu

Using Designing Color Eyes 09 Ryogetsu

Now first of all, the 09 Ryogetsu palette is gorgeous to look at. But blue? Khaki? Not the type kind of shades I tend to wear on daily basis. But, SUQQU tends to make magic with every color there is, so I was willing to give it a go. Plus, I wasn't too interested in the other 2 quads as the permanent collection already had many neutral tones and ADDICTION sells a similar single shadow as the gorgeous shock pink in the SUQQU LE quad. 

My brush sinks into 06 Ryogetsu, leaving a dent but there isn't major powder kick-off. I'd say the shadows are definitely soft, silky, almost - but not quite - buttery, as despite the dent you won't go through these shadows in an instant. The pigmentation is medium but buildable, on my fair skin the lightest ice blue shade doesn't transfer as wonderfully as the others.

The upper right corner glitter is more like a top coat than subtle sheen like in older generation SUQQU quads; this glitter is here and wanting attention! Although the glitters are big, I don't find the texture chunky or any fallout on my cheeks during the day. Think about Tom Ford glitter top coats: they're visible, attention-grabbing, but not wet, gaudy or all over the place. Best applied with your ring finger in my opinion!

The blue is beautiful, shy, but leaves a beautiful trace when layered with the more shimmery taupe shade. I can see it's still there, but perhaps not everyone. This is why I wish the blue had a bit more pigmentation, but I guess it will transfer better on medium to deeper skin tones (I'd love to see that!) The cool taupe is just lovely and I want to apply it everywhere. See it layered with the glitter in the picture below!

 SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 09 Ryogetsu Swatches

Swatches

Ice blue - Icy sea foam blue, satin
Taupe - Brown-grey taupe, leaning cool, satin
Khaki - Neutral khaki shade leaning brown, satin
White - White transparent glitter

 SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 09 Ryogetsu MOTD

Makeup of the day

Very basic look where I've applied the icy blue as a base shade, taupe to the outer V and crease layered with khaki to emphasis the outer corner. I like to dab the white shimmer shade with my finger on the highest part of the 'eye ball' and let it catch light. I've noticed that this type of look suits my eye shape the best, although I love darker, more smudged lash you often see in Japanese magazines and promo pics. Blush SUQQU 109 Hanairoka (reviewed here) - new SUQQU lip gloss reviews coming soon! (I took this picture before cutting my hair, in the case you noticed it is shorter in a couple of previous posts).

 SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 09 Ryogetsu flatlay

Final thoughts

I think 09 Ryogetsu is a gorgeous palette, I'm really glad I got to try newer colors for me, which I haven't reached as often in the past (that's going to change NOW!). I very much enjoy the subtle color harmony and the glitter top coat. Despite preferring SUQQU's more pigmented palettes, like the new 116 Shakuyousa (review here), the likes of 09 Ryogetsu with its satin textures and a pop of glitter is what I reach for the most in everyday life. Hard to go wrong with this chic, subtle, office-friendly palette. I only wish I could come up with more creative looks with this quad. I'm open for suggestions!

Do you wear a lot of khaki? Ever tried icy blue or glittery top coat? Let me know! xx

The featured product was kindly provided for consideration.
All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.