Saturday, January 3, 2015

Vasanti Instant Pick Me Up Liquid Luminizer Brightening Pen: Review and Swatches

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Vasanti Instant Pick Me Up Liquid Luminizer Brightening Pen: Review and Swatches
Hey guys, Happy Saturday, hope the first weekend of 2015 is treating you well! Today I have a fun liquid highlighting pen from the Canadian-made beauty brand Vasanti to review for you. To read more about the Instant Pick Me Up Liquid Luminizer Brightening Pen ($32 CAD), click.......
Vasanti Instant Pick Me Up Liquid Luminizer Brightening Pen: Review and Swatches
Packaging:
Housed in a chunky marker-sized black pen, the liquid highlighter dispenses from a wide brush with a click of the button at the end of the pen. For my first use, I had to click the pen at least 30 or so times before any product dispensed. Only a tiny bit of product comes out with each click and they all come out in a concentrated spot. For the first couple of uses, the product dispensed fairly normally. However, when I tried to used it again I could not get the product to dispense at all. After clicking the pen for about several minutes I finally gave up and admitted defeat. I was only able to get more product by forcefully taking apart the outer case but after doing that the product was pretty much unusable because there was no way to close the packaging again.

Formulation:
Aside from the packaging flaw, I quite liked the formulation of this highlighter. Infused with lychee and fruit extract, the highlighter had a thin and smooth texture that's very easy to blend. The product left the skin with a pale champagne sheen with pink undertones. I used this on my eyelids and it gives a very brightening, almost-wet sheen finish. The longevity is ok as long as I don't touch my face a lot but I don't think the wear would be an issue for those with dry to normal skin.
Vasanti Instant Pick Me Up Liquid Luminizer Brightening Pen: Review and Swatches
Arm swatch, click on image to enlarge.
Overall:
This is a gorgeous liquid highlighter with a great formulation. However, I experienced a lot of trouble with the packaging (which eventually broke completely). This might have been a singular manufacturing mistake but nevertheless I was let down.

Availability:
Vasanti is available in stores at select Shoppers Drug Mart and online at Vasanti and Amazon.
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