|Perle in shade|
At first I was completely underwhelmed by its bland whitish color, so I gave it away. Then it showed up again last winter in La Palette d'Olivia. I took a ho-hum dip into the pan, swatched it on the back of my hand, and suddenly realized not boring white but a complex, neutral ivory duochrome cooled with both pink and purple. The effects are extremely subtle--far more subtle than MAC pigments--though Perle reminds me a little bit of MAC Pink Opal without the gratuitous glitter).
|Perle in indirect sunlight|
Used this way Perle outperforms most of my conventional highlighters (Becca, Benefit, Cle de Peau, Trish McEvoy, etc.). It never looks powdery because it instantly becomes one with my skin. But even more surprising, it stays put all day; in fact, it looks better as my skin warms up and works with some of the oils beneath the surface--but it never highlights pores, and that is something I cannot say about the liquid and cream highlighters. I have also been using Perle dabbed in the center of the lower lip with sheer gloss on top, as well as in the center of the movable lid, even though Ernesto at Chantecaille told me that was "So 80s." Ppphht. I like it like that, so excuuuse me while I step into my khaki floods, push my Wayfarers up over my pageboy, and pop the collar of my polo.
Perle works so well for me as a highlighter that I have already hit pan and have a backup on standby. Unprecedented!
Bottom line: You know you want it.
All pictures mine.