Posted by Emily

Gold smacks of confidence, luxury, and power, qualities I want my appearance to project out to the world. Jane Iredale is helping me achieve that goal with the 24-Karat Gold Dust shimmering powder, a makeup product that contains real gold.

It’s not made entirely of precious metals—in fact, its primary ingredient is mica, an agent in most mineral makeup. For those who find mineral-based products to be non-irritating alternatives to traditional ones, this powder is a fun addition to your beauty arsenal.

Dusting powder has always felt hard-to-classify: I never know if I should wear it as eyeshadow, highlighter, bronzer, or something else entirely. After spending some time with this powder, I would now say that the answer is yes to all of the above.

I learned to apply the powder on body parts I wanted to accent for special nights out. Swiping it over cheek and/or brow bones added a bit of glam to the evening. Once, while wearing a sleeveless top, I brushed it on my shoulders to show off arms that I’d been working hard to tone. It’s also the sort of thing my grandmother would have recommended brushing on top of my cleavage in a low-cut dress…I’m not quite there yet, but if you are feeling like conveying an extra bit of confidence at your next evening cocktail party, I bet that a bit of this powder would do the trick.

A problem I have with any kind of powder is the fear that it will settle into my fine lines, making them appear worse than they are. That is not the case with this one, because the amount necessary to achieve shimmery results is very small. Start with a tiny amount and layer until the desired affect is achieved.
Wearing real gold in my makeup did make me feel more self-assured and sexy—which makes it a precious metal indeed.

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Mica (CI 77019), carmine (CI 75470), [+/- (may contain) iron oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]