I received quite a bit of gratis as a brand ambassador, but I am actually going to start with two products that I recently purchased at Murale during a redemption event: Tata Harper Luminous Definition in Very Bronzing (5.5g/$48.00 CDN) and Very Illuminating (5.5g/$48.00 CDN).
These two are among the newest products to be released from Tata Harper and I actually still have the prototypes of these from March 2015 when Tata was still working on the formulations. We were her guinea pigs so the one piece of feedback I gave was that the contour was far too light at the time. It barely showed up on my skin so I was pleased to see that there was more pigmentation in the final product!
Very Bronzing is a medium-brown cream bronzer that is meant to be universally flattering. Most of Tata's products are vegan, but this and the lip products, are actually vegetarian and vetted by the American Vegetarian Association because beeswax is used in the formulation. This bronzer can be used with or without foundation and feels quite creamy. Almost like a lip balm, but not greasy. It is incredibly buildable and blendable and I have used both fingertips and brushes to contour with Very Bronzing. Now, I say that it is more pigmented than when I originally tested this product out, but I think if you are an olive-skinned, more tanned gal, Very Bronzing might be a touch too light for you.
Housed in Tata's famous green glass packaging (made in Italy if I recall) and with the characteristic crown of flowers on the cap, this is a contour duo like none other.
Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit extract, Ricinus Communis (castor) Seed Oil, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Cera Alba/Beeswax/ Cire d'abeille*, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed wax, Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) seed oil*, Plukenetia Volubilis, Palmitoyl Isoleucine, Euterpe oleracea (Acai) fruit oil, Iron Oxides (C.I. 77492), Titanium Dioxide, Octyldodecanol, Iron Oxides (C.I. 77491), Iron Oxides (C.I. 77499), Mica, Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) extract, Jojoba Esters, Trihydroxystearin, Alumina, Silica, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
When it came to Very Illuminating, I had a hard time NOT going too crazy with this stuff because I kept wanting more and more glow! This has an identical texture to Very Bronzing, as well as any of Tata's Lip and Cheek Tints, if any of you are familiar with them. This highlight will show up on practically anyone and give skin a dewy finish when applied on top of foundation. If you go the website, my fellow brand ambassador is the model for how to use Very Bronzing and Very Illuminating (here)! Isn't she stunning?!
Ingredients: Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit extract, Ricinus Communis (castor) Seed Oil, Cera Alba/Beeswax/ Cire d'abeille*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed wax, Iron Oxides (C.I. 77891), Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) seed oil*, Plukenetia Volubilis, Palmitoyl Isoleucine, Euterpe oleracea (Acai) fruit oil*, Titanium Dioxide (CI. 77891), Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
I contoured exactly as the instructions stated on the Tata Harper website so you can see that I am hopefully dewy in all the right places!
(Foundation: Everyday Minerals in Golden Medium, Eyes, Lips and Cheeks: Tata Harper Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Vivacious)
Final verdict: If you are a drier skin type, this duo will not only act as a bronzer and highlighter, but hydrate as well sine Tata Harper has always been more about skincare than makeup. I think most people prefer powder for their contouring needs, but cream formulations, let alone ones containing coconut fruit extract and green tea seed oils that are beneficial to the skin, definitely have their perks. This contour duo doesn't come cheap, but green beauty products are pricier for a reason whether it'd be the certifications, cost of actual ingredients and of course eco-friendly packaging (glass costs more!). My favourite of the two was definitely Very Illuminating!
Let's call this a soft introduction into the world of Tata Harper as I feel like I know too much about the skincare and need to organize my thoughts a bit more before I throw out too much information at you all!