Desert Nights Matte Bronzing Veil is a powder that is marketed as a bronzer. In fact it is the deepest shade of bronzer in the Kevyn Aucoin line. If you have a fair or medium skin tone it is. On me, clearly it’s not. Desert Nights is not a product that I would have chosen for myself but it was part of my Beautylish Lucky Bag, I had no say over what was provided.
As I have combination skin the benefits of a powder are not lost on me. Desert Nights is matte and finely milled. The shade is not too orange or too chalky so surprisingly I am using Desert Nights pretty regularly.
1 – Under Eye Highlighter. With a tulip shaped brush like the the Bare Minerals Seamless Finishing Brush (I love that brush). Just pop it under the eyes to provide a subtle pop under the eyes.
2 – Eyeshadow. For days when it is all about the liner, or all amount the lipstick, this is a great all over the lid shade. A brown girl alternative to Bone from Bobbi Brown as it can be used from lashes to brows to provide a clean base for shadows.
3 – Baking. I am not a big baking person but in an attempt to provide some dimension to my round like a plate face I occasionally bake. A light application of this powder under my natural cheek contour does something magical. As it is pressed rather than loose, I don’t go overboard with it and the effect is subtle but soo good.
4 – Mattifying powder. Even though the shade is is not my skin tone, the finely milled powder. With a light hand I can apply Desert Nights across my t-zone where I produce excess sebum. It mattifies without building up colour significantly so it is perfect for a lunch time touch up.
I love the packaging of Desert Nights. Inside the velveteen pouch is a very attractive luxe looking compact. The push button mechanism to open it means it is not going to come open in the make up bag. The slight ombre burgundy effect gives a fleeting reminder of Tom Ford compact
Of course I wish that Kevyn Aucoin produced this bronzer in a shade that was suitable for me, but as powders go this is not a bad one.