The beautiful rose patterns looks 3D and the shimmers are highly visible. In the pan, Rose Rendezvous looks both frosty and metallic depending on the angle or lighting conditions. This makes it rather tricky to capture the real color of the product. Below is the best representation of Rose Rendezvous with indoor lighting.
In bright sunlight:
A close up shows the intricate design and beautiful shimmers.
Rose Rendezvous feels buttery soft and is highly pigmented in the finger swatch.
The first thought that came to mind when I saw Rose Rendezvous is how similar it looks compared to Guerlain's Terra Inca Powder. It has a lot more shimmer compared to Terra Inca but both are buttery smooth. Rose Rendezvous is rosy whereas Terra Inca is more bronze. It is also similar to Estee Lauder's Illuminating Powder Gelée but I do not have it for comparison purposes.
Despite looking metallic in the swatch, don't let this scare you away from trying Rose Rendezvous. I admit I was terrified at first as well. A frosty AND metallic highlighter? No thanks! I walked away from it the first time I saw the product at Sephora. However, I went back to the counter a second time and asked for a skunk brush. Once I applied this on my cheeks, I finally understand and appreciate the beauty of this illuminator.
On my NC25-NC30 skintone, Rose Rendezvous acts both as a highlighter and a blush. With a skunk brush such as MAC 187, I get a very soft glow on my cheeks that really illuminates my skin. It surprisingly does not look metallic or overly frosty at all. I was incredibly shocked when I applied this both in the store and at home. For a darker rosy look, I use a dense angle blush brush to apply it on my cheekbones. The result is a bronzy rose that is slightly frosty with the tiniest hint of metallic finish at certain angles.
What makes this product so interesting is that it is only super shimmery under very bright sunlight. In normal indoor lighting, Rose Rendezvous' shimmers are soft and subtle. Compared to Guerlain's Terra Inca, it is definitely not as bronzy and leans more pink/rose.
While testing out Rose Rendezvous, I had a nagging feeling it looks oddly familiar to something else in my collection. Lo and behold, it is nearly identical to the latest varnish shade from Le Metier de Beaute, Lame Entertain You (reviewed here).
I was quite amused that I had to rack my brain trying to figure out the dupe when it was on my pinky finger all along. Below is a sample swatch of Rose Rendezvous compared to Lame Entertain You. Quite similar aren't they?
Overall, I really like Laura Mercier's Rose Rendezvous Illuminator. I was really terrified of the metallic finish of this product at the beginning. However, I am so glad I gave this a second chance and tried it on my cheeks. The texture is soft and smooth. It is not insanely shimmery and does not have any glitter fallout. In fact, Rose Rendezvous' subtle shimmers "illuminates" the skin just as promised. I think lighter skin tones can certainly use this as a blush and contour as well. I have worn this nearly everyday to work and dinner ever since I picked it up from the local counter.
Bottom Line: Rose Rendezvous is a beautiful illuminator that is worth checking out. The intricate design is gorgeous enough to mesmerize any makeup collector. For those who missed out on Sephora's FF, you will have another chance to pick this up at 20% off in the upcoming VIB sales event.
What are your thoughts on Rose Rendezvous? Are you surprise at how it looks in the swatch?