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Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

01/08

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Santa Barbara

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark pink-coral with a strong, golden sheen. It was just shy of being metallic in finish on the skin, but luckily, it did not accentuate my skin’s natural texture or my pores. It was richly pigmented but had a very forgiving, blendable texture that could be used with a lighter hand (or blended out) for less coverage. I would still recommend it more for someone who wanted greater coverage rather than very sheer coverage. On me, the color stayed on nicely for nine hours before fading noticeably.

The Illuminating Bronzing Powder is part of the brand’s permanent line-up but for summer, they re-released three shades with embossing but the actual product and shades can be purchased year-round (the range has six shades, and the other three shades appear browner, like you might expect in a bronzer). The formula is described as an “ultra soft and smooth pressed powder that delivers a shimmering, sun-kissed glow.” All three of the re-released shades had a smooth consistency–firmer in the pan but not dry or stiff to work with–that was incredibly blendable on the skin. They were very pigmented with moderate to strong luminosity.

You can view photos of the packaging and ingredients here, along with swatches of the full range here.

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder Santa Barbara
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Bobbi Brown Bikini & Desert Sun Glow Sticks

01/06

Bobbi Brown Bikini Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Bikini Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Bikini Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Bikini Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Bikini Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Bikini Glow Stick

Bikini

Bobbi Brown Bikini Glow Stick ($36.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and gold and pink pearl. It had sheer coverage with a dewy sheen that did not dry down. The effect is pretty on the skin if you like a really dewy glow, but the lack of dry down made it a fussy product to use as it disturbed any base products, broke foundation/powder down within hours, and on its own, it had moved around noticeably on the skin after four hours. The formula was just too emollient for practical, all-day long wear.

It’s supposed to be a “creamy, lightweight highlighter” with “sheer” coverage that gives “an instant, sun-kissed glow that lasts all day.” The formula was very emollient with a lot of slip and wetness; it never dried down and always felt slick on the skin. All of the shades I tried were sheer, and they were not buildable, so several shades ended up looking very similar on my skin tone (but may look more or less different on other skin tones/undertones). The emollient feel of the formula did not play well with products (primers, cream/powder/liquid foundations or blushes).

Bobbi Brown Glow Stick Bikini
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Best Lipglosses | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Lipglosses | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products. Here’s a look at the best lipgloss formulas I’ve tried:

Anastasia Lipgloss

Anastasia Lipgloss

Anastasia Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is supposed to be “opaque” with “high-shine” that’s “non-drying.” It is one of the more pigmented lipglosses out there that has a smoother, more cushion-y consistency that typically spreads well across the lips. My experience from wearing the formula is that they are often lightly to moderately hydrating and wear three to five hours. Check out our list of the top 15 Anastasia Lipglosses, plus here are of my favorite shades are: Weekend Barbie, Purple Rain, Orchid, and Warm Bronze.

Availability

Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s

Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color ($52.00 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “lip stain with an ultra-glossy finish” that has “intense, vibrant color” and “long-lasting high shine.” The formula feels lightweight, almost watery, when initially applied but thickens and feels more like a moderately tacky gel after thirty to forty seconds. It has great staying power with the glossiness lasting for six hours and the color itself still going strong eight to ten hours later (after two meals and coffee)–by the end of the day, it has more of a natural sheen to it (like a lip stain) but looked even. It does stain as well. I would forget that I was wearing it, which is a testament to how comfortable and hydrating it is for all-day wear. The coverage is nearly opaque but has that slight translucency that you would expect to see in a lip stain. Some of my favorite shades are: Infamy and Red Corset.

Availability

Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks

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Best Lipsticks | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Lipsticks | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products. Here’s a look at the best lipstick formulas I’ve tried:

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to have “bold, creamy color” with “extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear.” The majority of the range is very pigmented–typically opaque with one pass–with a few shades being semi-opaque but usually buildable. The majority of the shades I’ve tested have been lightly hydrating to non-drying and fairly comfortable to wear for the long-haul. They wear longer than average, from four to eight hours, depending on the intensity and propensity of the shade to stain. The range is rather extensive with over 30 shades, so you may find our top 15 best Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks list useful. Some of my favorite shades are: Pickled Ginger, Kale, Sour Cherry, and Spritzer.

Availability

Sephora

Best Highlighters | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Highlighters | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing highlighters useful 🙂

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a luminous, powder highlighter that strikes the right balance between being noticeable without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. The shimmer is fine, while the powder is silky and smooth. There are only three shades at the moment, and the one I use the most is Starlight, which works as a highlighting blush on my skin tone.

Availability

Sephora, Nordstrom, Beautylish, Neiman Marcus,

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette
Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette ($69.00 for 0.52 oz.) includes three Shimmer Bricks, which are very shimmery powders. Each Shimmer Brick has five shades, so the color that you get can vary depending on where you concentrate your brush. All three shades have been released before, though only Bronze is part of the permanent range from what I could tell! It’s a powder highlight that features five colors, which are designed to be used together (though you can concentrate your brush in areas as well, or if you have an eye brush, you can use them individually) and applied to the face to highlight.

The three included in the palette all highlight the skin and add noticeable color on my light-medium complexion, so they be even more blush-like on fairer complexion and will likely show up on deeper skin tones with subtler tints. The texture of Gold and Bronze was smoother and more finely-milled with less overt sparkle, whereas Wild Rose was drier and seemed to have larger chunks of sparkle, which were more prone to emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. They were easy to apply, wore for about eight hours, and are well-worth a look for someone who likes a more intense, noticeable highlight. They’re the type of highlighter where a little can go a long way to adding luminosity, so they can definitely be too intense for some people’s preferences.

Value

  • Cost of full-size: $46.00 for 0.40 oz., $115.00/oz.
  • Cost of palette: $69.00 for 0.52 oz., $132.69/oz.
  • Value: $59.80

Gold is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones paired with a frosted, lightly metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that blended out easily on the skin. I did not find that it emphasized my skin’s natural texture, but it does have a strong sheen to its finish. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, warmer, lower quality (95% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Golden Dawn (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt (Top) (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a softer, light-medium golden bronze shimmer. The pigmentation was rich, but the texture was soft and blendable, so it could easily be applied in sheerer layers or diffused for less intense coverage if desired–a little did go a long way, though, and I’d recommend using a lighter hand initially. On me, the powder lasted eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Glow (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Do Not Disturb (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #21 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Dior #004 (P, $56.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Stila Kitten (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wild Rose is a slightly muted, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and cooler, frosty pink shimmer. The shimmer particles in this shade seemed larger with both finer and more obvious flecks of sparkle used, which gave it a bit of a drier, looser consistency that was sheerer in coverage. The texture and shimmer in this one did emphasize my pores a bit, making them seem larger than they were. I didn’t have any trouble blending out the color, though, and it still wore for eight hours like the other two. Makeup Revolution Peach Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sassy Grape (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Botanic Dream (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunrise Glow (P, $48.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 10 Peach (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Amethyst Flashes Geode (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose (LE, $46.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Full Service (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Ibiza (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Zanzibar (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Huda Beauty Copacabana (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Palette (Holiday 2016) Bobbi to Glow
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
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