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Best Eyeshadows | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Blushes | 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 eyeshadow formulas useful 🙂

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) still remains my very favorite powder eyeshadow formula. I’m particularly fond of their more shimmery and satin finishes, though their mattes are nice (but they aren’t as dense, and I love a denser, creamier eyeshadow). Their are over 200 shades to choose from, so you can imagine it is hard to pick favorites, but here are swatches of some of my must-haves!

Availability

Sephora

Tarte Metallics Shadow

Tarte Metallics Shadow

Tarte Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new formula that debuted this year, and I was able to confirm with Tarte that they anticipate these being part of the permanent range, at least for the next year…. so here’s hoping they will make a stronger commitment to the formula by adding more shades next year! The formula on the Metallics range is soft, smooth, blendable, and almost cream-like as they have a denser, richer feel to them. They are pigmented, long-wearing, and easy to use. Some of my favorite shades are Sinful, Pokerface, and Dame.

Availability

Sephora, Ulta, Tarte

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L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadows (Part 2)

L'Oreal Petite Perle Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Petite Perle Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be “soft, velvety” in texture with “intense pigments for exquisite color richness” and “lasts all day.” The texture is incredibly soft; to the point where I’m not sure these would travel as well as your average powder eyeshadow. The lighter, more matte shades are very white-based and can look chalky on my skin tone but should work better on fairer skin tones or coupled with a smoothing primer. Most of the shades were fairly pigmented and blendable on the lid with good adhesion without a primer with a few exceptions. Unsurprisingly, neutrals were more consistently higher-performing than the bolder/more colorful shades. I did run into wear issues, as all the shades I tried either faded and/or creased within six hours of wear, so I would recommend a primer with these. Initially, they reminded me of formulas like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow, Kat Von D Metal Crush, etc., but while these have a similar velvety, smooth feel, they are looser once you touch your brush to them.

L’Oreal Petite Perle Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a light white with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a fairly smooth texture, but it was harder to apply on the lid without it applying unevenly (almost like the color bunched up/thickened in places). The color started to crease after six hours of wear. MAC Crystal Avalanche (DC, $16.00) is cooler, better quality (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Antique White (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #2 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Zoeva Spun Pearl (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Precious Embroidery #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vapour (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Roadstripe (LE, $19.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Sugarpill Ice Angel (P) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Snow (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NYX Frostbite (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Green Promenade Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, dark green with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had a really soft, lightly loosened consistency in the pan, so there was some fall out during application, but it adhered well enough that I didn’t have issues with further fall out during wear (though it creased after six hours). MAC Sweet & Sour #2 (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Midnight Luminance (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Peacock (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) (P, $39.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Silver Sun (P, $20.00) is warmer (80% similar). NYX Jaded (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Teal Couture Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark green-teal with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had a drier, firmer texture that made it harder to get decent color payoff out of it. I also had issues with applying it to my lid, as it didn’t seem to blend out without becoming patchy/uneven. Kat Von D Watt (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Fringe (P) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Flower Shop (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sea Mist (P, $6.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Pacific (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Shimmermoss (DC, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Grand Bleu Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, but I found the color to be more challenging to apply and blend out without it becoming somewhat patchy. It started to crease after six hours of wear.
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #6 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Aja (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Azure (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Nebula (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Meet Me in Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark gray with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, velvety-smooth texture that applied well and diffused nicely on the skin. This shade started to have signs of fading after six hours of wear. Kat Von D Smoke (Contour) (P) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M110 Cement (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 14 (LE) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Stealth (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Courtly Grey (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Berlin Underground (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Lovey Dovey (LE, $5.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Print (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Noir C’est Noir Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff paired with a fairly soft consistency that felt a little dry compared to other shades in the range, but it still blended out without too much effort. The color looked faded after six hours of wear. Viseart Chroma #3 (P)(100% similar). Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE) is warmer (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (P) is lighter (95% similar). The Estee Edit Mood (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Cinderblack (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Argentic Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a light, silverly blue with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a denser, slightly firm texture that blended out fairly well. The eyeshadow started to crease after six hours. Maybelline Cool Crush (LE, $6.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Just Breathe #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is lighter (80% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Petite Perle
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Green Promenade
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Teal Couture
6.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6
Longevity
3.5
Application
71%
Total
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Grand Bleu
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Meet Me in Paris
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Noir C'est Noir
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Argentic
Argentic
Argentic
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadows (Part 1)

L'Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be “soft, velvety” in texture with “intense pigments for exquisite color richness” and “lasts all day.” The texture is incredibly soft; to the point where I’m not sure these would travel as well as your average powder eyeshadow. The lighter, more matte shades are very white-based and can look chalky on my skin tone but should work better on fairer skin tones or coupled with a smoothing primer. Most of the shades were fairly pigmented and blendable on the lid with good adhesion without a primer with a few exceptions. Unsurprisingly, neutrals were more consistently higher-performing than the bolder/more colorful shades. I did run into wear issues, as all the shades I tried either faded and/or creased within six hours of wear, so I would recommend a primer with these. Initially, they reminded me of formulas like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow, Kat Von D Metal Crush, etc., but while these have a similar velvety, smooth feel, they are looser once you touch your brush to them.

L’Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a very light, warmer white with a matte finish. It had good color payoff that applied fairly well and blended out with ease, but it made my lids look a bit drier than than they did without eyeshadow. This shade lasted for six hours before fading. Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Highlight) (P) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut Cream (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Give In Take IV (LE, $29.00) is more muted (95% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Linen (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Starlight (LE) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC White (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Nude #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE) is more muted (90% similar). Viseart Ivoire (P) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Frosty Nog (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Liberatus (P) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Little Beige Dress Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a fairly soft consistency that was a little powdery on the skin. The color started to fade after six hours of wear. Tarte Pastel (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Solar (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 5 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Charming #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Warm Breeze (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flower Child (P) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M534 Oat (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sugarpill Heart-Shaped Cookie (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Sunset Seine Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, light-medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had great pigmentation with a smooth, soft, and blendable consistency that applied well and was easy to work with. The only downside was the wear–it started to crease after six hours of wear. Viseart Beaux-Arts (P) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Bronze Casting (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Gates of Eden (P, $9.99) is darker (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #7 (P) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #1 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Calligraphy #2 (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Copper (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Cafe au Lait Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium taupe with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. The texture was denser and almost cream-like, which resulted in a thicker feel on the lid. It had rich color payoff, and it was easily diffused on the skin. The color started to fade a bit after six hours. Too Faced Clove (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Poetic (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Night Crawler (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lazarus (P) is darker (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #7 (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Copperplate (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Girl Crush (DC, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Stone (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Cover (P, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Camel Coat (P, $18.50) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Quartz Fume Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, reddish undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It had rich, opaque color coverage with a smooth, velvety texture that adhered well to bare skin and diffused beautifully along the edges for a very blended look. The color started to crease after six hours of wear. Natasha Denona Smoky Quartz (43P) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Snakebite (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cold Brew (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Under the Mistle-taupe (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Aladdin's Lamp (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Yes Please (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Burberry Gold #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rock (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Moodmaker (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Cocoa Pop (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Clarins Brown #3 (P) is darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Enhance) (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Mademoiselle Pink Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a light, pale pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a very soft, smooth consistency that applied with mostly opaque color payoff on the lid without immediately fading. The color wore well for six hours before I noticed fading. Too Faced Raspberry Rose (LE, $16.00) is more muted, cooler (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) (P) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte What a Wonderful Pearl (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Baby Cakes (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Strawberry Mousse (LE, $14.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). NARS Porto Venere (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Strange (P, $19.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Pain au Chocolat Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium taupe brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was a little loose in the pan (not quite as dense as some of the shades in the line). It started to crease after six hours of wear. MAC Divine Rule (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior House of Pinks #4 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Satin Taupe (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Free Hug (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Stag Film (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bounce Around (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Stroke My Ego (P, $18.50) is darker (85% similar). Zoeva Outline (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Silver Plum (07) (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Satin Taupe #2 (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Paris Beach
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Little Beige Dress
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Sunset Seine
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Café au Lait
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Quartz Fume
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Mademoiselle Pink
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Pain au Chocolat
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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10 Sparkling, Shimmering Golds to Celebrate the New Year

Here’s a more traditional take on shades of the New Year — yellowy golds. I went for a list of some of my favorite more shimmering/sparkling shades for bonus points 🙂 What are your favorites?

  1. Anastasia So Hollywood — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  2. Kat Von D Thrasher — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  3. Colour Pop Get Lucky — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  4. Sephora Girls Night Out — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  5. NYX Mischievous — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  6. NARS Iskandar — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  7. MAC Old Gold — A Warm Gold with a Frost finish.
  8. L'Oreal Eternal Sunshine — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  10. Sugarpill Goldilux — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.

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L’Oreal Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminators

L'Oreal Ice Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator
L’Oreal Ice Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator

L’Oreal Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a liquid highlighter that can be used as a specific highlighter (like on cheek bones) or all-over (likely mixed in with a base product, like foundation or moisturizer). The biggest con to these is that they have a very, very short working window as they dry down almost immediately, and they dry down and don’t want to move much and instead the shimmer/sheen flakes off than diffuses or blends out. The texture is liquid but thicker than your typical liquid-based highlighter (which are often a little watery or thin) and is viscous enough to hold its shape in a dollop when you squeeze it out. The squeeze-tube offers a good amount of control over how much you get per use, which is nice. The liquid highlighters seemed to have less visible sparkle/glitter than the powders did, though there are a few bits. It gave the skin a metallic sheen that’s by no means subtle, but it didn’t seem to emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. They can be mixed with a base product, but you’ll want to use something with a thinner consistency to help this spread out. The shimmer is larger and may be too intense when mixed in for all-over use, but it will depend on your preferences.

L’Oreal Ice Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a fine golden beige shimmer. It gave the skin a really metallic sheen, and on my medium complexion, appeared as a much brighter highlighter than I expect it’ll look on very light skin. This one had the longest working window, though it’s not long, and you’ll want to work one cheek at a time and use fingertips to avoid the product drying on an applicator. This shade lasted for eight hours. NARS New Order (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Golden Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a bright, metallic gold with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It was semi-opaque but sheers out quite a bit in practice. It dries down very quickly and is difficult to get to look even–I had the best luck using fingertips with this one. Using a brush resulted in the product drying on the brush and little to none transferring to my skin. It lasted for eight hours on me before turning patchy. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani No. 10 (P, $59.00) is less shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Rose Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium-dark copper with warm undertones and lighter gold shimmer. This was the most shimmery of the three, and it had a slightly thinner consistency as well. It spread fairly well over the skin, but it does dry down as you’re applying it, so you have to work quickly and do as much spreading initially. You might want to apply a sheer, even layer and build up intensity as needed, which will minimize the need to blend (and should take less time to apply). The color lasted for eight hours before the product started to look patchy on the skin. Laura Mercier Indiscretion (LE, $42.00) is lighter. Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is warmer. MAC Barbados Girl (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator Ice
Ice
Ice
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator Golden
Golden
Golden
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator Rose
Rose
Rose
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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