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Milani Afterglow & Dayglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powders

01/06

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Afterglow

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($10.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a very light peach with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, but if I used a lighter touch, I was able to get sheerer coverage that applied and blended out well. It was also forgiving enough that I could diffuse and buff out the highlighter if I felt like I applied more than I needed (or wanted). The consistency was soft enough that it was easy to pick up the product onto my brush while being firm enough that there was no powderiness in the pan. It was blendable and did not appear dry or chalky on the skin. There was a moderate sheen on the skin at medium or greater coverage that did not accentuate my skin’s texture. The highlighter stayed on well for eight hours on my skin.

The formula is powder highlighter that’s supposed to have a “radiant finish” and is available in seven shades (you can view swatches of all shades here). The consistency was similar to a lot of other “gelee” highlighters: smooth, soft but more firmly pressed (where there was no powderiness but was still pigmented) with semi-opaque to opaque coverage and a frosted to a metallic finish. Some shades emphasized my skin’s natural texture slightly when worn heavily. This formula will be most suitable for someone who likes an intense, more metallic highlighter and warmer-toned shades.

Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder Afterglow
Afterglow
Afterglow
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Bite Beauty #082, 078, 074 Lip Pencils

01/06

Bite Beauty #082 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #082 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #082 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #082 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #082 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #082 The Lip Pencil

#082

Bite Beauty #082 The Lip Pencil ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark brick red with warmer undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation in a single stroke, which translated well when I used it just to the line edges of my lips, as it was opaque and did not have any ragged edges. However, when I used it all over my lips, it wasn’t quite as opaque. The consistency was smooth and blendable while it adhered well to lips for strong, over six-hour wear. The formula felt neither drying nor hydrating on me. I think it would work best with Amuse Bouche shades: Maple (warmer), Tannin (cooler, darker), Gazpacho (cooler) see comparison swatches.

The Lip Pencil is supposed to have “perfect, allover, opaque lip coverage” with a lightweight feel. The formula worked exceptionally well for lining the edges of the lips and keeping lipstick on longer and more within the lines (e.g. a lipstick feathers on its own wouldn’t feather when layered over one of the lip pencils). Some shades worked well for filling in the lips for all over color, but a few applied more unevenly or were less comfortable to fill in with. The consistency was soft, just barely creamy–almost more velvety than creamy–and oddly spreadable, as it was infinitely easier to even out the color by rubbing my lips together than applying more product. The formula has a lightweight feel on the lips, and the wear ranged from five to six hours for light to medium-hued shades with some of the deeper and richer shades lasting well over six hours. They will require sharpening, and as they are creamier, it was easiest to keep them in a cool place or in the freezer (for a few minutes) prior to sharpening to minimize any mess in the sharpener.

Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil #082
#082
#082
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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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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Milani Bella Bellini & Rosa Romantica Baked Blushes

01/06

Milani Bella Bellini Baked Blush

Milani Bella Bellini Baked Blush

Milani Bella Bellini Baked Blush

Milani Bella Bellini Baked Blush

Milani Bella Bellini Baked Blush

Milani Bella Bellini Baked Blush

Bella Bellini

Milani Bella Bellini Baked Blush ($8.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and gold shimmer. It had buildable pigmentation from medium to mostly opaque.

The Baked Blush formula is described as “richly pigmented and highly buildable” (that’s not confusing at all, right?)–it would make more sense to say something like “buildable from sheer to full coverage.” That is more in line with how they used to describe the formula when I reviewed shades from the range last year, but they have since changed it to what I’ve included here. I’m not aware of any reformulation in the last year, I feel it’s fair to take their meaning as “highly buildable” to “richly pigmented” payoff.

The consistency was smooth, slightly dusty, but it blended out nicely on the skin and did not appear powdery once buffed and worked into the skin. The blush had a very strong sheen, which slightly emphasized my skin’s natural texture when worn at semi-opaque or higher coverage. The color started to fade noticeably after seven and a half hours of wear.

Milani Baked Blush Bella Bellini
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Dior Feel High Fidelity Eyeshadow Palette

01/08

Dior Feel High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Feel High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Feel High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Feel High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Feel High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Feel High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Feel | Look Details

Dior Feel | Look Details

Feel

Dior Feel High Fidelity Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new, permanent eyeshadow palette with a deeper set of neutral shades. It has a new formula that’s supposed to have “highly pigmented” color with “spectacular staying power.” The formula was better than some of the past iterations from Dior, though it was still more semi-opaque to opaque in coverage but had seven to eight-hour wear. The big difference that I noticed was in the texture; it was firmer (but not stiff) in the pan and had less dustiness than some of the past formulations.

Dior High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette Feel
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