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The Best & Worst of Becca Light Chaser Highlighters & Liquid Crystal Glow Glosses

Becca Light Chaser Highlighter
Becca Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Light Chaser Highlighter ($34.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a new, limited edition powder highlighter that is supposed to be “the perfect marriage of kaleidoscopic colour and light” that give the skin “an otherwordly glow.” There are six shades in the range, and a few of them have more of a visible shift in person (less so in photos) while others just seemed like a typical highlighter. From the brand that seemed to put highlighters back on the market with their Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed formula, the formula lacked the finesse in texture and blendability I would have expected from Becca. The texture varied from shade to shade with some being drier, looser, and less blendable to smoother, more blendable, and fairly good as a tinted highlighter/subtle blush.

Becca Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a new, limited edition formula available in six shades. Becca describes it as “gemstones melted into liquid form” with a “mix of unique pearls” paired with a “conditioning” formula. In general, the formula was more like a sheer to semi-sheer gloss with moderate pearl, sometimes with more nuance and other times was more like a traditional, shimmery gloss. The formula was lightweight, thin, lightly tacky, and comfortable to wear but only lasted two to three hours. For most of the shades, I detected the scent throughout the wear but only tasted soapiness with one (Topaz x Gilt). The glosses were less shifting in their shimmer/pearl as they were just sparkly and mirror-like in shine.

My favorite shades: Opal Flashes Jade (Light Chaser Highlighter) and Topaz x Gilt (Glow Gloss).

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The Best & Worst of ColourPop Summer 2017 Eyeshadows

ColourPop Summer 2017 Pressed Powder Shadows
ColourPop Summer 2017 Pressed Powder Shadows

ColourPop Summer 2017 Collection featured 12 new pressed powders and three new cream eyeshadows (and one repeat, Snakebite). I’ve now finished reviewing all of the new shades, so this post features a recap of how well (or poorly!) each shade did.

The three Super Shock Shadows did well, which came as no surprise as they were fairly pigmented and definitely long-wearing. The majority of the Pressed Powder Eyeshadows performed well, though there was one miss (Muscle Beach). I love that there is a brand that is putting out more hits than misses with quality that is often on-par with much more expensive products and brands.

My favorite shades: As You Wave, Rose All Day, and Board Shorts.

The Best & Worst of Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss ($7.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a new gloss formula that released in the last couple of weeks. The formula is supposed to have “full coverage” that won’t “feather or migrate” paired with a “high-impact glossy finish.”

The formula was light-medium in thickness–by no means a thin, featherweight gloss but not shy of being totally goopy or heavy-feeling–with moderate tackiness. I found that it initially went on feeling like a thicker, creamy gloss with a lot of slip, but it developed into more of a gel-like consistency that adhered better and did not slide around after 20 to 30 seconds. I did not experience feathering or migration with any shades tested so far (and I went for the deeper shades first!). The wear ranged from four to six hours with a non-drying to lightly hydrating effect. The formula had a subtle, sweet scent but did not taste soapy or linger as long as I have experienced with Maybelline lip products in the past.

My favorite shades were: Classic, Obsessed, and Charmer.

Who these are best for: Someone who likes more opaque gloss, doesn’t mind some tackiness or a thicker gloss.

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Round-up: Maybelline Matte Metallics Lipsticks

Maybelline Matte Metallic Lipsticks
Maybelline Matte Metallic Lipsticks

Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Metallic Lipsticks ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is the newest finish in the Color Sensational range, and it’s supposed to pigmented, metallic, matte, and have a “comfortable creamy” feel.

The formula had a smooth, waxy feel to me–it glided across the lips with ease but was thinner and did not lay down as much color in a single layer. Most of the shades were semi-opaque with some being slightly sheerer or more pigmented, but they were typically buildable. The lipstick was comfortable to wear and lasted between three and five hours on me with some shades being lightly hydrating and others were non-drying. There was a subtle, sweet scent but was significantly subdued compared to other Maybelline lip products.

Though it was not perfect, one of my favorites was Copper Rose for the finish and color–I would pair it with a similar-colored lip liner to help even it out. Are you convinced to try these? Skip them? Have you tried any?

Round-up: Coloured Raine Focal Point Glowlighters

Coloured Raine Focal Point Glowlighters
Coloured Raine Focal Point Glowlighters

Coloured Raine Focal Point Glowlighter ($25.00 for 0.28 oz.) is supposed to be “butter soft” with “high impact luminous glow.” There are eight shades available from pale duochromes to deep coppers (view all swatches here). The formula was denser, firmer, and a little creamier than the average powder highlighter, so fluffy, less dense brushes had trouble picking up a lot of product, whereas denser highlighting brushes and blush brushes picked up product just fine. Most of the shades were quite smooth in feel with medium to full coverage and a strong, reflective shine on the skin and lasted for eight to nine hours. If you’re someone who likes buildable highlighters from medium to opaque with a metallic sheen, these might be right up your alley.

Round-up: Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powders

Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder
Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($10.00 for 0.30 oz.) is powder highlighter that’s supposed to have a “radiant finish” and is available in seven shades. 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.

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Milani Afterglow

PPermanent. $10.00/0.30 oz.

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($10.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a very light peach with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.

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Vanity
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

02. Milani Dayglow

Milani Dayglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($10.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

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03. Milani Sunset Glow

Milani Sunset Glow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($10.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a medium-dark copper with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

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04. Milani Moon Glow

Milani Moon Glow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($10.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a soft, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

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05. Milani Summer Glow

Milani Summer Glow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($10.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a pale, yellow gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.

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06. Milani Glowing

Milani Glowing Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($10.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a medium copper with a warm, golden sheen. Read full review.

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07. Milani Sunglow

Milani Sunglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($10.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.

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Glossover Breakdown

96%

Average Score
A
7
B
0
C
0
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
10
pigmentation
10
texture
10
longevity
8.5
application
5
Total
96%
product
10
pigmentation
10
texture
10
longevity
8.5
application
5
Total
96%

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