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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13 Emerald Greens to Covet

Long-time readers will probably find this no surprise… but I love emerald green when it comes to makeup! Whether it’s for nails, eyes, or lips. Here are 13 favorites — from deeper to brighter, warmer to cooler! :)

  1. Butter London British Racing Green — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  2. Zoya Logan — A Cool Green with a Glitter finish.
  3. Kat Von D Iggy — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  4. Sephora Go For a Ride — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  5. Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  6. Milani Green Safari — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  7. Buxom Pre-nup — A Neutral Green with a Frost finish.
  8. Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosplay — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  10. Make Up For Ever D306 Bottle Green — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.
  11. Urban Decay Kush — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  12. NYX Risque — A Cool Green with a Metallic finish.
  13. Colour Pop Empire — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.

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NYX Enigmatic Illuminator

NYX Enigmatic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium peachy-pink with warm, golden shimmer that gives it a frosted sheen. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Blonde (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NYX Enigmatic Illuminator
NYX Illuminator Enigmatic
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
82%

NYX Magnetic & Ritualistic Illuminators

NYX Magnetic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a frosted, golden sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, slightly dry consistency in the pan, but it applied well to the skin without looking caked on. The shimmer was just shy of pore-emphasizing-territory, so that was nice! I think this one is a more versatile shade that can be worn as a subtler highlighter or layered for greater glow. It wore well for seven hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NYX Magnetic Illuminator
NYX Illuminator Magnetic
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
87%
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NYX Narcissistic & Chaotic Illuminators

NYX Narcissistic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had a soft, lightly powdery consistency that was blendable and didn’t read dry or powdery on the skin. The powder imparted a soft but noticeable glow to the skin without adding a lot of color on my skin tone (but fairer complexions may see more warmth). It wore well for seven hours on me. NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $15.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $15.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NYX Narcissistic Illuminator
NYX Illuminator Narcissistic
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
88%
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5 Shades of Serenity

Here’s the second shade chosen for Color of the Year, “Serenity.” It’ll be interesting to see this color incorporated into just about every mainstream brand’s releases in 2016, because it’s a difficult color to do well. Pastels in general can be tricky, and shades of this kind of periwinkle blue are no different. Anyone else hoping for an interpretation of this as a highlighter? Like an iridescent bluish sheen? Please?

  1. Colour Pop Prance — A Cool Blue with a Matte finish.
  2. NYX Earl Grey — A Cool Blue with a Satin finish.
  3. Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle — A Cool Blue with a Satin finish.
  4. Zoya Skylar — A Cool Blue with a Frost finish.
  5. Inglot #429 — A Cool Blue with a Frost finish.

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