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Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

01/06

Hourglass Spring 2017 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Spring 2017 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Spring 2017 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Spring 2017 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Spring 2017 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Spring 2017 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

Spring 2017

Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette ($62.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio of shimmering blushes for the holidays.

From my understanding, the palette actually contains a new formula–a mix between the Ambient Lighting Blushes and the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders–which is code for “shimmery blush.” The formula is supposed to impart “glowing color and a natural-looking, radiant finish.” In terms of value, both the Ambient Lighting Blushes and Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders retail for $38, while the blushes contain 0.15 oz. and the highlighters contain 0.16 oz., so let’s call a 50/50 mix and go with 0.155 oz. for calculations, which is $245.16/oz. The palette contains $66.19 worth of product. If you just do a per-ounce calculation against the standalone blush, then it has a value of $68.40, and if you do it against the standalone highlighter, then it has a value of $64.13. In all cases, you are getting a bit more than what you’re paying for, but you will get three shades for less than the cost of two (not that any of these are available on their own).

I was a bit confused over the inclusion of Incandescent Electra in the palette, as a shade by the same existed in another trio, and while it had similar colors in its pan, the one in this palette is dominated by the coral, so it was quite different–much more colorful, darker, and only really shares the undertone of the previously-released shade. Hourglass’ website says that it is the same as the previously-released shade, though. The products are marbled, so there can be variation in depth based from shade to shade, but this was beyond a mere variation! Also, per Hourglass, this is a holiday palette!

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette Spring 2017
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Tom Ford Lust for Life Shimmer Shot

01/05

Tom Ford Beauty Lust for Life Shimmer Shot

Tom Ford Beauty Lust for Life Shimmer Shot

Tom Ford Beauty Lust for Life Shimmer Shot

Tom Ford Beauty Lust for Life Shimmer Shot

Tom Ford Beauty Lust for Life Shimmer Shot

Lust for Life

Tom Ford Lust for Life Shimmer Shot ($45.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark copper with warm, brown undertones and fine, golden pearl. It’s supposed to be a sheerer, liquid highlighter that can be used alone on the high points of the face or mixed in with liquid foundation. Most liquid highlighters tend to be on the sheerer side, like this one, which was semi-sheer, moderately buildable, but the thinner, more water-like texture made it very easy to sheer out further and spread across a large area of skin with minimal color impact and subdued, fine pearl.

The consistency was thicker than pure water, but it never felt heavy on the skin. When I patted it onto cheeks with my fingertip, I saw some color–mostly warmth–and a natural sheen that did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. The product never fully dried down but wasn’t tacky and did not seem to migrate too much (it wore nicely for about seven hours)–I looked dewy without looking oily. I felt like there was more shimmer to it than some of the sheerer liquid highlighters on the market (Giorgio Armani, Becca) but was still a finer size so that it didn’t look like big chunks of sparkle on the skin. It incorporated well with liquid foundations, though the effect was even more subtle that way (I couldn’t even capture it on camera, but it gave my foundations a slightly dewier finish).

Tom Ford Beauty Shimmer Shot Lust for Life
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

01/07

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

Balm Beach

theBalm Balm Beach Blush ($21.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s the type of color that pairs well with a lot of looks so long as your skin tone is light-medium or fairer (it shows up as a subtle color on my skin tone, and I’m light-medium to medium). I did find that the color darkened just a tad on the skin, but if you are drier, you might get truer-to-pan color.

The consistency was soft, smooth, and slightly firmer in the pan, though it wasn’t too stiff to use. It had good pigmentation, somewhat buildable though never quite opaque, that went on evenly and blended out without issue. On me, the color started to fade after eight hours of wear.

theBalm Blush Balm Beach
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
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Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

01/07

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Topaz

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter ($24.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. This is a more typical highlighting color, and it should work well on many skin tones, particularly medium and deeper complexions.

According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “creamy, powder formula” that is “long-wearing, highly pigmented” and gives a “lit-from-within glow.” The texture was incredibly smooth, finely-milled, and soft without feeling loose or powdery in the pan. It had rich, opaque color payoff–a little went a long way–that blended easily on the skin and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture or the look of my pores. The highlighter started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear.

Jouer Powder Highlighter Topaz
Topaz
Topaz
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Cle de Peau Modern Era (315) Eye Color Quad

01/05

Cle de Peau Modern Era (315) Eyeshadow Quad

Cle de Peau Modern Era (315) Eyeshadow Quad

Cle de Peau Modern Era (315) Eyeshadow Quad

Cle de Peau Modern Era (315) Eyeshadow Quad

Cle de Peau Modern Era (315) Eyeshadow Quad

Modern Era (315)

Cle de Peau Modern Era (315) Eye Color Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a shimmery, green-themed “quad.” All four shades were decent to good with slightly softer, looser consistencies, which made a couple shades appear sheerer and fade a bit faster. Both were solvable with regular eyeshadow primer as a base. The pop of brighter, lighter green was interesting, as it had a starker appearance but still paired well with the other shades when I tried it.

Cle de Peau Eyeshadow Quad Modern Era (315)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Clarins Nude (01) Eyeshadow Palette

01/08

Clarins Nude (01) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Nude (01) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Nude (01) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Nude (01) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Nude (01) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Nude (01) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Nude (01) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Nude (01) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Nude (01)

Clarins Nude (01) Eyeshadow Palette ($43.00 for 0.20 oz.) is consists of four powder eyeshadows that are supposed to be usable both wet and dry and have long-wearing results. It’s a peachy twist on neutrals–not quite orange, not quite pink. I like that there was a really deep shade, which made it more versatile and added much-needed contrast to the palette. While you can apply them wet or dry, I only felt one of the four shades really benefited from damp application significantly, so it is definitely wearable if you prefer to use your eyeshadows dry.

Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette Nude (01)
Nude (01)

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