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Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

01/07

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarteist Pro Glow to Go

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette ($23.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes two highlighters and one contour powder. It’s a compact trio housed in a slim, black cardboard palette that had a velvety feel on the outside (like NARS’ packaging in a way). I think it will work for someone who likes warmer, more intense highlighters and has use for the tone and depth of contour powder. The problem with something like this is that it’s just not going to work for all skin tones and undertones (I always want brands to at least put out a cool and warm version, if not a light/medium/dark).

Tarte Highlight & Contour Palette Tarteist Pro Glow to Go
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Catrice Coral Me Maybe Illuminating Blush

01/06

Catrice Coral Me Maybe Illuminating Blush

Catrice Coral Me Maybe Illuminating Blush

Catrice Coral Me Maybe Illuminating Blush

Catrice Coral Me Maybe Illuminating Blush

Catrice Coral Me Maybe Illuminating Blush

Catrice Coral Me Maybe Illuminating Blush

Coral Me Maybe

Catrice I Am Nuts About You Illuminating Blush ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a pop of light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and fine, flecks of gold shimmer strewn on top of a more matte finish. It appeared more satiny on the skin, once I had a chance to blend and buff the powder onto my cheeks, but it definitely had a subtler finish, which would make it ideal for someone who doesn’t like a lot of noticeable shimmer in their cheek color.

The Illuminating Blush formula is supposed to have a mix of “subtle shimmer” and a “light pearl” that adds color and a “soft glow” to the cheeks. The consistency was soft but powdery, a little drier and looser overall, so it was prone to sheering out and was harder to build-up coverage from its naturally medium coverage level, but it was possible with three to four layers. I noticed fading around the edges after six and a half hours of wear.

Catrice Illuminating Blush Coral Me Maybe
C

Permanent

7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
76%
Total

Catrice I Am Nuts About You Illuminating Blush

01/06

Catrice I Am Nuts About You Illuminating Blush

Catrice I Am Nuts About You Illuminating Blush

Catrice I Am Nuts About You Illuminating Blush

Catrice I Am Nuts About You Illuminating Blush

Catrice I Am Nuts About You Illuminating Blush

Catrice I Am Nuts About You Illuminating Blush

I Am Nuts About You

Catrice I Am Nuts About You Illuminating Blush ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, light-medium peach with a hint of pink and a mostly matte finish. There were a few visible sparkles within the pan of powder to my eye, but it looked matte applied to the skin. I expect that this will work best on lighter skin tones and will not show up well on deeper skin tones due to the muted quality and lighter color. I am light-medium in color and get a hint of color, for reference.

The Illuminating Blush formula is supposed to have a mix of “subtle shimmer” and a “light pearl” that adds color and a “soft glow” to the cheeks. It had good color payoff, which was buildable from semi-opaque to opaque, but it was just on the lighter side of the spectrum. The upside is that it should be forgiving and easy to wear on even the fairest of skin tones, and the pink tinge will make it work across more undertones as well. The consistency was soft, a touch dusty, but blendable on the cheeks. On me, the color lasted for seven hours before fading noticeably.

Catrice Illuminating Blush I Am Nuts About You
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
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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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