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NYX Golden Hour Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

01/04

NYX Golden Hour Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Golden Hour Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Golden Hour Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Golden Hour Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

Golden Hour

NYX Golden Hour Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter ($6.99 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, sunshine yellow with fine pearl. This was one of the less shimmery shades within the range, though it still offered a noticeable–but subtle–glow on the skin. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (to semi-opaque) and was best applied in layers for greater coverage. The highlighter had a watery, thin texture that spread well across the skin, felt cool initially, but dried down after a minute or so. It was easy to work, blend out, and lasted for almost eight hours on me.

The Away We Glow formula is a liquid highlighter that has buildable coverage “from soft to intense.” The brand recommends to “dab and blend” on skin for “irresistible illumination.” There are nine shades available, and the shimmer varied from shade to shade: fine pearl to chunkier sparkle. The formula has a watery, thin feel from the tube, and I liked getting a bit on the back of my hand and then dabbing with fingertips or a stippling brush onto the cheeks and high planes of the face for highlighting. It did dry down after a minute or so, and the wear ranged from seven to eight hours.

NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter Golden Hour
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
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Estee Lauder Heat Wave Illuminating Powder Gelee

01/09

Estee Lauder Heat Wave Illuminating Powder Gelee

Estee Lauder Heat Wave Illuminating Powder Gelee

Estee Lauder Heat Wave Illuminating Powder Gelee

Estee Lauder Heat Wave Illuminating Powder Gelee

Estee Lauder Heat Wave Illuminating Powder Gelee

Estee Lauder Heat Wave Illuminating Powder Gelee

Estee Lauder Heat Wave Illuminating Powder Gelee

Estee Lauder Heat Wave Illuminating Powder Gelee

Estee Lauder Heat Wave Illuminating Powder Gelee

Heat Wave

Estee Lauder Heat Wave Illuminating Powder Gelee ($45.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a bright, medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It appeared more metallic when I swatched it than when I applied to my cheek bones, though when I applied it more heavily or with a damp brush, it started to take on a more noticeable sheen. I did not feel like it emphasized my skin’s natural texture, though, even when applied heavily.

The formula is described as a “super-luxurious bronzer” with a buildable finish “to a luminous pearl highlight.” It’s more like a gold-hued highlighter than your typical bronzer. The consistency was soft, smooth, and dense without being stiff or difficult to blend out. It was easy to apply and diffuse along the edges, and it layered well with blushes or could be worn on its own, if desired. This shade lasted well for eight hours on me before fading. While this may have been more innovative when it originally launched years ago, the reality is that this type of gold highlighter is rather common these days, so there are a lot more dupes for those who aren’t interested in tracking this product down.

Estee Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelee Heat Wave
Heat Wave

NYX Daytime Halo Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

01/04

NYX Daytime Halo Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Daytime Halo Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Daytime Halo Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Daytime Halo Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

Daytime Halo

NYX Daytime Halo Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter ($6.99 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a pop of gold with warm, yellow undertones and a fine, pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that applied evenly to the skin. The texture was thin, watery but not difficult to apply or blend out. The yellowness of the color seemed to get lost on me when I tried it, but it may be more prominent on cooler and/or lighter complexions. The highlighter stayed on well for seven and a half hours on me.

The Away We Glow formula is a liquid highlighter that has buildable coverage “from soft to intense.” The brand recommends to “dab and blend” on skin for “irresistible illumination.” There are nine shades available, and the shimmer varied from shade to shade: fine pearl to chunkier sparkle. The formula has a watery, thin feel from the tube, and I liked getting a bit on the back of my hand and then dabbing with fingertips or a stippling brush onto the cheeks and high planes of the face for highlighting. It did dry down after a minute or so, and the wear ranged from seven to eight hours.

NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter Daytime Halo
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
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Tom Ford Ravish Cheek Color (2017)

01/08

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Ravish

Tom Ford Ravish Cheek Color ($60.00 for 0.28 oz.) is deep, reddish copper with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The original version was a bit lighter, more pink than copper, and definitely more shimmery (see comparison here). The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a little thin, though I had no trouble applying or blending out the color on my cheeks. It had rich color payoff, which was not true to the claim of buildable, but with a lighter hand and less dense blush (something like a fan or highlighter brush), sheerer coverage was certainly possible. The color stayed true for nine and a half hours on me.

For 2017, Tom Ford reformulated this powder blush formula, and the new formula is described as “layers of possibility, from a sexy glow to a more dramatic, color-rich look” (that sounds like “buildable”) that is supposed to apply “with the comfort of a cream.” Overall, the texture is thinner, finely-milled but drier than the original formula, and the shimmer has become finer and less apparent through many of the new-old shades. The formula was still fairly blendable to very blendable and particularly long-wearing with semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation.

Tom Ford Beauty Cheek Color Ravish
Ravish
Ravish
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

01/08

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

California Dreaming

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette ($30.00 for 0.48 oz.) contains four cheek colors to add “highlight, color, and glow” to your skin. The texture of the four shades was very similar to their permanent Colour Source Buildable Blush and Light Source Highlighter formulas. They felt smooth, soft without being too dusty or dry on the skin, and had pigmentation that ranged from medium to opaque (the “downside” to both formulas has always been they’re often more pigmented than buildable, which you may prefer or may be a deal breaker). This is a rather warm-toned palette, so it will work best for someone who likes warmer, brown and peach shades along with a fair amount of shimmer.

LORAC Cheek Palette California Dreaming
B+

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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NYX Rose Quartz Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

01/04

NYX Rose Quartz Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Rose Quartz Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Rose Quartz Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Rose Quartz Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

Rose Quartz

NYX Rose Quartz Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter ($6.99 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark reddish copper with warm undertones and gold and copper pearl. It had sheer coverage, which was buildable to medium coverage–it looked a bit like a cheek stain on me, as it was translucent but provided some visible color (when layered). The texture was watery, thin, and spreadable across the skin, but it dried down and lasted for eight hours on me.

The Away We Glow formula is a liquid highlighter that has buildable coverage “from soft to intense.” The brand recommends to “dab and blend” on skin for “irresistible illumination.” There are nine shades available, and the shimmer varied from shade to shade: fine pearl to chunkier sparkle. The formula has a watery, thin feel from the tube, and I liked getting a bit on the back of my hand and then dabbing with fingertips or a stippling brush onto the cheeks and high planes of the face for highlighting. It did dry down after a minute or so, and the wear ranged from seven to eight hours.

NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter Rose Quartz
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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