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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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Brilliant Nude

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Euphoric Fusion

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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

Tom Ford Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

01/11

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Warm (02)

Tom Ford Warm (02) Winter Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette ($155.00 for 0.45 oz.) is one of two limited edition, holiday palettes from the brand, and it is the “warmer” of the two. The packaging is the signature white of the Soleil collections, and it comes with a large, interior mirror; it felt substantial to hold and clicked together nicely.

The eyeshadow colors applied well, lasted eight hours, and were easy to work with. The eyeshadows and cheek colors coordinated well together, so I could see the palette being worn on its own for sure. The cheek colors were high-quality, pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing, though the more satin-like shade did not feel dense or as buttery as the more shimmery shade (not really unexpected, as that’s how it usually works out between textures). While pricey, it performed well, and you’d think that would be the norm for luxury products, but it isn’t, so I’m glad it did. I think that both the eyeshadow and blush formulas were comparable to their permanent formulas (though the eyeshadows are not the kind found in Nude Dip or Honeymoon, rather the brand’s other quads).

I wish the brand broke out how much eyeshadow/cheek color was in the palette (oh, and names), because then I could give you a more accurate assessment of total value. Typically, the Eye Color Quads retail for $82.00 and contain 0.35 oz., while the Cheek Colors retail for $60.00 and contain 0.28 oz. Based on that, even if you were getting a full-sized quad and two, half-sized blushes, it would only come to $142, and we know it is less than that, given the total weight is 0.45 oz. of the palette and a full-sized quad and two half-sized blushes would come to 0.63 oz. If you’re someone who likes using all-in-one palettes or would easily reach for and use it as a cohesive palette, it might still have more subjective value to you, but otherwise, you would be better off choosing a full-sized, permanent quad and one full-sized blush (or even the Skin Illuminating Powder Duo), as you’d get more for your money and have the ability to choose the coordinating shades.

Tom Ford Beauty Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette Warm (02)
Warm (02)
Warm (02)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Tom Ford Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

01/12

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Cool (01)

Tom Ford Cool (01) Winter Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette ($155.00 for 0.45 oz.) is one of two limited edition, holiday palettes from the brand, and it is the “cooler” of the two, though some shades are still warm-toned overall. The packaging is the signature white of the Soleil collections, and it comes with a large, interior mirror; it felt substantial to hold and clicked together nicely.

The eyeshadow colors applied well, lasted seven to eight hours, and despite having two glittery shades, had minimal fall out over time. The cheek colors were high-quality, pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing, though the more matte shade did not feel dense or as buttery as the more shimmery shade (not really unexpected, as that’s how it usually works out between textures). While pricey, it performed well, and you’d think that would be the norm for luxury products, but it isn’t, so I’m glad it did. I think that both the eyeshadow and blush formulas were comparable to their permanent formulas (though the eyeshadows are not the kind found in Nude Dip or Honeymoon, rather the brand’s other quads).

I wish the brand broke out how much eyeshadow/cheek color was in the palette (oh, and names), because then I could give you a more accurate assessment of total value. Typically, the Eye Color Quads retail for $82.00 and contain 0.35 oz., while the Cheek Colors retail for $60.00 and contain 0.28 oz. Based on that, even if you were getting a full-sized quad and two, half-sized blushes, it would only come to $142, and we know it is less than that, given the total weight is 0.45 oz. of the palette and a full-sized quad and two half-sized blushes would come to 0.63 oz. If you’re someone who likes using all-in-one palettes or would easily reach for and use it as a cohesive palette, it might still have more subjective value to you, but otherwise, you would be better off choosing a full-sized, permanent quad and one full-sized blush (or even the Skin Illuminating Powder Duo), as you’d get more for your money and have the ability to choose the coordinating shades.

Tom Ford Beauty Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette Cool (01)
Cool (01)
Cool (01)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC x Mariah Carey You’ve Got Me Feeling Blush

01/06

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

You've Got Me Feeling

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. The texture was incredibly stiff, which made it a challenge to get product off of the pan’s surface just to swatch–I had to scrape at it to dislodge powder and get enough to show up on my skin at all.

I used a paper towel to rub against the surface to break it down further, which helped to a small degree, but it was not one of MAC’s best showings–and they can do a bright pink like this! Unsurprisingly, it was hard to diffuse and blend out the edges, as the color adhered strongly wherever it initially landed but did not want to spread from there. The finish was glowing without being overtly shimmery, and if you work with it long enough, it can look nice on. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours on me.

MAC Powder Blush You've Got Me Feeling
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
5
Texture
8
Longevity
3
Application
62%
Total

MAC x Mariah Carey Sweet Sweet Fantasy Blush

01/06

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Powder Blush

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Powder Blush

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Powder Blush

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Powder Blush

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Powder Blush

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Powder Blush

Sweet Sweet Fantasy

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff with a soft, slightly firmer texture. It was firm enough that there wasn’t any powdery excess when I patted my brush against the surface, but it wasn’t so firm that it was difficult to get color onto the brush or to blend out on the skin. The blush blended out fairly easily, though it was not the most effortless coral blush I’ve come across, so I do recommend building up and diffusing as you go. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

MAC Powder Blush Sweet Sweet Fantasy
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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