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LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

01/06

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

Pirates of the Caribbean

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette ($30.00 for 0.54 oz.) includes three highlighters and three blushes. The palette features the brand’s Light Source Illuminating Highlighter and Color Source Buildable Blush formulas. The highlighter formula is supposed to be buildable and luminous, but my experience with them was that they were quite pigmented–soft enough to blend them out or use a bit less for sheerer coverage, just not what I’d actually describe as buildable. As you might guess from the name, the blush is supposed to be buildable, though two of the three shades were rather pigmented and one was more medium and buildable. The palette’s more amped up pigmentation was why it was rated lower, but if you’re the type of person who wants more pigmented highlighters and blushes, then it should work well for you.

LORAC Cheek Palette Pirates of the Caribbean
B+

Limited Edition

9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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B+

Fortune

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B

Lost Soul

Limited Edition
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B+

Destined

Limited Edition
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B+

Caribbean

Limited Edition
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B+

Star Reader

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Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

01/06

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Ablaze

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette ($45.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. Per the description, the bronzer is actually listed as “sheer bronzer,” which is good, given it was quite sheer. For reference, the blush formula is also a “sheer to fuller coverage” product–sheer but buildable. I have found that Viseart’s more matte/satin cheek powders apply a lot better than they look on my arm. Ultimately, they apply better in thinner, more gradual layers than applied more heavily and then blended out. If you aren’t a fan of sheerer blushes and bronzers, I don’t think that the Viseart formula is ideal for you, even though they are certainly buildable.

Viseart Theory Cheek Palette Ablaze
Ablaze
Ablaze
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette

01/06

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette

Enamored

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette ($45.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. Per the description, the bronzer is actually listed as “sheer bronzer,” which is good, given it was quite sheer. For reference, the blush formula is also a “sheer to fuller coverage” product–sheer but buildable. I have found that Viseart’s more matte/satin cheek powders apply a lot better than they look on my arm. Ultimately, they apply better in thinner, more gradual layers than applied more heavily and then blended out. If you aren’t a fan of sheerer blushes and bronzers, I don’t think that the Viseart formula is ideal for you, even though they are certainly buildable.

Viseart Theory Cheek Palette Enamored
Enamored
Enamored
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Hourglass Brilliant Nude & Incandescent Electra Ambient Strobe Lighting Blushes

01/07

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Brilliant Nude

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush ($38.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a soft peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen–glowing but not overtly shimmery. The standalone version ended up looking a few shades lighter than the one I have in a palette, due to the difference in marbling, so it may be lighter or darker depending on the particular pan. It just barely shows up on my skin tone–more like a gently warming highlighter–but would be an easy, everyday kind of color on fairer complexions. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and very blendable, though just a smidgen dusty in the pan. It had medium, buildable pigmentation (up to semi-opaque) that wore well for eight hours on me.

The Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder is designed to have the “illuminating effects” of their Strobe Lighting Powder with “vivid cheek colors.” The formula features “buildable color” with a “natural-looking, radiant finish.” The texture of the powder is very, very silky and finely-milled, which can result in noticeable powder that gets kicked up in the pan, though they apply beautifully to the skin and never look dry or dusty actually applied (which is where it counts!). One of the things I have noticed over the years is that the depth of color can vary dramatically depending on the marbling of the powders; some have more of the “Strobe” shade and others have more of the “blush” shade.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Brilliant Nude
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

01/09

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

Motu Tane

NARS Sheer Pop Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a subtle shimmer. It had medium, buildable pigmentation (up to semi-opaque coverage) that was fairly blendable, though it was easiest to use over bare skin and then easy enough to work with over liquid and cream base products. It did not work as well over powder, though.

The new, limited edition formula is supposed to be a “buildable formula that delivers sheer, high-impact color on lips and cheeks,” and it’s also said another way: “pairs vivid color with a weightless touch,” which seems to suggest that the “sheer” quality is more with respect to the feel of the product than the coverage. That being said, the coverage seems to be “buildable” but still “vivid.” The texture of this shadde wasn’t quite as emollient as the other two in the collection, but it was still thinner and wetter compared to the regular Multiple formula. As a blush, the color stayed on well for eight hours, and as a lip color, it lasted for three hours. When I tried it as a lip color, it tended to lighten and add a more metallic sheen to my lips. It was more comfortable to wear than most Multiples, though it was non-drying overall.

NARS Sheer Pop Multiple Motu Tane
Motu Tane

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion & Iridescent Flash Ambient Strobe Lighting Blushes

01/07

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Euphoric Fusion

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush ($38.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a soft, medium pinky-plum with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. The powder was incredibly smooth and finely-milled, though it kicked up excess powder in the pan and looked dusty when swatched, but the more I blended it out, the smoother and more luminous it looked on the skin (without looking dusty or dry). It had medium, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) and the shimmery finish never emphasized my skin’s natural texture. The color stayed on well for eight hours before fading on me.

The Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder is designed to have the “illuminating effects” of their Strobe Lighting Powder with “vivid cheek colors.” The formula features “buildable color” with a “natural-looking, radiant finish.” The texture of the powder is very, very silky and finely-milled, which can result in noticeable powder that gets kicked up in the pan, though they apply beautifully to the skin and never look dry or dusty actually applied (which is where it counts!). One of the things I have noticed over the years is that the depth of color can vary dramatically depending on the marbling of the powders; some have more of the “Strobe” shade and others have more of the “blush” shade.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Euphoric Fusion
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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