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Bobbi Brown Antigua Illuminating Bronzing Powder

01/08

Bobbi Brown Antigua Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Antigua Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Antigua Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Antigua Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Antigua Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Antigua Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Antigua Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Antigua Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Antigua

Bobbi Brown Antigua Illuminating Bronzing Powder ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had a more “neutral” vibe, as it did not appear strongly yellow and wasn’t bright like a really cool, more cotton candy-like pink or a richer pinky-coral shade. The color did appear much darker swatched (both on my arm as well as my cheeks) than it appeared in the compact. The consistency was smooth, blendable, and slightly firmer in feel in the pan, but it did not feel dry nor was it stiff to work with. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and lasted for eight and a half hours on my skin.

The Illuminating Bronzing Powder is part of the brand’s permanent line-up but for summer, they re-released three shades with embossing but the actual product and shades can be purchased year-round (the range has six shades, and the other three shades appear browner, like you might expect in a bronzer). The formula is described as an “ultra soft and smooth pressed powder that delivers a shimmering, sun-kissed glow.” All three of the re-released shades had a smooth consistency–firmer in the pan but not dry or stiff to work with–that was incredibly blendable on the skin. They were very pigmented with moderate to strong luminosity.

You can view photos of the packaging and ingredients here, along with swatches of the full range here.

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder Antigua
Antigua
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Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

01/08

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Maui

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a bright pop of medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer. It had opaque pigmentation that was easily diffused (or used with a lighter hand) for sheerer coverage. The consistency was smooth, firm but not stiff, and easy to pick up with a brush and blend out on the skin. There was a noticeable sheen that did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

The Illuminating Bronzing Powder is part of the brand’s permanent line-up but for summer, they re-released three shades with embossing but the actual product and shades can be purchased year-round (the range has six shades, and the other three shades appear browner, like you might expect in a bronzer). The formula is described as an “ultra soft and smooth pressed powder that delivers a shimmering, sun-kissed glow.” All three of the re-released shades had a smooth consistency–firmer in the pan but not dry or stiff to work with–that was incredibly blendable on the skin. They were very pigmented with moderate to strong luminosity.

You can view photos of the packaging and ingredients here, along with swatches of the full range here.

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder Maui
Maui

NARS Orgasm & Dolce Vita Liquid Blushes

01/05

NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush

NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush

NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush

NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush

NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush

Orgasm

NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush ($30.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and gold shimmer and sparkle. The pigmentation was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque (two to three layers). The consistency was lightweight, thin but not so watery that it sheered out to nothingness, and spread easily across the skin without disturbing base products. For a liquid blush, I found it easy to work with, especially around the edges. The finish was more shimmery swatched than when I applied it to the skin, though there was still subtle shimmer when I tried it on bare skin as a blush. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

The new formula is supposed to “effortlessly glide on[to] skin for a lasting glow” where “one pump delivers the perfect amount of natural-looking color.” It’s supposed to have “buildable” coverage that’s “blendable” and “lasting.” It has a thin, almost watery consistency that spread easily, blended out well, and looked natural in finish on the skin with semi-sheer to medium, buildable coverage. One pump seemed like twice as much product as necessary in my experience, though. I liked using fingertips or a stippling brush for applying the product to cheeks but would dispense on the back of my hand or a metal palette first. It dried down quickly but did not feel immovable, so a little buffing along the edges was still doable. The formula wore between eight to nine hours on me, depending on the shade.

NARS Liquid Blush Orgasm
Orgasm

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Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

01/08

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Santa Barbara

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark pink-coral with a strong, golden sheen. It was just shy of being metallic in finish on the skin, but luckily, it did not accentuate my skin’s natural texture or my pores. It was richly pigmented but had a very forgiving, blendable texture that could be used with a lighter hand (or blended out) for less coverage. I would still recommend it more for someone who wanted greater coverage rather than very sheer coverage. On me, the color stayed on nicely for nine hours before fading noticeably.

The Illuminating Bronzing Powder is part of the brand’s permanent line-up but for summer, they re-released three shades with embossing but the actual product and shades can be purchased year-round (the range has six shades, and the other three shades appear browner, like you might expect in a bronzer). The formula is described as an “ultra soft and smooth pressed powder that delivers a shimmering, sun-kissed glow.” All three of the re-released shades had a smooth consistency–firmer in the pan but not dry or stiff to work with–that was incredibly blendable on the skin. They were very pigmented with moderate to strong luminosity.

You can view photos of the packaging and ingredients here, along with swatches of the full range here.

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder Santa Barbara

Milani Bella Bellini & Rosa Romantica Baked Blushes

01/06

Milani Bella Bellini Baked Blush

Milani Bella Bellini Baked Blush

Milani Bella Bellini Baked Blush

Milani Bella Bellini Baked Blush

Milani Bella Bellini Baked Blush

Milani Bella Bellini Baked Blush

Bella Bellini

Milani Bella Bellini Baked Blush ($8.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and gold shimmer. It had buildable pigmentation from medium to mostly opaque.

The Baked Blush formula is described as “richly pigmented and highly buildable” (that’s not confusing at all, right?)–it would make more sense to say something like “buildable from sheer to full coverage.” That is more in line with how they used to describe the formula when I reviewed shades from the range last year, but they have since changed it to what I’ve included here. I’m not aware of any reformulation in the last year, I feel it’s fair to take their meaning as “highly buildable” to “richly pigmented” payoff.

The consistency was smooth, slightly dusty, but it blended out nicely on the skin and did not appear powdery once buffed and worked into the skin. The blush had a very strong sheen, which slightly emphasized my skin’s natural texture when worn at semi-opaque or higher coverage. The color started to fade noticeably after seven and a half hours of wear.

Milani Baked Blush Bella Bellini
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Bikini & Desert Sun Glow Sticks

01/06

Bobbi Brown Bikini Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Bikini Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Bikini Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Bikini Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Bikini Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Bikini Glow Stick

Bikini

Bobbi Brown Bikini Glow Stick ($36.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and gold and pink pearl. It had sheer coverage with a dewy sheen that did not dry down. The effect is pretty on the skin if you like a really dewy glow, but the lack of dry down made it a fussy product to use as it disturbed any base products, broke foundation/powder down within hours, and on its own, it had moved around noticeably on the skin after four hours. The formula was just too emollient for practical, all-day long wear.

It’s supposed to be a “creamy, lightweight highlighter” with “sheer” coverage that gives “an instant, sun-kissed glow that lasts all day.” The formula was very emollient with a lot of slip and wetness; it never dried down and always felt slick on the skin. All of the shades I tried were sheer, and they were not buildable, so several shades ended up looking very similar on my skin tone (but may look more or less different on other skin tones/undertones). The emollient feel of the formula did not play well with products (primers, cream/powder/liquid foundations or blushes).

Bobbi Brown Glow Stick Bikini
Bikini

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