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Bobbi Brown Island, Nude Beach, Sunkissed Glow Sticks

01/04

Bobbi Brown Island Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Island Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Island Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Island Glow Stick

Island

Bobbi Brown Island Glow Stick ($36.00 for 0.31 oz.) is medium, golden bronze with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had a dewy finish on the skin, as the formula never dried down. While the finish was always luminous, it had terrible wear–on its own, it had slid around noticeably on my skin after four hours of wear. When I tried it over my liquid foundation, it moved my base around a ton and created a lot of patchiness within two hours of wear. It had sheer coverage, and the pearl in this particular shade made it look spectacular but just required so much maintenance, care, and touch-ups.

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 Island
Island

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NARS Luster & Torrid Liquid Blushes

01/05

NARS Luster Liquid Blush

NARS Luster Liquid Blush

NARS Luster Liquid Blush

NARS Luster Liquid Blush

NARS Luster Liquid Blush

Luster

NARS Luster Liquid Blush ($30.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a medium orange with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. I expected a lot more shimmer, since the powder version of this shade has it. It had a thin, spreadable consistency that was a little runny but ended up being a lot easier to blend out and apply to the skin than I expected. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

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 Luster
Luster

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Torrid

Permanent
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Ciate Matchmaker & Date Night Glow-To Illuminating Blushes

01/08

Ciate Matchmaker Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate Matchmaker Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate Matchmaker Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate Matchmaker Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate Matchmaker Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate Matchmaker Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate Matchmaker Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate Matchmaker Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Matchmaker

Ciate Matchmaker Glow-To Illuminating Blush ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that applied evenly on the skin. The texture was smooth to the touch, firmer and denser but not difficult to use–the type of texture that doesn’t kickup any excess product in the pan but still blends seamlessly on the skin. On me, the blush stayed true for eight and a half hours before fading.

The formula is supposed to have buildable pigmentation from “barely-there” color to “intense color” with long-wear. It had a smooth consistency with a firmer press, but it was not stiff or difficult to pickup color. From the four shades I purchased, the pigmentation varied from medium to semi-opaque, and they were certainly buildable to full coverage, though the formula itself was forgiving enough that the color could be sheered out as desired (and the powder was conducive to simply picking up less product as well). The swirled nature of the highlighter-and-blush concept did make the color vary a bit, and sometimes it appeared more shimmery than others (though the brand noted that each compact contains 50% of each).

Ciate Glow-To Illuminating Blush Matchmaker
Matchmaker
Matchmaker
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
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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

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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