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Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette

01/07

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Sweet Peach Glow

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette ($42.00 for 0.39 oz.) contains a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. The blush contains more product (almost double) compared to the highlighter and bronzing shade. Everything is housed in a pink-to-orange gradient, metal tin (like the Sweet Peach palette). The palette was good, though the shades themselves may be found within your stash already, and if you have a deeper skin tone, the blush and bronzer might not be visible enough for your liking. The texture of all three shades was firmer and denser but not really stiff–they are in the vein of MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinishes, NARS Dual-Intensity Blushes, etc. They blended out nicely and lasted for eight to nine hours on me. The palette has the same peach scent as all of the other Sweet Peach products.

Too Faced Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette Sweet Peach Glow
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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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
Balm Beach
Balm Beach
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

MAC x Mariah Carey My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

01/06

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

My Mimi

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($45.50 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium copper with warm, brownish undertones and a gold, sparkly finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage, but the texture was drier and more prone to separating–perhaps the larger bits of sparkle strewn through the powder were the issue. It took more effort to blend and diffuse the edges, as the color looked somewhat patchy initially. I don’t typically have issues blending out this formula, so I was rather surprised by the application of this shade on the skin. It lasted for eight hours before fading on me (out of the 10 the brand promises for this formula).

The price seems unusually high; regular Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are $33.00 for 0.31 oz., and while it’s not unusual for MAC to up-charge for collaborations by a bit, it’s usually a $1-4, not over $10. It seems like it is the result of the design of the powder itself, which is intricate to be sure, but I’m still surprised by the increase in price overall! I wish the product was better, too, because I know that this was one of the “star” products in the launch, to at least make the price more justifiable. It did seem, to my memory, that the price increases across most of the products in this collection were higher than normal (compared to past collaborations).

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish My Mimi
My Mimi
My Mimi
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total
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MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet QuikTrik Stick Duo

A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) has a medium, shimmery copper shade on one end and a medium-dark, reddish-brown on the other. The duo seems like the bronzing pairing to me, as both shades will add warmth, luminosity, and a healthy sheen to the skin–very summer to my eye!

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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B

A Latte Sheen

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Semi-Sweet

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MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

Bare End/Earthnut

MAC Bare End/Earthnut Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) has a light-medium, pearly gold on one end and then a medium, warm brown on the other end. The gold seems ideal for highlighting, while the darker shade could be used to bronze or contour (on warmer skin tones). This one applied a bit better and lasted a touch longer than some of the other duos, but it’s still faster to wear away than most powder blushes on me.

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo Bare End/Earthnut
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Bare End

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Earthnut

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MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) is comprised of a sheer, shimmery silvery rose shade (best for highlighting) and muted, mid-tone brown with subtle, warmer undertones (best for bronzing or contouring).

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear. The pigmentation was semi-sheer, buildable up to semi-opaque coverage.

The downside to the formula is that both shades remained lightly tacky with a moderately dewy finish, and, unsurprisingly, the wear time was shorter at six hours. I get better wear (an extra hour or two) if I lightly pat translucent powder on top or pair with a similarly-hued powder blush. The finish is lovely if you like a dewier finish–they reminded me of the type of products I’d reach for in the summer to pat over bare skin.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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C-

Softly Does It

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B+

Tight and Tawny

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