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Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette

Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette
Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette

Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette ($56.00 for ) contains a slew of products for the eyes and cheeks. It’s a decent palette, but the eyeshadows have room for improvement, as they are not consistent. They also need to be applied over a primer in order to have decent or better pigmentation, to last at least eight hours, and for blending as some of the shades are drier and tended to sheer out when applied. Without primer, they have a more faded appearance and most of the shades lasted six to seven hours. I think the brand should have included their Glitter Insurance, instead of their standard Eyeshadow Primer (but worth reiterating is that Too Faced touts their eyeshadows as highly pigmented and long-wearing as a formula), because three of the eyeshadows, plus the glitter, absolutely need an adhesive base or else it is a one-way ticket to Fallout City.

As a lot of readers have noted in the initial launch post, the palette looks a lot like every other holiday palette Too Faced has released. I struggled a bit myself trying to pair the shades together, as it didn’t feel as cohesive as you might have expected, and the drier, more crumbly textures of the metallic shades didn’t blend well with the thinner matte shades. The two blushes and bronzers are permanent shades, though Justify My Love is a much darker, brighter, and cooler-toned shade in the palette than my single (by a lot). The highlighter, Champagne Truffle, is actually an eyeshadow from another palette, so you might have that already in your stash.

Ivy is a pale, muted white with a matte finish. It had a very smooth, finely-milled consistency with some excess powder that would kick up in the pan. It is chalky against my skin tone, for reference, and I tried to mix it with Painkiller to make it a workable brow bone highlight on my skin tone. On fairer skin tones, it should work better. It lasted six hours on me before disappearing. Urban Decay Bump (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party #1 (LE, $2.29) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Extra Creamy (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Gesso (P, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Starlight (LE) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC White (P, $19.00)(100% similar). Too Faced Coconut Cream (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced White Christmas (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Ivoire (P) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Liberatus (P) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Snow (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek White Lies (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Linen (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugar Coated is a light pink with warmer undertones paired with a frosted finish and silver sparkle. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was drier and tended to sheer out on its own. The glittery bits blended away from the base color, so this shade would need an adhesive base to perform well. The color lasted seven hours before creasing and had fallout. Dior Garden Pastels #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pink Freeze (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Shiseido Mist (WT 901) (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Pink Pearl (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Ex-boyfriend (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Whimsical (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Rose Garden #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (LE) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Delightful (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frosted Yum is a muted, light silver with neutral-to-warm undertones and a metallic, sparkly finish. The glitter of this one also separated away from the base color, so it didn’t stay where it was initially applied and resulted in fall out over time. The base color was mostly opaque and wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. The dryness of the powder made it harder to blend with the matte shades in the palette. Buxom Pure Platinum (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Vivacious Maguari (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Aluminum (10M) (P, $29.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sugarpill Grand Tiara (P, $13.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Tin (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Blue Garden #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #4 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Silver Coin (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Moonshine (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00)(90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #2 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Iridescent Shell (110) (LE, $13.00) is darker (85% similar). Benefit Blingo (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Liberty (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Smoky #1 (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Irresistible is a sparkling, medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. Like the previous three shades, the glitter doesn’t stick to the base, which resulted in the sparkles transferring beyond the base color and would fall below the lid over time. I would highly recommend a glitter primer or an adhesive base to work with this palette. This shade lasted for six and a half hours before creasing. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Treasure Hunt (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Night Thrill (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #2 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #18 (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Eclaire (P, $29.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Shiny Happy (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay 1987 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Ardency Inn Heaven (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Painkiller is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a very soft, finely-milled consistency that applied well to bare skin, but it did not work well with the more shimmery shades in the palette as it was too thin and dusty, so it did not layer well. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Too Faced Chocaholic (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Yamal (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Illamasqua Heroine (P) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Cobblestone (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Skinny Latte (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #2 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Wanderer (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Clay (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Hello Kitty Hot Cocoa (LE) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Latte (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup & Chill is a deep, reddish brown with a matte finish. Though the powder was silky and soft, it was also powdery in the pan, so it kicked up a lot of powder in the pan with even a soft touch of a brush. It applied well to bare skin with full, opaque coverage that wore well for seven and a half hours–it’s just a shade you have to use carefully to avoid initial fall out. Ciate Queen Bee (LE) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Bark (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Violeta (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Java (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Cocoa (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bittersweet (LE, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bark (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mystic Hour is a deep bluish-teal with a frosted finish. This shade had a lot of potential, but it fades immediately after applying–it just doesn’t retain that depth and intensity it has in the pan on the lid. Even over Too Faced’s primer, it was still underwhelming; I would try using it wet and over a glitter primer as the drier, frosted consistency would likely benefit from both changes. This shade started to crease after seven hours of wear. Make Up For Ever ME230 Peacock Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Mint Chip (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #3 (P) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #18 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pre-Packaged (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Stormy Seas (113) (LE, $13.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wham Bam is a bright, medium-dark purple with warmer, pink undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly drier texture that blended out fairly well and didn’t seem to fade immediately like Mystic Hour did. The color wore well for seven hours on me. MAC Selena (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery (85% similar). Illamasqua Trance (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Flash (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Snowboarding (P, $6.75) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Zip Me Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Sugarpill Hysteric (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wanted is a deep black with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a firmer texture, which made it harder to get color out of but also seemed to impede blending, as it applied unevenly and was difficult to pull and diffuse from wherever the powder initially landed. The color had noticeable fading after six and a half hours of wear. Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is warmer, better quality (95% similar). NARS Pandora (P) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Raven-Eyed (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Night Sky (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE) is warmer, lower quality (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (P) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Chrome #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I Will Always Love You is a bright, medium coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer. You can find my original review for the formula and shade here for a more detailed look at claims and the like. Suffice to say, this wore a lot like the permanent version I have, but it appeared to be a bit less shimmery and had stronger pink tones while wearing the same (eight and a half hours but way short of the 16-hour wear claimed). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Reflex (82) (LE, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tasty (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sparkling Bellini (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Solar Ray (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Moon Beach (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC My Paradise (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Shape the Future (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Justify My Love is a bright, bold, cotton candy pink with a satiny finish. It is much, much brighter and darker with stronger blue undertones than the permanent version (read my original review here). It is also more pigmented, so that’s an upside, with a slightly looser consistency. The color wore well for nine hours, a half hour longer than the permanent version did for me. Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dream (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Robotic (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC I'm the One (LE, $22.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Peony Pavillion (LE, $21.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Rose #1 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Soleil is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The powder was firmly packed into the pan, which made it difficult to work with as I struggled to chip away at it to get any color coverage. For swatching alone, I had to scrape away the top layer to get enough pigment to show up on my arm. I had to do the same to apply it to my face. It was unexpected, as Too Faced includes this shade in palettes regularly, and it’s typically quite soft and silky. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Toffee (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P) is more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Paloma Contour (P) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NYX Tan (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Talia (Contour) (P) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Truffle is a light, pinky-white with a golden sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage that was buildable to mostly opaque pigmentation. It seemed less pigmented than the previous palette version (where it was released as an eyeshadow). The color lasted for seven and a half hours before separating on my cheeks. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE)(100% similar). Disney by Sephora Treasures Untold (LE)(100% similar). LORAC Vanilla (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Andromeda (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Glitterati (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Cambon #2 (P) is more muted (90% similar). theBalm Wipe Out (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced #selfie (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #4 (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Onai (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Wipe Out (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black is a deep black with cool undertones and a satiny sheen. The Sketch Marker formula is supposed to be a long-wearing, waterproof, and vivid liquid eyeliner. It was very pigmented with a smooth, fluid consistency that applied easily and did not seem too watery nor did it apply unevenly. The tip had enough flex that you could maneuver around the curves of the eyelid without issue. The formula takes a bit of time to dry down and set, so if using on the upper lash line, I’d keep my eye shut for about 20 seconds after applying if you can. It did not bleed when I tested it under water. It lasted for eight hours on me. Illamasqua Abyss (P, $27.50)(100% similar). Bobbi Brown Really Black (LE, $24.00)(100% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Deeper (01) (P, $55.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (P, $30.00) is cooler (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is cooler, glossier (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (P, $25.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Cat's Meow (P, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glitterally appears as a light silver glitter that reflects pink, blue, and gold as it catches the light. It is a loose glitter, so it has virtually no claims on its own. It is a product that needs to be used with something else–adhesive, mixed with gloss, etc. in order to adhere and wear for any length of time. If you apply it on bare skin, it will just dust away. None of that is a criticism, and as there’s not much to rate it on, you will not find this one rated.

Too Faced NikkieTutorials Palette The Power of Makeup
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
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Cover FX Sunkissed Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunkissed Custom Enhancer Drops
Cover FX Sunkissed Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunkissed Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is medium brown with warm, yellowy undertones and a satin finish. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Shade (P) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Glow (90) (P, $64.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) (P, $64.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Custom Enhancer Drops are a liquid formula that can add a “highlighting, strobing, or bronzing effect” to your favorite liquid products or used alone on top of (or underneath) your other products (including powder); two of the six shades are bronzing and four are more shimmery/metallic for highlighting. It is a buildable coverage product, so that you can use as many or as few drops as desired for the effect (and it will depend on how you use it; mixing with a moisturizer for all-over may require less product than spot application on cheeks after other makeup is applied!). These are similar to formulas like Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer (runs a bit sheerer overall, less buildable), Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) (much sheerer), and NARS Illuminators (sheerer, usually contains larger shimmer/glitter particles). The major difference is the intensity of the pearl and buildability in coverage (easier to get to full coverage but still easy to retain sheer coverage).

What’s neat about these is that they are versatile as you want them to be; they really do perform well mixed with various liquid and cream products (moisturizer, foundation, tinted moisturizer, primer) while also working under and over makeup, and they really are buildable from sheer to opaque coverage. Initially, the formula might seem incredibly pigmented, but the thin, liquid consistency makes it very easy to sheer out. They are actually sheerer than they seem upon initial swatching or application, as the consistency naturally creates a sheerer layer as soon as you work it across the skin. That being said, unless you’re mixing with a base product, one drop is likely overkill for spot application. These have a strong sheen but very fine shimmer, so it produces more of a pearly, glowing effect on the skin–lightly dewy with moderate shine and some noticeable shimmer. They dry down within 10-15 seconds of blending out the product and feel like a powder but with better hold (I get almost no transfer, and it doesn’t noticeably lift or move), so the sheen you see is from a damp or wet product, it’s the reflective quality of the pearl. You can, however, build these up to opaque coverage, and at that level, some of the shimmery shades can emphasize the texture of the skin. The formula also wore well on me, ranging from eight to ten hours with minimal signs of fading. I’d expect that this formula will work for someone who likes moderate highlighters with luminous, shiny, pearly finishes or likes all-over warmth (in the case of the bronzing shades) with a satin-to-matte finish.

Sunkissed is the lighter of the two bronzing shades. I suspect that this shade will be more suitable for fair to medium skin tones, and it might not show up well on darker skin tones. On my light-medium complexion, I get a hint of golden warmth and subtle color. It had medium, buildable color payoff that was fairly easy to use, as the liquid consistency was thin enough to spread well across the skin without becoming uneven or drying down immediately, but it wasn’t so thin that it became impossibly sheer. The product is blendable until dries down, and the thinner the layer, the faster it would dry down, so you have some time to work the product across the skin and then a little while longer (about 10-15 seconds) until it sets on the skin and becomes harder to diffuse/blend out. I could use up to two drops mixed in with moisturizer/foundation without it altering the depth of my color too much, but I found I preferred one myself. I like Sunkissed best mixed in, while I like the darker Sunset if I want to use one as a bronzer on top of my makeup–for my skin tone. This was the shortest-wearing shade of the six at eight hours.

Here’s an in-depth look at how I’ve used and trialed all the shades:

Alone: I’ve patted them over bare skin, liquid foundation, and liquid foundation with setting powder on top. For best results, I like to tap my brush against the applicator (not even using the droplet applicator to get a drop out) and then stipple the product onto the skin. I tend to apply both my bronzers and highlighters more along the cheek areas, so I would stipple a few times along my cheeks or cheekbones and then lightly buff in small circles. It worked equally well just dabbing my fingertips against my skin and using the side of my fingertip to sweep and blend the product out. I was particularly impressed by how well it applied over powder, as the sheerer, smooth texture didn’t disrupt base products and move foundation or turn the area patchy. When testing for wear, I used its longevity on bare skin as my major measure for the rating, but I did wear the shades mixed in and layered with a multitude of products to ensure that the formula wasn’t prone to shortening the wear of other products.

Mixed with Primer: I tried it with both water and silicone-based primers, and I had no preference for one over the other with respect to these drops. I used one to two drops for all-over luminosity; I preferred one drop myself, as it gave me a dewier finish that wasn’t over-the-top for my preference. If you wear a lighter-coverage base on top of primer, mixing with primer could work for all-over glow/warmth, but if you wear light-medium or heavier coverage, I would suggest mixing with your foundation or applying on top of your foundation as it gets lost under heavier coverage.

Mixed with Foundation: I tried it with tinted moisturizer, sheer coverage foundation, medium coverage foundation, and full coverage foundation. In general, heavier coverage foundations are a bit thicker than the ultra sheer formulas. I found one to drops was sufficient with tinted to medium coverage formulas, while full coverage was less receptive–it made the foundation dewier but wasn’t as luminous as with lighter coverage foundations. If I wore full coverage foundation, I preferred this patted on top at the end, rather than mixed.

Mixed with Moisturizer: Like primer, this method works well when you skip foundation or wear lighter coverage foundation. I can imagine this combination working well for those with flatter or more matte skin naturally, as it gives noticeable luminosity and dewiness. While I didn’t personally like the level of sheen it gave my face when mixed with moisturizer, I loved it for body–particularly on shoulders and decolletage. It is also gorgeous on legs. I really liked mixing one of the highlighting shades with a bronzing shade for a little color, warmth, and sheen on legs.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (Bronzing) Sunkissed
Sunkissed
Sunkissed
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Cover FX Sunset Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunset Custom Enhancer Drops
Cover FX Sunset Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunset Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a natural finish.. Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Tan Tint (LE, $29.50) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Deep (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Bath (110) (P, $64.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Custom Enhancer Drops are a liquid formula that can add a “highlighting, strobing, or bronzing effect” to your favorite liquid products or used alone on top of (or underneath) your other products (including powder); two of the six shades are bronzing and four are more shimmery/metallic for highlighting. It is a buildable coverage product, so that you can use as many or as few drops as desired for the effect (and it will depend on how you use it; mixing with a moisturizer for all-over may require less product than spot application on cheeks after other makeup is applied!). These are similar to formulas like Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer (runs a bit sheerer overall, less buildable), Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) (much sheerer), and NARS Illuminators (sheerer, usually contains larger shimmer/glitter particles). The major difference is the intensity of the pearl and buildability in coverage (easier to get to full coverage but still easy to retain sheer coverage).

What’s neat about these is that they are versatile as you want them to be; they really do perform well mixed with various liquid and cream products (moisturizer, foundation, tinted moisturizer, primer) while also working under and over makeup, and they really are buildable from sheer to opaque coverage. Initially, the formula might seem incredibly pigmented, but the thin, liquid consistency makes it very easy to sheer out. They are actually sheerer than they seem upon initial swatching or application, as the consistency naturally creates a sheerer layer as soon as you work it across the skin. That being said, unless you’re mixing with a base product, one drop is likely overkill for spot application. These have a strong sheen but very fine shimmer, so it produces more of a pearly, glowing effect on the skin–lightly dewy with moderate shine and some noticeable shimmer. They dry down within 10-15 seconds of blending out the product and feel like a powder but with better hold (I get almost no transfer, and it doesn’t noticeably lift or move), so the sheen you see is from a damp or wet product, it’s the reflective quality of the pearl. You can, however, build these up to opaque coverage, and at that level, some of the shimmery shades can emphasize the texture of the skin. The formula also wore well on me, ranging from eight to ten hours with minimal signs of fading. I’d expect that this formula will work for someone who likes moderate highlighters with luminous, shiny, pearly finishes or likes all-over warmth (in the case of the bronzing shades) with a satin-to-matte finish.

Sunset is the darker of the two bronzing shades. It had a warmer, redder undertone without strong yellow tones, so it didn’t look orange-y on the skin, which I find indicative of more natural-looking bronzers on more skin tones. I suspect that this shade will be more suitable for medium and darker complexions, while the other shade, Sunkissed, will work best on fair to medium skin tones. The texture was thin, smooth, and blendable on the skin as it dried down. Once it set, it was harder to maneuver without added force, but it was more forgiving in its dried-down state compared to the shimmery ones. It had more of a satin finish on the skin; it wasn’t fully matte but did not read shimmery or dewy either. It had medium, buildable coverage, and a little went a long way, as you might have guessed based on the range thus far! For my skin tone, less than one drop added warmth without changing my skin color completely when mixed with foundation or moisturizer. I only needed the lightest dab of product to bronze my cheek area (not even close to a full drop!). The color lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me.

Here’s an in-depth look at how I’ve used and trialed all the shades:

Alone: I’ve patted them over bare skin, liquid foundation, and liquid foundation with setting powder on top. For best results, I like to tap my brush against the applicator (not even using the droplet applicator to get a drop out) and then stipple the product onto the skin. I tend to apply both my bronzers and highlighters more along the cheek areas, so I would stipple a few times along my cheeks or cheekbones and then lightly buff in small circles. It worked equally well just dabbing my fingertips against my skin and using the side of my fingertip to sweep and blend the product out. I was particularly impressed by how well it applied over powder, as the sheerer, smooth texture didn’t disrupt base products and move foundation or turn the area patchy. When testing for wear, I used its longevity on bare skin as my major measure for the rating, but I did wear the shades mixed in and layered with a multitude of products to ensure that the formula wasn’t prone to shortening the wear of other products.

Mixed with Primer: I tried it with both water and silicone-based primers, and I had no preference for one over the other with respect to these drops. I used one to two drops for all-over luminosity; I preferred one drop myself, as it gave me a dewier finish that wasn’t over-the-top for my preference. If you wear a lighter-coverage base on top of primer, mixing with primer could work for all-over glow/warmth, but if you wear light-medium or heavier coverage, I would suggest mixing with your foundation or applying on top of your foundation as it gets lost under heavier coverage.

Mixed with Foundation: I tried it with tinted moisturizer, sheer coverage foundation, medium coverage foundation, and full coverage foundation. In general, heavier coverage foundations are a bit thicker than the ultra sheer formulas. I found one to drops was sufficient with tinted to medium coverage formulas, while full coverage was less receptive–it made the foundation dewier but wasn’t as luminous as with lighter coverage foundations. If I wore full coverage foundation, I preferred this patted on top at the end, rather than mixed.

Mixed with Moisturizer: Like primer, this method works well when you skip foundation or wear lighter coverage foundation. I can imagine this combination working well for those with flatter or more matte skin naturally, as it gives noticeable luminosity and dewiness. While I didn’t personally like the level of sheen it gave my face when mixed with moisturizer, I loved it for body–particularly on shoulders and decolletage. It is also gorgeous on legs. I really liked mixing one of the highlighting shades with a bronzing shade for a little color, warmth, and sheen on legs.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (Bronzing) Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder
Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder ($6.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a dark copper with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. Makeup Geek Firework (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Ready to Go (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” It’s a baked powder, so the texture is drier and looser as a brush passes over the pan, but it doesn’t look dry, powdery, or dusty applied to my skin, which is normal-to-dry. Of the three shades in the range, this had the driest, loosest texture that was almost a little grainy (possibly due to the larger shimmer). It didn’t blend as easily as the other shades either, which was a disappointment. It does, eventually, diffuse enough to be acceptable with some extra effort. It had medium, buildable coverage with enough sheen that it did emphasize pores just slightly on my skin. I noticed fading occur after seven hours of wear.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder Rock on World
B-

Permanent

7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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Makeup Revolution Ready to Go Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Ready to Go Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder
Makeup Revolution Ready to Go Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Ready to Go Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder ($6.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. MAC Highly Illogical (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Days (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” It’s a baked powder, so the texture is drier and looser as a brush passes over the pan, but it doesn’t look dry, powdery, or dusty applied to my skin, which is normal-to-dry. The texture was smooth, lightly shimmered and did emphasize pores just a bit, but it remained blendable and diffused easily along the edges for a seamless look on the skin. It had medium, buildable coverage–in line with the description–that didn’t feel like I had to cake it on to get color payoff but does require a layer or two if you want truer-to-pan color. When I tested it, this shade wore well for seven hours.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder Ready to Go
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Makeup Revolution Golden Days Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Golden Days Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder
Makeup Revolution Golden Days Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Golden Days Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder ($6.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, reddish undertones and a warm, golden, metallic sheen. Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Bronze) (LE) is darker (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Ready to Go (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” It’s a baked powder, so the texture is drier and looser as a brush passes over the pan, but it doesn’t look dry, powdery, or dusty applied to my skin, which is normal-to-dry. The texture was fairly smooth, blendable, and easy to apply the skin with a gentle sweeping and buffing motions using a moderately-dense brush. This one looked more high-shine when buffed and worked into the skin than initially swatched, though the high-shine seemed to do more to reflect and smooth out the skin’s surface than amplify the size of pores and the like. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage. The color started to fade after six and a half hours of wear, which was really the only downside!

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder Golden Days
B+

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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