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NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

01/06

NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

Falaises

NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer, buildable coverage where three or four layers built up to mostly opaque coverage. The consistency was rather firm in the pan, so while it felt smooth swirling a fingertip against it, getting product onto a brush took more pressure and a denser brush. The powder itself was nicely blendable on the skin, and the finish was exactly in line with the brand’s promise–natural-looking bronzer that wasn’t “flat matte” but not shimmery either. The bronzer wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

The new formula is supposed to have a “matte finish” with a “sheer pigments” that look like “second-skin warmth.” There are four shades, and going from light to dark (per the brand), they are: Seaside, Laguna, Casino, and Falaises. The formula felt smoother and firmer compared to the brand’s Dual-Intensity formula (which has a similar pattern on it). The formula had sheer to medium coverage with some shades being more buildable than others. I had to use a denser brush and heavier hand to ensure product transferred onto my brush, so they would be hard to overdo.

NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer Falaises
Falaises
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NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

01/06

NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

Seaside

NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was firm and dense in the pan, and I was worried it would be difficult to blend, but it was rather easy to diffuse and even out on the cheeks. I’d recommend using a denser brush with the powder, though, for even semi-sheer application. The powder had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to medium coverage. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

The new formula is supposed to have a “matte finish” with a “sheer pigments” that look like “second-skin warmth.” There are four shades, and going from light to dark (per the brand), they are: Seaside, Laguna, Casino, and Falaises. The formula felt smoother and firmer compared to the brand’s Dual-Intensity formula (which has a similar pattern on it). The formula had sheer to medium coverage with some shades being more buildable than others. I had to use a denser brush and heavier hand to ensure product transferred onto my brush, so they would be hard to overdo.

NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer Seaside
Seaside

Tom Ford Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Soleil Afterglow

Tom Ford Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact ($108.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer housed in a white compact, which contains a ton of product (as it should, I suppose, at this price point!). Per the brand, all three are supposed to provide “sheer to medium coverage.” The only one that was true to the idea of “sheer to medium” was the bronzer, whereas the highlighter and blush were rather pigmented.

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Contouring Compact Soleil Afterglow
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
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Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

01/08

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Hoola Lite

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder ($29.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s designed to be a lighter version of the original Hoola bronzer with the same matte finish. The original is described as being “ideal for fair complexions,” so I was puzzled to see a Hoola Lite and not a Hoola Deep released (it would also make more sense to me to release a lighter and deeper shade). I consider myself to be light-medium (most “true” medium foundations are too dark for me, and I’m typically one or two shades lighter than that), and this barely showed up on me, so I’d expect this to be more useful on very fair to light skin tones. (Note: the color blending in my skin tone does not impact the rating, as it is not an issue of pigmentation.)

The consistency was incredibly smooth, a little powdery in the box but did not appear dry or dusty on my skin. I found the powder to be incredibly blendable and easy to use, and for fair and light skin tones, it should be hard to overdo. I could see it being used more all-over for light and light-medium complexions, though it had a stronger yellow undertone so it may not work for those with very pink or olive undertones. From what I could judge, it seemed to wear for seven and a half hours on me before starting to break down and look less matte on my skin.

Benefit Box o’ Powder Hoola Lite
Hoola Lite
Hoola Lite
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

01/08

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

California Dreaming

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette ($30.00 for 0.48 oz.) contains four cheek colors to add “highlight, color, and glow” to your skin. The texture of the four shades was very similar to their permanent Colour Source Buildable Blush and Light Source Highlighter formulas. They felt smooth, soft without being too dusty or dry on the skin, and had pigmentation that ranged from medium to opaque (the “downside” to both formulas has always been they’re often more pigmented than buildable, which you may prefer or may be a deal breaker). This is a rather warm-toned palette, so it will work best for someone who likes warmer, brown and peach shades along with a fair amount of shimmer.

LORAC Cheek Palette California Dreaming
B+

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter

01/09

Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter

Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter

Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter

Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter

Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter

Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter

Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter

Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter

Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter

Sahara

Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter ($58.00 for 0.74 oz.) is supposed to contain the brand’s famous Celestial Powder in three shades: Candlelight, Starlight, and Sunlight. The formula definitely doesn’t feel quite as finely-milled or as silky as the standalone Celestial Powders, but the bigger difference is that Candlelight and Starlight are both much, much warmer and less luminous in this palette (Sunlight was very similar). The texture not being quite as luxurious as the individual shades was only something I noticed by feel, not so much when I applied it to the skin, blended out the powders, and wore them. If you like warmer, more bronzy highlighters, you’ll probably enjoy this compact.

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo Highlighter Sahara
Sahara
Sahara
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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