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Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

01/07

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarteist Pro Glow to Go

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette ($23.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes two highlighters and one contour powder. It’s a compact trio housed in a slim, black cardboard palette that had a velvety feel on the outside (like NARS’ packaging in a way). I think it will work for someone who likes warmer, more intense highlighters and has use for the tone and depth of contour powder. The problem with something like this is that it’s just not going to work for all skin tones and undertones (I always want brands to at least put out a cool and warm version, if not a light/medium/dark).

Tarte Highlight & Contour Palette Tarteist Pro Glow to Go
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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A

Gleam

Permanent
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A-

Burst

Permanent
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B

Chisel

Permanent
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Tom Ford Lust for Life Shimmer Shot

01/05

Tom Ford Beauty Lust for Life Shimmer Shot

Tom Ford Beauty Lust for Life Shimmer Shot

Tom Ford Beauty Lust for Life Shimmer Shot

Tom Ford Beauty Lust for Life Shimmer Shot

Tom Ford Beauty Lust for Life Shimmer Shot

Lust for Life

Tom Ford Lust for Life Shimmer Shot ($45.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark copper with warm, brown undertones and fine, golden pearl. It’s supposed to be a sheerer, liquid highlighter that can be used alone on the high points of the face or mixed in with liquid foundation. Most liquid highlighters tend to be on the sheerer side, like this one, which was semi-sheer, moderately buildable, but the thinner, more water-like texture made it very easy to sheer out further and spread across a large area of skin with minimal color impact and subdued, fine pearl.

The consistency was thicker than pure water, but it never felt heavy on the skin. When I patted it onto cheeks with my fingertip, I saw some color–mostly warmth–and a natural sheen that did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. The product never fully dried down but wasn’t tacky and did not seem to migrate too much (it wore nicely for about seven hours)–I looked dewy without looking oily. I felt like there was more shimmer to it than some of the sheerer liquid highlighters on the market (Giorgio Armani, Becca) but was still a finer size so that it didn’t look like big chunks of sparkle on the skin. It incorporated well with liquid foundations, though the effect was even more subtle that way (I couldn’t even capture it on camera, but it gave my foundations a slightly dewier finish).

Tom Ford Beauty Shimmer Shot Lust for Life
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

01/07

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Topaz

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter ($24.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. This is a more typical highlighting color, and it should work well on many skin tones, particularly medium and deeper complexions.

According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “creamy, powder formula” that is “long-wearing, highly pigmented” and gives a “lit-from-within glow.” The texture was incredibly smooth, finely-milled, and soft without feeling loose or powdery in the pan. It had rich, opaque color payoff–a little went a long way–that blended easily on the skin and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture or the look of my pores. The highlighter started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear.

Jouer Powder Highlighter Topaz
Topaz
Topaz
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
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Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

01/07

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

Rose Quartz

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter ($24.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a golden, metallic sheen. It’s the type of highlighter that imparts a touch of color on my skin tone but is mostly a highlighter–on fairer complexions, it might be a subtle blush as well.

According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “creamy, powder formula” that is “long-wearing, highly pigmented” and gives a “lit-from-within glow.” It had very nearly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly to the skin; it was so finely-milled that it seemed to blend as I applied it, so it was nearly effortless to apply. The consistency was smooth, soft, not too firm or too loose in the pan, and sat well on the skin. I was surprised at how much reflective shine it had without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

Jouer Powder Highlighter Rose Quartz
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Tom Ford Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

01/11

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Warm (02)

Tom Ford Warm (02) Winter Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette ($155.00 for 0.45 oz.) is one of two limited edition, holiday palettes from the brand, and it is the “warmer” of the two. The packaging is the signature white of the Soleil collections, and it comes with a large, interior mirror; it felt substantial to hold and clicked together nicely.

The eyeshadow colors applied well, lasted eight hours, and were easy to work with. The eyeshadows and cheek colors coordinated well together, so I could see the palette being worn on its own for sure. The cheek colors were high-quality, pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing, though the more satin-like shade did not feel dense or as buttery as the more shimmery shade (not really unexpected, as that’s how it usually works out between textures). While pricey, it performed well, and you’d think that would be the norm for luxury products, but it isn’t, so I’m glad it did. I think that both the eyeshadow and blush formulas were comparable to their permanent formulas (though the eyeshadows are not the kind found in Nude Dip or Honeymoon, rather the brand’s other quads).

I wish the brand broke out how much eyeshadow/cheek color was in the palette (oh, and names), because then I could give you a more accurate assessment of total value. Typically, the Eye Color Quads retail for $82.00 and contain 0.35 oz., while the Cheek Colors retail for $60.00 and contain 0.28 oz. Based on that, even if you were getting a full-sized quad and two, half-sized blushes, it would only come to $142, and we know it is less than that, given the total weight is 0.45 oz. of the palette and a full-sized quad and two half-sized blushes would come to 0.63 oz. If you’re someone who likes using all-in-one palettes or would easily reach for and use it as a cohesive palette, it might still have more subjective value to you, but otherwise, you would be better off choosing a full-sized, permanent quad and one full-sized blush (or even the Skin Illuminating Powder Duo), as you’d get more for your money and have the ability to choose the coordinating shades.

Tom Ford Beauty Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette Warm (02)
Warm (02)
Warm (02)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Tom Ford Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

01/12

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Cool (01)

Tom Ford Cool (01) Winter Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette ($155.00 for 0.45 oz.) is one of two limited edition, holiday palettes from the brand, and it is the “cooler” of the two, though some shades are still warm-toned overall. The packaging is the signature white of the Soleil collections, and it comes with a large, interior mirror; it felt substantial to hold and clicked together nicely.

The eyeshadow colors applied well, lasted seven to eight hours, and despite having two glittery shades, had minimal fall out over time. The cheek colors were high-quality, pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing, though the more matte shade did not feel dense or as buttery as the more shimmery shade (not really unexpected, as that’s how it usually works out between textures). While pricey, it performed well, and you’d think that would be the norm for luxury products, but it isn’t, so I’m glad it did. I think that both the eyeshadow and blush formulas were comparable to their permanent formulas (though the eyeshadows are not the kind found in Nude Dip or Honeymoon, rather the brand’s other quads).

I wish the brand broke out how much eyeshadow/cheek color was in the palette (oh, and names), because then I could give you a more accurate assessment of total value. Typically, the Eye Color Quads retail for $82.00 and contain 0.35 oz., while the Cheek Colors retail for $60.00 and contain 0.28 oz. Based on that, even if you were getting a full-sized quad and two, half-sized blushes, it would only come to $142, and we know it is less than that, given the total weight is 0.45 oz. of the palette and a full-sized quad and two half-sized blushes would come to 0.63 oz. If you’re someone who likes using all-in-one palettes or would easily reach for and use it as a cohesive palette, it might still have more subjective value to you, but otherwise, you would be better off choosing a full-sized, permanent quad and one full-sized blush (or even the Skin Illuminating Powder Duo), as you’d get more for your money and have the ability to choose the coordinating shades.

Tom Ford Beauty Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette Cool (01)
Cool (01)
Cool (01)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Get a shade-by-shade breakdown of this palette, along with individual photos and swatches…

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