Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette ($69.00 for 1.02 oz.) includes three Shimmer Bricks, which are very shimmery powders. Each Shimmer Brick has five shades, so the color that you get can vary depending on where you concentrate your brush. All three shades have been released before, though only Bronze is part of the permanent range from what I could tell! It’s a powder highlight that features five colors, which are designed to be used together (though you can concentrate your brush in areas as well, or if you have an eye brush, you can use them individually) and applied to the face to highlight.

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Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Palette (Holiday 2016) Bobbi to Glow
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Coor Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette ($44.00 for 0.84 oz.) includes 10 blushes housed in a circular compact that opens and reveals five blushes on each side (there is no mirror as a result). Each pan is a decent size at 0.084 oz. a pop with a wide enough diameter that most blush brushes fit easily in them. The pans did not appear removable (I tried three pans with tweezers, and I didn’t feel any give). It would be a travel-friendly way to take so many blushes with you without taking up a lot of space.

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Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Holiday 2016 Blush Palette Color Wheel
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
88%
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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter ($65.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and soft pink and gold shimmer. Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Tourmaline (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter
Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Highlighter Modern Mercury
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Trio

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes three highlighters that seem to be a hybrid between cream and powder. The formula is supposed to have “ultra-fine, light-diffusing particles” that make the skin look “naturally luminous.” The formula is very interesting, because to the touch, it is one of the smoothest powders I’ve ever come across–it feels so smooth that there’s almost a cooling, wet feel to the powder, but it is definitely a powder product. However, I noticed that airy, less dense highlighting brushes tended to have poor pick up with the product, whereas more traditional blush brushes or flatter highlighter brushes (I had no trouble using softer bristles like squirrel with it, but the shape mattered).

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Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette
Stila Highlighting Palette Star Light, Star Bright
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes a finishing powder, bronzer, two blushes, and highlighter inspired by Surreal Light, which is a new shade in the Ambient Lighting Powder family (currently only available in this palette). This palette will work best for someone who is less concerned about a “value-packed” palette/is unlikely to finish their products and really needs everything in a single compact. I think the palette, all being in the same family of Surreal Light, ends up getting muddled a bit between the blush, bronzer, and highlighter with the Surreal Effect blush being the one lone shade that stands out as a bit different. It is a distinctively warm-toned palette, so it will likely not work for everyone. The texture seemed a bit drier across the majority of the powders as the permanent range, though I did not notice the dryness as applied to the face in practice.

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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
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Becca Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a soft, light pink with warm, yellow undertones and fine gold and rose shimmer. Anastasia Starburst (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Becca Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Rose Quartz
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%