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.

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Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette
Too Faced NikkieTutorials Palette The Power of Makeup
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Tom Ford Black Bloom Nightbloom Powder

Tom Ford Black Bloom Nightbloom Powder ($80.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light-medium gold with strong, yellow undertones and a sparkling, golden shimmer finish. Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Sun Ceremony (LE, $2.99) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tom Ford Black Orchid Nightbloom Powder
Tom Ford Beauty Nightbloom Powder Black Bloom
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%

Viseart Highlight/Sculpt (01) Highlight and Sculpt Palette

Viseart Highlight/Contour (01) Blush Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a six-pan blush palette that is the same size (and contains the same amount) as the eyeshadow palettes. It comes in a black plastic compact with a clear lid. The highlighting shades are on the left, while the contouring shades are on the right. The formula used for the highlighters is really nice–dense, buttery, and blendable–and feels similar to their shimmery eyeshadows, while the formula used for the contour powders is more like the powder blush formula. The formula is supposed to “apply seamlessly” and have “sheer to fuller coverage.” Generally, the pigmentation was buildable from medium coverage, fairly blendable, and long-wearing (eight to nine hours); I only had issues with the two deeper contour shades, as they weren’t as easily blended and diffused on the skin as the other four shades. Unfortunately, that accounts for 1/3 of the palette being problematic, and at this price point, that’s likely to be a deal-breaker.

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Viseart Highlight/Contour (01) Blush Palette
Viseart Highlight and Sculpt Palette Highlight/Sculpt (01)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Light Beam (02) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a very light beige with subtle, warmer undertones and a soft shimmer. Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (95% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Microsmooth Baked Luminizer Light Beam (02)
B
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
84%

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Illuminating Emulsion ($52.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, golden pearl. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Illuminating Emulsion
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion Sunlight
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
92%

Makeup Geek x Kathleen Lights Highlighter Palette

Makeup Geek x Kathleen Lights Highlighter Palette ($39.00 for 0.75 oz.) has three warm-toned highlighters–peachy gold, rosy pink, golden bronze–that leans toward the more extreme of highlighters, as they’re very shimmery and produce a strong sheen when applied. They are easiest to use at medium or higher coverage, but with a light touch and a feathery brush, you can get a less intense look. The powders were consistent in feel, performance, and payoff: they were soft, just a smidgen dusty but blendable on the skin with rich color payoff and a high-shine, frosted finish. I had a noticeable emphasis of pores when I wore the shades at medium or greater coverage. All three shades lasted a solid eight hours on me before fading. On my light-medium skin tone, all three produced some color as well as shine, so I expect that lighter skin tones will find these more to work as highlighting blushes, while darker skin tones will appreciate the lack of white in the bases across these shades.

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Makeup Geek x Kathleen Lights Highlighter Palette
Makeup Geek Highlighter Palette Kathleen Lights
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%
Limited Edition
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