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Cover FX Sunlight Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunlight Custom Enhancer Drops
Cover FX Sunlight Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunlight Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark copper-shimmered bronze with warm undertones and pink and gold pearl. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Lancome Glowing Lights (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Jouer Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker (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.

Sunlight had the most intense finish of the four, though it wasn’t much more intense than Candlelight or Celestial. The texture was thin, so it was easy to spread and blend on the skin as well as to mix with various liquids and cream products. The product felt lightweight on the skin, especially after it dried down, as it feels and looks more like a powder. I didn’t notice any emphasis of my skin’s natural texture or pores when I wore this as a cheek highlighter at medium coverage. It had buildable pigmentation from semi-sheer to fully opaque, but a little still goes a long way. The best way to work with it is to err on the side of less is more and then build-up, if necessary, to achieve the coverage level you desire. One to two drops was plenty when I mixed in with my moisturizer or foundation for all over luminosity, while I needed less than half a drop to apply on top of bare skin or makeup on specific areas. Once applied, I had enough time to blend and diffuse the color as I wanted before it dried down, but once it dries down, it is much harder to blend so I recommend doing one area at a time to ensure you’re able to get the blended application you want. This shade lasted just over eight and a half hours on me as a cheek highlighter and didn’t impact the wear of my base products when I mixed it in with them.

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 (Illuminating) Sunlight
Sunlight
Sunlight
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Cle de Peau Almond (16) Luminizing Face Enhancer

Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer
Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer

Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light beige with warm undertones and a light gold shimmer. Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Filtered Light (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99)(90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cle de Peau’s Luminizing Face Enhancer formula is a powder highlighter for the face (that’s about all official description says). It is available as just a pan or in a bejeweled compact for $95 (when confronted with paying $40 for packaging, I cannot do it, so I always get the pans and keep them in a Z-Palette!). I’m a big fan of the formula for a subtle to light highlighter–it’s not ultra-metallic, shimmery, glittery, or shiny on the skin–and tends to complement satin to frost blushes exceptionally well without adding a lot of additional sheen. The texture was very soft, finely-milled, and smooth to the touch, which made it easy to apply to the skin as it diffused with minimal work and produced a subtle, but noticeable, glow to the skin. It looked more glowing than overtly shimmery on my skin tone, but it may be more noticeable on very fair skin tones due to the natural warmth of the powder. The powder lasted for eight hours on me skin, which is normal-to-dry.

Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer Almond (16)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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MAC Trophy Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Trophy Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Trophy Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Trophy Pearlmatte Face Powder ($27.00 for 0.45 oz.) swirls together to create a light, warmer white with a pearly sheen. Makeup Geek Psychedelic (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $65.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Glowing Pink (001) (LE, $58.00) is warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Where the Dreamers Go (LE, $2.99) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Pink (LE) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Celestial (P, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a multi-colored face powder that is primarily driven by the white, which seemed to dominate the pink and green (the red stripes on the pins are oversprays), even though the pink and green appeared to go through. The texture was smooth, moderately dense, and blendable on the skin, while it is rather pigmented. It has a strong white base to it, so it may not work on all skin tones. It applied well to the high points of the face and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. The powder lasted for eight hours on me before visibly fading. This shade is part of the It’s a Strike collection, which launches August 18th.

MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder Trophy
Trophy
Trophy
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Cover FX Moonlight Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Moonlight Custom Enhancer Drops
Cover FX Moonlight Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Moonlight Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, golden bronze with warm, yellow undertones and multi-colored shimmer with more dominant pale gold and bronze pearl. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (Original) (P) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Flexitarian (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% 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.

Moonlight had the subtlest finish of the four highlighting shades in the range, though I would still describe it as moderate to strong in finish with respect to shimmer and the amount of light it can reflect. For those who are more worried about an emphasis of the skin’s texture from shimmer, this might be the one to start with or swatched in person. The texture was thin, spreadable, and easy to work with when it was damp or drying down, and once it dried down, it tended to feel set in place, so it was harder to diffuse the edges without really buffing them out (and if you applied it over foundation, it could lift your base product due to the vigor needed to blend). It had buildable coverage that started at semi-sheer to medium, and it could be diffused to sheer or layered to opaque coverage. I find it works best applied in medium coverage layers and then built up in the places you desire. This particular shade did not add any noticeable color to my skin tone, but it likely will to those fairer or more pink-toned. The highlighter wore well for nine hours when I wore it alone as a cheek highlighter and didn’t interfere with the longevity of my foundation/base products when mixed in.

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 (Illuminating) Moonlight
Moonlight
Moonlight
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Cover FX Celestial Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Celestial Custom Enhancer Drops
Cover FX Celestial Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Celestial Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a light, almost icy, pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a mix of cooler and warmer silver, pink, and gold pearl. Tarte Stunner (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Ecliptic (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Pandora (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler (85% 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.

Celestial had a moderate to strong pearly sheen. The sheerer it was applied, the less pronounced the finish was, while the heavier the application, the more metallic and high-shine the finish became. The highlighter had a thin consistency that spread across the skin easily, but it distributed the product evenly so it didn’t need a lot of blending once it was spread over the desired area. The edges remained blendable for about 10-15 seconds after initially spreading the product across the skin, and then the product had mostly dried down and was less easily diffused. I used maybe a fourth or less of the equivalent of drop for highlighting along cheekbones and on the bridge of the nose, which was plenty of product, for semi-sheer to medium coverage. One drop was sufficient for mixing in with moisturizer or foundation for a luminous finish that didn’t read pearly or shimmery. This shade wore well for nine hours before starting to fade slightly.

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 (Illuminating) Celestial
Celestial
Celestial
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Cover FX Candlelight Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Candlelight Custom Enhancer Drops
Cover FX Candlelight Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Candlelight Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery-brown with warm, red undertones and fine gold, pink, and copper pearl. Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Gilty Bronze (LE, $29.50) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). The Estee Edit Beachy (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Golden Elixir (LE, $31.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Custom Enhancer Drops is 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 (thicker, 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 are buildable from sheer to opaque coverage. Initially, the formula might seem incredibly pigmented, but the thin, liquid 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 little transfer if I touch the area with this applied, but if I rub vigorously, I will get product to move), so the sheen you see is the result of the reflective quality of the pearl not that the product remains wet. 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 all-over luminosity and likes adjusting and mixing highlighters with their base products or enjoys moderate-to-metallic highlighters with luminous, shiny, pearly finishes or likes all-over warmth (in the case of the bronzing shades) with a satin-to-matte finish. If you like barely-there shimmer or tend not to like noticeable shine, I would try it in person or look for another type of product.

Candlelight had buildable coverage that ranged from semi-sheer to opaque, depending on application and amount of product used. For reference, one droplet on the back of my hand covers that area (about 3″ x 3″) with semi-opaque coverage. I liked a dab of the applicator against the back of my hand, rather than a drop, if I was applying on targeted areas, like cheekbones or down the bridge of my nose, as a drop was far more product than needed. For mixing, I found one drop to be sufficient for a noticeable all-over glow that didn’t read metallic or like I highlighted my entire face, while two or more drops became more noticeable and also added color to my skin tone. The consistency is thin, easily spread across the skin or mixed in with other products, and blends well as it is drying down. Once it dries down, it’s not very blendable, so I recommend working one area at a time when using it alone (either under or over makeup) as there is some time to work but not a lot (this is the only downside to the product, but it is likely part of why it is longer-wearing). On me, the color lasted for nine hours when applied over bare skin. I did not find it shortened the wear of other products when I mixed it in and applied all over.

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 cheek bones 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 (Illuminating) Candlelight
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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