Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Cheek Palette (2016) ($50.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and contour powder. There is little said about the formula or actual products at all, so I’m rating these as an average product of the type. The highlighter seems to be in the spirit of the brand’s Gelee formula, but the others, while similarly patterned, feel more like traditional powder products. The palette, on the whole, was disappointing and pretty dupable at that.

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette
Estee Lauder Summer Glow Multi-Palette Bronze Goddess
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette

Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette ($20.83 for 0.36 oz.) includes a contouring powder, highlighter, and blush. It comes in a slim, “rose gold” cardboard palette where each shade is a good-size for travel but still large enough to accommodate many different-sized face brushes. The quality of the palette is nice, and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more aptly named highlighter, though this isn’t going to be the most universally-applicable palette, so I would have loved to have seen iterations of “rose gold” for darker skin tones, too.

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Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette
Zoeva Blush Palette Rose Golden
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette ($42.00 for 0.20 oz.) features two shimmery highlighters and one setting powder (center shade). According to Tarte, that setting powder is a “universal matte sand that brightens and corrects any darkness under the eyes.” I doubt that it is universally workable, as it is a pretty light shade. As I mentioned in the sneak peek, I had tremendous issues with the consistency of the center shade to the point where even I–a skeptic–think that there’s a manufacturing error in its creation, because when I try swatching it, it sounds like sandpaper as it is so dry. It just seems like someone forgot an ingredient or double-salted the batch; I don’t know if I’ve ever had a powder feel like this one does. Short of jabbing at it with a metal spatula, not much product comes off the surface. At $42, a center shade that is faulty at best, horrible at worst is just difficult to justify.

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Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
Tarte Lighting Palette Skin Twinkle
D
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
5.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
64%
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ColourPop Bronze Me, Flush’d, Glo Up Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm bronze in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish–there’s a light sheen and very, very fine shimmer. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, blendable consistency that sat well on the skin and played well with bare skin as well as liquid foundation. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE) is cooler, lower quality (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is lighter (80% similar). Clinique Bronze Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Bronze Me
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%
Limited Edition
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Wet ‘n’ Wild Geometric Highlighting Powders

Wet ‘n’ Wild Geometric Highlighting Powder ($4.99 for 0.20 oz.) is a new, limited edition highlighting formula for spring that will be available at local drugstores and mass retailers while supplies last. The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with a “silky-smooth texture that is easy to blend.” The texture of the three powders is soft, slightly looser in the pan than ideal (some excess gets kicked up), with medium, buildable coverage and a pearly shimmer. All three shades lasted right around the seven-hour mark for me. They’re nice, and at the price point, some of the more flattering highlighters I’ve tried from the drugstore (often, they are too sparkly/metallic!). I wish Wet ‘n’ Wild would add these or something like it to their permanent range. Good luck hunting these down!

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Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations Geometric Highlighting Powder
Wet 'n' Wild Geometric Highlighting Powder Desert Explorations
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
87%
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Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit

Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four warm-toned shades that range from pale, buttery gold to copper. Each shade is 0.26 oz. and can be removed from the palette, if desired, but they are currently only sold together (not sure if they will eventually be available as pans only). Presently, it is exclusive to Macy’s and the brand’s website. According to Anastasia, these are supposed to be “metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity” that can also be worn on the eyes. They are softer and silkier with a more finely-milled consistency compared to the Illuminators released a couple of months ago. These also have a finer shimmer and overall sheen that is less emphasizing of pores on the skin.

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Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit
Anastasia Glow Kit That Glow
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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