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Pretty Vulgar Glimmers of BS Shimmering Swan Highlighter

01/09

Pretty Vulgar Glimmers of BS Shimmering Swan Highlighter

Pretty Vulgar Glimmers of BS Shimmering Swan Highlighter

Pretty Vulgar Glimmers of BS Shimmering Swan Highlighter

Pretty Vulgar Glimmers of BS Shimmering Swan Highlighter

Pretty Vulgar Glimmers of BS Shimmering Swan Highlighter

Pretty Vulgar Glimmers of BS Shimmering Swan Highlighter

Pretty Vulgar Glimmers of BS Shimmering Swan Highlighter

Pretty Vulgar Glimmers of BS Shimmering Swan Highlighter

Pretty Vulgar Glimmers of BS Shimmering Swan Highlighter

Glimmers of BS

Pretty Vulgar Glimmers of BS Shimmering Swan Highlighter ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The powder highlighter is supposed to be “velvety smooth” and “highly pigmented” with a “lustrous” finish. The consistency was smooth, blendable, and easy to work with whether I wanted a barely-there highlight or true-to-pan color, though it was quite pigmented so a moderate touch yielded a very strong highlight on the skin. If one wanted something more diffused or subtle, I would recommend using a lighter hand and a feathery brush.

The powder sat well on the skin without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture, while it still gave a radiant glow. On my normal-to-dry skin, the highlighter lasted for eight and a half hours before starting to fade noticeably on me.

Pretty Vulgar Shimmering Swan Highlighter Glimmers of BS
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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MAC Bronze Hero & Sun Rush Lustre Drops

01/05

MAC Bronze Hero Lustre Drops

MAC Bronze Hero Lustre Drops

MAC Bronze Hero Lustre Drops

MAC Bronze Hero Lustre Drops

MAC Bronze Hero Lustre Drops

Bronze Hero

MAC Bronze Hero Lustre Drops ($21.00 for 0.60 fl. oz.) is a rich, deep copper with warm, reddish undertones and a fine, pearl sheen. It had sheer coverage that was buildable to semi-sheer coverage, if desired. There was subtle color and dewiness on my complexion when I used it as a cheek highlighter/bronzer. It also worked well mixed in with body cream for a subtle, warming effect on legs and decolletage. The consistency was thin, definitely watery, and blendable without lifting up base products easily. On its own, the highlighter wore well for eight hours on me.

Lustre Drops are supposed to be “water-based” liquid highlighter that has a “sheer, natural-looking” effect that is “luminous” and “shimmering.” They can be mixed with base products (like primer, moisturizer, or foundation) as well as worn alone as a spot highlighter. I like this type of product best for mixing and getting a dewier finish to my base or as a base for underneath blush or highlighter. If you’re someone who enjoys a subtle highlight on the skin or likes a dewy finish, the formula works nicely on its own for just that result. They come in a puff paint-like bottle, and the fine nozzle is great for controlling how much you want.

MAC Lustre Drops Bronze Hero
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Sun Rush

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Dior #003 and #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serums

01/06

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum

#003

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum ($53.00 for 1.00 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium golden copper with warm undertones and faint pink and gold pearl. It was very sheer on its own, and when blended, I could barely detect any shimmer or sheen on my skin. It blended out decently but still had a tendency to lift and turn patchy if applied over any foundation (bare skin was fine, as there was nothing to disturb or lift)! When I tried to mix it in with my foundation, it seemed to cause it to separate more and break down faster (by about two hours) but had such barely-there effect that I would reach for so many other products in lieu of it or else use a dewier foundation. On its own, it seemed to last around six hours.

The formula is supposed to be a “highlighter serum” that be used alone, with foundation, and applied all-over the face. There are four shades (I only purchased two–I only saw two when I picked them up at Selfridges!) that seem to correspond with the Diorskin Nude Air powder highlighters in terms of the shade range. The formula has a thin, watery feel with a lot of slip that was harder to blend out without it blending out to almost nothing. It was also heavily scented with a powdery, floral fragrance that was overwhelming and noticeable for hours on the face.

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum #003
#003

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#004

Limited Edition
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Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator & Illuminating Stick

01/10

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Diamond Dust

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a grayish-white base with strong shift to pink-violet paired with a luminous sheen. It had rich color payoff, which was easily blended and diffused for sheerer coverage, if desired. The consistency was smooth, blendable but not so soft that it was powdery in the pan. The brand actually described the formula as a “translucent wash of luminous color,” and while with a very, very light touch and barely-there application, that effect was achievable, the reality was this was a pigmented highlighter–which may not be a deal-breaker for many. On my warmer skin tone, the cooler base made it easier for me to wear layered on top of blush, but the shift was noticeable on its own or layered. This shade wore well for nine hours on me.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Diamond Dust
9
Product
6
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Diamond Dust

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Laura Geller Ballerina & Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminators Reviews, Photos, Swaatches

01/07

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Ballerina

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.85 oz.) is a soft, medium rose gold with warm undertones and fine, golden pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which was only opaque just-squeezed out of the applicator, but the watery texture made it impossible for it to actually stay that way once I started to blend the product out. I tried applying a second layer on top with minimal success. As long as the product was blended on the skin, it dried down for the most part. I don’t recommend applying with the sponge applicator, especially if you use any base products, as it will absolutely pick up foundations and concealers, which then muddies the highlighter a bit. It had a subtle sheen that was more noticeable in person than in photos (almost looked like nothing was on my cheeks in photos) with little color (against my skin tone). The faint glow lasted for seven hours on me.

It’s supposed to be “sheer” liquid version of the brand’s powder highlighters. There’s a sponge applicator on the end, and you squeeze the product out onto it, which was the aspect of this product I liked least. I think a simple squeeze tube would have made more sense and been just as practical–it would have worked well for getting product out for highlighting key areas of the face as well as for mixing with base products. It’s much harder to mix with base products that way it is packaged. It was fairly sheer on the skin (as marketed), but it might have been in that range of “too sheer” for some. It also worked well as a base for powder highlighters or mixed with base/foundation products.

Laura Geller Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator Ballerina
Ballerina
Ballerina
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

01/09

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Rose Gold

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter ($24.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light, gold-shimmered pink with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. A lot of the warmth came from the shimmer, as the base seemed cooler in comparison.

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 semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly to bare skin, and it was buildable to full coverage, if desired. The consistency was smooth, blendable, and easy to work with as the powder wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. The highlighter was noticeable on the skin without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

Jouer Powder Highlighter Rose Gold
Rose Gold
Rose Gold
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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