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Tom Ford Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

01/12

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Eye & Cheek Palette

Cool (01)

Tom Ford Cool (01) Winter Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette ($155.00 for 0.45 oz.) is one of two limited edition, holiday palettes from the brand, and it is the “cooler” of the two, though some shades are still warm-toned overall. The packaging is the signature white of the Soleil collections, and it comes with a large, interior mirror; it felt substantial to hold and clicked together nicely.

The eyeshadow colors applied well, lasted seven to eight hours, and despite having two glittery shades, had minimal fall out over time. The cheek colors were high-quality, pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing, though the more matte shade did not feel dense or as buttery as the more shimmery shade (not really unexpected, as that’s how it usually works out between textures). While pricey, it performed well, and you’d think that would be the norm for luxury products, but it isn’t, so I’m glad it did. I think that both the eyeshadow and blush formulas were comparable to their permanent formulas (though the eyeshadows are not the kind found in Nude Dip or Honeymoon, rather the brand’s other quads).

I wish the brand broke out how much eyeshadow/cheek color was in the palette (oh, and names), because then I could give you a more accurate assessment of total value. Typically, the Eye Color Quads retail for $82.00 and contain 0.35 oz., while the Cheek Colors retail for $60.00 and contain 0.28 oz. Based on that, even if you were getting a full-sized quad and two, half-sized blushes, it would only come to $142, and we know it is less than that, given the total weight is 0.45 oz. of the palette and a full-sized quad and two half-sized blushes would come to 0.63 oz. If you’re someone who likes using all-in-one palettes or would easily reach for and use it as a cohesive palette, it might still have more subjective value to you, but otherwise, you would be better off choosing a full-sized, permanent quad and one full-sized blush (or even the Skin Illuminating Powder Duo), as you’d get more for your money and have the ability to choose the coordinating shades.

Tom Ford Beauty Eye & Cheek Palette Cool (01)
Cool (01)
Cool (01)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC x Mariah Carey Touch My Body Loose Powder

01/06

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

Touch My Body

MAC Mariah Carey Touch My Body Loose Powder ($39.50 for 0.51 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy copper with flecks of lighter and darker copper sparkle. It was sheer, almost translucent, but it was surprisingly buildable–I applied it to my cheeks and expected more of a highlighting effect, but it actually yielded color and coverage. I thought the color was nearly identical to My Mimi but applied a lot better as it was more even.

When applied with the included pouf, it had sheerer, more all-over coverage, while applied with a tapered highlighting brush, it gave subtle color and moderate luminosity. As a cheek highlighter, it lasted for just over eight hours before fading. As this product is not yet released, there was not much on it with respect to concrete claims, so the rating is based on what most loose, highlighting powders are designed to do (as well as what I remember MAC’s Iridescent/Loose Powder, which this one seems to be similar to–described as a highlighter with a “subtle glaze of colour”). I’ll be checking for any additional/different claims when the product releases online.

MAC Iridescent Powder/Loose Touch My Body
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

01/07

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter

Psychedelic

Makeup Geek Psychedelic Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light, nearly-white base with a gold to pink duochrome finish. I did detect the duochrome with this shade, both swatched and applied to the skin. It had a tendency to look starker and lighter against my skin tone (despite it being designed for medium skin tones) straight on–almost ashy–but then very pretty and reflective at an angle, as it looked pinker. I found it more wearable when paired with a blush than on its own since it seemed to lighten the area on its own. I expect this to be more wearable on lighter skin tones, though.

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” The powder had a thicker feel to it, though it also seemed a little looser in the pan compared to the other shades. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that blended out well, and though it looked a little dusty swatched, it did not appear dry or dusty on the skin. I would say the finish of this shade was less reflective/shiny compared to most of the shades in the range, so it would be one to look for if you wanted something more moderate in sheen. It wore well for just over eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

Makeup Geek Highlighter Psychedelic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter

01/06

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter

Midnight Sun

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a soft, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. It had the type of finish that was very reflective, but it was so smooth that it did not seem to emphasize my pores or my skin’s natural texture.

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” Midnight Sun had intense, opaque color payoff that was still easy to blend, diffuse, and sheer out, if desired, on the skin. The texture was soft, smooth, and not too soft or too firm in the pan, and I felt like I could control how much product I got on the brush easily. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Makeup Geek Highlighter Midnight Sun
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter

01/06

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter

Ignite

Makeup Geek Ignite Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery bronze with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. The color looked redder and less brown when it was worn at semi-sheer coverage, even on my warmer skin tone. It looked less bronze and more coppery applied–not a bad thing, but it might not be what you’re looking for either.

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” Ignite had a very soft, smooth texture that felt denser than most of the brand’s powders (for eyeshadow, blush, etc.) but not as dense as their Foiled eyeshadows (which have a creamier, thicker feel overall). I had no issues with the powder getting on the brush, but there was no excess product kicked up in the pan either. The powder was richly pigmented and blended out with ease on the skin, which made it easy to work with at sheerer coverage levels, if desired. I saw a bit of fading along the edges after eight hours of wear.

Makeup Geek Highlighter Ignite
Ignite
Ignite
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

01/07

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter

Ablaze

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. This shade looked pinker and redder buffed and blended out with a warmer, more golden/copper sheen. When it was applied more heavily, it appeared a bit darker and less rosy.

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” Ablaze was intensely pigmented with a soft, smooth, almost cream-like texture. The finish was nearly metallic, but it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture or the look of my pores. I can imagine this will be particularly stunning on deeper skin tones (which it was designed for), while other lighter skin tones could easily wear it as a highlighting blush. The highlighter was easy to apply, spread across the skin, and diffuse for subtle edges. It lasted just over eight and a half hours on me.

Makeup Geek Highlighter Ablaze
Ablaze
Ablaze
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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