theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette ($28.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a slim, travel-friendly palette featuring three of theBalm’s famous highlighters. I’ve loved all three over the years, and to have them in a palette like this is awesome! The quality is exactly the same as the full-sized versions I have: rich, smooth, and buttery textured combined with great color payoff and luminous finishes. The full-sized versions retail for $24.00 and contain 0.30 oz. of product (or $80.00/oz.), so this palette contains $26.40 worth of product. You pay a tiny bit more to try three, but you get three for about the cost of one single shade, and the sizes provided will last quite awhile and are still large enough to get most blush brushes into them.

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theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette
theBalm The Luminizing Collection The Manizer Sisters
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%
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Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites

Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites ($80.00 for 1.00 oz.) is described as a “frosted light, radiance, and iridescence.” It’s a translucent, gold-shimmered beige with a luminous sheen. Guerlain Teint Beige (DC, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Perles de Nuit (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Mythic (P, $59.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Teint Rose (DC, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Snowglobe (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles du Dragon (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Teint Dore (DC, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Parure de Nuit (LE, $67.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites
Guerlain Holiday 2015 Meteorites Perles des Neiges
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%

Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 1.93 oz.) is a large, limited edition holiday set that has a little bit of everything, but it is primarily an eyeshadow and blush palette with a few extras thrown in. There are a lot of chunky, glittery eyeshadows included in the palette, which are difficult to use without a really good tacky primer (which is why I think they should have included their own Glitter Glue adhesive instead of their regular eyeshadow primer!). The packaging is very giftable, but it is bulky, so those who have a fair amount of palettes in their stash may find that a lot of the packaging ends up in the recycling bin. This review is focused only on the eyeshadows and cheek products and excludes the primer, mascara, and liquid lip color (that I’ve reviewed as a standalone product in the past).

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Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Holiday 2015 Christmas in Paris Palette Le Grand Palais
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Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
77%
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.29 oz.) includes three Ambient Lighting Powders, two Ambient Lighting Blushes, and one Ambient Lighting Bronzer in a large, plastic palette with an interior mirror. If you don’t mind having to finagle your brushes just so or have no issues using two or three shades at a time, and you’re a fan of the Hourglass Ambient formulas, then it might be worth looking at. I think that with how out of line it is compared to their other palettes that it is hard to recommend, even if the quality is good, because I see more value in picking up one or two that you’d use often and love. I had some texture issues with Luminous Flush, which was much more powdery/dusty this time around. Otherwise, the blushes/bronzers were more or less of one shade due to the nature of it being a mixed composition (so they can vary from pan to pan quite a bit).

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Holiday 2015 Ambient Lighting Palette Ambient Lighting Edit
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
91%
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Anastasia Peach Nectar Illuminator

Anastasia Peach Nectar Illuminator ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “warm, rose gold.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with lighter gold and pink shimmer paired with a frosted finish. NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Peach Nectar Illuminator
Anastasia Illuminator Peach Nectar
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%

Anastasia Riviera Illuminator

Anastasia Riviera Illuminator ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “sun-kissed coppery hue.” It’s a medium-dark, taupe brown with warm, rosy undertones and a metallic sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Tourmaline (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Superb (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Riviera Illuminator
Anastasia Illuminator Riviera
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%