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Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

01/08

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Kat Von D Alchemist Palette over Giorgio Armani Shadow Eye Tint

Kat Von D Alchemist Palette over Giorgio Armani Shadow Eye Tint

Alchemist

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) contains four shades that can be used on the eyes, lips, or face and are designed to be used over other products as transformers. The formula is supposed to be pigmented. Three of the four shades have real shifts, so depending on the viewing angle, can appear more like one color or another distinct color. One shade was more iridescent in its effect.

The texture of the formula was dustier, a little drier to the touch, and I found they layered best over still-drying cream products or shimmery eyeshadows but did not work well over a dried, matte cream eyeshadow. The dustier formula made them very blendable as a cheek highlighter, though, and of all the ways I tried the product, they were easiest and had the most noticeable shift applied as highlighters, whether alone or layered over another cheek color. They layered best over matte and satin finish lip products, as they seemed to get absorbed and muted by more emollient formulas.

The pan size is that of a standard eyeshadow (MAC, Urban Decay, Anastasia, etc.), but there is good spacing between each shade to use them as cheek highlighters as well. The palette itself is unusually shaped, and that extra space means that it seems unnecessarily large, though I felt like the whole palette ended up being rather small.

Kat Von D Holographic Palette Alchemist
Alchemist
Alchemist
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Make Up For Ever 2 Pink Beige Star Lit Liquid

01/06

Make Up For Ever 2 Pink Beige Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 2 Pink Beige Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 2 Pink Beige Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 2 Pink Beige Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 2 Pink Beige Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 2 Pink Beige Star Lit Liquid

2 Pink Beige

Make Up For Ever 2 Pink Beige Star Lit Liquid ($24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a very light pink with warmer undertones and multi-colored glitter. It doesn’t add real color on my skin tone, and instead, it’s more like a wash of multi-colored sparkle and glitter on the cheeks (or eyes).

The Star Lit Liquid formula is described as a “lightweight, multi-use, pearlescent formula” that is a “sheer, water-based formula” that is buildable and won’t feel sticky on the skin. If you like a subtle highlighter, this formula is not for you. And if you don’t like glitter, this formula is definitely not for you! If you like glittery highlighters, I think this might be up your alley. The consistency was thin, water-like, and felt cool going on. The applicator is a lot like a nail polish brush, and it’s okay for getting initial color onto an area, but it is not practical to use it as a blending tool or anything like that. I had the best luck using my fingertip to pat and spread the glitter on the skin (cheeks or eyes) as a sheer wash.

The consistency is watery but dries down quickly to a non-sticky finish. I felt like I had just enough time to spread it out before it dried down completely, but I recommend working one area at a time. It looked subtle at a glance and in photos, because it had a sheerer coverage level (sheer to medium, at most) and doesn’t have a the fully reflective finish as a traditional powder highlighter, but in person, the glitter catches light and moves more. I could see this working well lightly patted over a blush or another highlighter for an extra kick, which I think helps this product look more cohesive on the skin (as well as on the eyes).

As a cheek highlighter, it lasted for eight hours with some of the glitter had traveled noticeably from where I had initially applied it. As an eye product, it held up fairly well and didn’t start to crease until after seven hours of wear, but there was a bit of fallout–not bad but definitely a bit.

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Liquid 2 Pink Beige
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

01/07

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

2 Frozen Gold

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright, golden white that flashed white gold to a darker, greenish gold and had stronger, yellower tones to it overall. The finish was high-shine and nearly metallic but did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture.

The Star Lit Powder is supposed to be an “ultra-fine” loose powder that can be used to “highlight eyes, lips and cheeks” either wet or dry to “customize intensity and luminosity.” The powder was finely-milled, smooth, and very soft across all the shades I tried in the range, and the pigmentation was mostly opaque even dry, though damp application made it more concentrated and adhere strongly to wherever it was initially applied. Overall, I felt a little went a long way, so even though there was not much product in the container, it would still take many uses to finish it.

It took a few applications to figure out the best way to apply it as a highlighter on cheeks, as the opening is rather small and the product quite concentrated, so I often found myself with very strong, distinct stripes of highlight across the cheekbones that took some buffing to blend and diffuse out. It was better to lightly tap the brush in the opening, and then dab it in the interior of the lid, which had the effect of diffusing and dispersing the loose powder better throughout the brush. This yielded a glowing effect that still produced higher coverage but took the work out of blending it out. On the eyes, it was easier to get full distribution onto a brush, as eye brushes are smaller, but if you wanted a sheer wash of color, I would recommend the same technique as I used for applying ita s a cheek highlighter with a fluffy eye brush.

2 Frozen Gold had good color coverage that was easiest to work with on the cheeks dry for a more diffused, medium to full coverage effect, while damp application would give a much more concentrated, more metallic finish that was a bit harder to really diffuse. If you want to use it damp, I would suggest applying a sheerer layer in the area, softening those edges, and then using a damp brush to apply a bit more (or just go over what was initially applied) right where you want the most intense effect. For eyes, I preferred damp application, which yielded the most opaque coverage with the last product, but for a soft or sheer wash of color, I would recommend using it dry. The consistency was soft, smooth, and finely-milled, and the wear time was great–eight to eight and a half hours–for both eyes and cheeks. On lips, it is most practical patted onto another lip color, as alone it does feel like one is wearing a loose powder, but I did notice that it often got lost on anything that had more slip than a matte to semi-matte lipstick.

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder 2 Frozen Gold
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid

01/06

Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid

1 Arctic White

Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid ($24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a bright, silvery white with multi-colored glitter. It had sheer, buildable coverage (to semi-opaque) that was mostly “pigmented” in the form of glitter.

The Star Lit Liquid formula is described as a “lightweight, multi-use, pearlescent formula” that is a “sheer, water-based formula” that is buildable and won’t feel sticky on the skin. If you like a subtle highlighter, this formula is not for you. And if you don’t like glitter, this formula is definitely not for you! If you like glittery highlighters, I think this might be up your alley. The consistency was thin, water-like, and felt cool going on. The applicator is a lot like a nail polish brush, and it’s okay for getting initial color onto an area, but it is not practical to use it as a blending tool or anything like that. I had the best luck using my fingertip to pat and spread the glitter on the skin (cheeks or eyes) as a sheer wash.

On the cheeks, it lasted for eight hours with some traveling glitter particles, but a lot of it stayed in place. The effect was more sparkling than reflective like your average highlighter. On the eyes, it had some fallout over time and faint creasing after six hours. It wore a bit longer and better patted over another powder eyeshadow, and I didn’t have any issues with it creasing when I applied it that way. The formula burned slightly going on my eyelids (it was fine on my cheeks, though) but then dried down and didn’t cause issues. As a heads up: the glitter is difficult to remove completely, so there were noticeable particles on my eyes/face after cleansing multiple times. If I used tape, I could grab them off the skin, but it was a lot of effort to get the last dozen or so particles off of the skin.

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Liquid 1 Arctic White
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette

01/07

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Sweet Peach Glow

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette ($42.00 for 0.39 oz.) contains a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. The blush contains more product (almost double) compared to the highlighter and bronzing shade. Everything is housed in a pink-to-orange gradient, metal tin (like the Sweet Peach palette). The palette was good, though the shades themselves may be found within your stash already, and if you have a deeper skin tone, the blush and bronzer might not be visible enough for your liking. The texture of all three shades was firmer and denser but not really stiff–they are in the vein of MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinishes, NARS Dual-Intensity Blushes, etc. They blended out nicely and lasted for eight to nine hours on me. The palette has the same peach scent as all of the other Sweet Peach products.

Too Faced Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette Sweet Peach Glow
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Highlighting Palette

01/07

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette

Skin Twinkle Vol. 2

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Highlighting Palette ($42.00 for 0.70 oz.) is a slim, rectangular compact that contains four highlighters from white gold to medium bronze. It is a follow-up to last spring’s Skin Twinkle palette, and it is definitely much improved, because it did not contain a “universal matte sand” shade for brightening the under eye (which was definitely not universal), and that particular shade actually had a more papery, dry texture that was strange. This year’s palette was more consistent, and all four shades are highlighters, so it’s a bit more fitting for more skin tones as a result. The brand also increased the value/amount in the palette to 0.70 oz., compared to last year’s which only contained 0.49 oz. (and they are the same price).

If you aren’t already inundated with highlighters, it’s a nice set. All four shades were very dupable, though, so for those who already have a few go-to highlighters, definitely check your stash for redundancy. For the most part, they’re soft, smooth, blendable, and definitely yield a glow (rather high-shine than “natural” based on their marketing) with good pigmentation and eight-hour wear.

Tarte Lighting Palette Skin Twinkle Vol. 2
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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