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Urban Decay Luminous & Sin Naked Skin Highlighting Fluids

01/06

Urban Decay Luminous Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Luminous Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Luminous Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Luminous Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Luminous Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Luminous Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Luminous

Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid ($28.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a translucent, pearly white with fine white and pale gold pearl. The brand considers this to be a more “universal” shade, but the translucent base seemed to make it one of the most subtle shades in the range as well. This one literally seemed to be “my skin but better,” assuming that one associates a natural “dewiness” to the skin as being better. When I layered it over a blush or bronzer, it had more noticeable luminosity. The consistency was thin, fluid and a little watery, and it blended out nicely over bare skin. It had sheer to semi-sheer coverage that lasted for eight hours on me.

The Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid is supposed to be a “sheer, weightless formula” that gives skin a “dewy, lit-from-within look.” I think one of the key takeaways from the brand’s description is that it is “sheer,” “subtle,” and “never overdone” — it is a subtle highlighter, and they tend to look more similar than not applied (at least, on me). They had sheer to medium, buildable coverage with a very fluid, thin texture (not quite watery) and were blendable on the skin, whether bare or over liquid foundations. If I was too vigorous blending out the product, it did cause some separation of my base products if I had powder on top, but it was fine with gentle blending (fingertips or stippling brush). The formula dried down and wasn’t tacky on the skin, and they lasted between seven and a half and eight hours on me.

The brand posted some video demos that included using it alone as well as mixed with foundation. I think that the smaller amount is less conducive to regular mixing with base products but is a sufficient amount for a spot highlighter. If you wanted something more for mixing, similar products with similar subtly often contain at least 0.50 fl. oz., if not more.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid Luminous
Luminous
Luminous
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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B+

Sin

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Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

01/06

Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Blossom

Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a light-medium rose gold with warm, coppery undertones and a pearly sheen. The shimmer seemed slightly finer than the original shades launched in the formula, though when applied more heavily, it yielded a more metallic sheen on the skin–it just didn’t emphasize pores at all.

The Custom Enhancer Drops formula is supposed to a “buildable highlight” that can be used alone (“even on top of powder”) or mixed in with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizer). For a more extensive overview of how I’ve used the formula in different ways, check out my original reviews here. The formula tends to be buildable but plenty pigmented, and I find that so much of how it applies and whether it looks intense or subdued is in the application (more so than the average product).

The consistency was lightweight, thin without being watery (though thinner than past shades), and spread well across the skin without disturbing base products (as well as worked just fine over my bare skin or mixed with base products). The pigmentation varied from semi-sheer to opaque, depending on application method and how much product one used. I didn’t feel like I had to apply a ton to use it as a standalone highlighter nor did I have to be really careful about how much I mixed in with a base product. As a cheek highlighter, it wore well for almost nine hours on me.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating) Blossom
Blossom
Blossom
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Makeup Revolution Ever Glow Lights & Holographic Lights Strobe Highlighters

01/06

Makeup Revolution Ever Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Ever Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Ever Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Ever Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Ever Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Ever Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Ever Glow Lights

Makeup Revolution Ever Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a soft white with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. This was one of the more subtle shades with respect to finish, and this was much more in line with the concept of “natural illumination.” The texture was soft, a little dusty but did not appear dry on the cheeks, and was blendable. It had good pigmentation–less buildable than just pigmented–but that dustiness made it sheer out a bit on the skin, so it was easy to control and sheer out the coverage, if desired. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

The Strobe Highlighter formula is described as a “light powder highlighter [that] gives a natural illumination.” It’s supposed to have buildable coverage, and it can also be used wet for a stronger finish. The texture reminds me of parchment–a little dry, almost “noisy” when I run my finger over it. There was a dryness present that I find common to more baked and mineralize kind of products, which is noticeable in the pan but rarely on the skin (where it counts the most!). The coverage was medium, buildable, and the dustiness in the texture made it very easy to blend and diffuse the powder across cheekbones for an even glow. The formula wore between seven and a seven and a half hours on me.

Makeup Revolution Strobe Highlighter Ever Glow Lights
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

01/11

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia x Nicole Guerriero | Look Breakdown

Anastasia x Nicole Guerriero | Look Breakdown

Anastasia x Nicole Guerriero | Look Breakdown

Nicole Guerriero

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit ($40.00 for 0.96 oz.) includes six highlighters that are “metallic” and have “intense luminosity.” The formula is supposed to be “ultra-fine” and “won’t leave behind shimmer particles.” From experience, the formula didn’t feel quite as smooth, creamy, or as finely-milled as some of the original Glow Kits but felt more like the Sweets Glow Kit to me (not as glittery as the Ultimate Glow Kit)–smooth, denser but still blendable on the skin. There were some sparkles that blended beyond the area I had actually applied the color. With the exception of Forever Lit, the palette was very warm-toned, but I felt like Kitty Kat and Daydream looked very similar on along with Glo Getter and 143 (these two I think will be more similar across more skin tones, whereas the stronger orange tone in Daydream may be more or less apparent on some skin tones/undertones). If you love a strong, metallic, and sparkling highlighter, you may enjoy this kit, but if you like your highlighters more buildable, subtle, or cooler, this one likely won’t be the one for you. They can be worn on the eyes (per the brand) as well.

Anastasia Glow Kit Nicole Guerriero
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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A-

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B+

Forever Young

Limited Edition
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B+

Daydream

Limited Edition
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B+

Forever Lit

Limited Edition
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A-

Glo Getter

Limited Edition
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B-

143

Limited Edition
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Urban Decay Aura & Fireball Naked Skin Highlighting Fluids

01/06

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Aura

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid ($28.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a cool, pinky lavender with more of a washed out white base and very fine, pink and lavender pearl. It had sheer to semi-sheer coverage that gave my skin a slightly lighter, brighter, and pinker appearance without being noticeably shimmery. The consistency was thin without being too watery or wet-feeling on the skin, so it was spreadable without losing all of its coverage. It dried down and stayed on well for eight hours.

The Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid is supposed to be a “sheer, weightless formula” that gives skin a “dewy, lit-from-within look.” I think one of the key takeaways from the brand’s description is that it is “sheer,” “subtle,” and “never overdone” — it is a subtle highlighter, and they tend to look more similar than not applied (at least, on me). They had sheer to medium, buildable coverage with a very fluid, thin texture (not quite watery) and were blendable on the skin, whether bare or over liquid foundations. If I was too vigorous blending out the product, it did cause some separation of my base products if I had powder on top, but it was fine with gentle blending (fingertips or stippling brush). The formula dried down and wasn’t tacky on the skin, and they lasted between seven and a half and eight hours on me.

The brand posted some video demos that included using it alone as well as mixed with foundation. I think that the smaller amount is less conducive to regular mixing with base products but is a sufficient amount for a spot highlighter. If you wanted something more for mixing, similar products with similar subtly often contain at least 0.50 fl. oz., if not more.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid Aura
Aura
Aura
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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A-

Fireball

Permanent
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Tom Ford Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo

Paradise Lust

Tom Ford Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo ($78.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new, limited edition highlighting and blush duo for summer. According to the brand, the blush “can be applied wet for a soft veil of color” or “dry for a sweeping pop of vibrancy.” Just like last year’s duo and this year’s Sheer Highlighting Duo, neither shade in the compact is what I’d call sheer or even remotely sheer. Both shades had opaque coverage applied dry, and applying them with a dampened brush just resulted in a more metallic finish with respect to the first shade and a slightly richer, deeper color with the coral shade. The more highlighter-like shade was easier to work with than the coral blush, which I found to take a bit of extra effort to blend and definitely more effort to blend when applied damp. The wear was good–eight to eight and a half hours–and if the idea of the product being sheer wasn’t a must-have, then it’s a nice duo overall.

Tom Ford Beauty Sheer Cheek Duo Paradise Lust
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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