Friday, May 8th, 2015

ColourPop Teasecake Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Teasecake Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Teasecake Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “pale pink with gold and pink duo chrome finish.” It’s a lightly pink-toned peach with soft beige that gives it a more toned down look paired with pearly shimmer that from gold to pink. Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is much yellower. Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is lighter, more golden. MAC Coupe d’Chic (LE, $28.00) is pinker, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker, powder. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is powder, lighter. Urban Decay Aura (P, $29.00) is lighter, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is pinker, powder. Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) (LE, $8.99) is darker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture is very smooth and creamy with a “wet” feel, but it’s still the signature texture that’s springy and bouncy (think clay or PlayDoh) that goes onto skin like a powder and sits like a powder. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to semi-opaque, with fingertip application yielding semi-opaque coverage. With the more duochrome sheen, I think it is prettier and more complex in person than in photos, as you can see how it shifts as your face moves and the light hits the cheeks in different ways. On me, it doesn’t show up with much color until I tilt or move, but on fairer skin tones, I think you’ll get subtle color out of it as well. The texture has a frosted sheen that just slightly emphasized pores after about two and a half hours of wear (initially, it didn’t), though it didn’t worsen over the rest of the time I wore it. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)
Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) ($38.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden rosy pink.” It’s a medium-dark, copper-brown with pink and gold pearly shimmer. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is a powder, darker. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is slightly more shimmery. MAC Linda (LE, $21.00) is powder, less shimmery, more orange. NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is darker, powder. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is a powder. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is redder. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is a powder. MAC Barbados Girl (LE, $20.00) is similar. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $30.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is a liquid highlighter that comes in a bottle with a pump, which tends to pump out at least as much as you’d need to mix in with a base product (foundation, moisturizer, primer, etc.), so you’ll want to have a smaller sample jar on hand for excess if you plan to use it for spot highlighting. The liquid version of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors is designed to be sheer, and it is just that–sheer–though this one is naturally darker and will give a little color to the skin for fair to medium skin tones. When mixed in, I get a very, very subtle glow and warmth, but it doesn’t add really noticeable color–it’s not as if I used self-tanner, so if the darkness of the color has made you wary of mixing it with a base product, it might surprise you. The texture is lightweight, thin and almost watery (not in a bad way), which is easily spread across the skin without lifting base products, if you prefer to apply on top of other products. On its own, it wears for seven and a half hours, and when I mixed it, it didn’t interfere with the longevity of the base product.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)
Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) ($41.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale gold.” It’s a muted, light golden champagne with very fine shimmer and warmer undertones. Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is a powder, pinker, less shimmery. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a cream, slightly more shimmery. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is lighter. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly, powder. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (P) is darker, powder. Tarte Champagne (LE) is a powder. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a powder. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be a “sheer cream-liquid” that gives the skin a “soft, natural glow.” The liquid version of the Shimmering Skin Perfector is the sheerest option, though it is still a noticeable highlighter when applied on top of bare skin or foundation. I personally prefer using the liquid for mixing in with base products (like foundation, moisturizer, or primer) for an all-over luminosity, and then defer to the cream or powder versions for spot highlighting (cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and so forth). The texture is thin, watery (not in a bad way), and very spreadable across the skin. It doesn’t emphasize pores or look too shimmery on the skin, even when blended all-over. On me, it doesn’t seem to decrease or increase the wear of my base product, and as a standalone highlighter, it stays on well for seven and a half hours. The pump mechanism is hard to control if you want just enough for cheeks, as it tends to pump out enough for all-over.

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8/10

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($24.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a softened, medium rosy copper with warm, golden frost and a luminous sheen. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is a cream. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is pinker. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is similar. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is pinker. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $30.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to “[apply] like a sheer powder but [feel] like a cream” with a “translucent wash of luminous color.” The coverage is buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque, though it seems to apply with medium coverage unless you use a very feathery brush. If you’re a fan of formulas like MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Estee Lauder Gelees, or NARS Dual-Intensity Blush, I think you’ll like this one, too. It has a similar feel: smooth with a dryness that’s not truly dry or powdery, but it’s very smooth and silky when applied to the skin. This is just shimmery enough to give a noticeable sheen on the skin, but it is a step or two below a true frost, so it is hard to overdo and doesn’t emphasize pores. It is blendable on the skin, and this one can work as a blush or a highlighter, depending on your skin tone (I use it as a blush/highlighter hybrid on my skin tone). On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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9/10

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8/10

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9/10

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand
Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand ($28.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a golden champagne with warm, peachy tones and a soft, frosted sheen. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less peach. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is a powder. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighte,r powder. NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is similar. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is darker, powder. Benefit Watt’s Up! (P, $30.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side. (If this looks familiar, it’s because this is very, very similar in color and finish to the liquid version that I just reviewed!)

Now that we’ve looked at the powder and liquid versions of the Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer range, we finish with the Wand option. This is a cream version, so it is an emollient solid stick that twists-up. The formula is supposed to “mimic the natural radiance of healthy skin” in a more portable option. The texture of the cream version is lightweight with a slightly glossy finish initially that dries down to more of a luminous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores. It doesn’t add much color to my medium complexion, but it may warm up fairer skin tones. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading slightly. It worked well over and under foundation, as well as on bare skin. If you want to apply over foundation, I recommend patting the product on with your fingertips or with a stippling brush by lightly skimming over the surface. If you use it directly from the tube, you may find it will lift your foundation (depending on what you’re wearing and how much pressure you use–it is more foolproof with fingers/brushes).

For me, I think this is the better option if you want a cream or liquid (something more emollient and typically more forgiving on drier skin types) for specific highlighting, rather than all-over; for mixing with foundations or moisturizers, the liquid is your best bet. For greatest ease and the lowest shimmer amount, the powder is going to be the one you’d want to check out. I love that Josie Maran offered three different types, but I’d love to see more shades, and at the very least, something cooler in tone.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer
Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer ($26.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a peachy champagne with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less peach. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is a powder. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighte,r powder. NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is similar. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is darker, powder. Benefit Watt’s Up! (P, $30.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It’s supposed to be a liquid highlighter (“concentrated radiance liquid for the face”) that can be used alone or mixed with a base product (moisturizer, foundation, etc.). The texture is lightweight, thin without being watery, easily spread on the skin or mixed in with other liquids and creams. The effect is very comparable to the wand version, in terms of color, and the delivery mechanism is really the major difference, though I think the liquid is a bit less frosted overall. It gives a luminous, lightly dewy finish once it dries down that doesn’t emphasize pores and lasts for seven and a half hours on me.

You’ll get the most quantity of product through the liquid version, but I think it is most suited towards those who expect to use it mixed with their base products, as it is difficult to dispense just the amount needed for more targeted highlighting (like the cheek bones, bridge of the nose, and cupid’s bow)–I get a big dollop that’s more than needed for even mixing in. You can almost get 3/4 of a dollop if you’re careful when dispensing, but I couldn’t get a manageable amount out for using this to highlight specific areas, unfortunately. You can twist off the pump entirely, which may work better if you want to do more specific areas rather than all-over.

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5/5

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