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Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

01/06

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Pearl

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette ($35.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains three highlighters: a pale yellow, peachy brown, and golden peach. Smashbox describes the palette as having three finishes–subtle glow, moderate, and super sparkle–and that the texture is “ultra-blendable, velvety smooth.” The first two highlighters were better performing than the third, which had a drier, stiffer texture that made it harder to apply and much less pigmented compared to the other two shades.

Smashbox Spotlight Palette Pearl
Pearl
Pearl
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

01/06

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Gold

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette ($35.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains three powder highlighters that are golden in tone/hue. Smashbox describes the palette as having three finishes–subtle glow, moderate, and super sparkle–and that the texture is “ultra-blendable, velvety smooth.” The first two shades are better in quality, while the last shade had a firmer, drier texture and was more sparkle than powder. Whether one prefers or steers clear of sparkle is one matter, but this type of sparkle did not apply well to the skin, as it was looser and did not spread evenly.

Smashbox Spotlight Palette Gold
Gold
Gold
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

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Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid, Poured Creme, Pressed)

01/08

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Prosecco Pop

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The consistency was slightly looser and drier compared to other shades in the range, though on the skin, I did not notice any dryness nor did I have any problems blending out the highlighter. It emphasized my skin’s natural texture if I wore it at semi-opaque coverage or greater. It had good color coverage that applied evenly to the skin and diffused nicely. The highlighter started to fade on me after eight hours of wear.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Prosecco Pop
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighters

01/08

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Blinded by the Light

Too Faced Blinded By the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a very light beige with warm undertones and a sparkling, pearly finish. I could just barely detect a subtle sheen on the skin when I applied this, as it was quite sheer and did not build as I tried to layer it–it just seemed to add bits of sparkle that did not stay well on the skin (lots of migration over time). The texture was smooth, firm but did not seem like it was going to be problematic, and it definitely didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture! What I could see of the highlighter seemed to last for seven hours no me.

The formula was described as having “gorgeous color payoff” that will yield a “mesmerizing metallic shine.” The powder was smooth, firmer (you’ll want to use a denser brush for picking up color), and it was quite blendable on the skin, but a lot of the product didn’t seem to actually adhere that well to the skin, because despite seeing product on my brush, the formula translated to something much sheerer and more subdued. The powder did seem to get softer and easier to use (with more traditional highlighting brushes) after a few uses. In reality, the formula was less “metallic shine” and more moderate sheen. This is the type of texture that can often be used with a dampened brush, which helps with improving coverage and increasing the reflectiveness of the finish–though I did not see Too Faced mention it specifically about theirs.

I think this product is going to work best for someone who wants a subtle to moderate sheen, doesn’t mind fine sparkle, and likes sheerer products.

Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter Blinded by the Light
5
Product
4
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
60%
Total

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Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

01/08

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Plisse Lumiere de Chanel

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder ($70.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, metallic sheen.

It’s described as a “powder highlighter [that] adds an ethereal touch of radiance.” The powder had good color coverage with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture; I felt like I had good control over whether I wanted a more subdued effect or an intense, metallic finish. It didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture, even when worn at higher coverage. It’s a lovely highlighter for someone who doesn’t already have several of the previously released limited edition (or several permanent options, at this point in the highlighting game!). If you have similar coloring to me, you may find it is “your skin but better” as it didn’t add noticeable color, just shine and shimer. The highlighter wore well for just over eight hours on me.

Chanel Illuminating Powder Plisse Lumiere de Chanel
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

01/06

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Rose Gold

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is medium-dark golden copper with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. The finish was more metallic on this shade compared to the other two recently added shades but more in line with the original, core set of shades.

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 texture of the product was light-medium in thickness–not really thin nor was it thick–and it felt more like the core range (and not like the other recently added shades). It was smooth, lightweight on the skin, and easily spread across the skin, whether over base products (including powder) or mixed in with another cream or liquid product. When I tried it as a highlighter on my cheeks, it gave my skin a luminous glow that was shiny but not sparkly or glittery. It had medium, buildable coverage, though it was very easy to sheer it out or build it up, depending on what I used to apply it. On my skin, the highlighter lasted for ten hours.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating) Rose Gold
Rose Gold
Rose Gold
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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