Giorgio Armani No. 07 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is an iridescent, pink-tinged white with lighter pink and violet iridescent pearl. The shimmer in this liquid highlighter is quite fine, which makes it more readily used as a multi-tasking product that can be mixed in with other base products, applied alone, or over foundation. I felt like the finish on this was subtler than a lot of the Fluid Sheers, so it’ll be a good option for someone who likes a dewy but less shimmery effect. I suspect it will also read cooler-toned on those with neutral or cool undertones, but if you are warmer-toned like me, don’t fear that this will look too stark on! The iridescent sheen on this makes it really good for layering over blush, too. The texture was lightweight, blendable, and thin with sheer coverage that lasted for eight and a half hours on me. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery. NARS Craving (Left) (P, ) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Colour Pop Monster (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Hippo (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.
NYX Highlight & Contour Palette ($25.00 for 0.72 oz.) is a set of four highlight powders and four contour powders. All of the shades included in the palette can be purchased individually, and the palette is refillable, so shades can be removed or rearranged. The only downside is that they don’t sell the palette empty, and there are two additional highlight powder shades (Bone, Soft Peach) and two additional contour powder shades (Sienna, Saddle) available as singles (each single is $5.00). I liked that two of the four highlighters had some shimmer to them, so for those who like a little sheen to their highlight, you’ll have those options, and you can always tamp down the satiny sheen by dusting one of the more matte highlight powders on top to stretch out the others if you like less shimmer. The contours all had a semi-matte to satin finish, so none were totally matte, and they looked natural on the skin without looking too shimmery or too flat. I had some trouble blending out the contour shades at times, and I had the best luck by applying with a more feathery brush to lay down the general outline of the contour, and then going back to darken as needed. The highlight shades are soft and smooth but powdery.