NARS Tribulation Blush

NARS Tribulation Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “shimmery rosy sand.” It’s a light-medium gold muted slightly by hints of beige paired with a luminous, shimmer-sheen finish.
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NARS Tribulation Blush
NARS Powder Blush Tribulation
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%

Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium copper with warm, orange undertones and fine, gold pearl shimmer. It had sheer coverage that was buildable to semi-sheer. The texture was thin, almost watery (but not in a bad way), and spread across the skin easily with even, sheer dispersion. It leaves behind a dewy, luminous sheen on the skin when it dries down. On me, the color wore for eight and a half hours before fading. This one was easy to mix in with foundation for general warmth, but it may be a little too shimmery for some, depending on what your preference is. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is lighter. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is cooler. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Barbados Girl (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 03
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed , Comparisons

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “soft white gold with pinky peach undertones.” It’s a brightened, light-medium gold with warm, orange-y undertones and a frosted sheen. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter. Sephora Collection Jubilant (21) (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, lighter. NARS Tribulation (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Frenzy (Left) (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Pop
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
92%

Giorgio Armani No. 02 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 02 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a sparkling, light golden beige with larger, more glittery particles than fine shimmer. It had sheer coverage that illuminated skin when applied as a highlighter on the cheek bones and just barely emphasized pores, but the sheerness made it less apparent (if applied more heavily, I think the effect would be more noticeable). It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. This one also works nicely for decolletage, as the larger shimmer makes it more noticeable to the eye. Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, more pigmented. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, more pigmented. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani #2 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 02
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
90%

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

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.

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NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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L’Oreal Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminators

L’Oreal Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a liquid highlighter that can be used as a specific highlighter (like on cheek bones) or all-over (likely mixed in with a base product, like foundation or moisturizer). The biggest con to these is that they have a very, very short working window as they dry down almost immediately, and they dry down and don’t want to move much and instead the shimmer/sheen flakes off than diffuses or blends out. The texture is liquid but thicker than your typical liquid-based highlighter (which are often a little watery or thin) and is viscous enough to hold its shape in a dollop when you squeeze it out. The squeeze-tube offers a good amount of control over how much you get per use, which is nice. The liquid highlighters seemed to have less visible sparkle/glitter than the powders did, though there are a few bits. It gave the skin a metallic sheen that’s by no means subtle, but it didn’t seem to emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. They can be mixed with a base product, but you’ll want to use something with a thinner consistency to help this spread out. The shimmer is larger and may be too intense when mixed in for all-over use, but it will depend on your preferences.

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L'Oreal Ice Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator Ice
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
88%
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