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Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette
Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette ($69.00 for 0.52 oz.) includes three Shimmer Bricks, which are very shimmery powders. Each Shimmer Brick has five shades, so the color that you get can vary depending on where you concentrate your brush. All three shades have been released before, though only Bronze is part of the permanent range from what I could tell! It’s a powder highlight that features five colors, which are designed to be used together (though you can concentrate your brush in areas as well, or if you have an eye brush, you can use them individually) and applied to the face to highlight.

The three included in the palette all highlight the skin and add noticeable color on my light-medium complexion, so they be even more blush-like on fairer complexion and will likely show up on deeper skin tones with subtler tints. The texture of Gold and Bronze was smoother and more finely-milled with less overt sparkle, whereas Wild Rose was drier and seemed to have larger chunks of sparkle, which were more prone to emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. They were easy to apply, wore for about eight hours, and are well-worth a look for someone who likes a more intense, noticeable highlight. They’re the type of highlighter where a little can go a long way to adding luminosity, so they can definitely be too intense for some people’s preferences.

Value

  • Cost of full-size: $46.00 for 0.40 oz., $115.00/oz.
  • Cost of palette: $69.00 for 0.52 oz., $132.69/oz.
  • Value: $59.80

Gold is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones paired with a frosted, lightly metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that blended out easily on the skin. I did not find that it emphasized my skin’s natural texture, but it does have a strong sheen to its finish. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, warmer, lower quality (95% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Golden Dawn (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt (Top) (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a softer, light-medium golden bronze shimmer. The pigmentation was rich, but the texture was soft and blendable, so it could easily be applied in sheerer layers or diffused for less intense coverage if desired–a little did go a long way, though, and I’d recommend using a lighter hand initially. On me, the powder lasted eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Glow (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Do Not Disturb (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior #004 (P, $56.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Stila Kitten (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wild Rose is a slightly muted, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and cooler, frosty pink shimmer. The shimmer particles in this shade seemed larger with both finer and more obvious flecks of sparkle used, which gave it a bit of a drier, looser consistency that was sheerer in coverage. The texture and shimmer in this one did emphasize my pores a bit, making them seem larger than they were. I didn’t have any trouble blending out the color, though, and it still wore for eight hours like the other two. Makeup Revolution Peach Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sassy Grape (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunrise Glow (P, $48.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Amethyst Flashes Geode (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose (LE, $46.00) is cooler (90% similar). Huda Beauty Ibiza (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Zanzibar (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Palette (Holiday 2016) Bobbi to Glow
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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Gold

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Bronze

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Wild Rose

Limited Edition
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Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Coor Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette ($44.00 for 0.84 oz.) includes 10 blushes housed in a circular compact that opens and reveals five blushes on each side (there is no mirror as a result). Each pan is a decent size at 0.084 oz. a pop with a wide enough diameter that most blush brushes fit easily in them. The pans did not appear removable (I tried three pans with tweezers, and I didn’t feel any give). It would be a travel-friendly way to take so many blushes with you without taking up a lot of space.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. There’s a lot to like about Tarte’s formula, as it is softer (sometimes dusty), blendable, and fairly smooth with good pigmentation, but for me, I rarely get 12-hour wear–I do get between 8 and 10-hour wear, though. Overall, the quality was consistent with the full-sized Tarte blushes I’ve tried with only one shade having a firmer, stiffer texture. I think they could have varied the colors used in the palette a bit more, but at least there is some variety in undertones and finishes. If you have a few blush palettes from Tarte, you may find that there is a lot of overlap, even if shades are not exact dupes, as the brand is prone to repeating itself each holiday! I think this a wish list worthy option for someone who is a big fan of Tarte’s formula or needs to have an instant blush stash.

Value

  • Full-size cost: $28.00 for 0.20 oz., $140.00/oz.
  • Palette cost: $44.00 for 0.84 oz., $52.38/oz.
  • Value: $117.60 worth of blush / $4.40 per shade

Crafty is a light peach with warm undertones and gold shimmer. This will work more as a highlighter than a blush for most skin tones, though it has a whiter base, so deeper skin tones may want to layer it over another cheek color. The texture was soft, blendable, and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture when applied. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Coloured Raine Luxurious Bling (P, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Goddess (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Concept is a muted, medium-dark rosy coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation paired with a soft, blendable texture that was a bit thin and dusty, so it sheered out noticeably when applied to the cheeks. Luckily, it could be built up to greater intensity. This shade wore for nine hours before starting to fade on me. MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #7 (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Between the Sheets (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Essence Satin Love (P, $2.99) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Icon is a muted, medium rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had the type of finish that seemed matte initially, but it had a more natural matte finish when blended and buffed on the skin–it didn’t look dry or flat. This shade had a soft, lightly dusty texture that was very blendable and easy to use, and it did not sheer out unduly like Concept did, so the dustiness wasn’t noticeable when I used it on the cheeks. I was able to wear this one for nine hours before it started to show signs of wear. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Formal (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Montage is a deep raspberry pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was good, while the consistency was smooth but too firm in the pan, so it was harder to blend out on the skin. It had more of a natural finish as it was blended on the skin. On me, this shade wore well for nine hours. MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ironic is a medium-dark, pinky plum with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. This blush had excellent color payoff, while the texture was soft, just a smidgen powdery, and blended easily on the skin. I noticed the finish looked less matte and flat as I blended the product on my cheeks. The wear came in closer to nine hours on this particular color. Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Plum #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Black Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Idol is a light-medium, yellowed gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty texture–this one was prone to sheering out, but I imagine that for most this will be used as a highlighter and that sheerness will be more appreciated than not. The sheen is subtle on my skin, and the color didn’t seem to translate as noticeably as I had anticipated, but as always, this will likely have more color impact on fairer complexions. It wore well for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Culture is a bright pop of peony pink with warmer undertones (though not strongly warm) paired with warmer, golden shimmer. It had good color coverage with a powdery texture, though it was soft, finely-milled, and remained blendable on the skin. There seemed to be pigmentation to spare, as it did not sheer out noticeably in practice. This shade lasted for almost nine hours on me. Becca Hibiscus Bloom (LE, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). Benefit GALifornia (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00)(95% similar). Milani Bella Bellini (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sweets for My Sweet (P, $27.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Delight (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Laugh (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Maui (P, $38.00) is cooler (85% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal is a bright, medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It was nicely pigmented, and I felt like a little went a long way, possibly due to the general brightness of it as well as the richness in pigment. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a bit on the dusty side, but it did not appear dry or chalky applied to my skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. Tarte Pop (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Above & Beyond (LE, ) is more muted, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Temper (-, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Native Blush (-, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Shadore (P, $37.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Pink Explosion (LE, $45.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Pink Play #2 (P, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Blush) (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Milani Pink Play #3 (P, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deco is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder felt soft, smooth, and neither dusty nor too firm in the pan. This shade applied and blended out without trouble and lasted for nine hours. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is brighter, warmer (95% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Revelation (63) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disclosure (P, $60.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Life's a Picnic (LE, $22.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mod is a brightened, medium peachy-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. The blush was richly pigmented and applied true-to-color on my skin. It had a soft, smooth consistency, and wasn’t dusty or powdery. This shade lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Desert (P, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Torrid (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dolline (P, $37.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Vibrant (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Oh You Pretty Things (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Holiday 2016 Blush Palette Color Wheel
Color Wheel
Color Wheel
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter ($65.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and soft pink and gold shimmer. Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Whipped (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Dame (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 15 Golden Pink (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Tawny Glow (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Tourmaline (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is cooler (90% similar). J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess (-, $9.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Rekindle (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Amber Gold (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a powder highlighter that features the brand’s Gelee formula, and it was released many years ago, though I do not have the original to compare this to. I can see why so many were longing for a rerelease of this one; it’s absolutely dazzling. There’s a really intricate play of sparkle and light reflecting when this is on the skin. You have to imagine that after so many years of swatching highlighters that it’s rare for a product to make me go, “Oooh, that’s incredible” but that is exactly what I did with this shade.

The texture is incredibly soft, smooth, and blendable with excellent color payoff that can be as intense or as soft as you desire. I found the formula very forgiving when it came to diffusing and blending; it worked with all types of brushes and could be worn as a subtle sheen when used with a fan brush or applied for a full, metallic glow with a denser cheek brush. On my skin tone, it adds a bit of noticeable color but not much and doesn’t run overly warm, so it reads as more neutral even with the visible color. I did not notice any emphasis of my pores or my skin’s natural texture with this on (but it doesn’t smooth the skin either). When I wore it, the color lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

Of all the products in the Victoria Beckham collection, this was the one first to sell out, and I saw that it launched this morning on Neiman Marcus (a week before it was supposed to), so happy hauling if this is the item you’ve been waiting for! 🙂 (As a FYI, Selfridges seems to have the majority of the collection in stock.)

Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Highlighter Modern Mercury

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Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Trio

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette
Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes three highlighters that seem to be a hybrid between cream and powder. The formula is supposed to have “ultra-fine, light-diffusing particles” that make the skin look “naturally luminous.” The formula is very interesting, because to the touch, it is one of the smoothest powders I’ve ever come across–it feels so smooth that there’s almost a cooling, wet feel to the powder, but it is definitely a powder product. However, I noticed that airy, less dense highlighting brushes tended to have poor pick up with the product, whereas more traditional blush brushes or flatter highlighter brushes (I had no trouble using softer bristles like squirrel with it, but the shape mattered).

Transcendence is a light, pinky lavender with cool undertones and an icy, opal shimmer. This was the sheerer shade of the three, with semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to–at most–semi-opaque coverage when packed on. On me, I found it was more noticeable as I moved, as the undertone was more contrasting against my warmer undertones, but it was subtle when I looked straight on. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading a bit.

Kitten is a medium, coppery bronze with warm, orange undertones and soft pink and light copper shimmer. It had medium, buildable coverage paired with an incredibly smooth texture. It had a very lightweight feel on the skin, and despite it having a higher shine finish, it did not emphasize my pores or my skin’s natural texture. On my skin tone, it did had noticeable warmth and a bit of color, so I imagine it will appear more as a highlighting blush/bronzer on fairer skin tones and work well on deeper complexions as a truer highlighter. It lasted well for eight hours on me.

Bronze is a medium, golden copper with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had medium, buildable coverage that had visible color, warmth, and shine on my skin tone. The texture was smooth, almost wet in feel, and it was blendable on the skin, but more feathery brushes did not pick up product well. This one also had a few noticeable bits of actual sparkle, not just fine shimmer, on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Stila Highlighting Palette Star Light, Star Bright
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes a finishing powder, bronzer, two blushes, and highlighter inspired by Surreal Light, which is a new shade in the Ambient Lighting Powder family (currently only available in this palette). This palette will work best for someone who is less concerned about a “value-packed” palette/is unlikely to finish their products and really needs everything in a single compact. I think the palette, all being in the same family of Surreal Light, ends up getting muddled a bit between the blush, bronzer, and highlighter with the Surreal Effect blush being the one lone shade that stands out as a bit different. It is a distinctively warm-toned palette, so it will likely not work for everyone. The texture seemed a bit drier across the majority of the powders as the permanent range, though I did not notice the dryness as applied to the face in practice.

Like last year’s palette, the only value is in whether you like the idea of getting five shades for less than the cost of two or three full-sized Hourglass Ambient Lighting products (which range from $38 to $50 in price). There’s only $53.30 worth of product in the palette, so it’s obviously not a value-packed palette. This is something that will be best for someone who wants everything in a single palette and will wear at least three of the five shades often. This year’s palette is marginally better in value than last year’s (which was $48.05 in product value at the same $80.00 price point), but their palettes prior to that were significantly better in value.

  • Ambient Lighting Powder | 0.14 oz. is worth $18.40
    Ambient Lighting Blush | 2 x 0.04 oz., 0.08 oz. total, is worth $20.27
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer | 0.04 oz. is worth $5.13
  • Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder | 0.04 oz. is worth $9.50
  • Total Value: $53.30

Surreal Light is a light, yellowed beige with fine gold shimmer over a matte finish. This is the original Ambient Lighting Powder, which is a finishing powder, so it is something applied after setting powder, at the very end (hence “finishing!”) to “diffuse” and “soften the look of the skin.” It added very subtle warmth and made my skin appear smoother and more matte, but this particularly iteration had very subtle shimmer, which added a little bit of light all-over but was only noticeable in certain lighting in person. The texture was soft, a little dusty and prone to kicking up excess product in the pan, but it applied well and dispersed easily. It was sheer, as promised (and as you would expect for a finishing powder). Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Filtered Light (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Glow is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, which is in line with the brand’s promise of “buildable color.” It does not deliver the “otherwordly glow” much, as it is more satiny and just keeps the blush from appearing totally flat. The texture was soft, a little dry and dusty, but it blended well and was impossible to overdo on my skin tone as it barely showed up (that’s a warning for those with similar skin tones!). I think this color would be better on fairer complexions. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. NARS Silent Nude (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is cooler (85% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #4 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva CR040 (P, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Effect is a light-medium pink with warm, coral undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation that was very soft, silky, and smooth without being dusty or excessively powdery. The texture sat well on the skin, and it did become a little more satiny when buffed and blended on the skin. For reference, I get noticeable color when applied to my skin, but it is very subtle and doesn’t get any more intense than as shown in the face swatch below, so it would not be good for someone with deeper skin and/or someone who wanted bolder blush. This shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours. LORAC Wavelength (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is brighter (95% similar). Milani Berry Rays #4 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Fun Ending (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #6 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Tinge (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Bronze Light is a soft, light-medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a soft, dusting of gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to medium, buildable coverage that sat well on the skin, even though the texture seemed a little thin and dusty. I had no trouble blending and diffusing the color, and it showed up a little more noticeably than Surreal Glow. I think it would be a lovely option for someone wanting a subtle bronzing shade that wasn’t too yellow or too orange in tone. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Streak Bronzer (-, ) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Optical (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Strobe Light is a soft, light-medium yellowed peach with warm undertones and gold shimmer. It had sheer coverage that did not really build-up, while the texture was drier and looser. It is supposed to be sheerer, though this is a lot sheerer than the other permanent shades. I do not think this would apply as well over drier skin types as it would just not stick well, but if you normally wear primer, liquid foundation, and so forth, it should be okay. It does add a nice, luminous glow that isn’t metallic or shiny, so I think those who like a a more subtle sheen may like the finish of it. This highlighter wore well for seven hours on me. MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Essence Be My Highlight (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Side Piece (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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Becca Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a soft, light pink with warm, yellow undertones and fine gold and rose shimmer. Burberry No. 03 Pink Pearl (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter) (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker (95% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Jouer Rose Gold (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Gleam (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Devotee (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Luster (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Cover FX Blossom (P, $42.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The texture was soft, just a smidgen dusty but not actually dry to the touch, with a smooth, blendable feel overall. It applied well to the skin and yielded a noticeable sheen, which didn’t emphasize pores unless worn more heavily. It was semi-opaque, which was easily built up or sheered out for a less intense highlight. I thought it was a bit less pigmented compared to other shades, but it was more forgiving applied to the skin and generally easier to work with. The color wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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