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Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light yellow with a fine, pearly shimmer-sheen finish. Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Burst (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to Hourglass, the Strobe Lighting Powders have a “sheer base” paired with “ultra-fine pearl particles” that give a “naturally luminescent highlight … without a heavy metallic finish.” They are wet/dry powders with dry application for less of a highlight and damp application for a stronger highlight. If you find most highlighters “too much” for your tastes but find the Ambient Lighting Powders not enough, then you may enjoy the Strobe Lighting Powders. Hourglass also launched a slanted, sponge applicator designed to be used with this product, which is what I used to apply the highlight in the photos below, but I prefer regular brushes for more even application and easier blending.

The powder definitely intensifies with damp application–you can see how it gets brighter, lighter, and more shimmery. This particular shade doesn’t get too amplified on the cheeks once applied and blended out for me. I don’t think it’s capable of being a dramatic highlighter, as the shimmer is quite fine and gives more of a sheen, which I imagine is an effect that many will enjoy. It is more shimmery than most of the Ambient Lighting powders (which are supposed to be finishing powders), but it is the least shimmery/shiny of the four Strobe Lighting Powders. The texture of the powder was soft, silky, and kicked up a little excess, but it seemed less than I get with the regular Ambient Lighting Powders. I think this shade could also work for brightening the under eye on some complexions. The size is in line with the blush compacts, not the larger powders, for reference. On me, it lasted for eight hours as a highlighter.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder Brilliant Strobe Light
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Too Faced Rosy Glow Candlelight Glow

Too Faced Rosy Glow Candlelight Glow
Too Faced Rosy Glow Candlelight Glow

Too Faced Rosy Glow Candlelight Glow ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) features a light, white gold paired with a gold-shimmered pink. The warmer shimmer dominates against my skin tone, but I think it’ll pull a little cooler (the base color will be stronger) on fairer and cooler complexions. The texture of both powders was nice, though the right side was shimmery enough to emphasize pores.

Rosy Glow (Left) is a cool-toned white with warmer, golden beige shimmer that gives it a frosted finish. It adds a luminous glow to the skin that is just shy of pore-emphasizing-territory. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable without being powdery or too firm. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less pigmented, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Stole the Show (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rosy Glow (Right) is a light, cooler-toned pink paired with warm, gold frosted shimmer. I expect cooler complexions to see a stronger pink tone. The finish on this one was more shimmery and was closer to metallic on the skin, so it can emphasize pores if not applied with a lighter hand. It had a smooth and blendable texture, though, and it didn’t look or feel powdery. On me, it started to fade after eight hours. Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Stunner (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Stunner (P) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Glowing Pink (001) (LE, $58.00) is cooler (85% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is cooler, darker (85% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo Rosy Glow
Rosy Glow
Rosy Glow
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder

Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder
Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder

Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder ($58.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm, peach-brown tones and a luminous, slightly frosted sheen. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is cooler (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $38.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is brighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

As I mentioned, the formula is comparable to products like NARS Dual Intensity, MAC Extra Dimension, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth. The powder has a smooth, blendable consistency that isn’t too firm or too soft, and it has a “dryness” to it that I feel but doesn’t appear on the skin (it’s not powdery or caky on). The amount and size of shimmer is just shy of emphasizing pores on me, but it may emphasize pores on someone who feels like they have larger pores–it is a more metallic one–though it can always be applied with a fan brush for less impact. The color lasted for eight hours before fading on me.

Dior Glowing Gardens Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder Glowing Nude (002)

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Dior Glowing Pink Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder

Dior Glowing Pink Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder
Dior Glowing Pink Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder

Dior Glowing Pink Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder ($58.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a cool-toned, pinkish-white with a luminous sheen. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is darker (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Delice (78) (LE, $45.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Where the Dreamers Go (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Psychedelic (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Trophy (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Right) (P) is warmer (85% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is warmer, darker (85% similar). NARS Craving (Left) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Benefit 10 (Highlighter) (DC, $28.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This has a similar formula to products like NARS Dual Intensity, MAC Extra Dimension, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth. The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and very blendable without being too soft or too firm. The texture feels a little dry, but it doesn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. It doesn’t emphasize pores on my skin, though if you apply more heavily and feel like you have larger pores, then there’s enough shimmer in it that it could be a possibility. I liked that while it was very light, it didn’t have a really strong, white powdery base, so it didn’t look chalky on my skin tone (and sometimes these types of colors can), which makes it more versatile for a greater number of skin tones. I think that those with cooler undertones, the pink tone/tint in this may be more noticeable as well. The highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading on me. This product also came with a mini kabuki brush, which is okay, but I did personally prefer a less dense brush for application (as well as a softer one). This is one of the better highlighters Dior has released in the last few years.

Dior Glowing Gardens Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder Glowing Pink (001)

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Becca Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as a “soft luminescent white.” It’s a pale, cool-toned white with a frosted sheen. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Liquid Prism (P, $6.99) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Moon Glow (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Where the Dreamers Go (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Glowing Pink (001) (LE, $58.00) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Delice (78) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Pink (LE) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Trophy (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Snow (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White (P, $24.00) is less pigmented, more shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Psychedelic (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I reviewed this previously when it was released in the Champagne Glow palette, but I had noticed (or felt) that the consistency of the powders in the palette was slightly drier compared to the permanent versions I had (of the existing two shades in the palette). I know that a lot of readers have been eagerly awaiting Pearl in powder form, so I figured I would check it out. I do think the standalone version is smoother, but the standalone version is also slightly more shimmery (just slightly, though!). The texture was still softer than the majority of the Pressed range, and worth noting, it is 0.25 oz. compared to the 0.28 oz. size of the other shades. It can emphasize pores if I am not careful with the application–the palette version was more forgiving in that aspect. On me, the highlighter wore for eight hours.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Pearl
Pearl
Pearl
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Too Faced Warm Glow Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo

Too Faced Warm Glow Candelight Glow
Too Faced Warm Glow Candelight Glow

Too Faced Warm Glow Candelight Glow ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a new addition to the Candlelight Glow range (the other is Rosy Glow) in a warmer tone; Too Faced also indicates that they’ve changed the formula (“We’ve revamped our bestselling highlighter by popular demand”)–I didn’t notice that bit until writing up this review, so I’ll be looking to purchase Rosy Glow in the future as well. The formula is supposed to have sheer coverage that highlights the skin. The duo is nice; they coordinate together and both have a similar warmth, and the wear is good, while the formula is consistent with how it is described. I wish there was a little more contrast between the two, because it would make the product more versatile overall (because you could always mix to lighten the darker one); on my skin tone, they look similar on, though fairer skin tones and cooler skin tones should see a stronger difference applied.

Warm Glow (Left) is a light, golden champagne with warm undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer. The finish reads more shimmery than just a glowing, luminous one, but it isn’t frosty or metallic. It adds glow and shimmer without emphasizing pores. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply, while the coverage is sheer. It is buildable to semi-sheer with a few layers. On me, the highlighter wore well for eight hours. NYX Crystal Glare (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $23.00)(95% similar). NYX Moonbeam (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is less pigmented, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). The Estee Edit Snowlit (LE) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Flexitarian (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Warm Glow (Right) is a light-medium, golden peach with warm, orange-y undertones and a frosted finish. The texture on this shade was a little drier compared to the left side, though not so dry that it read that way on the skin. Once blended and buffed into the skin, it also produces a strong sheen that just slightly emphasizes pores for me. This shade also lasted for eight hours before fading. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is darker (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P) is darker (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Show Gold (P, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo Warm Glow
Warm Glow
Warm Glow
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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