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Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo

Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo
Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo

Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo ($80.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a limited edition duo of highlighters (I got confirmation yesterday). You can still pre-order from Saks or place a back-order at Nordstrom. If you liked formulas like MAC In Extra Dimension Skinfiishes, Estee Lauder Gelee, or NARS Dual Intensity, you’ll like this one. It has that same baked-gel-powder type of powder. I think this could have been an excellent permanent addition to the Tom Ford range, so I hope the brand will reconsider making this permanent (and also coming out with a few more combinations!). The texture of both shades was incredibly soft, smooth, and finely-milled, while the product provides a noticeable sheen that stops just before it emphasizes the skni’s natural texture.

Moodlight (Daylight) is a soft, pale gold with a luminous sheen. It semi-opaque color coverage that was easily blended out for sheerer coverage or built-up for a more distinct sheen. If you use it wet, you can get a really metallic finish out of it, as well (though note, the brand doesn’t mention damp usage). It wore well for eight and a half hours before I noticed fading. The Estee Edit Snowlit (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is cooler, more shimmery (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moodlight (Candlelight) is a softened, medium rose gold with a metallic sheen. On my skin tone, it leans browner and warmer, but in the pan, it seems a little rosier, so those with pink undertones may find it pulls less brown on them as a result. It was richly pigmented with a very soft, silky consistency that was a tiny bit powdery in the pan, but it didn’t look dry applied to the skin. The finish on this was significantly stronger with respect to sheen compared to the top shade. It didn’t emphasize pores when I applied it, even heavily, though I don’t consider my pores to be huge (personally, someone may disagree with me) so if emphasis of pores is a major concern, you may want to use a more feathery brush (I used a light-to-moderately dense brush) or apply more sheerly. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on before fading. Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $46.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Beauty Skin Illuminating Duo Moodlight
Moodlight
Moodlight
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder

Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder
Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder

Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder ($45.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “universal powder” that gives a “glowy finish.” It’s a light, gold-shimmered beige with a soft sheen. Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Light (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’m not sure about this shade being universally applicable (it’s rare for a product like this to work across all skin tones), as I could see the base color possibly becoming chalky on darker skin tones, so you might want to check it out on-counter if you can. On very fair skin tones, it may add slight warmth and color, while fair to medium-dark will likely see more of a golden sheen without much color. On my medium skin tone, I get a golden glow that makes my cheekbones pop without any noticeable color. It’s a very fine shimmer, so it doesn’t emphasize pores, and the powder’s texture was soft without being powdery. It was one of the better Dior face powders I’ve tested in the last couple of years, so it was a pleasant surprise to try. The highlighter wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

Dior DiorSkin Nude Illuminating Face Powder Cosmopolite
Cosmopolite

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Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Highlighter

Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Blush
Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Blush

Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened, light-medium gold-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a luminous finish. Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC This Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Ginger Spiked (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Style Cast (LE, $22.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold Shimmer (LE) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is more muted, lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is lighter (80% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. For fairer skin tones, this is going to work more as a highlighting blush, while medium and darker skin tones will find it more of a true highlighter that adds slight warmth but not a lot of noticeable color. The sheen it yields is lovely–glowing, luminous but never emphasizing. The texture was soft, blendable, and just a smidgen on the powdery side. On my normal-to-dry skin, it wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.

Sephora Colorful Blush Secretive (19)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($68.00 for 0.52 oz.) is a new, permanent take on the often-raved about Filmstar Bronze & Glow that’s deeper and warmer. I think the texture is a bit more refined–smoother, more finely-milled, and forgiving on the skin–in the original, but this is still quite good. Both shades are good or better pigmentation that was buildable, while they were easily blended out on the skin. I had no problem wearing both powders all day long. I hope the brand will come out with an even darker version and/or cooler-toned varieties.

Medium/Dark Bronze is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted, gold sheen. The texture was slightly dry, though it blended out without issue on the skin, and I felt like it was just slightly emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. On, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Laguna (P) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is warmer, brighter, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Medium/Dark Glow is a brightened pop of orange with warm undertones and a soft, orange-gold shimmer-sheen finish. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable in two passes, if desired. The shimmer in the powder didn’t emphasize pores, as it was finer and combined with the powder better than the bronzer. On my medium complexion, it added color and luminosity, so for some skin tones it may be an additional bronzer and/or highlighting blush, while for darker skin tones, it may be more of a traditional highlighter. It lasted for eight and a half hours on my skin. Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Flamme (P, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Peach Nectar (P, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Becca Tigerlily (P, $34.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow Medium/Dark
Medium/Dark
Medium/Dark
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($80.00 for 0.54 oz.) is a cream-based bronzer and highlighter. Both shades had a really slick, almost greasy feeling to them, which will make them more forgiving even on drier skin types, but I found that it made it hard to get the product to really stay where it was applied and resulted in patchy, more uneven coverage overall. It was shorter-wearing, and the higher slip in the texture made these better suited for bare skin or applied over still-damp base products.

Sun Tan (Filmstar Bronze) is a muted, medium tan brown with warm, yellowed undertones (but not really orange-y) with a faint gold pearl and natural finish (some shine). It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to slightly more opaque color, but it wasn’t very pigmented. I’m not sure this will work for medium-dark or deeper skin tones, as it was subtle on my light-medium to medium complexion (NC25). It lasted for six hours on me. MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is darker. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is darker. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sun Light (Filmstar Glow) is as softened, light-medium gold with bronze tones and lighter gold pearl. It had semi-sheer color payoff that applied with a soft sheen that didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture. The emollient consistency made it harder to apply without also moving everything underneath it, so it is a product best applied with fingertips-patted on–if applying over foundation or better yet, used over bare skin. It started to break down after five and a half hours on me. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow Norman Parkinson
6.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
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Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Dreamy Glow Highlighter

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Dreamy Glow Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Dreamy Glow Highlighter

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Dreamy Glow Highlighter ($65.00 for 0.42 oz.) is described as “peaches and cream.” It’s a soft, light-medium gold-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Urban Decay Glint (LE, ) is darker, more muted. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is lighter. Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Aura (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Pop of Light (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Summer Opal (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is warmer. Becca Champagne Pop (LE, $38.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This limited edition highlighter is designed to give a “soft, mood-lit” glow that is supposed to be easy to use and give the skin a “soft-focus effect.” The texture was incredibly smooth and finely-milled; it almost felt like a cream-based product with how silky and smooth the consistency was (and it never felt powdery!). It applies easily to the skin and nearly blends itself, while the shimmer is noticeable on the skin, it didn’t emphasize pores. It’s not the most over-the-top highlighter, but it isn’t a subtle one either. On fairer complexions, I suspect it will add a little warmth and peachy color as well as a sheen, but my medium skin tone eats up all that peach and yields mostly a golden sheen. The highlighter lasted well for eight and a half hours on me before fading along the edges.

Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Glow Highlighter Norman Parkinson
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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