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Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights & Gold Addict Strobe Highlighters

01/06

Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Moon Glow Lights

Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a soft, pale pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Of the four shades available in the range, this shade had the most natural of finishes. It could easily be used on its own, layered with any blush or bronzer, or even used to tamp down an over-the-top highlighter without dulling it. The consistency was soft, somewhat dusty and dry to the touch, but it applied well to bare skin and did not look dry on. It had medium, buildable coverage, as described, and lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

The Strobe Highlighter formula is described as a “light powder highlighter [that] gives a natural illumination.” It’s supposed to have buildable coverage, and it can also be used wet for a stronger finish. The texture reminds me of parchment–a little dry, almost “noisy” when I run my finger over it. There was a dryness present that I find common to more baked and mineralize kind of products, which is noticeable in the pan but rarely on the skin (where it counts the most!). The coverage was medium, buildable, and the dustiness in the texture made it very easy to blend and diffuse the powder across cheekbones for an even glow. The formula wore between seven and a seven and a half hours on me.

Makeup Revolution Strobe Highlighter Moon Glow Lights
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Tom Ford Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo

Reflects Gilt

Tom Ford Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo ($78.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to have a “light-reflective finish” that can be used “dry for a sweeping pop of vibrancy” or “wet for a soft veil of color.” I felt like it was more like dry for a medium, buildable coverage product with a shimmery finish and wet for a more opaque coverage with a stronger, more metallic sheen. I don’t think it is necessary to use either shade damp, unless you wanted a stronger sheen, as the lighter gold built up coverage well and the coppery shade was quite pigmented dry. I think if you like more shimmery highlighters and prefer stronger pigmentation when they’re used dry, you won’t be disappointed. If you were counting on sheerer coverage dry (or damp for that matter), you won’t get that with either shade.

Worth noting, the compact didn’t seem small, but the actual amount of product contained in it was only 0.10 oz. This type of formula is common across several brands–NARS Dual Intensity ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.), MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.), Make Up For Ever Pro Fusion ($39.00 for 0.30 oz.), and Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer ($56.00 for 0.21 oz.), just to name a few–and was much smaller (and obviously, more expensive).

Tom Ford Beauty Sheer Highlighting Duo Reflects Gilt
8.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

01/07

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Halo

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a very light, almost translucent white, with iridescent, bluish-violet pearl. It seemed less holographic as it was iridescent and had a subtle shift.

The Custom Enhancer Drops formula is supposed to a “buildable highlight” that can be used alone (“even on top of powder”) or mixed in with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizer). For a more extensive overview of how I’ve used the formula in different ways, check out my original reviews here. The formula tends to be buildable but plenty pigmented, and I find that so much of how it applies and whether it looks intense or subdued is in the application (more so than the average product).

Halo had a thinner, more watery texture with a lot less shimmer–and finer shimmer at that–compared to other illuminating shades in the range, so I think it would be more versatile and easier to control for most compared to other shades. It was also less pigmented and took more product to build up to full coverage. It never emphasized my skin’s texture, though, even at opaque coverage. It spread well along the tops of my cheek bones as a standalone highlighter, and there was a noticeable, icy shift as I turned my head. Mixed in with foundation, there was a subtle luminosity but not tons of visible shimmer, and it seemed to cancel out some of the warmth of my foundation. I did notice, however, that this shade did not play as well over liquid or powder makeup, as it seemed to take longer to dry and had a tendency to lift base product, which other shades have not done. As a highlighter, it lasted for nine hours on me.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating) Halo
Halo
Halo
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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NYX State of Flux Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

01/04

NYX State of Flux Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX State of Flux Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX State of Flux Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX State of Flux Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

State of Flux

NYX State of Flux Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter ($6.99 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is an icy, light pink with cool undertones and a sparkling sheen. The finish had larger sparkles in it and less fine ones compared to most shades in the range, so if you aren’t a fan of sparkle, this might be one to skip. It had sheer to medium coverage (hard to get it to be opaque without piling on four to five layers of product, at which point, the product is too thick and flakes off). The consistency was blendable, lightweight, and thin with a more watery, cooler feel on the skin. It dried down and lasted for seven hours on me.

The Away We Glow formula is a liquid highlighter that has buildable coverage “from soft to intense.” The brand recommends to “dab and blend” on skin for “irresistible illumination.” There are nine shades available, and the shimmer varied from shade to shade: fine pearl to chunkier sparkle. The formula has a watery, thin feel from the tube, and I liked getting a bit on the back of my hand and then dabbing with fingertips or a stippling brush onto the cheeks and high planes of the face for highlighting. It did dry down after a minute or so, and the wear ranged from seven to eight hours.

NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter State of Flux
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss, Golden Kiss, Peach Kiss Skin Kiss Highlighters

01/08

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Ice Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss ($9.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a bright white gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had chunkier shimmer and a very strong, metallic sheen on the skin. It had medium, buildable color coverage, though the texture was incredibly dense and thick that it took some trial and error to find the right brush to work with this product. It blended out without trouble, and the finish emphasized my pores slightly but did so less than I expected (based on how it swatched). When I tested it, the highlighter lasted for seven hours on me before breaking down.

The Skin Kiss formula is described as a “crushed pigment highlighter” that “adds a natural touch of illumination.” I feel like brands that give too little information often make it hard to know what to expect (or not expect). In the case of Skin Kiss, it’s an incredibly dense texture, almost so dense that it felt like a hybrid between powder and cream. It takes a heavy hand or a denser brush (like a blush brush or even a flat, foundation brush) to get product onto the brush. It’s also a more metallic, chunkier highlight that is more like boom! highlight! than a “natural touch.” With enough buffing and blending, the effect can be moderate to heavy but I’d never call it natural. The compact is also massive, so you’re getting plenty for your money, but it’s in that territory where it is more likely to be overkill for many.

Makeup Revolution Skin Kiss Ice Kiss
Ice Kiss
Ice Kiss
C+

Permanent

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total

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NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

01/06

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

Banc de Sable

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette ($49.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes three highlighters that go from light to light-medium to medium in depth with all three being warmer in tone and fairly shimmery. They’re not listed as part of the Dual Intensity formula, though they felt a lot like it (firmer but not stiff, a little dry to the touch but very blendable and don’t appear dry or dusty on the skin), and the description of the formula was similar–use dry for “shimmering veil of second-skin color” or wet for a “high-impact glow.” All three shades were quite shimmery applied dry, and they were metallic when applied with a damp brush. I’d disagree with these being “sheer shimmer” or “second-skin color” in any way dry–all three were mostly opaque to opaque dry, which is where the palette fell “short.”

I think this palette will work best for someone who likes a more intense highlight and stronger underlying pigmentation. All three shades are very shimmery to metallic, warm-toned, and do complement each other well.

NARS Highlighter Palette Banc de Sable

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B+

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