We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Makeup Geek Moon Phase Highlighter

01/07

Makeup Geek Moon Phase Highlighter

Makeup Geek Moon Phase Highlighter

Makeup Geek Moon Phase Highlighter

Makeup Geek Moon Phase Highlighter

Makeup Geek Moon Phase Highlighter

Makeup Geek Moon Phase Highlighter

Makeup Geek Moon Phase Highlighter

Moon Phase

Makeup Geek Moon Phase Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light, iridescent white that had shimmer that shifted from a bluish aqua to an icy lavender. The shift was strong enough to be noticeable on the skin, but it was more apparent when I wasn’t looking straight-on (it looked whiter and lighter at that angle).

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” The powder had a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was soft without being too dusty or loose in the pan, but it wasn’t difficult to pickup product with a highlighting brush either. It had rich, opaque color coverage, but the texture was forgiving enough that I could easily sheer it out (or just use less) to get a less intense highlight. I did find that even a light application was still a moderate sheen, so the finish makes this product more suitable for someone who likes a noticeable highlight. I could see this one working well over lavender and plum blushes to give them an even cooler tint. On my skin, it wore well for eight hours before fading.

Makeup Geek Highlighter Moon Phase
Moon Phase
Moon Phase
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Makeup Geek Luster Highlighter

01/06

Makeup Geek Luster Highlighter

Makeup Geek Luster Highlighter

Makeup Geek Luster Highlighter

Makeup Geek Luster Highlighter

Makeup Geek Luster Highlighter

Makeup Geek Luster Highlighter

Luster

Makeup Geek Luster Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. There was a lot of shimmer and a very reflective finish, so the color appeared lighter swatched and applied to the skin than it did in the pan. This type of color is going to work well on fair to medium skin tones as a highlighter, but I expect it to work well as a way to lighten or layer over another blush.

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” The powder had a really soft, smooth texture that was dense without being firm or packed in, but it also didn’t have any powdery excess kicked up in the pan when used with a denser brush. It was quite pigmented, though I felt like I could apply more or less, blend and diffuse to get the desired coverage level. The finish has a lot of sheen to it, and I didn’t notice any emphasis of my skin’s natural texture, but it is not a subtle highlighter by any means. On me, the highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading.

What I’m not keen on is the price, because I don’t feel the price is in line with the brand’s pricing, regardless of the amount of product in the pan. The packaging definitely reflects the higher price, and for a brand that has always been sold as pan-only, I was disappointed that they did not release these in pans. I would have rather see less product in the pan but with a $12-15 price point (it takes a long time to finish a highlighter, and a little goes a long way with the formula).

Makeup Geek Highlighter Luster
Luster
Luster
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

01/06

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Show Gold

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light, yellowed peach base with shimmer that shifts from pink to golden peach with a more sparkling, metallic finish.

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula now features four, permanent shades, and the formula is supposed to be a highlighter that “lasts up to ten hours” with “prismatic reflections.” Show Gold was the most sparkly of the four new, permanent highlighters that were released–it had noticeable sparkle and was both more visible on as well as felt by touch in the pan. The texture was drier and looser in feel, though it did not feel too soft or actually loose in the pan overall. It blended out well on the skin and had medium, buildable coverage. It wore well for eight hours on me before I noticed fading, but it was very subtle applied with a highlighting brush, as I think the shimmer was larger and so there was less of an all-over sheen compared to the other shades.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Show Gold
Show Gold
Show Gold
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

01/07

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Beaming Blush

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light, subtly warm-toned pink base with a gold and pink shimmer.

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula now features four, permanent shades, and the formula is supposed to be a highlighter that “lasts up to ten hours” with “prismatic reflections.” Beaming Blush had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that had a few larger sparkles paired with finer shimmer, so I felt like it looked more sparkly on the skin compared to some of the other shades in the formula have. It was very blendable and easy to apply, and I did not notice it emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. The color wore well for eight hours on me.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Beaming Blush
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

01/08

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Poudre Lumiere Glacee

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder ($45.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a very light white with subtle, cooler undertones and a smattering of white sparkle.

It’s a new, limited edition formula that’s described as a “highlighting powder [that] softly illuminates” with a “shimmering, pearlescent glow.” Long-time readers will know I have a personal weakness for highlighters, particularly smooth, silky, finely-milled ones, but Chanel disappointed me with this release with its chalky, powdery, and clumpy “highlighter” with minimal luminosity. It is largely a white-based powder with a touch of larger sparkle in it–I would not say it is a glow nor is it “micro-fine” in feel. Extremely fair complexions might be able to dust this all over, but the powder does not seem to add luminosity but rather dulls skin, while the sparkle is sparse but large enough that it just doesn’t give any glow. When I wore it as a cheek highlighter, it lasted for seven hours before fading.

Chanel Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder Poudre Lumiere Glacee
5
Product
7
Pigmentation
4
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
63%
Total

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

01/07

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Holiday 2016

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio ($30.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a trio of highlighters (which may be more like highlighting blushes on some skin tones). All three shades are available in the permanent range, should you only be interested in one of them. I love that Laura Geller put out a trio of these–as I love the formula–but wish the packaging was more substantial and thinner; it is flimsier cardboard (I don’t mind cardboard usually) and is much thicker and larger to accommodate the brush. The formula of the three shades is fairly consistent with the standalone versions; the only difference was the ones in the palette were a touch softer and easier to pick up in the pan. The “problem” with the formula is that it’s supposed to be sheerer, and they’re more pigmented than sheer.

Value

  • Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator: $26.00 for 0.16 oz. or $162.50/oz.
  • Total Value: $34.13

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio Holiday 2016
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Get a shade-by-shade breakdown of this palette, along with individual photos and swatches.

Also In This Review

Subscribe

Join our newsletter and never miss a post!