Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 Luminizing Powder
Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 Luminizing Powder

Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 Luminizing Powder ($68.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a dirty, light-medium antique gold with a frosted sheen. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is much lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (P) is warmer. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is warmer. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is warmer, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Despite the very true, yellowed gold packaging, Burberry’s take on “Gold” in terms of actual color is much lighter, and honestly, unexpected. It is fragranced with the My Burberry scent, which is a stronger floral (a mix of bergamot, freesia, and rose), and it’s not a subtle or faint scent, so if you don’t like scented powders or are adverse to floral scents in general, you may want to skip this. You might be able to minimize the scent by leaving the compact open for a few days. I did notice the scent when applied to the skin, but it didn’t seem to be apparent after about forty minutes of wear. The powder is lovely with its soft, silky consistency that blended beautifully and highlighted the skin without emphasizing pores. It gives the skin a luminous glow that is easy to achieve. On me, the highlighter wears well for nine hours before starting to fade. It includes a very slim, narrow yet wide, straight-across brush, which will work and isn’t the worst brush I’ve tried, though not something I would use if one already had full-sized brushes.

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Gold Glow No. 01

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A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Pink Glow Highlight Powder
Bobbi Brown Pink Glow Highlight Powder

Bobbi Brown Pink Glow Highlight Powder ($45.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a peach-champagne with a hint of beige and rosiness and a frosted sheen. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Aura (P, $29.00) is more sparkly. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is a liquid. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I found this shade to be more metallic than Bronze Glow, and it just very slightly emphasized pores in comparison (but it is minimal emphasis). The powder felt just as soft and silky, which helped it blend easily on the skin. It had good pigmentation which was controllable; it didn’t feel like the merest touch of the brush was too much, but you don’t have to pack it on either. I think the rosiness in this one might be more prominent if you have pinker undertones, but even in the pan, it seems more “rose gold” than pink to my eye. On me, the highlighter showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear.

The Glossover

LE
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Pink Glow

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow Highlight Powder
Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow Highlight Powder

Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow Highlight Powder ($45.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a coppery bronze with warm undertones and a golden sheen. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more golden. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $42.00) is darker, browner. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker. Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture is very soft and smooth–more so than many other types with a similar formula (Estee Lauder Gelees, MAC Extra Dimension, and so forth) that’s almost baked, yet infinitely silkier. It had rich color payoff that could be applied more intensely for a more bronzing effect or more subtly for a warm, glowing sheen. With the smooth, silky consistency, the powder blended effortlessly on the skin. When I tested it, the color wore well for almost eight hours before fading.

The Glossover

LE
product

Bronze Glow

A

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014

bareMinerals The Magic Act Eye & Cheek Palette
bareMinerals The Magic Act Eye & Cheek Palette

bareMinerals The Magic Act Eye & Cheek Palette ($39.00 for 0.63 oz.) contains six eyeshadows, one highlighter, and three blushes in a fold-up palette. Each eyeshadow is 0.04 oz., while the Luminizer is 0.09 oz. and each blush is 0.10 oz. It’s a nice palette for someone who’s looking for a range of warm-toned neutrals in a variety of finishes paired with blush. There are a lot of neutral-themed palettes out there now, so this might not be a must-have, but at least this one is high quality and the added pairing of blushes makes it slightly different. If you’re a regular Ready fan, you may find this contains too many shades you already have as there are a few from previous holiday sets and/or permanent range.

Celebrate is a light, yellow beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency. It wore well for ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fortune is a softened, light-medium warm-toned pink with a satin-matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture. The color wore well for ten hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shazam is a peach, muted by beige, with a frosted finish and warm undertones. The texture was a little powdery, though it had good color payoff. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

A-Ha is a warm, golden bronze with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, buttery consistency that went on fairly smoothly. It stayed on for nine and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pumped is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a soft, golden sparkle. It had great pigmentation, while the texture was soft and silky. It didn’t start to fade until after nine and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Foreshadow is a taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft, silky consistency that blended well on the skin. It lasted for nine and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Premiere is a gold-shimmered, peach-beige with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that could be easily blended out for a lighter look or applied for a very glowing finish. It wore well for eight hours on me (and the formula only claims eight-hour wear). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Close Call is a rosy, medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Natural High is a gold-shimmered, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation–but it didn’t seem as pigmented as the standalone version I have–with a soft, smooth texture. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Indecent Proposal is a muted, plummy pink with a satin finish. It had decent color payoff but was a little powdery–the texture wasn’t as silky or as blendable as the other three shades. This blush wore well for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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palette

The Magic Act

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Celebrate

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Fortune

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Becca Champagne Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Champagne Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Champagne Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “soft warm gold.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. Dior Gold Shock (001) (LE, $80.00) is less sparkly, slightly darker, but it looks similar on. Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani No. 04 (P, $59.00) is a liquid product, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The performance of this shade is consistent with the rest of the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powders. It had really good color payoff that was buildable, blendable, or easily applied as true-to-pan color, if desired. The texture of the powder was soft, almost creamy, and very smooth. This shade does run yellow, not just gold, and so it may not work as universally as some of the other shades. The only downside to Becca’s formula is that it is more frosted, so a little goes a long way and too much can emphasize pores. It’s one of those products where it’s better to build up to the desired luminosity level, but the good thing is that even if you feel like you’ve gone overboard, you can easily buff it back down to a soft, luminous sheen that gives skin a glow but doesn’t emphasize imperfections. I prefer using fan brushes with highlighters like these, as it is almost impossible to over-apply! On me, this highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

The Glossover

LE
product

Champagne Gold

A

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder
Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder

Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder ($80.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a highlighter “infused with golden yellow shimmer.” It’s a yellow gold with gold shimmer and slight sparkle. Becca Champagne Gold (P, $38.00) is very similar, just more shimmery and more gold than yellow, but applied, they’re similar (just Becca is way better). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani No. 04 (P, $59.00) is a liquid. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is lighter. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $42.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is one of the more disappointing high-end highlighters I’ve come across, and while I don’t usually find Dior’s eyeshadows to be impressive, I usually have good experiences with their cheek and face products. The texture of the powder was dry, almost chalky, and it’s more yellow than it is really shimmery or luminous on the skin. The only thing about the powder that feels luxurious to command an $80 price tag is the compact, which is hefty, though it is thick and smaller in diameter than your average highlighter powder. The majority of the sparkle you see initially is an over-spray; there is still some gold sparkle within the powder itself, so it is subtler than it appears. I’m really frustrated by the texture, though, as the drier, chalkier consistency means less color payoff and shorter wear-time (six and a half hours)–but it just doesn’t feel like a luxury product. At least it doesn’t emphasize pores, and the included brush isn’t that scratchy.

The Glossover

LE
product

Gold Shock (001)

C+

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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