Algenist Drop & Glow Luminizing Duo
Algenist Drop & Glow Luminizing Duo ($22.00 for 0.46 fl. oz.) contains two miniature size liquid highlighters in a gold and pink shade. The Reveal Concentrated Luminizing Drops formula is supposed to be a liquid highlighter that gives a “soft focus, illuminated radiance” for a subtle effect. It can be used alone or mixed with other products (moisturizer, primer, foundation, and so forth) on face and body. There are three shades in the permanent range, so this set gives you two of those to try. I really liked this set, and it’s what I wished to see from Cover FX (side note: Algenist’s formula is much, much finer and less metallic on the skin in comparison; more comparable to Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheers), because liquid highlighters can go a long way, so the full sized bottles are often too large and subsequently, rather pricey.
The formula was thin without being watery. It yielded a subtle highlight and luminosity wherever I applied it, which I think looks best in person but tends to get muted on camera. I also had no trouble mixing either shade into my foundation or moisturizer for a slightly dewier finish, and I didn’t feel like they really tinted or changed the color of my foundation, though I am light-medium and neither of these is that deep so if you are fairer, it might be different. As a standalone highlighter (tested on cheeks), both shades wore well for eight hours. When I mixed with foundation, they did not seem to shorten the wear of my base.
- Luminizing Drops: $38.00 for 0.50 fl. oz. or $76.00/oz.
- Total Value: $34.96
Champagne is a light-medium gold with fine pearl. It was semi-sheer and buildable to medium coverage (two layers). The consistency was thin and spread well across the skin and dried down within thirty seconds and did not remain tacky on the skin. The product gave the skin a subtle glow that did not look shimmery or emphasize my skin’s natural texture. I find liquids, like this one, particularly good on bare skin or over tinted moisturizers. It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Bare End (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Celestial (P, $52.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Goldlite (P, $33.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Rose is a light pink with warmer undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (medium coverage in two layers), and it seemed in line as described–subtle radiance. The finish was luminous but did not emphasize pores, and it did not look greasy or oily, either. The texture was thin, smooth, and blendable on the skin, whether applied on bare skin or over makeup. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Softly Does It (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Ecliptic (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.