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NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette

01/08

NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette

NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette

NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette

NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette

NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette

NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette

NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette

NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette

Angel Pride

NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette ($59.00) includes four limited edition blushes (Angel Pride I through IV) along with permanent shades Hot Sand (blush) and Laguna (bronzer). The palette itself contained quite a bit of product, so there’s no worry about it not being value-packed. My concern was that the texture of the palette throughout felt stiffer, thinner, and drier compared to most of NARS’ standalone powder blushes/bronzers. All but one shade (Angel Pride III) applied fairly well to my cheeks and were not difficult to blend out, but I was expecting a more refined texture from NARS.

NARS Cheek Palette Angel Pride

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D-

Angel Pride I

Limited Edition
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B-

Angel Pride II

Limited Edition
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B+

Angel Pride III

Limited Edition
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B

Angel Pride IV

Limited Edition
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A-

Hot Sand

Permanent
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B

Laguna

Permanent
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Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set

01/06

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set

Filmstar

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set ($78.00 for 0.80 oz.) includes a bronzer and blush housed in side-by-side pans. Per the brand, it includes a “natural bronze hue” while the blush adds a “limitless glow.” The two worked well together, but the bronzer is quite light and was subtle on my skintone so this might be more suitable for lighter complexions if wanting to use the bronzer as a bronzer. (I liked the bronzer as a soft highlighter, which would work on light to medium skin tones.) The duo was lovely overall, but I wish the brand thought to include a deeper version or had gone with a more medium-hued bronzer that might work for more complexions. There was a brush included, which was serviceable but nothing noteworthy and not something I’d use as it was somewhat scratchy and prone to shedding.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set Filmstar
Filmstar
Filmstar
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

01/08

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Chic Tropic

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($78.00 for 0.60 oz.) blends together to create a medium, burnt orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. The gold was an overspray, but the coral pieces went through the powder, and while there were only five of them, they definitely influenced the more subdued brown bronzer portion.

The new, limited edition bronzer is a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale exclusive, and the “dual-color powder” is supposed to “warm all complexions” with a “hint of coral.” The powder was soft, lightly dusty but finely-milled and easily applied, spread, and blended on the skin. It had good pigmentation that was easy to control (by using a lighter hand or a denser brush) depending on your preference for coverage. I tried to get as much of the overlay off of the powder before swatching or using it, and it seemed like there was a natural matte finish in the end–not quite matte but not truly shimmery either. The powder sat well on the skin and lasted for eight hours on me. Guerlain adds fragrance to their powders, though this particular bronzer was less heavily scented than past special editions.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Chic Tropic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

01/05

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Gold (300)

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and fine pearl. This shade had the finest shimmer of the three released, which made for a better all-over glow product as it did not look like distinctive particles scattered over the skin and yielded a luminous sheen instead.

The formula is supposed to have a “micro-pearl liquid” texture that can be used “alone, [mixed] with primer, [mixed] with foundation, or [as a] spotlight” on the face. It had a lightweight, thin texture that felt more emollient compared to the other two shades in the formula, which made it work better for mixing in with base products but more prone to being rather sheer when patted onto the high points of the face as a standalone highlighter. It had semi-sheer coverage, which did not build up well. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me alone.

Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter Gold (300)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Maybelline Nude Glow (200) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

01/05

Maybelline Nude Glow (200) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Nude Glow (200) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Nude Glow (200) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Nude Glow (200) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Nude Glow (200) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Nude Glow (200)

Maybelline Nude Glow (200) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a medium copper with warm, reddish undertones and golden shimmer. It had medium coverage, which could be sheered out slightly but it did not build up much beyond medium for me.

The formula is supposed to have a “micro-pearl liquid” texture that can be used “alone, [mixed] with primer, [mixed] with foundation, or [as a] spotlight” on the face. The texture was slightly thicker (and much thicker than most liquid highlighters–it would be more apt to describe it as a cream-gel hybrid) with some slip, which helped it work well as a standalone highlighter without sheering away to nothingness. On the flip side, I felt like it was too thick to mix as easily with base products without having to use more product than desired (as this resulted in a lot of noticeable all-over shimmer on the skin rather than a glow).

It was able to pat the highlighter onto the high points of my cheeks without disturbing base products, and it dried down and lasted for seven and a half hours on me with little migration. When I mixed it with my liquid foundation, it very slightly darkened the color and added a moderate amount of shimmer–I think the end result might be too shimmery for a fair number of folks.

Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter Nude Glow (200)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

01/05

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Iridescent (100)

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a pale pink with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had medium, buildable coverage in a single layer, which could also be spread and thinned out for sheerer coverage.

The formula is supposed to have a “micro-pearl liquid” texture that can be used “alone, [mixed] with primer, [mixed] with foundation, or [as a] spotlight” on the face. It had a smooth, lightweight feel on the skin with a thin consistency that wasn’t runny nor was it really thick, but it was thicker than the average liquid highlighter that I’ve come across (especially for anyone who wants to mix with their liquid foundation). The shimmer particles seemed larger, too, compared to most liquid highlighters, which may or may not work for one, depending on personal preferences.

I had no trouble getting a moderate sheen when patted on top of cheeks as a spot highlighter, and it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. I didn’t have any too much trouble blending it out when worn on top of liquid foundation, but it did apply best over bare skin. Worn alone, it lasted for seven and a half hours on me. When I tried mixing it with liquid foundation, it took more product to feel like everything was well mixed prior to applying, and it seemed like a lot of noticeable shimmer all over the face. I think the texture ran too thick and the particle size too large to work as well as an all-over highlighter.

Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter Iridescent (100)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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