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Tarte Sparkler & Stunner Amazonian Clay Highlighters

01/07

Tarte Sparkler Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Sparkler Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Sparkler Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Sparkler Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Sparkler Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Sparkler Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Sparkler Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Sparkler

Tarte Sparkler Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a muted, medium, golden bronze with warm undertones and a glittery, moderately metallic finish. There also seemed to be a rosy tint to it which seemed to become more pronounced as I blended and diffused to the product out (this is a shade that I’d have expected to look quite warm on me, but it more subdued).

The formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear that has a “buildable glow.” I’ve liked a lot of the highlighters Tarte has been releasing recently, but the texture of this one was chunkier and rougher than others; it was not necessarily gritty, but it was much more of a glitter-to-metallic finish, which resulted in less even distribution of product onto the brush and on the face. The glittery bits tended to separate from the more metallic base, and it seemed to have less color to its base as I blended out the product, even though it was rather pigmented! When I used a denser buffer brush at the end, it helped a lot to give it a smoother sheen that did not emphasize my pores or skin’s natural texture. The highlighter lasted for eight and a half hours before starting to separate on me.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter Sparkler
Sparkler
Sparkler
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée Artistique Blush

01/08

Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée Artistique Blush

Brillante Idée

Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark coral-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage, so only the barest tap of the brush was necessary for semi-sheer coverage on my skin tone.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “natural-looking glow” with a “satin finish.” What I think separates the formula apart from many others is the texture–smooth, finely-milled, incredibly blendable–and the finish–often satiny, natural but not noticeably shimmery. I think that this shade is a good example of the formula, as the brightness and richness of the color are still easy to manage due to the blendability of the formula. If you use a lighter hand, it seemed to look more coral, whereas a heavier hand gave it a more orange-red vibe. The color wore nicely for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush Brillante Idée
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush

01/05

Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush (2016)

Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush (2016)

Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush (2016)

Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush (2016)

Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush (2016)

Pink Ingenue

Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush ($34.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff that was true-to-pan in color and depth.

The Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush formula is supposed to have an “ultra-silky” feel that gives “fresh” and “radiant” color to the cheeks, while the press release was more specific and stated that it should have “buildable dewy color that lasts all day.” The texture was a little firmer int he pan but still soft, finely-milled, and fairly easy to blend on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush (2016) Pink Ingenue
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NARS Unfiltered II Cheek Palette

01/07

NARS Unfiltered II Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered II Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered II Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered II Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered II Blush Palette | Ingredients List

NARS Unfiltered II Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered II Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

Unfiltered II

NARS Unfiltered II Cheek Palette ($59.00 for 0.72 oz.) includes six shades of blushes with a mix of finishes (matte, high shimmer, and satin) and colors (pinks, peaches, and plum). I think that the shades in this palette are a little more dupable compared to Unfiltered I, and they run light to medium (though one shade is deeper) and will show up better on fair to medium complexions. Overall, the palette was pigmented, long-wearing, and fairly blendable.

NARS Spring 2017 Cheek Palette Unfiltered II

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Catrice La Vie En Rose Illuminating Blush

01/06

Catrice La Vie En Rose Illuminating Blush

Catrice La Vie En Rose Illuminating Blush

Catrice La Vie En Rose Illuminating Blush

Catrice La Vie En Rose Illuminating Blush

Catrice La Vie En Rose Illuminating Blush

Catrice La Vie En Rose Illuminating Blush

La Vie En Rose

Catrice La Vie En Rose Illuminating Blush ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a soft, satiny sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a soft, lightly dusty texture that was very blendable but did sheer out a bit on the skin. I expect that lighter skin tones will find it easy to work with it, as the coverage was forgiving, but it may not have enough depth for deeper skin tones (I hope Catrice will consider adding deeper shades to their range!).

The Illuminating Blush formula is supposed to have a mix of “subtle shimmer” and a “light pearl” that adds color and a “soft glow” to the cheeks. Of the three shades that exist, I felt like this one was truest to that description, as the finish was soft, satiny but had a visible sheen overall. The blush started to fade after seven and a half hours on me.

Catrice Illuminating Blush La Vie En Rose
B+

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9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

NARS Unfiltered I Cheek Palette

01/07

NARS Unfiltered I Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered I Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered I Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered I Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered I Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered I Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered I Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

Unfiltered I

NARS Unfiltered I Cheek Palette ($59.00 for 0.72 oz.) includes six powder blushes. It’s a new, limited edition palette for spring, which should officially release soon. There is another palette–Unfiltered II–which features cooler, softer shades and leans pinker overall, while this one is bolder, richer, and warmer across the board. I think there’s a good mix of finishes, lights and darks, and like the addition of one cooler shade that still makes sense with the other shades.

NARS Spring 2017 Cheek Palette Unfiltered I

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