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Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

01/06

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Pearl

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette ($35.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains three highlighters: a pale yellow, peachy brown, and golden peach. Smashbox describes the palette as having three finishes–subtle glow, moderate, and super sparkle–and that the texture is “ultra-blendable, velvety smooth.” The first two highlighters were better performing than the third, which had a drier, stiffer texture that made it harder to apply and much less pigmented compared to the other two shades.

Smashbox Spotlight Palette Pearl
Pearl
Pearl
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

01/06

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Gold

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette ($35.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains three powder highlighters that are golden in tone/hue. Smashbox describes the palette as having three finishes–subtle glow, moderate, and super sparkle–and that the texture is “ultra-blendable, velvety smooth.” The first two shades are better in quality, while the last shade had a firmer, drier texture and was more sparkle than powder. Whether one prefers or steers clear of sparkle is one matter, but this type of sparkle did not apply well to the skin, as it was looser and did not spread evenly.

Smashbox Spotlight Palette Gold
Gold
Gold
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

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Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid, Poured Creme, Pressed)

01/08

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Prosecco Pop

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The consistency was slightly looser and drier compared to other shades in the range, though on the skin, I did not notice any dryness nor did I have any problems blending out the highlighter. It emphasized my skin’s natural texture if I wore it at semi-opaque coverage or greater. It had good color coverage that applied evenly to the skin and diffused nicely. The highlighter started to fade on me after eight hours of wear.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Prosecco Pop
Prosecco Pop
Prosecco Pop
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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NARS Threesome, Misconduct, Peep Show Blushes

01/08

NARS Threesome Powder Blush

NARS Threesome Powder Blush

NARS Threesome Powder Blush

NARS Threesome Powder Blush

NARS Threesome Powder Blush

NARS Threesome Powder Blush

NARS Threesome Powder Blush

NARS Threesome Powder Blush

Threesome

NARS Threesome Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a very pale pink with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, not quite opaque but buildable, that went on evenly. The powder was soft, a smidgen dusty in the pan, but it applied easily to the skin and blended out without looking dusty or chalky on me. I noticed that the color darkened and appeared much warmer when I applied it to my cheeks (my arm is incredibly dry, my face is normal-to-dry), which made it more noticeable and wearable on my skin tone, despite it being such a light shade in the pan. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading.

NARS Powder Blush Threesome
Threesome

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Misconduct

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Peep Show

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Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighters

01/08

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Too Faced Blinded by the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Blinded by the Light

Too Faced Blinded By the Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a very light beige with warm undertones and a sparkling, pearly finish. I could just barely detect a subtle sheen on the skin when I applied this, as it was quite sheer and did not build as I tried to layer it–it just seemed to add bits of sparkle that did not stay well on the skin (lots of migration over time). The texture was smooth, firm but did not seem like it was going to be problematic, and it definitely didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture! What I could see of the highlighter seemed to last for seven hours no me.

The formula was described as having “gorgeous color payoff” that will yield a “mesmerizing metallic shine.” The powder was smooth, firmer (you’ll want to use a denser brush for picking up color), and it was quite blendable on the skin, but a lot of the product didn’t seem to actually adhere that well to the skin, because despite seeing product on my brush, the formula translated to something much sheerer and more subdued. The powder did seem to get softer and easier to use (with more traditional highlighting brushes) after a few uses. In reality, the formula was less “metallic shine” and more moderate sheen. This is the type of texture that can often be used with a dampened brush, which helps with improving coverage and increasing the reflectiveness of the finish–though I did not see Too Faced mention it specifically about theirs.

I think this product is going to work best for someone who wants a subtle to moderate sheen, doesn’t mind fine sparkle, and likes sheerer products.

Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter Blinded by the Light
5
Product
4
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
60%
Total

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Chanel Tweed Coralline & Tweed Cherry Blossom Les Tissages de Chanel Blushes

01/08

Chanel Tweed Coralline Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect

Chanel Tweed Coralline Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect

Chanel Tweed Coralline Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect

Chanel Tweed Coralline Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect

Chanel Tweed Coralline Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect

Chanel Tweed Coralline Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect

Chanel Tweed Coralline Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect

Chanel Tweed Coralline Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect

Tweed Coralline

Chanel Tweed Coralline Les Tissages de Chanel Blush ($48.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a bright, medium coral with a hint of pink and a satin finish. The finish was naturally luminous without reading shimmery, frosted, or sparkly.

Very long-time readers may remember this blush type releasing many moons ago–I feel like it has been ages since I have seen this pattern emerge from Chanel’s archives! The formula is described as a “sheer blush harmony” that is “woven with shimmering powder.” I’d love to know if the person who wrote that description actually tried either of the shades just made available, because they are anything but sheer. In fact, Coralline is intensely pigmented where a little went a long way–I would highly recommend using a lighter hand or a more feathery, less dense blush brush when working with these to control coverage. The texture was soft, smooth without being dusty, and blended easily on my skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

If you normally love pigmented blushes, I think it might be right up your alley! If you were hoping for the “sheer blush harmony” Chanel described, the formula’s pigmentation level may be overwhelming.

Chanel Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect Tweed Coralline
9
Product
5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total

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