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theBalm Balm Beach Blush

01/07

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

Balm Beach

theBalm Balm Beach Blush ($21.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s the type of color that pairs well with a lot of looks so long as your skin tone is light-medium or fairer (it shows up as a subtle color on my skin tone, and I’m light-medium to medium). I did find that the color darkened just a tad on the skin, but if you are drier, you might get truer-to-pan color.

The consistency was soft, smooth, and slightly firmer in the pan, though it wasn’t too stiff to use. It had good pigmentation, somewhat buildable though never quite opaque, that went on evenly and blended out without issue. On me, the color started to fade after eight hours of wear.

theBalm Blush Balm Beach
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
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Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

01/07

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter

Topaz

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter ($24.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. This is a more typical highlighting color, and it should work well on many skin tones, particularly medium and deeper complexions.

According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “creamy, powder formula” that is “long-wearing, highly pigmented” and gives a “lit-from-within glow.” The texture was incredibly smooth, finely-milled, and soft without feeling loose or powdery in the pan. It had rich, opaque color payoff–a little went a long way–that blended easily on the skin and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture or the look of my pores. The highlighter started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear.

Jouer Powder Highlighter Topaz
Topaz
Topaz
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

01/07

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter

Rose Quartz

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter ($24.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a golden, metallic sheen. It’s the type of highlighter that imparts a touch of color on my skin tone but is mostly a highlighter–on fairer complexions, it might be a subtle blush as well.

According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “creamy, powder formula” that is “long-wearing, highly pigmented” and gives a “lit-from-within glow.” It had very nearly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly to the skin; it was so finely-milled that it seemed to blend as I applied it, so it was nearly effortless to apply. The consistency was smooth, soft, not too firm or too loose in the pan, and sat well on the skin. I was surprised at how much reflective shine it had without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

Jouer Powder Highlighter Rose Quartz
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Tom Ford Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

01/11

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Warm (02)

Tom Ford Warm (02) Winter Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette ($155.00 for 0.45 oz.) is one of two limited edition, holiday palettes from the brand, and it is the “warmer” of the two. The packaging is the signature white of the Soleil collections, and it comes with a large, interior mirror; it felt substantial to hold and clicked together nicely.

The eyeshadow colors applied well, lasted eight hours, and were easy to work with. The eyeshadows and cheek colors coordinated well together, so I could see the palette being worn on its own for sure. The cheek colors were high-quality, pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing, though the more satin-like shade did not feel dense or as buttery as the more shimmery shade (not really unexpected, as that’s how it usually works out between textures). While pricey, it performed well, and you’d think that would be the norm for luxury products, but it isn’t, so I’m glad it did. I think that both the eyeshadow and blush formulas were comparable to their permanent formulas (though the eyeshadows are not the kind found in Nude Dip or Honeymoon, rather the brand’s other quads).

I wish the brand broke out how much eyeshadow/cheek color was in the palette (oh, and names), because then I could give you a more accurate assessment of total value. Typically, the Eye Color Quads retail for $82.00 and contain 0.35 oz., while the Cheek Colors retail for $60.00 and contain 0.28 oz. Based on that, even if you were getting a full-sized quad and two, half-sized blushes, it would only come to $142, and we know it is less than that, given the total weight is 0.45 oz. of the palette and a full-sized quad and two half-sized blushes would come to 0.63 oz. If you’re someone who likes using all-in-one palettes or would easily reach for and use it as a cohesive palette, it might still have more subjective value to you, but otherwise, you would be better off choosing a full-sized, permanent quad and one full-sized blush (or even the Skin Illuminating Powder Duo), as you’d get more for your money and have the ability to choose the coordinating shades.

Tom Ford Beauty Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette Warm (02)
Warm (02)
Warm (02)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Get a shade-by-shade breakdown of this palette, along with individual photos and swatches…

Also In This Review

Tom Ford Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

01/12

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Cool (01)

Tom Ford Cool (01) Winter Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette ($155.00 for 0.45 oz.) is one of two limited edition, holiday palettes from the brand, and it is the “cooler” of the two, though some shades are still warm-toned overall. The packaging is the signature white of the Soleil collections, and it comes with a large, interior mirror; it felt substantial to hold and clicked together nicely.

The eyeshadow colors applied well, lasted seven to eight hours, and despite having two glittery shades, had minimal fall out over time. The cheek colors were high-quality, pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing, though the more matte shade did not feel dense or as buttery as the more shimmery shade (not really unexpected, as that’s how it usually works out between textures). While pricey, it performed well, and you’d think that would be the norm for luxury products, but it isn’t, so I’m glad it did. I think that both the eyeshadow and blush formulas were comparable to their permanent formulas (though the eyeshadows are not the kind found in Nude Dip or Honeymoon, rather the brand’s other quads).

I wish the brand broke out how much eyeshadow/cheek color was in the palette (oh, and names), because then I could give you a more accurate assessment of total value. Typically, the Eye Color Quads retail for $82.00 and contain 0.35 oz., while the Cheek Colors retail for $60.00 and contain 0.28 oz. Based on that, even if you were getting a full-sized quad and two, half-sized blushes, it would only come to $142, and we know it is less than that, given the total weight is 0.45 oz. of the palette and a full-sized quad and two half-sized blushes would come to 0.63 oz. If you’re someone who likes using all-in-one palettes or would easily reach for and use it as a cohesive palette, it might still have more subjective value to you, but otherwise, you would be better off choosing a full-sized, permanent quad and one full-sized blush (or even the Skin Illuminating Powder Duo), as you’d get more for your money and have the ability to choose the coordinating shades.

Tom Ford Beauty Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette Cool (01)
Cool (01)
Cool (01)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Get a shade-by-shade breakdown of this palette, along with individual photos and swatches…

Also In This Review

MAC x Mariah Carey Touch My Body Loose Powder

01/06

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

Touch My Body

MAC Mariah Carey Touch My Body Loose Powder ($39.50 for 0.51 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy copper with flecks of lighter and darker copper sparkle. It was sheer, almost translucent, but it was surprisingly buildable–I applied it to my cheeks and expected more of a highlighting effect, but it actually yielded color and coverage. I thought the color was nearly identical to My Mimi but applied a lot better as it was more even.

When applied with the included pouf, it had sheerer, more all-over coverage, while applied with a tapered highlighting brush, it gave subtle color and moderate luminosity. As a cheek highlighter, it lasted for just over eight hours before fading. As this product is not yet released, there was not much on it with respect to concrete claims, so the rating is based on what most loose, highlighting powders are designed to do (as well as what I remember MAC’s Iridescent/Loose Powder, which this one seems to be similar to–described as a highlighter with a “subtle glaze of colour”). I’ll be checking for any additional/different claims when the product releases online.

MAC Iridescent Powder/Loose Touch My Body
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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