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Bobbi Brown Suntan Glow Stick

01/05

Bobbi Brown Suntan Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Suntan Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Suntan Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Suntan Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Suntan Glow Stick

Suntan

Bobbi Brown Suntan Glow Stick ($36.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium copper with warm brown undertones and fine, golden pearl. It had sheer coverage that did not build it up (for those who prefer move coverage, but this was described as a sheer product). On my skin tone, it was hard to see much of the base color coming through as it was too close to my natural coloring but I expect on fairer complexions that it will add some warmth, too.

It’s supposed to be a “creamy, lightweight highlighter” with “sheer” coverage that gives “an instant, sun-kissed glow that lasts all day.” The emollient feel of the formula did not play well with products (primers, cream/powder/liquid foundations or blushes). It was wet and lightly tacky at all times, and I routinely was plucking dog hair off of my cheeks. It worked best on bare skin, but just had little wear time that it needed frequent reapplications. On me, it only lasted for three hours.

Bobbi Brown Glow Stick Suntan
Suntan
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Bobbi Brown Island Plum Glow Stick

01/05

Bobbi Brown Island Plum Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Island Plum Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Island Plum Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Island Plum Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Island Plum Glow Stick

Island Plum

Bobbi Brown Island Plum Glow Stick ($36.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and fine, cooler pink and warmer gold pearl. This was one of the more visible shades in the range, though it still had sheerer coverage (semi-sheer) that wasn’t buildable but didn’t sheer out to nothingness when blended either. I did find the more noticeable color to be harder to even out on bare skin, though.

It’s supposed to be a “creamy, lightweight highlighter” with “sheer” coverage that gives “an instant, sun-kissed glow that lasts all day.” It had a very slick, emollient consistency that never dried down, so it moved and migrated on the skin, and it also caught any flyaway hairs (or dog hair, in my case). The blush had a glowing finish on the skin but little wear time–three hours–and did not play well with products (primers, cream/powder/liquid foundations or blushes).

Bobbi Brown Glow Stick Island Plum

Bobbi Brown Beach Babe Glow Stick

01/05

Bobbi Brown Beach Babe Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Beach Babe Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Beach Babe Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Beach Babe Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Beach Babe Glow Stick

Beach Babe

Bobbi Brown Beach Babe Glow Stick ($36.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a very light, peachy gold with warm undertones and fine, golden pearl. On my skin tone, the base color got lost since my warmer skin tone washes it out, so very fair and light complexions may detect more visible warmth and color.

It’s supposed to be a “creamy, lightweight highlighter” with “sheer” coverage that gives “an instant, sun-kissed glow that lasts all day.” The shimmer was very fine, and I wasn’t able to detect the influence of the shimmer on the skin–the area just looked glowing from the creamy, emollient consistency that never dried down. It had moved around and looked patchy within three hours of wear. The emollient feel of the formula did not play well with products (primers, cream/powder/liquid foundations or blushes).

Bobbi Brown Glow Stick Beach Babe
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Wet ‘n’ Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

01/09

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Unicorn

Wet ‘n’ Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter ($5.99 for 0.26 oz.) is a multi-colored powder highlighter that features hues of pink, orange, yellow, pale green, blue, and lavender. Swirled together, they yielded a green-tinged gold with a heavy, metallic finish.

The powder highlighter is supposed to have an “ultra-saturated, high impact, shimmering pearl powder that blends easily for a beautiful rainbow highlight.” I tried using a fan brush to apply the colors more individually, though the strength of the orange and lavender were the weakest (they seemed firmer in the pan, so that might have been part of the issue). The consistency was drier and slightly loose in the compact and emphasized my skin’s texture when applied, even with a lighter application, as it was quite pigmented. I was surprised that a visible rainbow effect was achievable, though I would recommend going back in with smaller brushes (like eyeshadow brushes) to improve the definition of the pink and lavender shades on the skin. On me, it wore well for seven hours before turning patchy.

Wet 'n' Wild Rainbow Highlighter Unicorn
Unicorn
Unicorn
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

01/07

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Daygleam

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light-medium copper with warm, rosy undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich, opaque pigmentation in a single layer, though the texture was forgiving and a lighter hand (or less dense brush) could be used to achieve sheerer coverage if desired.

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “12-hour” wear that has a “buildable glow.” I would not describe it as a buildable glow; it was quite metallic regardless of sheer or opaque application. The more I blended it, the smoother the sheen became, but it did still accentuate the look of my skin’s texture at some angles when worn at medium or greater coverage. I think this shade would be particularly nice for someone who finds a lot of coppery highlighters to be too dark or red-toned, as this is one of the lighter ones I’ve come across (conversely, the lightness would be beautiful on deeper skin tones while only adding slight warmth). The consistency was smooth, dense but not stiff or too heavy to work with, and blended out with ease. It wore well for ten hours before turning a little patchy.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter Daygleam
Daygleam
Daygleam
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

01/07

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

NBL 08

Black Up NBL 08 Blush ($26.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark gold with very strong, warm orange undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had a more frosted finish compared to the other two blushes I’ve tried from the range, but it wasn’t overly shimmery or metallic on the skin, so it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture.

The Blush formula is supposed to have “pure and intense color” that “blends to the skin.” It had good pigmentation, though it was just shy of full coverage, that was buildable to opaque coverage in two layers. The texture was drier in the pan, but it was loose enough to transfer onto my brush without issue. It could have been easier to diffuse and blend out on the skin, as it took more pressure to really buff out the color and even out the shimmer. On me, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading.

Editor’s Note: Thank you to readers who brought this to my attention yesterday. There is controversy with respect to the founder of the brand and subsequent changes to ownership/management and how those changes transpired. Two bloggers who have done their own analysis/research can be found here (timeline and walk-through) and here (Q&A with Black|Up that specifically asks about the controversy). I will be doing my own research into over the next couple of weeks using those two posts as a starting point. I do not have any additional reviews scheduled, and I will not be adding any in the future until I’ve had a chance to go through any available information.

Black Up Blush NBL 08
NBL 08
NBL 08
B

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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