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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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B

Misconduct

Limited Edition
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B

Peep Show

Limited Edition
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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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Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

01/08

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Plisse Lumiere de Chanel

Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder ($70.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, metallic sheen.

It’s described as a “powder highlighter [that] adds an ethereal touch of radiance.” The powder had good color coverage with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture; I felt like I had good control over whether I wanted a more subdued effect or an intense, metallic finish. It didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture, even when worn at higher coverage. It’s a lovely highlighter for someone who doesn’t already have several of the previously released limited edition (or several permanent options, at this point in the highlighting game!). If you have similar coloring to me, you may find it is “your skin but better” as it didn’t add noticeable color, just shine and shimer. The highlighter wore well for just over eight hours on me.

Chanel Illuminating Powder Plisse Lumiere de Chanel
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

01/06

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Rose Gold

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is medium-dark golden copper with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. The finish was more metallic on this shade compared to the other two recently added shades but more in line with the original, core set of shades.

The Custom Enhancer Drops formula is supposed to a “buildable highlight” that can be used alone (“even on top of powder”) or mixed in with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizer). For a more extensive overview of how I’ve used the formula in different ways, check out my original reviews here. The formula tends to be buildable but plenty pigmented, and I find that so much of how it applies and whether it looks intense or subdued is in the application (more so than the average product).

The texture of the product was light-medium in thickness–not really thin nor was it thick–and it felt more like the core range (and not like the other recently added shades). It was smooth, lightweight on the skin, and easily spread across the skin, whether over base products (including powder) or mixed in with another cream or liquid product. When I tried it as a highlighter on my cheeks, it gave my skin a luminous glow that was shiny but not sparkly or glittery. It had medium, buildable coverage, though it was very easy to sheer it out or build it up, depending on what I used to apply it. On my skin, the highlighter lasted for ten hours.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating) Rose Gold
Rose Gold
Rose Gold
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter

01/07

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter

Dew You

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter ($44.00 for 0.80 fl. oz.) is a medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. The shimmer was fine enough that it didn’t read metallic when sheered out, but it was buildable enough that it could be nearly metallic when layered on the skin. Overall, the pigmentation was semi-sheer to semi-opaque, depending on application method, but to get higher coverage, it would be best to apply one layer, allow that to dry, and then pat on additional product.

The formula is supposed to be a “gel-cream” that can be used on “the skin directly” or “added into” base products (like foundation or primer). It’s supposed to “build for the ultimate sheen.” That gel texture made it easy to spread without it sheering out immediately, but it also meant that one “pump” was far more product than one would need for spot highlighting (e.g. cheek bones, cupid’s bow, and so forth) and was more in line with what you might use to mix in with a base product. There was a very subtle coconut scent to it, but it wasn’t particularly sweet and was more toned down compared to the Coconut Face Primer. I had no trouble blending this product out on bare skin, over liquid foundation, or patted over powder highlighter. It wore well for nine hours on me as a standalone highlighter, and it did not impact the wear of my foundation (I used it with Tarte and Guerlain).

This was unexpectedly large–or conversely, unexpectedly cheap given the size–and can easily be used regularly for mixing with base products or all-over the body (in fact, you’ll want to in order to finish a bottle!). I think it is particularly spectacular mixed with body lotion or even dabbed and blended across shoulders and decolletage for an all-over glow. It actually seemed like a perfect mix between typical liquid highlighter (often quite sheer and subtle) and some of the more intense, metallic powder highlighters out there. That being said, the color and effect are easily duped by a number of powder products, so unless the gel-cream texture is something you’ve been looking for, you might have something like this in your stash.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter Dew You
Dew You
Dew You
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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