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Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a muted, rosy pink set of shades, one lighter and one darker. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” I think that this particular duo was one of the better-applying shades and required slightly less effort to apply, but it still had a drier, chalkier consistency that made it hard to get more than semi-sheer color out of it. That drier texture seemed to give me trouble when blending, as the color would stick on some places more noticeably than others, but it would be hard to diffuse or blend, even when I reached for a really dense, buffing brush. The blush is actually easier to use when mixed, because the more powdery (but less chalky) consistency of the light shade helps the darker shade to blend out, while the darker color gives a little more oomph to the color overall such that it is easier to see on more complexions.

From previous review(s): The packaging had issues (across all seven): 1) two of seven compacts had pans that fell out of the plastic compact; 2) the remaining five had loose pans that wobbled and moved (some more than others) within the compact; and 3) all seven were covered in blush residue (not sure why, nothing was broken).

Piaf (Shade) is described as a “chestnut rose.” It’s a soft, medium coral-rose with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage, which was buildable to semi-sheer after three layers. The texture was moderately dry and a little chalky, as the powder came off the surface but felt firm, and the loose powder seemed to clump together in a way. It could have been easier to work with and blend, and it was hard to eliminate all patchiness both times I applied (once for photos, once to wear). It started to fade noticeably after seven and a half hours. Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is cooler, more pigmented, darker (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate Matte (LE, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Love (LE, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is cooler, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is warmer, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker (80% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Poe (Light) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a light, pastel pink with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer pigmentation that was buildable to semi-sheer. It was softer in the pan with less chalkiness (it is interesting how the lighter shades are easier to use, while the darker shades have a drier, chalkier feel) that made it easier to apply to the skin. I had only a little trouble getting this one to blend out, though it is one of the harder-to-apply blushes I’ve tried in this color family. The color started to disappear after seven and a half hours. MAC What I Fancy (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Gentle Touch (P, $11.80) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Myth (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Intemporalle (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). Kat Von D Mallory (Light) (P) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Piaf + Poe
Piaf + Poe
Piaf + Poe
5.5
Product
5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
3
Longevity
4
Application
54%
Total
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Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) features a cool-toned set of shades in a very light pink and a darker pink. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The texture of both shades left something to be desired as they were thin, chalky, and difficult to blend. The pigmentation is sheer and only buildable to semi-sheer after three to six layers of product. The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” These are some of the worst powders I’ve have ever tested from Kat Von D, and it’s a real disappointment–and a surprise–after the success of the Shade + Light palettes as well as her recent eyeshadows. Both shades lasted no longer than seven hours; not even in the realm of “full 24 hours of wear.”

Oh, and if being a spectacular miss of a product wasn’t enough frustration, the packaging had issues (across all seven): 1) two of seven compacts had pans that fell out of the plastic compact; 2) the remaining five had loose pans that wobbled and moved (some more than others) within the compact; and 3) all seven were covered in blush residue (not sure why, nothing was broken).

Bonnie (Shade) is described as an “ultra violet.” It’s a soft, medium-dark raspberry pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was thin, chalky, and difficult to blend out on the skin as the consistency of the blush would stick in one place but not the other (and wouldn’t want to budge). Trying to build it up at all was extremely difficult; I was almost scraping the product off of the top in order to get enough color to show up on my skin tone. Please note, I am wearing FIVE layers of this product to get it to show up on my face. It was faded and even patchier in appearance after seven hours of wear. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Pink Explosion (LE, $45.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (LE) is brighter (85% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Clyde (Light) is described as a “lilac.” It’s a light lavender with pink tones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a thin, powdery consistency that wasn’t quite as dry or as chalky as the darker shade (this is true of most of the duos). It was easier to blend as well, though it wasn’t foolproof. The matte finish and light color seems to make it the kind of blush that does darken slightly on the skin compared to how light it appears in the pan. It was noticeably faded after seven hours. Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Promise Ring (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $74.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE) is darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Bonnie + Clyde
4.5
Product
4
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
3
Longevity
3.5
Application
46%
Total
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Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light peach with a hint of rose tones and a luminous sheen. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Highlighter (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | According to Hourglass, the Strobe Lighting Powders have a “sheer base” paired with “ultra-fine pearl particles” that give a “naturally luminescent highlight … without a heavy metallic finish.” They are wet/dry powders with dry application for less of a highlight and damp application for a stronger highlight. If you find most highlighters “too much” for your tastes but find the Ambient Lighting Powders not enough, then you may enjoy the Strobe Lighting Powders. Hourglass also launched a slanted, sponge applicator designed to be used with this product, which is what I used to apply the highlight in the photos below, but I prefer regular brushes for more even application and easier blending. The powder definitely intensifies with damp application–you can see how it gets brighter, lighter, and more shimmery.

This is supposed to be the same as shade in the holiday palette (it is confirmed on Hourglass’ website), so if you were after the new-but-exclusive shade, it can now be had individually, though I found the standalone to be more shimmery. It was the most shimmery out of the four shades, but I would still classify it as a subtler highlighter than your average highlighter formula. It definitely highlights with a luminous sheen that catches and reflects the light beautifully without emphasizing pores, and I find it is hard to “overdo” it, which makes it easier to work with and can be used on better and worse skin days. The texture was soft and silky, blendable and sat well on the skin without looking powdery. It is more pigmented and keeps its coverage/intensity when applied damp than dry, which is as intended, and the level of highlight is more reflective with damp application. The highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder Iridescent Strobe Light
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a very light, rosy beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less pigmented, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Snowglobe (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Lightscapade (P, $32.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Glow (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | According to Hourglass, the Strobe Lighting Powders have a “sheer base” paired with “ultra-fine pearl particles” that give a “naturally luminescent highlight … without a heavy metallic finish.” They are wet/dry powders with dry application for less of a highlight and damp application for a stronger highlight. If you find most highlighters “too much” for your tastes but find the Ambient Lighting Powders not enough, then you may enjoy the Strobe Lighting Powders. Hourglass also launched a slanted, sponge applicator designed to be used with this product, which is what I used to apply the highlight in the photos below, but I prefer regular brushes for more even application and easier blending. The powder definitely intensifies with damp application–you can see how it gets brighter, lighter, and more shimmery.

Applied dry, it was semi-sheer with a subtle sheen, while damp application gives a much smoother, shiny finish that’s not metallic but more noticeable, and against my skin tone, it does appear lighter and rosier when applied damp (this is likely due to the increase in opacity as well!). The texture was soft and silky, blendable, and flattering on the skin without emphasizing pores–and consistent across the range. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder Incandescent Strobe Light
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm, yellow-orange tones and a luminous sheen. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $65.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Faintly Fabulous (LE, $32.00) is more pigmented, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | According to Hourglass, the Strobe Lighting Powders have a “sheer base” paired with “ultra-fine pearl particles” that give a “naturally luminescent highlight … without a heavy metallic finish.” They are wet/dry powders with dry application for less of a highlight and damp application for a stronger highlight. If you find most highlighters “too much” for your tastes but find the Ambient Lighting Powders not enough, then you may enjoy the Strobe Lighting Powders. Hourglass also launched a slanted, sponge applicator designed to be used with this product, which is what I used to apply the highlight in the photos below, but I prefer regular brushes for more even application and easier blending. The powder definitely intensifies with damp application–you can see how it gets brighter, lighter, and more shimmery.

This was one of the more noticeably shimmery shades out of the range of four, though it is still going to be on the light-to-moderate side of highlighters. Hourglass is right on when they say they don’t get metallic. It is semi-sheer, lightly buildable dry, but it takes on a darker, more orange coloring when applied damp (adds slightly more color to the skin as well) and produces a stronger sheen. What’s nice about the effect is that either application yields a really refined, pearly sheen rather than noticeable shimmer particles on the skin. The texture is soft, smooth, and finely-milled with little excess powder kicked up in the pan (if you use their sponge applicator, even less excess than a brush). On me, it wore for eight hours.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder Euphoric Strobe Light
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light yellow with a fine, pearly shimmer-sheen finish. Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Burst (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to Hourglass, the Strobe Lighting Powders have a “sheer base” paired with “ultra-fine pearl particles” that give a “naturally luminescent highlight … without a heavy metallic finish.” They are wet/dry powders with dry application for less of a highlight and damp application for a stronger highlight. If you find most highlighters “too much” for your tastes but find the Ambient Lighting Powders not enough, then you may enjoy the Strobe Lighting Powders. Hourglass also launched a slanted, sponge applicator designed to be used with this product, which is what I used to apply the highlight in the photos below, but I prefer regular brushes for more even application and easier blending.

The powder definitely intensifies with damp application–you can see how it gets brighter, lighter, and more shimmery. This particular shade doesn’t get too amplified on the cheeks once applied and blended out for me. I don’t think it’s capable of being a dramatic highlighter, as the shimmer is quite fine and gives more of a sheen, which I imagine is an effect that many will enjoy. It is more shimmery than most of the Ambient Lighting powders (which are supposed to be finishing powders), but it is the least shimmery/shiny of the four Strobe Lighting Powders. The texture of the powder was soft, silky, and kicked up a little excess, but it seemed less than I get with the regular Ambient Lighting Powders. I think this shade could also work for brightening the under eye on some complexions. The size is in line with the blush compacts, not the larger powders, for reference. On me, it lasted for eight hours as a highlighter.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder Brilliant Strobe Light
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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