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Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

01/06

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Coral Beams

Milani Coral Beams Harmony Blush Palette ($13.00 for 0.30 oz.) is supposed to be a “high-impact, buildable blush” that “blends easily” but simultaneously has “richly pigmented shades” that can be used alone or together. The top three sections are larger, but only the top section (the one that often has more shimmer) is truly large enough to accommodate the average blush brush. I think it would be more practical to use two or three shades at a time, rather than only one.

The quality of the powder varied a lot from shade to shade, palette to palette, with some shades being softer and more pliable and others being more firmly pressed and yielded sheerer coverage. The way they are described on Milani’s website is contradictory (at least, in the order/way they said it), but on the back of the compact itself, it says “four pigment-rich and ultra blendable blush tones” and so I am holding the blushes to that: “pigment-rich.” The coverage varied from medium to opaque with most shades within the palettes being blendable. A few shades darkened on me a few minutes after initial application (which was the point where I took photos, so you could see the result). The wear ranged from seven to eight and a half hours on me.

Coral Beams swirled together to create a brighter, medium coppery orange hue with a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that applied easily and blended out without issue. When I used all the shades together, the blush color stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading on my cheeks.

Milani Color Harmony Blush Palette Coral Beams
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

01/05

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Pink Sand

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette ($45.00 for 1.10 oz.) includes one cream highlighter and three powder highlighters housed in a slim, cardboard palette (no mirror). Each highlighter has quite a bit of product–it’s a substantial size for a cheek palette. The brand released two versions (the other is Golden Sand), though I was surprised they weren’t more dissimilar. The Pink Sand version is supposed to be lighter skin tones with the Golden Sand version for medium and dark skin tones.

The cream highlighter had more pigmentation than the average cream highlighter, but the formulation was incredibly dense, thick, and difficult to blend out or use; it was extremely challenging to use it over any base products as it caused it them to break down and move around a lot. The powder formula was smooth but dense, and they needed a heavier hand or a denser brush to get even coverage and color onto the skin.

The cream formula is described as a “pearlescent creamy formula” that will create a “flawless, lit-from-within canvas” and is ideal for layering with powders, though it can also be used “on its own for [a] dewy and natural” effect. The powder highlighters can be used alone or together and are merely described as “light-catching.” The palette is designed so you can build the level of luminosity from subtle to over-the-top. I felt like the cream highlighter definitely gave a more natural sheen, but the three powder highlighters were all quite frosted to metallic and layering any over the cream base made them just as shimmery, if not more so.

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Pink Sand
Pink Sand
Pink Sand
B-

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

01/07

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Sunkissed

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster ($22.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light, golden brown with a satin finish and soft, warm undertones. It had intense, opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The texture was lightweight, finely-milled, and soft without being powdery in the pan.

The new, powder bronzing formula is supposed to give the skin a “sun-kissed glow” but doesn’t say much else. I thought the subtle sheen/micro-shimmer gave it a natural finish on the skin–it did not read shimmery nor did it emphasize my skin’s natural texture. As Makeup Geek listed it, this shade would be best for fair to light skin. I get a touch of color on my light-medium skin tone, so it would make sense for someone of similar skin tone to get this only if they want a very subtle bronzer. The bronzer wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Makeup Geek Bronze Luster Sunkissed
Sunkissed
Sunkissed
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
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Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

01/08

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Afterglow

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette ($34.00 for 0.64 oz.) is a four-pan highlighter palette exclusively available at Ulta. It features four new shades in the brand’s Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter formula, which is supposed to be buildable, lightweight, and will give the “perfect glow.” A full-size Afterglow Highlighter retails for $26 and contains 0.23 oz. or costs $113.04/oz. The palette contains $72.35 worth of product (or comparatively, the palette costs $53.13/oz.).

I really enjoyed the quality of the products in the palette: the only “downside” was that they were more pigmented so if you’re someone who really hoped for sheer highlighters, these might be too much for you.

Urban Decay Highlighter Palette Afterglow
Afterglow
Afterglow
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

01/07

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Burnished

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster ($22.00 for 0.31 oz.) is dark brown with subtle, warm olive undertones–it had a stronger muted, yellow undertone–paired with a mostly matte finish. The new, powder bronzing formula is supposed to give the skin a “sun-kissed glow” but doesn’t say much else. It had rich color payoff where a little went a long way, but the powder had a smooth, finely-milled feel to it that made it easier to control how much product transferred onto the brush to avoid over-applying.

It did not blend out quite as easily as I anticipated, as it seemed to sit in my pores a bit so it did not look as even as I would have liked. This did not happen consistently–one day it did, the next day it did not, both times were applied with the same product over bare skin! The color stayed on well for eight hours on me.

Makeup Geek Bronze Luster Burnished
Burnished
Burnished
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

Coloured Raine Selfie & Fashion Show Focal Point Glowlighters

01/08

Coloured Raine Selfie Focal Point Glowlighter

Coloured Raine Selfie Focal Point Glowlighter

Coloured Raine Selfie Focal Point Glowlighter

Coloured Raine Selfie Focal Point Glowlighter

Coloured Raine Selfie Focal Point Glowlighter

Coloured Raine Selfie Focal Point Glowlighter

Coloured Raine Selfie Focal Point Glowlighter

Coloured Raine Selfie Focal Point Glowlighter

Selfie

Coloured Raine Selfie Focal Point Glowlighter ($25.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light, peachy orange with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had buildable pigmentation from medium to mostly opaque coverage. The highlighter had a firmer, smooth texture that was dense and almost cream-like, so it did require a denser brush to perform well as more feathery brushes just did not pick up much product in a single swipe (or swirl). On the upside, even when applied heavily, this one just reflected light and looked incredibly shiny–but smooth! without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. I did feel like it applied and looked lighter on than it did in the pan (more like a pale yellow gold) on me. It wore well for almost nine hours on me before fading.

The Focal Point Glowlighter formula is supposed to be “butter soft” with “high impact luminous glow.” There are eight shades available from pale duochromes to deep coppers (view all swatches here). The formula was denser, firmer, and a little creamier than the average powder highlighter, so fluffy, less dense brushes had trouble picking up a lot of product, whereas denser highlighting brushes and blush brushes picked up product just fine. Most of the shades were quite smooth in feel with medium to full coverage and a strong, reflective shine on the skin and lasted for eight to nine hours. If you’re someone who likes buildable highlighters from medium to opaque with a metallic sheen, these might be right up your alley.

Coloured Raine Focal Point Glowlighter Selfie
Selfie
Selfie
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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