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MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

01/06

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Show Gold

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light, yellowed peach base with shimmer that shifts from pink to golden peach with a more sparkling, metallic finish.

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula now features four, permanent shades, and the formula is supposed to be a highlighter that “lasts up to ten hours” with “prismatic reflections.” Show Gold was the most sparkly of the four new, permanent highlighters that were released–it had noticeable sparkle and was both more visible on as well as felt by touch in the pan. The texture was drier and looser in feel, though it did not feel too soft or actually loose in the pan overall. It blended out well on the skin and had medium, buildable coverage. It wore well for eight hours on me before I noticed fading, but it was very subtle applied with a highlighting brush, as I think the shimmer was larger and so there was less of an all-over sheen compared to the other shades.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Show Gold
Show Gold
Show Gold
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
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MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

01/07

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Beaming Blush

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light, subtly warm-toned pink base with a gold and pink shimmer.

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula now features four, permanent shades, and the formula is supposed to be a highlighter that “lasts up to ten hours” with “prismatic reflections.” Beaming Blush had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that had a few larger sparkles paired with finer shimmer, so I felt like it looked more sparkly on the skin compared to some of the other shades in the formula have. It was very blendable and easy to apply, and I did not notice it emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. The color wore well for eight hours on me.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Beaming Blush
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

01/07

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Hyperfresh (360)

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Affinite (65) (DC, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). Zoeva PK040 (P) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Black Opal Tulip (P, $8.95) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Bred for Beauty (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Joues Contraste Blush formula is supposed to have a “silky, delicate texture” with “buildable coverage” that gives a “radiant glow.” This is one of four exclusives to Chanel’s website, though it has been released before (but I don’t remember having it). Hyperfresh had mostly opaque color coverage, and it was less buildable than a lot of other Chanel blushes I’ve tried in the past. The consistency was thin, a little drier but had a softness to it that I’d expect from the formula. I struggled to spread and diffuse the color evenly across the cheeks, though, and I ended up having to cheat to soften the edges by using flesh-toned looser powder and a buffing brush. The blush stayed on the skin well for eight and a half hours.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Hyperfresh (360)
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total
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Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

01/08

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Poudre Lumiere Glacee

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder ($45.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a very light white with subtle, cooler undertones and a smattering of white sparkle.

It’s a new, limited edition formula that’s described as a “highlighting powder [that] softly illuminates” with a “shimmering, pearlescent glow.” Long-time readers will know I have a personal weakness for highlighters, particularly smooth, silky, finely-milled ones, but Chanel disappointed me with this release with its chalky, powdery, and clumpy “highlighter” with minimal luminosity. It is largely a white-based powder with a touch of larger sparkle in it–I would not say it is a glow nor is it “micro-fine” in feel. Extremely fair complexions might be able to dust this all over, but the powder does not seem to add luminosity but rather dulls skin, while the sparkle is sparse but large enough that it just doesn’t give any glow. When I wore it as a cheek highlighter, it lasted for seven hours before fading.

Chanel Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder Poudre Lumiere Glacee
5
Product
7
Pigmentation
4
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
63%
Total

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

01/07

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Holiday 2016

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio ($30.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a trio of highlighters (which may be more like highlighting blushes on some skin tones). All three shades are available in the permanent range, should you only be interested in one of them. I love that Laura Geller put out a trio of these–as I love the formula–but wish the packaging was more substantial and thinner; it is flimsier cardboard (I don’t mind cardboard usually) and is much thicker and larger to accommodate the brush. The formula of the three shades is fairly consistent with the standalone versions; the only difference was the ones in the palette were a touch softer and easier to pick up in the pan. The “problem” with the formula is that it’s supposed to be sheerer, and they’re more pigmented than sheer.

Value

  • Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator: $26.00 for 0.16 oz. or $162.50/oz.
  • Total Value: $34.13

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio Holiday 2016
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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

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Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

01/07

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Reflex (82)

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark coral-orange with warm undertones and gold shimmer.

The Joues Contraste Blush formula is supposed to have a “silky, delicate texture” with “buildable coverage” that gives a “radiant glow.” This is one of four exclusives to Chanel’s website, though it has been released before (but I don’t remember having it). The texture of Reflex was silky, thin, but finely-milled and, surprisingly, blendable on the skin as the color diffused easily across the skin and had a soft, luminous sheen after buffing and working the powder into the skin. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage (two layers for true-to-pan color). On me, the blush wore well for eight hours before fading.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Reflex (82)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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