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Milani Glowing & Moon Glow Strobelight Instant Glow Powders

01/06

Milani Glowing Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Glowing Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Glowing Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Glowing Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Glowing Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Glowing Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Glowing

Milani Glowing Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($10.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a medium copper with a warm, golden sheen. It had opaque color payoff that applied evenly to bare skin, blended out easily, and had a high-shine finish. I found it accentuated the look of my skin’s natural texture slightly when worn at nearly full coverage. The powder had a smooth consistency that was soft but not powdery in the pan. The highlighter started to fade on me after eight hours of wear.

The formula is powder highlighter that’s supposed to have a “radiant finish” and is available in seven shades (you can view swatches of all shades here). The consistency was similar to a lot of other “gelee” highlighters: smooth, soft but more firmly pressed (where there was no powderiness but was still pigmented) with semi-opaque to opaque coverage and a frosted to a metallic finish. Some shades emphasized my skin’s natural texture slightly when worn heavily. This formula will be most suitable for someone who likes an intense, more metallic highlighter and warmer-toned shades.

Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder Glowing
Glowing
Glowing
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

01/08

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Maui

Bobbi Brown Maui Illuminating Bronzing Powder ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a bright pop of medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer. It had opaque pigmentation that was easily diffused (or used with a lighter hand) for sheerer coverage. The consistency was smooth, firm but not stiff, and easy to pick up with a brush and blend out on the skin. There was a noticeable sheen that did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

The Illuminating Bronzing Powder is part of the brand’s permanent line-up but for summer, they re-released three shades with embossing but the actual product and shades can be purchased year-round (the range has six shades, and the other three shades appear browner, like you might expect in a bronzer). The formula is described as an “ultra soft and smooth pressed powder that delivers a shimmering, sun-kissed glow.” All three of the re-released shades had a smooth consistency–firmer in the pan but not dry or stiff to work with–that was incredibly blendable on the skin. They were very pigmented with moderate to strong luminosity.

You can view photos of the packaging and ingredients here, along with swatches of the full range here.

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder Maui
Maui

NARS Orgasm & Dolce Vita Liquid Blushes

01/05

NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush

NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush

NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush

NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush

NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush

Orgasm

NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush ($30.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and gold shimmer and sparkle. The pigmentation was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque (two to three layers). The consistency was lightweight, thin but not so watery that it sheered out to nothingness, and spread easily across the skin without disturbing base products. For a liquid blush, I found it easy to work with, especially around the edges. The finish was more shimmery swatched than when I applied it to the skin, though there was still subtle shimmer when I tried it on bare skin as a blush. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

The new formula is supposed to “effortlessly glide on[to] skin for a lasting glow” where “one pump delivers the perfect amount of natural-looking color.” It’s supposed to have “buildable” coverage that’s “blendable” and “lasting.” It has a thin, almost watery consistency that spread easily, blended out well, and looked natural in finish on the skin with semi-sheer to medium, buildable coverage. One pump seemed like twice as much product as necessary in my experience, though. I liked using fingertips or a stippling brush for applying the product to cheeks but would dispense on the back of my hand or a metal palette first. It dried down quickly but did not feel immovable, so a little buffing along the edges was still doable. The formula wore between eight to nine hours on me, depending on the shade.

NARS Liquid Blush Orgasm
Orgasm

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Chanel Medium Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

01/06

Chanel Medium Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Medium Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Medium Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Medium Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Medium Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Medium Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Medium

Chanel Medium Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour ($58.00 for 0.42oz.) is a light-medium, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. It had sehmi-sheer pigmentation in one layer, which was buildable to medium coverage with two to three layers. On my skin tone (about light-medium), the color just barely showed up (more noticeable in person than in photos) with a subtle glow–natural and easy-to-wear, so for a true bronzing effect, it seemed like it would suit fair and light skin tones best and be more of a highlighting powder on light-medium and medium skin tones. The texture was soft, silky, and somewhat in the powdery side, so it had a tendency to sheer out a bit on the skin initially. The powder wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

Chanel described the formula as a “powder bronze and highlighter enriched with illuminating pigments” with a “buildable, soft texture.” The brand noted to select a shade lighter than your skin tone for highlighting and darker than your skin tone for bronzing–so it was less of a multi-tasking product and more that one could use it either as a highlighting powder or as a bronzing powder. I think you can get a little illumination and subtle warmth if you choose a shade similar to your skin tone, though, which is the closest to having the best of both worlds.

You can view photos of the packaging and ingredients here, along with swatches of the full range here.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour Medium
Medium
Medium
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

Milani Afterglow & Dayglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powders

01/06

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

Afterglow

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($10.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a very light peach with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, but if I used a lighter touch, I was able to get sheerer coverage that applied and blended out well. It was also forgiving enough that I could diffuse and buff out the highlighter if I felt like I applied more than I needed (or wanted). The consistency was soft enough that it was easy to pick up the product onto my brush while being firm enough that there was no powderiness in the pan. It was blendable and did not appear dry or chalky on the skin. There was a moderate sheen on the skin at medium or greater coverage that did not accentuate my skin’s texture. The highlighter stayed on well for eight hours on my skin.

The formula is powder highlighter that’s supposed to have a “radiant finish” and is available in seven shades (you can view swatches of all shades here). The consistency was similar to a lot of other “gelee” highlighters: smooth, soft but more firmly pressed (where there was no powderiness but was still pigmented) with semi-opaque to opaque coverage and a frosted to a metallic finish. Some shades emphasized my skin’s natural texture slightly when worn heavily. This formula will be most suitable for someone who likes an intense, more metallic highlighter and warmer-toned shades.

Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder Afterglow
Afterglow
Afterglow
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

01/08

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Santa Barbara

Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara Illuminating Bronzing Powder ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark pink-coral with a strong, golden sheen. It was just shy of being metallic in finish on the skin, but luckily, it did not accentuate my skin’s natural texture or my pores. It was richly pigmented but had a very forgiving, blendable texture that could be used with a lighter hand (or blended out) for less coverage. I would still recommend it more for someone who wanted greater coverage rather than very sheer coverage. On me, the color stayed on nicely for nine hours before fading noticeably.

The Illuminating Bronzing Powder is part of the brand’s permanent line-up but for summer, they re-released three shades with embossing but the actual product and shades can be purchased year-round (the range has six shades, and the other three shades appear browner, like you might expect in a bronzer). The formula is described as an “ultra soft and smooth pressed powder that delivers a shimmering, sun-kissed glow.” All three of the re-released shades had a smooth consistency–firmer in the pan but not dry or stiff to work with–that was incredibly blendable on the skin. They were very pigmented with moderate to strong luminosity.

You can view photos of the packaging and ingredients here, along with swatches of the full range here.

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder Santa Barbara

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