Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes a finishing powder, bronzer, two blushes, and highlighter inspired by Surreal Light, which is a new shade in the Ambient Lighting Powder family (currently only available in this palette). This palette will work best for someone who is less concerned about a “value-packed” palette/is unlikely to finish their products and really needs everything in a single compact. I think the palette, all being in the same family of Surreal Light, ends up getting muddled a bit between the blush, bronzer, and highlighter with the Surreal Effect blush being the one lone shade that stands out as a bit different. It is a distinctively warm-toned palette, so it will likely not work for everyone. The texture seemed a bit drier across the majority of the powders as the permanent range, though I did not notice the dryness as applied to the face in practice.

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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
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Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Natural Perfection Foundation

Guerlain 03N Naturel Lingerie de Peau ($63.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is the latest and greatest version of the Lingerie de Peau formula–it has been reformulated and now features 14 shades. The packaging was also updated to more of a rounded, square shape, which makes it easier to store, I think, and it is more comparable in diameter to many other liquid foundations on the market. The formula is supposed to be “invisible to the eye and to the touch” while “smoothing” and creating a “second skin.” It is a silicone-based foundation from what I can tell from the ingredient list. It has a very subtle floral fragrance–so subtle to my nose that I didn’t know it had fragrance until I checked for it.

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Guerlain 03N Naturel Lingerie de Peau
Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Natural Perfection Foundation SPF20 03N Natural
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%

YSL Lumiere Divine Highlighting Finishing Powder

YSL Lumiere Divine Highlighting Finishing Powder ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. Colour Pop Releve (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Glow (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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YSL Lumiere Divine Highlighting Finishing Powder

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation ($39.00 for 1.0 oz.) is supposed to be a full-coverage, cream-gel hybrid foundation with hydrating, 12-hour wear and is rose-scented. I liked it as a medium-to-full coverage option that’s hydrating over time, is more forgiving on dryness or dry patches, with eight- to ten-hour wear. It was very comfortable to wear, never felt tight, and faded/wore away nicely (no major separation), but it never fully set without a powder (which will take down the dewiness of the finish quite a bit, even with a light dusting of powder) and has mild to moderate transfer. I felt like it was quite hydrating, so it seems like it will be more suitable for drier skin types than normal to oily skin types.

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Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation
Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation Medium Neutral
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
86%

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation ($40.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a full coverage and waterproof liquid foundation with a matte finish. It delivered on its promise of full coverage, and it was fairly matte when it dried down (not so matte that it appeared flat), but it was unforgiving on dry patches and can be harder to spread across the skin if you don’t work quickly. It lasted well for six hours before becoming noticeably less matte, which indicated the natural oils of my skin were coming through and beginning to break down the foundation. I noticed some separation around my nose and on my chin after eight hours of wear.  My biggest issue with this is how it sits on my skin, because it’s very hard to get it to look really smooth and skin-like–I had two days where it looked that way but all the rest were days where areas looked cakey (especially underneath my eyes and on my nose).

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Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation
Urban Decay All-Nighter Liquid Foundation 3.25
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
3
Total
76%
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Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation ($43.00 for 1.69 fl. oz.) is a new formula that offers “sheer to buildable coverage” with a “dewy glow and flawless finish” using a “water-gel” texture, and it is supposed to be waterproof and transfer-proof. This formula comes in 20 shades, which is decent but not as impressive as the Ultra HD Liquid range, but the numbering system used for Water Blend is the same as Ultra HD (though I haven’t personally seen all the shades, so there may be differences – I expect shade mismatching to be more forgiving, as this is a sheerer formula). It is an updated version of the brand’s previous Face & Body formula (which I recall being a smidgen thicker but not by much).

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Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation
Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation Y305
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%
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