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Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites

Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites
Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites

Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites ($80.00 for 1.00 oz.) is described as a “frosted light, radiance, and iridescence.” It’s a translucent, gold-shimmered beige with a luminous sheen. Guerlain Teint Beige (DC, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Perles de Nuit (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Mythic (P, $59.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Teint Rose (DC, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles du Dragon (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Snowglobe (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Teint Dore (DC, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Parure de Nuit (LE, $67.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Meteorites is a cult-favorite, and I fully expect this one to fly off the shelves–despite its wallet-crushing price tag–because it’s one of the better ones released in the last few years. It’s packaged well with a plastic, snowglobe-like container that has a flattened bottom, so it will sit without rolling, but the top of the lid has a lightly frosted, translucent covering that shows the metallic gold design through it. It’s not cheap cardboard like a more recent release, and the amount of product you get is more in line with the Meteorites of years past. That being said, Meteorites are one of those products that some can’t live without and others apply and can’t figure out why anyone likes them at all. They’re best described as a finishing powder; if you think of them as an overt cheek highlighter, you’ll likely be disappointed. This year’s holiday edition has fine shimmer that creates a luminous glow when dusted all-over the face, but it can be built-up slightly for a more targeted highlight (it’s still not over-the-top). As you might expected, the effect on the skin is not substantially different between versions of the Meteorites except slightly in tone (often only visible on some skin tones). The powder adds enough luminosity to breathe life back into very matte foundations while blurring the skin slightly. The pearls give off product without having to jab at them, and they do just fine with even softer brushes and don’t kick up a lot of excess product. When I applied more heavily on my cheek bones (easier to see how it degrades over time that way), it lasted well for eight hours.

Guerlain Holiday 2015 Meteorites Perles des Neiges
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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MAC x Guo Pei Moonlight Beauty Powder

MAC Moonlight Beauty Powder
MAC Moonlight Beauty Powder

MAC Moonlight Beauty Powder ($70.00 for TBA oz.) is described as a “translucent powder with small sized fine pearls.” It’s a light beige with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a nearly-matte finish. This seemed more like a sheer pressed powder for someone fairer than I, as it proceeded to give me a chalky, ghostly cast that was as unflattering as it sounds. I couldn’t use it on my medium skin-tone, and when applied, it mattified but didn’t smooth or diffuse the look of pores or the skin’s natural texture and made my skin appear dull as it went very matte.

Beauty Powders are an interesting MAC beast, because they really come in all forms, and it seems to be more of a catch-all for “powders we want to put out for face.” A lot of them are light or pale, sheer to semi-sheer, while others have had a little more oomph and sheen to them (more like highlighters or a stronger finishing powder). I can’t detect the shimmer or pearl in it on the skin at all. The texture is firmer with a dry, dustiness that collects together but doesn’t diffuse as readily as a finer, silkier powder would. It comes in a large compact (but I don’t know how much is in it) with fabric on the exterior lid (which is pretty but may not withstand much abuse or dirt). It is a sheer, light beige powder that seems suitable only for fair complexions who are looking for a powder that will totally mattify skin. I wore it, and it seemed to keep my face looking flat and matte for eight hours (I have normal-to-dry skin, mostly normal at this time).

MAC Guo Pei Beauty Powder Moonlight
Moonlight
Moonlight
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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Becca Backlight Primer Filter

Becca Backlight Primer Filter
Becca Backlight Primer Filter

Becca Backlight Primer Filter ($38.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “makeup primer to help blur imperfections and impart a radiant glow.” It’s a sheer, golden beige with a luminous sheen and fine pearl. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’ve been testing this for a few days under various liquid foundations, and it has worked well with light, medium, and full coverage foundations on my normal-to-dry skin. Even with medium-to-full coverage, the added luminosity of the primer comes through slightly. It can be applied to bare skin for an all-over dewy finish or used under your base of choice. For the photos in the post, I applied it on bare skin and applied a semi-matte finish foundation on top (Guerlain Parure Gold, discontinued) as well as showed it set with loose powder. It extends the wear of my foundation by an hour or so and gives the skin a soft glow while diffusing the skin’s natural texture. I also noticed it helped my foundation spread more smoothly across my face during application. I think the texture of this is thicker, more like a light cream, and less water-like compared to Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors, and it does seem to do more for longevity, but the visual effect is more similar. On my skin tone, when I wear it alone over bare skin, it does noticeably lighten my overall complexion by half a shade. There is a moderately strong, soapy perfume-like scent to it when initially applied, but I don’t notice it much during wear.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter Backlight
Backlight
Backlight
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Guerlain Summer Edition (2015) Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Summer Edition (2015) Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Summer Edition (2015) Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Summer Edition (2015) Meteorites Pearls ($62.00 for 0.88 oz.) is described as “delicate pastel colors” available exclusively at Nordstrom. According to the brand, it uses “fresh green” for anti-redness, fuchsia to revive, “sunny yellow” for anti-dullness, “pearlescent white” to reflect light, champagne to illuminate, and “rich coral” to enhance. The overall effect is supposed to give “your skin in a pure radiant halo of light while covering your skin in a delicate violet scent.” The back of the container also calls them Rainbow Pearls (rather than Summer Edition), and worth nothing is that they look little like the promotional image.

Whatever the shades, they mix to a pale veil of white-ish powder with lighter gold pearl. I think this one may not work as well as other combinations have for all skin tones, but keep in mind that the skin swatches are rather heavy just to show the product compared to the product applied to the face, where it is used as intended (dusted all over like a finishing powder). This combination seemed to create a more blurred effect with a little shimmer here and there, but it tended to give the skin a smoother appearance without mattifying it as much as traditional loose powder would. For me, the effect of these Meteorites seemed subtler than the usual, and it is already a rather subtle product, so it’s definitely not for everyone. If you’re looking for a more traditional highlighting product, Meteorites are more like brightening or finishing powders that are applied in a more translucent layer, though they can be dabbed on high planes of the face to create a highlighted effect. The latter tends to be more or less impactful depending on the specific shade of Meteorites, and I think this one doesn’t work well for that purpose. The texture seemed slightly chalky to me, but it seemed to last about eight hours (it is harder to really check for wear sometimes with such subtle products but I do my best!).

As you might expect, Meteorites can differ from shade to shade, but there are some that are rather similar. Guerlain Perles du Dragon (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Perles de Nuit (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Summer Edition (2015)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Hourglass Ethereal Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Ethereal Light Ambient Lighting Powder
Hourglass Ethereal Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Ethereal Light Ambient Lighting Powder ($45.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as an “opalescent sheer, cool white powder.” It’s a very light, ivory beige with subtle, cool undertones and a delicate shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $26.00) is similar. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery. NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is similar. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is warmer. MAC Forever Marilyn (LE, $26.00) is pinker, cooler-toned. Guerlain Mythic (P, $55.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Clair (02) (P, $62.00) is slightly more luminous. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Lo and behold, I never reviewed this shade of the Ambient Lighting Powders! For those unfamiliar with the formula, it’s a finishing powder, which is supposed to “capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin.” This is the lightest of the six available, and it is also one of the shades with the least visible shimmer/sheen to it. Hourglass says that all six shades available are universally flattering, though I’m not sure that this will work on deeper skin tones (and certainly would recommend one of the darker shades in that instance). On my medium skin tone, it softens the look of pores, lines, and my skin’s natural texture to a more even, smoother-looking canvas, while giving just enough of a natural finish that the skin doesn’t look dull or lifeless, but it doesn’t look shiny or shimmery either. The texture is lightweight and doesn’t look cakey, though it is so soft that it does kick up some excess powder when used. It extends the wear of my base products by about a half hour to an hour, though it is a finishing powder so it’s a happy bonus but certainly worth mentioning.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Ethereal Light
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette ($40.00 for 0.68 oz.) is a set of highlighting and contouring powders. Two shades are most obviously contouring powders, while the other two lend themselves as more highlighters, but very fair skin tones may find they still have some color. The palette is very, very powdery–the interior is always covered in excess powdery dust and sparkle, and it can be frustrating when you get excess from the darkest shade with the lightest shade or sparkle from the highlighting shade mixed with the contouring shades. It is chocolate scented, which is noticeable when applied but wanes after two to three hours. The powders have a very soft, silky consistency with the highlighter shade having noticeable sparkle. All four shades were pretty pigmented and the silkiness made them easy to work with on the skin, and luckily, they didn’t look powdery applied. I also wish brands that released a palette like this would consider releasing at least two or three variations–this is very warm-toned and more mid-tone, so a lot of skin tones get left out.

Light Cocoa is a light, yellowed beige with a satin finish. It is a very, very subtle highlighter that I could only see marginally in person, but it doesn’t appear in photos at all. For my skin tone, it was more useful to blend out edges of the contouring shades. The texture was powdery though silky, and it lasted for seven hours before breaking down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Medium Cocoa is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a semi-matte finish–there’s a smidgen of sheen but not a true satin or shimmery finish that ensures the powder looks natural but not flat on the skin. This looked more like a shadow that would fall on my face, though my guess is that it may be too warm-toned for those with rosier undertones. The texture was silky, very powdery, but blendable and easy to apply. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dark Cocoa is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow and red undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had intense pigmentation and a little went a long way. The texture is very soft and powdery, so while blendable, it is harder to control the amount of product you apply. If you have medium or lighter skin, you may want to tap off excess prior to applying. This is a very, very warm-toned choice for contouring, which may work for those with a lot of golden undertones, but it is likely too warm to look like natural shadow on the face. It looks more like your typical bronzer as a result. On me, the color wears for almost eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pop of Light is a light, peachy-beige with gold sparkle. It illuminates subtly, and then it just has a lot of larger sparkly bits that sit on the skin but don’t really do much as half of the sparkles get lost and the other half are randomly dispersed on the skin (and then travel during wear). I wish they had opted for a finer shimmer that contributed to the overall sheen of the underlying powder. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Chiseled to Perfection Palette Cocoa Contour
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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