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Lancome Amber Lights & Pink Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluids

01/04

Lancome Amber Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Lancome Amber Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Lancome Amber Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Lancome Amber Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Amber Lights

Lancome Amber Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid ($23.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dirty, medium gold with brownish undertones and a luminous finish. It seemed a little like an antique gold, though it seemed warmer and brighter than a true antique gold to my eye. The consistency was smooth, lightweight, a little mousse-y but still more like a liquid than anything else. It had semi-sheer to medium, buildable coverage that blended decently but had a tendency to look patchy (I tried using a few different blushes as well as fingertips and always saw the same, slightly uneven results). It lasted for eight hours on me.

The formula is described as buildable, though it is designed to give skin a “barely-there shimmer” and a “natural-looking glow.” It has a more unique, foamy, sponge-tipped applicator to disperse and apply the product, which I wasn’t in love with (did not seem to do well at blending, building, or doing anything other than transferring product from the interior to my face) and seemed to soak up quite a bit of product. The formula wasn’t as thin as a typical liquid highlighter, though it wasn’t thick or heavy either; almost like a watery mousse. I had the best luck blending with fingertips, which maneuvered and spread the product without lifting it. They dried down within a minute or so, and the wear time was between seven and eight hours. I’d describe the glow as light to moderate as the coverage was buildable from sheer to semi-sheer. Worth noting, the pen delivery system does not contain that much product, particularly when we’re talking about liquid highlighters.

Lancome Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid Amber Lights

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Tom Ford Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Soleil Afterglow

Tom Ford Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact ($108.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer housed in a white compact, which contains a ton of product (as it should, I suppose, at this price point!). Per the brand, all three are supposed to provide “sheer to medium coverage.” The only one that was true to the idea of “sheer to medium” was the bronzer, whereas the highlighter and blush were rather pigmented.

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Contouring Compact Soleil Afterglow
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Smashbox Crimson Chrome, Brains ‘n’ Bronze, Mauve Squad, Foiled Brat Be Legendary Liquid Lip

01/08

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Crimson Chrome

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip ($24.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium ruby red with fine, red pearl. The pearl was similar in tone compared to the base color, which gave it a stronger metallic sheen–it looked more foil-like than other shades. The consistency was smooth, not too thick or heavy but more substantial on the lips than your average gloss, with some tackiness. It was intensely pigmented with a bit of color that sat in my lip lines, though I did not notice that at a normal viewing distance. The color stayed on well for over six hours and was slightly hydrating.

The formula is supposed to have “the full coverage a lipstick” with “the high shine of a gloss” in “a single coat” and is available in two finishes (metallic and vinyl). To me, it felt more like a gloss than a lipstick overall, as it had the plushness and glossiness I’d associate with a gloss. The coverage was typically mostly opaque to fully opaque across the range, and they went on fairly evenly and smoothly. I noticed that a lot of shades emphasized the lines on my lips up-close, but I couldn’t tell just looking in a regular mirror, as there was such a strong shine. The wear ranged from five to seven hours, which I suspect is partially due to the slightly thicker, moderately tacky texture.

Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lip Crimson Chrome
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Cle de Peau 101 Grounded Eye Color Duo

01/05

Cle de Peau 101 Grounded Eye Color Duo (Refill)

Cle de Peau 101 Grounded Eye Color Duo (Refill)

Cle de Peau 101 Grounded Eye Color Duo (Refill)

A Neutral Eye | Look Breakdown

A Neutral Eye | Look Breakdown

101 Grounded

Cle de Peau 101 Grounded Eye Color Duo ($55.00 for 0.15 oz.) contains a medium-dark brown and golden peach. The formula is supposed to have a “silky” feel, be moisturizing on the lids (though it is a powder formula), long-wearing, and have true-to-pan color. I like the effect of Cle de Peau’s eyeshadows on the lid; I think that “moisturizing” aspect of them makes them sit well on the lid as time passes, where they meld well to bare skin. I find that they can be semi-opaque to opaque, more buildable and very easy to wear as a wash of color, if desired. The eyeshadows are rose-scented, though I only just noticed the scent with the compact open but not applied.

As a FYI, Cle de Peau sells the duos as a pan-only, which is not magentized but you could stick a magnet to it so it would adhere to most freestyle palettes, or purchase their case for $25.

Cle de Peau Eye Color Duo (Refill) 101 Grounded
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Chanel Bourgeoisie, Burnt Sugar, Rose Pulpe Rouge Coco Glosses

01/06

Chanel Bourgeoisie Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Bourgeoisie Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Bourgeoisie Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Bourgeoisie Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Bourgeoisie Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Bourgeoisie Rouge Coco Gloss

Bourgeoisie

Chanel Bourgeoisie Rouge Coco Gloss ($30.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a moderate amount of light pink sparkle. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that went on somewhat unevenly. I felt like it was easy to get “lines” any time I pressed my lips together as the gloss had a creamier, more slippery feel on the lips compared to some shades. I could feel some of the shimmer/sparkle on the lips but only occasionally. The color lasted for three and a half hours and was hydrating on me.

The formula is supposed to have “intense shine, hydration” with a “gel-like texture” with shades that vary from “sheer to opaque” in coverage. The consistency has a smooth, lightweight texture that can feel more like a gel-like texture with some of the sheerer shades and more like a cream and gel hybrid with more opaque shades. It’s a formula that’s comfortable to wear with light tackiness that lasts anywhere from two to five hours and is hydrating over time. There was a strong, mirror-like shine across the shades that was very reminiscent of the prior Glossimer formula. There was a faint floral scent, and with some shades, I got a subtle taste of perfume. The doe foot applicator was more unique (at least, to me) with a very curved edge that was great for my bottom lip while flipping it gave me a more paddle-shaped edge that worked better for my top lip. I would love to see Chanel introduce color descriptions on their retail website, especially for a formula like this where there can be such a huge difference in pigmentation (and finish) from one shade to the next that isn’t obvious from a product photo.

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Bourgeoisie
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

01/06

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Pearl

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette ($35.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains three highlighters: a pale yellow, peachy brown, and golden peach. Smashbox describes the palette as having three finishes–subtle glow, moderate, and super sparkle–and that the texture is “ultra-blendable, velvety smooth.” The first two highlighters were better performing than the third, which had a drier, stiffer texture that made it harder to apply and much less pigmented compared to the other two shades.

Smashbox Spotlight Palette Pearl
Pearl
Pearl
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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