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Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder
Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder ($45.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “golden beige powder.” It’s a subdued, light-medium peach-orange with golden shimmer. Because of the type of product it is, it sheers out considerably to mostly translucent powder that adds warmth and radiance. NARS Miss Liberty has a similar coloring but has larger shimmer/sparkle. Chanel Lucky Stripes is more pigmented and works as a bronzer/highlighter. See comparison swatches.

The texture is very soft and finely-milled; feels like silk and blends out smoothly, but it is a very soft powder so there is some excess powder that gets dislodged while brushing against the surface. Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powders are supposed to mimic different types of light, generally giving skin a softer, smoother look with subtle glow Radiant Light is supposed to “[enhance] the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth.”  That’s exactly what it does:  it gives skin a gentle warmth while having a soft-focus effect that makes skin appear smoother than it actually is.  Because this is a powder, for my normal-to-dry skin, it also sets my foundation and prolongs the wear of my foundation by an hour (like a setting powder), even though it’s not claimed to do so. I suspect on very fair skin that this may be like a soft bronzer.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Radiant Light
Radiant Light
Radiant Light
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Chanel Melba (75) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Melba (75) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Melba (75) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Melba (75) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light peach with warm undertones and a glossy shine. It is somewhat like Chanel Gourmandise, which came out alongside this shade, so I don’t think you need both. MAC Luxe Natural is more beige. MAC Woo Me is more opaque. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige is more opaque. See comparison swatches.

As one might expect, given the sheer, shiny color of the Rouge Coco Shine range, Melba had semi-sheer color payoff. On my lips, it lightened and brightened my natural lip color and evened out the color as well as concealed my lip freckle slightly. It has a lightweight, balm-like consistency that’s creamy, slick, and easy to apply. The lipstick glides on without tugging or pulling at the lip, and it is lightly hydrating while worn. The high shine finish lasts about an hour and a half, then it starts to dull, and all of it seems imperceptible after two hours of wear. It has a light floral fragrance.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Melba (75)
Melba (75)
Melba (75)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

bareMinerals The Power of Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows with a neutral color-scheme. They’re part of the bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow range, which means they’re supposed to have rich color with 12-hour long-wear. I wore several shades from the palette, and they wore well for ten hours, but after a full twelve hours, there was some very slight fading. Generally, all of the eyeshadows had good color payoff and were very soft and smooth to the touch–so a couple of shades were just a smidgen powdery but did not look that way on the lid or sheer out too easily.

Boss Lady is described as a “shimmer bronze.” (That’s what the website says, but I think it’s a mistake.) It’s a pale, light peachy-beige with a satin finish and subtle warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. theBalm Matt Smith is less shimmery. L’Oreal Promiscuous Pearl is more shimmery. theBalm Adagio is more matte. Urban Decay Anonymous is similar. MAC Phloof is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Dior Fairy Golds #1 is more shimmery. bareMinerals Serendipitous is warmer. Inglot #352 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Moneymaker is described as a “dusty olive.” It’s a deepened but subdued khaki brown with the merest hint of green and a mostly matte finish. The color payoff was nice, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Snare is grayer, more shimmery. Dior Khaki Design #1 is darker. Burberry Khaki is warmer, lighter. bareMinerals Utopia is much greener. Make Up For Ever #47 is also much greener. Make Up For Ever #148 is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Schmooze is described as a “bronze sheen.” It’s a medium-dark bronze brown with a subtle warm, golden champagne shimmer and sheen. The color payoff was fantastic, and the texture had a really soft, buttery feel. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #2 is warmer. theBalm Stand-offish is lighter. Urban Decay Spotlight is similar. MAC Cactus Thorn is warmer. Burberry Pale Barley is similar. See comparison swatches.

Boardroom is described as a “deep chocolate.” It’s a dark brown with subtle red undertones and a matte finish. This was the “worst” shade in the palette, as it was a bit dry and stiff compared to the others. The color payoff, as a result, was only so-so, but it does apply better with a fluffier brush and wasn’t difficult to blend out with a brush. Urban Decay Muse is more shimmery. MAC Midnight Flurry is similar. MAC Dance in the Dark is darker. MAC Showstopper is not as warm-toned. MAC Diamond Dove is similar. bareMinerals Foreshadow is also similar. Inglot #363 is lighter. Inglot #326 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Exec is described as a “polished slate.” It’s a medium taupe with a satin-matte finish–there’s a very hint of sheen but it’s so subtle that it ends up looking more matte. It had nice pigmentation and felt very smooth and soft. MAC Bossa Blue is darker, warmer. Disney Midnight Hour #4 is darker. Disney Kill Joy is similar. Urban Decay Mushroom is darker, more shimmery. MAC Electroplate is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Payday is described as a “light granite.” It’s a pale beige with a gray cast and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. MAC Rainy Season is very similar. Inglot #350 is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Suspense is darker. See comparison swatches.

Magnate is described as a “nude peach.” It’s a warm-toned, beige-peach with a satin finish. It’s warmer than Boss Lady and slightly darker. Kat Von D Vespertine is brighter. Urban Decay ABC Gum is darker. NARS Night Star is similar. NARS Biarritz is more beige. bareMinerals Stealth is slightly darker and more orange. Inglot #390 is similar, slightly more beige. See comparison swatches.

Get Ahead is described as a “rustic taupe.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray and mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly and evenly. Kat Von D Wolf is darker. Urban Decay Bewitch is also darker. Urban Decay Faint is more yellow-toned. NARS Self Portrait 3 #1 is redder in tone. Make Up For Ever #17 is warmer, richer. Inglot #360 is warmer. Bobbi Brown Stone is very comparable. See comparison swatches.

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Palette The Power Neutrals
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Milani Sweet Nectar Color Statement Lipstick

Milani Sweet Nectar Color Statement Lipstick
Milani Sweet Nectar Color Statement Lipstick

Milani Sweet Nectar Color Statement Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as an “orange cream.” It’s a medium-dark orange with subtle red tones and a satiny finish. MAC Good to Go is slightly darker. MAC Fashion Nomad is very similar. MAC Morange is similar. MAC Neon Orange is also similar. Illamasqua Flare is more matte. Maybelline Electric Orange is also similar. See comparison swatches.

It had rich, full color coverage when applied. The consistency is lightly creamy and glided evenly across lips without pulling or dragging. It’s touted as an opaque, hydrating formula. I found it to be lightly hydrating, but only for the first two to three hours. Sweet Nectar lasted five and a half hours when I wore it. There’s a sweet, somewhat synthetic, fruity scent that felt a bit cloying.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Sweet Nectar
Sweet Nectar
Sweet Nectar
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow Eyeshadow (Pressed & Loose)

Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow Eyeshadow (Loose)
Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow Eyeshadow (Loose)

Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow Eyeshadow (Loose) ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “lush deep ocean blue with a flash of sage green.” It’s a bluish-teal with a flash of green-gold shimmer and sparkle. It has a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. The color payoff applied damp or over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy was fully opaque. Disney Caspian Sea is lighter. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #3 is cooler-toned. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is similar. MAC Parrot is brighter. Inglot #413 is more muted, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow Pressed Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is a pressed version of the loose version mentioned above. I highly recommend Fyrinnae’s Pressed Eyeshadows if you’ve always been curious about the brand but are not keen on loose eyeshadows. The loose eyeshadow version is slightly more complex, but it’s only slightly noticeable when swatched and seen side-by-side in person and really not apparent on the lid. The biggest difference is the loose version sparkles more–it just seems to catch and reflect the light a bit better, so it also appears a smidgen lighter and the “flash of sage green” is more noticeable at times. The texture is slightly silkier with the loose version.

The pressed version wore better without a base than the loose one, as it had less fall out, though neither of them were faded or creased after eight hours of wear. Applied over Pixie Epoxy, there was no distinguishable difference in wear; no fall out, creasing, or fading. Note, Pixie Epoxy is designed the work primarily as an adhesive base, so it is not a substitute for a primer. If you have oilier lids, you may want to layer a primer underneath. (I just haven’t found I need a primer underneath to get long-wear out of them, but I have normal-to-dry lids!) Fyrinnae does not claim long-wear with this and recommends a primer and Pixie Epoxy when wearing their eyeshadows for long-lasting wear and minimal fall out.

Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Fyrinnae Pressed Eyeshadow Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

CoverGirl Charcoal (335) & Blazing Purple (340) Flamed Out Shadow Pots

CoverGirl Charcoal (335) Flamed Out Shadow Pot
CoverGirl Charcoal (335) Flamed Out Shadow Pot

CoverGirl Charcoal (335) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium gray with a frosted sheen. It had good decent to good color payoff applied dry, and then it was smoother and more even when applied damp. Disney Midnight Hour is a touch lighter. MAC Frozen Blue is similar. Bobbi Brown Sterling is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Blazing Purple (340) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a pinky lavender with a pearly finish. It’s slightly iridescent. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, and this shade actually applies really smoothly and binds together well. I might say this is the best of the shades I’ve tried. L’Oreal With a Twist is purpler. Urban Decay Tainted is less shimmery. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #4 is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Charcoal had a slightly grainy, powdery consistency, but applied wet, it did smooth out and apply better. I had minimal fall out with it as well, so that was a big plus since I’ve experienced much more noticeable fall out with several other shades. Blazing Purple, however, didn’t have that grainy texture, and it also didn’t have any fall out. Both shades lasted without fading or creasing for eight hours.

CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Charcoal (335)
B-

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Blazing Purple (340)
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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