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Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light & Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzers

01/07

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Luminous Bronze Light

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($50.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and golden shimmer. The color seemed more subdued and less yellow-toned compared to the one I have from the original launch in 2015. It mostly opaque pigmentation, which was easily sheered out or used with a lighter hand (or less dense brush) for more buildable coverage. It was also buildable to full coverage with two layers. The consistency was very smooth, silky, and finely-milled with just a touch of dustiness in the pan, which did not translate to the skin once blended out. It was easy to apply, diffuse and blend, and stayed on well for eight hours.

The Ambient Lighting Bronzer formula is supposed have a “sheer, airy” feel (sheer as in texture) that give a “natural, sun-kissed glow” with the “illuminating effects of Ambient Lighting Powder” with “bronze pigments” that give it “buildable color.” The formula tends to be more pigmented (usually semi-opaque), but the textures are always soft enough that a less dense brush or lighter hand is an option for picking up less product and getting less coverage. I find that the bronzer formula tends to be less powdery compared to the original Ambient Lighting Powders, which is nice. The wear is typically around eight hours on me.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer Luminous Bronze Light
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC Obviously Bare, Chai, Roulette, Explicit Lipglasses

01/06

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass

Obviously Bare

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass ($17.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) is a muted, light-medium brown with warm undertones and fine, white pearl. It appeared lighter applied than swatched for me, and it had a milkier quality to the look of it so that some of the color gathered into my lip lines as milky glosses often do. It was very smooth in feel, and it spread easily across the lips, but it just lacked the evenness that would make it standout. This sahde wore well for four and a half hours on me.

The Lipglass formula is supposed to be “pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic color” that can be worn “on its own, over lip pencil or lipstick” and will “condition lips.” MAC could use an update on the description as some shades are more pigmented than others but several are sheerer and likely intended to be that way. The formula has a very glossy, high-shine finish with a light-medium weight and moderate tackiness. I find that newer Lipglasses (over the last couple of years) are smoother and not quite as tacky as the formula was many years ago. They wear from three to six hours on me and are usually lightly hydrating. MAC recently updated the shade range and packaging for the range (though the formula was said to be unchanged), so worth noting is that with that packaging change came a reduction in quantity to 0.10 fl. oz. (was 0.17 fl. oz.), which may matter for some but not everyone.

MAC Lipglass Obviously Bare
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

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Chai

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Roulette

Permanent
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B+

Explicit

Permanent
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My favorite brushes to use are ones that are small and tapered (a typical highlighting brush, really), as I can get decent coverage while still getting a more diffused look overall. For a very pigmented or more metallic highlighter (or if I’m going for a softer finish), I’ll use a fan brush. Sometimes if I feel like the highlighter is overboard,
I’ll dust translucent powder on top.

— Christine

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Lip Balm Quick Reviews: Clarins, Jack Black, Nuxe, Tarte, Tatcha, First Aid Beauty

For reference, I test lip balms over months, not weeks or months, as I like to test them under a variety of conditions. My lips are usually what I’d say are “normal,” where they’re not dry, chapped, or cracked, and don’t feel like I need to wear lip balm all the time. As a result, a lot of lip balms are more than adequate for my day-to-day needs, which is why I end up testing them over prolonged periods of time so I can catch my lips when they’re worse as well. I typically test lip balms in the early morning, late evening, and overnight. These are a few I’ve tested (but haven’t gotten around to reviewing) over the last year and a half to two years:

01/03

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm  

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm  

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm  

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm ($24.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is supposed to have “intensive hydration for dry, chapped lips.” After trying this last year, it became my “holy grail” of lip balms (though there are others I still love and use!). The reason I love it is for how hydrating it is without ever feeling heavy, clingy, or tacky. It has a really smooth, more gel-like consistency on the lips that still lasts for hours but is incredibly comfortable to wear. There’s a subtle, sweet rose scent but no discernible taste–the scent was so subtle to my nose that I forgot it was scented until I sat down to write the review.

For me, the formula works well as a night time lip balm as well as a daytime one, as it can go under lipsticks well, too. This is the lip balm I reach for at night time, and it has worked well whether my lips are dry from too much swatching or testing of drying lip products as well as just when my lips are in “maintenance mode.” I’ve repurchased this one a few times since initially trying.

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