Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Illuminating Emulsion

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Illuminating Emulsion ($52.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, golden pearl. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion is supposed to be a “weightless highlighter” that “stays put for “12 hours” that can be used as a “primer, foundation, or even a highlighter.” It has a thin, liquid-like consistency that’s more watery than it is substantial, so it mixes well with a variety of products without adding heaviness. I’m a big fan of using this type of product mixed with moisturizer or liquid foundations for an all-over glow. Of the three shades available, Sunlight is the shade that adds the most noticeable color when applied to the skin, so those with lighter complexions may want to experiment and use a bit less if they want to retain the subtle effect of the other two shades when mixing in for all-over use. Those with deeper skin tones may find this works better than the other two shades for all-over. It can still be used as a subtle highlighter on its own, especially as the thinner consistency makes it very spreadable (but harder to leave in place, as it will take forever to dry down in a thick layer!). It gave my skin a soft, golden sheen that’s slightly dewy (but not oily or shiny) and a touch of warmth. When I tried it as a primer, it added an hour or so of wear to my base products, and when I wore it alone as a highlighter on cheeks (over bare skin), it lasted for eight and a half hours. This shade is very similar to its powder version.

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Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion Sunlight
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
92%

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Makeup Geek x Kathleen Lights Highlighter Palette

Makeup Geek x Kathleen Lights Highlighter Palette

Makeup Geek x Kathleen Lights Highlighter Palette ($39.00 for 0.75 oz.) has three warm-toned highlighters–peachy gold, rosy pink, golden bronze–that leans toward the more extreme of highlighters, as they’re very shimmery and produce a strong sheen when applied. They are easiest to use at medium or higher coverage, but with a light touch and a feathery brush, you can get a less intense look. The powders were consistent in feel, performance, and payoff: they were soft, just a smidgen dusty but blendable on the skin with rich color payoff and a high-shine, frosted finish. I had a noticeable emphasis of pores when I wore the shades at medium or greater coverage. All three shades lasted a solid eight hours on me before fading. On my light-medium skin tone, all three produced some color as well as shine, so I expect that lighter skin tones will find these more to work as highlighting blushes, while darker skin tones will appreciate the lack of white in the bases across these shades.

Each shade is 0.25 oz., which is larger than some full-sized highlighters; but as soon as you open the palette, it’s clear that you’re getting a ton of product. I think they could have definitely gone with smaller pans and decreased price, but at least you’ll know you’re getting a good value for the price!

Nightlight is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkly, metallic sheen. The texture was soft, blendable, and just a smidgen dusty to the touch, but it applied easily to the skin with rich, opaque coverage. I would use a lighter hand or a less dense brush if you prefer a sheer to medium coverage application. The shimmer did emphasize my pores/skin texture slightly. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (Original) (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starlight is a slightly muted, medium rose pink with warm undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff with a soft, smooth, and lightly dusty texture–it felt almost like a baked highlighter in that sense, as it did not look dry or sheer out instantly like a truly dry or dusty product might. There was a noticeable sparkle in this one, and the resulting finish was shiny and almost metallic on, so there was some emphasis of my skin’s natural texture. Of the three, this was the most forgiving on the skin. It wore well for just over eight hours on me. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Sassy Grape (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Ecliptic (P) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Makeup Geek Highlighter Palette Kathleen Lights
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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Make Up For Ever C208, C209, C210 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C208 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C208 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The consistency was comfortable to wear, as it was lightly creamy but not overly slippery, so it sat well on the lips and didn’t slide around. This shade wore well for over six hours on me and left a stain behind. The formula was nicely hydrating. Smashbox Inspiration (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Romy (462) (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Bellini (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Phone Call (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Menace (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sangria (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Girl About Town (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pink Lady (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C209 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pop of light-medium pink with soft, bluish undertones and a natural sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly for the most part. This shade seemed to have more slip than other shades, which I think is why it did not apply as richly as a shade like C208. I didn’t have any issues with the color feathering or sliding around much, but the wear time was four and a half hours, which is on the shorter side of the wear spectrum for this formula. It seemed more hydrating, though. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Dddevilish (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Kumquat (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Double Bubble (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Divine Choice (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Sweet-Thing (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C205 (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C210 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a creamy, lightly shiny finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The texture was lightweight, moderately creamy, and comfortable to wear over the five hours the lipstick lasted. After three and a half hours of wear, there was a bit of color that had gathered noticeably into my lip lines, though. On the upside, the formula was also hydrating to wear. MAC Sweet Venom (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Bite Beauty Sorbet (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Liv It Up (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be long-wearing, “extremely pigmented,” and hydrating. It is available in two finishes–Cream and Matte, indicated by the C or M in the beginning of each shade’s name. The Cream formula is richly pigmented, lightly creamy without being too emollient or slippery, and go on smoothly and feel good while worn (wear ranges from four to eight hours, depending on the shade). The Matte formula is thinner and clings somewhat to lips, though it goes on nicely and doesn’t tug, and it doesn’t always look flattering on as it can emphasize imperfections on my lips but really depends on the shade, as some look great on. I found the Cream formula to be moderately hydrating, while the Matte formula was slightly to moderately drying. All shades had a slight, rosy scent to them, though I didn’t notice any taste.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C208
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Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C209
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
90%
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C210
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
92%

Free for Haul Friday, Volume #354

Share any beauty goodies you may have picked up in the last week or so, or maybe what’s on your way or on your wish list for next week or month. 🙂

Just in case the above Instagram embed isn’t coming through… Bella Anela Jewelry is my favorite shop to get earrings from (just about every pair you’ve seen me wear over the last couple of years has been from this shop!). Angela (owner) asked if I would be interested in sharing a coupon code with readers, and I’m happy to pass on savings to readers and share some love for her shop. I’ve been purchasing from her shop since 2012, and I have had the pleasure of working with her on custom orders over the years as well. From 8/19 6AM HST to 8/22 midnight HST, you can get 15% off with code TEMPTALIA15. (The discount excludes previous orders, layaway/lay-buy, custom orders, and reserved items.) 

  • Haul: Urban Decay Liquid Moondusts (they arrived late yesterday, hoping to photograph/swatch today), SUQQU Extra Glow Lipsticks, SUQQU Eyeshadow Brush F, SUQQU Eyeshadow Brush L, SUQQU Cleansing Oil, SUQQU Blush, Tom Ford Nightbloom Powder (funny that it is almost $20 cheaper buying from Selfridges–sold out here, was making an order for SUQQU, so that $20 savings almost covered the $30 shipping!), Too Faced Powder of Makeup (hoping to share swatches this weekend), La Roche-Posay Anthelios Daily Moisturizing Cream, Dr. Hauschka Rose Deodorant, Le Couvent des Minimes Deodorant, Drunk Elephant Umbra, Drunk Elephant B-Hydra
  • Weekend plans: Catch up on blog-related things, mostly taking pictures/editing!
  • How do you feel about breakfast for dinner?: Yes, please! My husband’s family used to do this every Wednesday night when they all lived together! We don’t do it too often, but my husband could add an egg to almost anything.

Share your pet photos to the Temptalia Pets flickr group! 🙂

This week’s Mellan photo…