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Laura Mercier L’Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

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Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

L'Amour Exotique

Laura Mercier L’Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection ($58.00 for 0.44 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette with four highlighters–two are new to me and two are also available in the permanent range. I found all four shades to be consistent with the permanent formula, which has a slightly drier, almost looser texture to the touch (not uncommon for this type of formula) with medium to opaque coverage that lasted between seven and eight hours on me.

Value

The full-sized shades of the highlighter retail for $44.00 each and contain 0.35 oz. or $125.71/oz. The palette contains 0.44 oz. worth of product or $55.31 worth of product. It would not be a “value packed” palette from a quantity standpoint; the way it would be “value packed” is in the sense that the full-sized highlighters are rather pricey on their own, even though they are large, so for less than the cost of two standalone shades, you would be getting four. (The price vs. amount is also not drastically lower.) If you’re someone who does not typically pan their powder highlighters, the palette would definitely be worth trying if you like this type formula.

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Sephora Holiday 2017 | Early Access | Cheek/Face Sets

Sephora Holiday 2017 | Early Access
Sephora Holiday 2017 | Early Access

The Details

Sephora has early access to over 35 holiday releases for VIB Rouges today.

Editor’s Note: I expect these to be available to everyone else sooner rather than later. I’ve split the posts across categories, so this post focuses on cheek/face sets!

Now avaialble for VIB Rouge

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CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops Set, $42.00 ($50.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Highlight, Strobe and customize your glow with these four bestselling shades of Custom Enhancer Drops. Formulated with a high concentration of ultra-refined pearls, these cult-favorite highlighters produce a high-impact liquid metal finish that can be applied alone to strobe and highlight or added to your favorite liquid foundation or skincare product for an all-over glow. Availability at Sephora.

4 x 0.15 oz/ 4.5 mL Custom Cover Drops in Celestial, Halo, Rose Gold, Moonlight

Milk Makeup Holographic Powder Quad, $49.00 (Limited Edition)

Put some outer space on your face with these holographic highlighters, packed with meteorite powder and twilight pearls for intense payoff in a single swipe. The talc-free formula features avocado oil, coconut oil, and mango butter to smoothly glide onto eyes as eyeshadow, cheekbones as a highlighter, or lips and body for a hydrating and prismatic sheen. Available at Sephora.

Tarte Goddess Glow Highlighter, $35.00 (Limited Edition)

This highlighter builds a natural radiance or blinding strobe with concentrated gold flecks to luxe up your look. The silky, weightless powder features coconut and tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea™ complex to smooth skin so pigment builds effortlessly. Inspired by Moroccan mosaics, the custom lattice press and bright packaging add some global-glam to your glow. Available at Sephora.

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection, $58.00 (Limited Edition)

Laura Mercier’s Exotique Face Illuminator highlights the skin with pure light-reflecting pigments for a color-true, multidimensional, and luminous finish that complements all skin tones. Its non-dusting texture allows for excellent color payoff and applies smoothly and evenly onto skin without dragging. The unique formula brings natural-looking radiance to the complexion for an instant glow. Available at Sephora.

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Trio Palette, $58.00 (Limited Edition)

Mix and match shades in this palette to create endless layers of light and color. Each is infused with light-diffusing pigments to enhance and perfect the skin, creating radiant luminosity. Available at Sephora.

  • Neo-Setting Powder
  • Neo-Limelight highlighter in Ibiza
  • Neo-Bronzer in Capri

Laura Mercier Lightstruck Prismatic Glow Palette for Spring 2017

Laura Mercier Lightstruck Prismatic Glow Palette for Spring 2017
Laura Mercier Lightstruck Prismatic Glow Palette for Spring 2017

Customize and amp up your glow by layering the Lightstruck Prismatic Glow Palette’s blendable shades together, or wear them separately for a radiant glow. These diffused, multi-dimensional shades complement all skin tones.

For a discrete warm glow base, apply Aurora all over the face, cheeks, and eyes. For a refined glow, layer Reflect or Prism to add a chic sheen to your skin. For a special-effect glow, layer Beam or Ray to impart an iridescent reflection or wet-like dewiness.

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The Details

Lightstruck Prismatic Glow Palette, $52.00 (Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive)

A palette featuring four lightweight, sheer, and blendable cream highlighters that interplay with light to reflect a prismatic glow.

  • Aurora
  • Prism
  • Beam
  • Reflect
  • Ray

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Best Lipsticks | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Lipsticks | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products. Here’s a look at the best lipstick formulas I’ve tried:

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to have “bold, creamy color” with “extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear.” The majority of the range is very pigmented–typically opaque with one pass–with a few shades being semi-opaque but usually buildable. The majority of the shades I’ve tested have been lightly hydrating to non-drying and fairly comfortable to wear for the long-haul. They wear longer than average, from four to eight hours, depending on the intensity and propensity of the shade to stain. The range is rather extensive with over 30 shades, so you may find our top 15 best Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks list useful. Some of my favorite shades are: Pickled Ginger, Kale, Sour Cherry, and Spritzer.

Availability

Sephora

Best Highlighters | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Highlighters | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing highlighters useful 🙂

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a luminous, powder highlighter that strikes the right balance between being noticeable without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. The shimmer is fine, while the powder is silky and smooth. There are only three shades at the moment, and the one I use the most is Starlight, which works as a highlighting blush on my skin tone.

Availability

Sephora, Nordstrom, Beautylish, Neiman Marcus,

Laura Mercier Layer Up Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Layer Up Caviar Stick Set
Laura Mercier Layer Up Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Layer Up Caviar Stick Set ($39.50 for 0.12 oz.) includes four miniature sized Caviar Sticks, which are cream eyeshadows in twist-up, jumbo pencil form.

Rosegold is a light-medium gold with warm, orangey undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to opaque coverage in two to three layers. The consistency was smooth, lightly creamy, and didn’t tug on the lid and laid down even color. It was blendable for about thirty seconds, and then it set and stayed in place for eight and a half hours on me. LORAC Rose Gold (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Rose Gold (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Wanderin' Free (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Steady (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Medium (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Skin (75S) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Sassy Bun (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Obscura #3 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Toast (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora All Aglow (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Gold Leaf (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Sandalwood (LE, $18.00) is more muted (85% similar). Too Faced Luscious (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Amethyst is a medium-dark plum with warmer, reddish-brown undertones and lighter, purple-taupe shimmer. It had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, and I did notice that it was cooler than the last time I swatched Amethyst–it seemed like it had more shimmer overall, too. The texture was nicely creamy; enough that it skated across the lids without skipping or dragging but did not slide around while it dried down. It wore well for nine hours before creasing on me. MAC Mortal #5 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Infinity #3 (P, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Liar (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Vintage (49M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Dusky Mauve No. 108 (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Prom Night (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Minx (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Ring-a-ling (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Ardency Inn Rose Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Aubergine is a dark plum with warmer, reddish undertones and a natural finish. It had good color payoff in a single pass, and while it wasn’t buildable to opaque coverage, it was creamy enough that it was blendable on the lid without becoming patchy. The color started to crease after eight and a half hours of wear. MAC Worthy (LE, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Colour Pop Two Much (DC, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Mulberry & Bright (LE, ) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is less glossy (85% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #5 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Cabernet (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). MAC Blackberry (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Anastasia All Star (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Exquisite (P, ) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). LORAC Plum (P, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Vio-let It Go (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Too Faced Blackberry (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Sketch (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Mancat (LE, ) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Dior Magnify #5 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Delectable (P, $16.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tuxedo is a deep, inky black that leaned a little cool and had a natural finish. The pigmentation was semi-opaque in one stroke, but it was buildable to opaque coverage in two layers. The texture was creamy and easy to work with on the lid for general application, but it was somewhat patchy as I diffused and blended it out. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing on me. Surratt Beauty Scandal Eyes (Cream) (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE, ) is less glossy (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #1 (P, $9.99) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Filbuste (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Khaki Design #5 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Penthouse (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Lights Down (P, ) is cooler, lower quality (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $39.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Knight (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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