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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

01/06

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Original

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($38.00 for 0.40 oz.) is a soft, champagne gold with warm, peachy undertones and a fine, pearly sheen. It had a luminous, high-shine finish on my skin that didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture and was somewhere between radiant and dewy–more sheen than glossiness, though. Per the brand, it’s supposed to have an “extreme Hollywood luminous finish … that imparts high gloss, brightening and highlighting effects,” which I’d completely agree with.

The liquid highlighter pushes through a soft, cushioned applicator (which I did not find particularly ideal for long-term storage/use), which certainly worked for depositing and gently diffusing the product on the skin, but it worked just as well with fingertips or synthetic cheek brushes and I didn’t have to worry about getting base products onto the included applicator. It had a fluid, more gel-like consistency that spread easily across the skin and diffused easily along the edges. It does dry down quickly, though I didn’t feel like I had to work at warp speed to get the product blended out but I wouldn’t dilly-dally either. It wore well for nine hours on me with minimal fading.

Ingredients

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Morphe Stardust High Impact Highlighter

01/08

Morphe Stardust High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Stardust High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Stardust High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Stardust High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Stardust High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Stardust High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Stardust High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Stardust High Impact Highlighter

Stardust

Morphe Stardust High Impact Highlighter ($14.00 for 0.28 oz.) has a cooler, light beige base with pink-to-violet shifting shimmer. There was a noticeable duochrome shift on the skin, though it looked more pink and lavender than beige at most angles. The consistency was smooth, firmer, and thin compared to other shades in the range, but it was soft enough to still pick up well with a highlighting brush and blended out without issue on my skin. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage and a moderate sheen rather than a frosted or metallic finish on my cheekbones. It didn’t emphasize my skin’s texutre at all. The color lasted well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.28 oz. - $50.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a "creamy" finish that is "weightless" that have an "explosive, prismatic effect." A few shades (like Extra, Spark, and Stardust) had a softer sheen--more shine than shimmer--that I think might appeal to some, while other shades are intensely metallic and much more shimmery on the skin (like Mirage and Boom). The texture of the ones that weren't quite as shimmery felt smooth, firmer and denser, but not stiff to work with, and I didn't have any trouble applying or blending them out. The more shimmery shades felt creamier and denser but less firmly pressed in the pan, so it was even easier to pickup product with a typical, tapered highlighter brush. They wore well for eight to nine hours on me before fading. One thing to note, I don't think the term "prismatic" is a good descriptor of these, a only one shade had true shift (Stardust was a duochrome), and I'm wondering if the brand understood the term before using it (as it's not a case where I can see an attempt at a duochrome--the range includes very standard highlighting shades).

Browse all of our Morphe High Impact Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Magnesium Myristate, Polypropylene, Nylon-12, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin. +/- May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

Stardust
Stardust
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Morphe Spark High Impact Highlighter

01/07

Morphe Spark High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Spark High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Spark High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Spark High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Spark High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Spark High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Spark High Impact Highlighter

Spark

Morphe Spark High Impact Highlighter ($14.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a soft, peachy gold with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage with a smooth, blendable texture that was firmer in the pan compared to other shades in the formula but was still soft enough that it was blendable in practice. It yielded a soft sheen on my skin that was less overtly shimmery compared to the other shades in the formula as well, so for those who like less shimmer and more shine, this might be a better option. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.28 oz. - $50.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a "creamy" finish that is "weightless" that have an "explosive, prismatic effect." A few shades (like Extra, Spark, and Stardust) had a softer sheen--more shine than shimmer--that I think might appeal to some, while other shades are intensely metallic and much more shimmery on the skin (like Mirage and Boom). The texture of the ones that weren't quite as shimmery felt smooth, firmer and denser, but not stiff to work with, and I didn't have any trouble applying or blending them out. The more shimmery shades felt creamier and denser but less firmly pressed in the pan, so it was even easier to pickup product with a typical, tapered highlighter brush. They wore well for eight to nine hours on me before fading. One thing to note, I don't think the term "prismatic" is a good descriptor of these, a only one shade had true shift (Stardust was a duochrome), and I'm wondering if the brand understood the term before using it (as it's not a case where I can see an attempt at a duochrome--the range includes very standard highlighting shades).

Browse all of our Morphe High Impact Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Magnesium Myristate, Polypropylene, Nylon-12, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin. +/- May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

Spark
Spark
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Glossier Topaz Haloscope

01/07

Glossier Topaz Haloscope

Glossier Topaz Haloscope

Glossier Topaz Haloscope

Glossier Topaz Haloscope

Glossier Topaz Haloscope

Glossier Topaz Haloscope

Glossier Topaz Haloscope

Topaz

Glossier Topaz Haloscope ($22.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a medium gold with strong, warm yellow undertones and a fine, golden, dewy sheen. Straight from the tube, it had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable, while if I dabbed it on by getting product on my fingertip, it had more sheer to medium, buildable coverage. The texture was lightweight, moderately tacky, and just creamy enough to feel and blend out like a cream highlighter but seemed to stay in place better and was less prone to lifting up base products. The “coverage” seemed more apparent in person, as my camera picked up more on the dewy glow. The highlighter blended out easily and lasted for eight hours on me–even when I tested it over foundation.

Formula Overview

$22.00/0.19 oz. - $115.79 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to give a "hydrated, dewy finish" with an "otherworldly sheen that's never dry, never glittery." First, it's important to note that this product is not marketed as an intense, metallic highlight, and second, the other key takeaway is the use of the word "dewy." It's a luminous, pearlescent highlighter that is cream-based and has some tackiness on the skin, which helped it adhere and stay in place better without destroying base products (like foundation) over time while maintaining a true, dewy finish. Despite the tackiness, it felt very lightweight and worked well on bare skin or on top of foundation (even heavier, matte foundations). If you love glowing, lit-from-within and want some pearl and sheen, this formula just might work out for you.

Browse all of our Glossier Haloscope swatches.

Ingredients

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Mica, Silica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Topaz, Tocopheryl Acetate, Nylon-12, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Topaz
Topaz
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

01/07

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

Mirage

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter ($14.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a golden, metallic sheen. The highlighter had rich color payoff in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly on my skin. The consistency was soft, lightly creamy, and dense without being too firm or too thick in the pan. It blended out easily on my skin, and it didn’t accentuate my natural skin texture but was on the edge (to my eye) that it might be a concern for those with more textured skin. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.28 oz. - $50.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a "creamy" finish that is "weightless" that have an "explosive, prismatic effect." A few shades (like Extra, Spark, and Stardust) had a softer sheen--more shine than shimmer--that I think might appeal to some, while other shades are intensely metallic and much more shimmery on the skin (like Mirage and Boom). The texture of the ones that weren't quite as shimmery felt smooth, firmer and denser, but not stiff to work with, and I didn't have any trouble applying or blending them out. The more shimmery shades felt creamier and denser but less firmly pressed in the pan, so it was even easier to pickup product with a typical, tapered highlighter brush. They wore well for eight to nine hours on me before fading. One thing to note, I don't think the term "prismatic" is a good descriptor of these, a only one shade had true shift (Stardust was a duochrome), and I'm wondering if the brand understood the term before using it (as it's not a case where I can see an attempt at a duochrome--the range includes very standard highlighting shades).

Browse all of our Morphe High Impact Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Magnesium Myristate, Polypropylene, Nylon-12, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin. +/- May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

Mirage
Mirage
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Glossier Quartz Haloscope

01/07

Glossier Quartz Haloscope

Glossier Quartz Haloscope

Glossier Quartz Haloscope

Glossier Quartz Haloscope

Glossier Quartz Haloscope

Glossier Quartz Haloscope

Glossier Quartz Haloscope

Quartz

Glossier Quartz Haloscope ($22.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a soft, warm champagne with a pearlescent, dewy finish. It had buildable coverage–swiped directly from the tube, it could easily be nearly opaque, and if patted onto the skin with fingertips, the coverage could range from sheer to medium depending on how much product one picked up. The texture was dense and firmer in the tube but as it warmed up, it became more yielding and pliable with light slip for a thinner, cream-based formula that sat well on my skin.

The formula was moderately tacky, though lightweight and easy enough to manipulate (even over foundation), and lasted well on my skin (which is more normal these days than dry). I didn’t have any issues wearing it on its own or over foundation–didn’t find one was any better or worse for application or wear–but I recommend applying with fingertips over foundation due to the consistency taking a few seconds to warm up (and the pressure could disturb foundation). It stayed on well for eight hours on me. I found it to be one of the better cream highlighters, as it gave a noticeable, glowing finish to my skin but was still very skin-like, didn’t emphasize my skin’s texture, and managed to last well despite not drying down.

Formula Overview

$22.00/0.19 oz. - $115.79 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to give a "hydrated, dewy finish" with an "otherworldly sheen that's never dry, never glittery." First, it's important to note that this product is not marketed as an intense, metallic highlight, and second, the other key takeaway is the use of the word "dewy." It's a luminous, pearlescent highlighter that is cream-based and has some tackiness on the skin, which helped it adhere and stay in place better without destroying base products (like foundation) over time while maintaining a true, dewy finish. Despite the tackiness, it felt very lightweight and worked well on bare skin or on top of foundation (even heavier, matte foundations). If you love glowing, lit-from-within and want some pearl and sheen, this formula just might work out for you.

Browse all of our Glossier Haloscope swatches.

Ingredients

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Mica, Silica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Nylon-12, Quartz, Sodium Hyaluronate,Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470).

Quartz
Quartz
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total