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Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

01/06

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Holiday 2017

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette ($62.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains three new, limited edition highlighters that can be used wet or dry. The brand described the formula as “formulated with intensely concentrated, multifaceted pearl particles” to give “the most reflective glow.” It’s supposed to have a “velvety texture.” These seem to be an intensified version of the brand’s Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders, but this formula is not presently available individually. The Metallic variation has a lot more pearl and is aptly described as “metallic.”

The powders had a soft, lightly dusty texture in the pan, but they blended out nicely on the skin and were definitely high-shine, intense highlighters on the skin (both dry and damp). They were fairly pigmented with coverage ranging from medium, buildable to full depending on the shade and whether it was used dry or damp with damp application always yielded more coverage and a shinier finish. The highlighters wore well for seven and a half to eight hours on me.

Value

The formula is not available as a standalone product at this point in time, but it seems most comparable to the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders, which retail for $38.00 and contain 0.16 oz. each or $237.50/oz. Based on that, the palette contains $71.25 worth of powder.

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

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Fenty Beauty Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

01/05

Fenty Beauty Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Fenty Beauty Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Fenty Beauty Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Fenty Beauty Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Fenty Beauty Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule

Fenty Beauty Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo ($34.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains two rose golds–one lighter, one deeper–and both are quite shimmery with high-shine finishes. This duo will be most suitable for someone who likes richer, more pigmented highlighters with metallic to glittery finishes and isn’t concerned when highlighters accentuate the skin’s natural texture. I felt the quality of the left side of the duo was better than the other duos.

B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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Laura Mercier L’Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

01/07

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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B+

Infatuation

Limited Edition
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B

Temptation

Limited Edition
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A-

Devotion

Permanent
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Fenty Beauty Girl Next Door/Chic Freak Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

01/05

Fenty Beauty Girl Next Door/Chic Freak Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Fenty Beauty Girl Next Door/Chic Freak Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Fenty Beauty Girl Next Door/Chic Freak Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Fenty Beauty Girl Next Door/Chic Freak Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Fenty Beauty Girl Next Door/Chic Freak Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Girl Next Door/Chic Freak

Fenty Beauty Girl Next Door/Chic Freak Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo ($34.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains a light, pinky-peach with a frosted finish and a deeper, more metallic peachy coral. The left side wasn’t as reflective as the right side, which had more visible sparkle and did emphasize my skin’s natural texture. Some might enjoy the intensity and shine of the right side even if it doesn’t have a smoothing finish, while others are loathe to draw attention to their skin’s natural texture. If you’re part of the latter, I don’t think that this formula (generally) will be the best fit.

B

Permanent

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

01/07

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Trophy Wife

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) is an intense, medium gold with strong, warm yellow undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. There were quite a few larger, more noticeable glitter particles in this one–this would be suitable for someone who is looking for a strong, metallic highlight and likes looser glitter.

The texture was soft in the pan, but it was more loosely pressed with more glitter than base product, so as I blended the powder on my arm, I could see the glitter separate from the powder. As a result, the texture would be easier to work with on normal-to-oily skin or over a base (like liquid foundation) to help minimize the separation, which can result in a very imprecise application and stray glitter all over the face. It blended out fairly easily but still some glitter meandered as I blended on my normal-to-dry skin. The metallic finish did emphasize my skin’s texture immediately, even with just a semi-sheer application, which may not be everyone’s ideal result. The highlighter wore well for eight hours on me before becoming a bit patchy, but there was moderate glitter fallout/travel while worn.

Formula Overview

$34.00/0.28 oz. - $121.43 Per Ounce

The formula is described ranging from “subtle dayglow to insanely supercharged” with a “cream-powder hybrid” formula that feels “weightless” and is long-wearing. They can also be used on the eyes, body, lips, and so forth, per the brand. They feel like a traditional powder, but they have a smooth, moderately dense texture that doesn’t kick up a lot of excess product in the pan but also does not feel stiff or difficult to pickup with the brush. The finishes varied from shade to shade; where Metal Moon was the most subtle and had a satin-to-pearl finish, Trophy Wife was the most over-the-top with chunky, obvious glitter and less base color compared to the other shades.

The duos featured a light-to-moderate highlighter on the left and then a more sparkly, metallic highlighter on the right with the exception of Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule, where the left shade (Ginger Binge) was more intense (possibly owing to the richer color and payoff). In general, I found the left, more subtle side of each duo to be sheer to semi-sheer, somewhat buildable, whereas the right, more metallic side was substantially more pigmented. All of the more intense highlighters (Trophy Wife and the right side of the duos) did accentuate the look of my skin’s natural texture to some degree.

For use on the eye, they worked better with a slightly dampened brush, as it gave the powder a bit more binding powder for better adherence to the lid, but the ones I tried on the lid were blendable and easy to apply with no real concerns from the application itself other than the potential for fallout over time.

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Ingredients

Dimethicone, Talc, Isododecane, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyethylene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Cetyl Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Carmine (CI 75470).

C+

Permanent

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

Fenty Beauty Metal Moon Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

01/07

Fenty Beauty Metal Moon Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Metal Moon Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Metal Moon Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Metal Moon Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Metal Moon Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Metal Moon Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Metal Moon Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Metal Moon

Fenty Beauty Metal Moon Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a very pale white with warmer undertones and warm, golden pearl. It had the most subtle sheen out of all the currently available shades in the formula–more of a soft sheen than overt or over-the-top highlighter with very fine shimmer and no glitter/sparkle.

It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm in the pan, which made it easy to control the amount of product picked up on a brush. The powder blended easily on the skin and never emphasized my skin’s texture. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Formula Overview

$34.00/0.28 oz. - $121.43 Per Ounce

The formula is described ranging from “subtle dayglow to insanely supercharged” with a “cream-powder hybrid” formula that feels “weightless” and is long-wearing. They can also be used on the eyes, body, lips, and so forth, per the brand. They feel like a traditional powder, but they have a smooth, moderately dense texture that doesn’t kick up a lot of excess product in the pan but also does not feel stiff or difficult to pickup with the brush. The finishes varied from shade to shade; where Metal Moon was the most subtle and had a satin-to-pearl finish, Trophy Wife was the most over-the-top with chunky, obvious glitter and less base color compared to the other shades.

The duos featured a light-to-moderate highlighter on the left and then a more sparkly, metallic highlighter on the right with the exception of Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule, where the left shade (Ginger Binge) was more intense (possibly owing to the richer color and payoff). In general, I found the left, more subtle side of each duo to be sheer to semi-sheer, somewhat buildable, whereas the right, more metallic side was substantially more pigmented. All of the more intense highlighters (Trophy Wife and the right side of the duos) did accentuate the look of my skin’s natural texture to some degree.

For use on the eye, they worked better with a slightly dampened brush, as it gave the powder a bit more binding powder for better adherence to the lid, but the ones I tried on the lid were blendable and easy to apply with no real concerns from the application itself other than the potential for fallout over time.

Browse all of our Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Magnesium Myristate, Phenoxyethanol, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Metal Moon
Metal Moon
A-

Permanent

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