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Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

01/09

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio
Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio
Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio
Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio
Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio
Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio
Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio
Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio
Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio

Grapevine

Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine The Neo-Blush Trio ($38.00 for 0.20 oz.) blends together to create a bright pop of fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was buildable that blended out fairly easily, though it wasn’t quite effortless. Swirled together, the color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Two of three shades were silky and finely-milled, but the deepest shade was drier to the touch and was the harder shade to blend out of the three. The gradient effect is definitely something doable on the cheeks, too, and it was quite pretty layered that way; I recommend starting with the center shade, then highlighting with the left shade, and deepening the overall color (almost as a contour) with the right-most shade.

Grapevine
Grapevine
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

01/08

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Gradient Glow

Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.25 oz.) mixes to yield a light-medium, peach gold with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. The compact contains a strip of each of the following Shimmering Skin Perfectors: Bronzed Amber, Moonstone, Opal, Rose gold, and Topaz. I don’t find the size of each strip to be conducive to using any one shade on its own on the cheeks (you’d need a small eye brush), but feasibly, one could get a slightly richer, warmer result by focusing on the top half or a slightly pinker, light-medium in depth result using the lower half. It was, of course, easiest to use swirled together.

The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and blendable without being powdery or too densely-packed in the pan. It applied evenly to my cheekbones, diffused with minimal effort, and yielded a noticeable sheen but didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It had good color coverage, but the softness of the powder made it easy to diffuse for sheerer coverage or be used with a lighter hand for less coverage from the get-go. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.25 oz. - $152.00 Per Ounce

The Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed formula is described as having an "ultra-reflective shine" with a "creamy" texture that "applies seamlessly." In general, the texture of the highlighters is incredibly smooth, silky, and finely-milled with frosted to metallic finishes and the occasional more sparkly finish. They tend to have a high-shine, more metallic finish and are a stronger highlighter, so they are going to be best suited to someone who likes an obvious highlight over a very subtle one. That being said, with a fan brush and a deft hand, one could certainly achieve a subtler, all-over luminosity as well, but if one takes a typical, tapered highlighting brush, there will be quite a bit of pigment and highlight on the skin. I find that some shades can emphasize the look of pores slightly to moderately, depending on application. They tend to last between eight to nine hours on me.

Browse all of our Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isostearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Silica, Boron Nitride, Nylon-12, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Magnesium Stearate, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Paraffin, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax/Cire Microcristalline), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Tin Oxide. May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green).

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

01/07

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Rose Glitz over Smashbox In Bloom Always On Liquid Lipstick

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops
Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops
Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops
Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops
Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops
Smashbox Rose Glitz over Smashbox In Bloom Always On Liquid Lipstick
Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Rose Glitz

Smashbox Rose Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops ($32.00 for 0.34 oz.) has a clear base with light gold and deeper gold sparkle glitter. One layer produced a semi-sheer amount of sparkle/glitter whether patted onto lips or patted onto cheekbones, and then intensified to semi-opaque coverage with two to three layers, though I did find that on the cheeks it started to look a bit textured after three layers.

I didn’t have any trouble applying it on bare skin or over foundation, as it did not lift up my base. It layered well over a matte liquid lipstick and stayed on well and did not interfere with the wear of the lip color, though it felt a little clingier after I added the glitter on top. The glitter effect was also buildable but three layers emphasized my skin’s natural texture. I felt like it did what it was marketed to do, but I don’t love the delivery system and don’t think it’s going to be the type of product that everyone will love.

Formula Overview

$32.00/0.34 oz. - $94.12 Per Ounce

It's a very liquid, water-based highlighter that dries down quickly after it's applied, whether patted onto lips or cheeks (it can be used for either purpose, per the brand). The glass bottle has a dropper that dispenses a moderate amount of glitter, which I'd describe as medium in size--bigger than shimmer and sparkle but not super chunky glitter. I was surprised at how well it applied onto cheeks, including over base makeup, as it did not lift it away, and it did not seem to sit in my pores either. It dried down and stayed on well with minimal migration over an eight-hour period. I did feel like it felt a little clingy layered over lip products (I tried the liquid lipsticks from the same release by Smashbox), though. I also found the applicator harder to work with, though I am at a loss as to what might be better. The bottle needs to be mixed thoroughly as the glitter settles to the bottom of the bottle.

Browse all of our Smashbox Petal Metal Shimmer Drops swatches.

Ingredients

WaterAquaEau, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Pentylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Magnesium Sulfate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Bronze Powder (CI 77400), Carmine (CI 75470), Copper Powder (CI 77400), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 30 (CI 73360), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985)]

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

01/09

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz over Smashbox XO, Vlada Always On Liquid Lipstick

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz and Rose Glitz over Smashbox XO, Vlada Always On Liquid Lipstick

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops
Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops
Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops
Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops
Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops
Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops
Smashbox Gold Glitz over Smashbox XO, Vlada Always On Liquid Lipstick
Smashbox Gold Glitz and Rose Glitz over Smashbox XO, Vlada Always On Liquid Lipstick
Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

Gold Glitz

Smashbox Gold Glitz Petal Metal Shimmer Drops ($32.00 for 0.34 oz.) has a clear base with light pink, silver, and peach glitter. It had a water-based texture, so the bottle needs to be shaken first to redistribute the glitter, and it dries down quite quickly whether applied to lips or the skin. I liked it a little more on cheeks, as it was sparkly without looking like grit or dirt, and it was easy to work with even on top of foundation. It applied well over a liquid lipstick but seemed to make it feel clingier. There was minimal travel during an eight-hour period when I wore it on my cheeks, and it didn’t shorten the wear of the liquid lipstick when used as a topper.

It’s an interesting product, particularly because of the water-heavy formulation, and I definitely felt like it lived up to the expectations the brand set for it, but it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.

Formula Overview

$32.00/0.34 oz. - $94.12 Per Ounce

It's a very liquid, water-based highlighter that dries down quickly after it's applied, whether patted onto lips or cheeks (it can be used for either purpose, per the brand). The glass bottle has a dropper that dispenses a moderate amount of glitter, which I'd describe as medium in size--bigger than shimmer and sparkle but not super chunky glitter. I was surprised at how well it applied onto cheeks, including over base makeup, as it did not lift it away, and it did not seem to sit in my pores either. It dried down and stayed on well with minimal migration over an eight-hour period. I did feel like it felt a little clingy layered over lip products (I tried the liquid lipsticks from the same release by Smashbox), though. I also found the applicator harder to work with, though I am at a loss as to what might be better. The bottle needs to be mixed thoroughly as the glitter settles to the bottom of the bottle.

Browse all of our Smashbox Petal Metal Shimmer Drops swatches.

Ingredients

WaterAquaEau, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Pentylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Magnesium Sulfate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Bronze Powder (CI 77400), Carmine (CI 75470), Copper Powder (CI 77400), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 30 (CI 73360), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985)]

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter

01/09

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow
Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow
Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow
Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow
Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow
Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow
Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow
Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow
Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow

African Light Gold

Givenchy African Light Gold Bouncy Highlighter Cooling Jelly Glow ($41.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a soft, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. It’s a new, limited edition cream-based highlighter that has a slightly cool-to-the-touch sensation when initially applied, but it has an overly-emollient texture that seems to dry down incredibly quickly to the point where all it did was catch on texture and separate the more I tried to blend it out. I tried using fingertips, brushes, and sponges to apply and to blend out the product, and I did not feel like anything worked well.

The product seemed to sit on top of my skin, which isn’t usually an issue with cream-based formulas, as they’re often designed to look more natural and skin-like. It worked terribly over any base products as it lifted them up and caused them to turn patchy wherever it touched the base. It did not look dewy or shiny or luminous, even in person; it was barely visible in photos, and it wasn’t much better in person (I felt like it was more visible because it texturized my cheeks but not that visible from giving it dewy sheen). It lasted for six hours on me.

Ingredients

Smashbox Petal Metal Shimmer Spray

01/04

Smashbox Petal Metal Petal Metal Shimmer Spray

Smashbox Petal Metal Petal Metal Shimmer Spray

Smashbox Petal Metal Petal Metal Shimmer Spray

Smashbox Petal Metal Petal Metal Shimmer Spray

Smashbox Petal Metal Petal Metal Shimmer Spray

Smashbox Petal Metal Petal Metal Shimmer Spray

Smashbox Petal Metal Petal Metal Shimmer Spray

Smashbox Petal Metal Petal Metal Shimmer Spray

Smashbox Petal Metal Petal Metal Shimmer Spray
Smashbox Petal Metal Petal Metal Shimmer Spray
Smashbox Petal Metal Petal Metal Shimmer Spray
Smashbox Petal Metal Petal Metal Shimmer Spray

Petal Metal

Smashbox Petal Metal Petal Metal Shimmer Spray ($39.00 for 3.90 oz.) is a soft, pale pink with warm undertones and a shimmery, dewy sheen. It’s designed to have buildable coverage and sheen, which I found accurate in the sense of it had a semi-sheer level of shimmer that could be intensified to more medium coverage with respect to shimmer and shine. The base had a tinge of pink, which was only noticeable when layered and at certain angles as the shimmer reflected less light.

The texture was thin, watery, but it was definitely thicker than pure water. It dried down within 30 seconds and set, so it didn’t remain wet but the sheen was noticeable enough that it still appeared dewy after drying down. It had a slightly rosy scent to it, but I didn’t notice it while wore, just as it was initially sprayed and drying down. The shimmer didn’t rub off easily and stayed on well throughout the day whether I wore it on my cheeks or on my arms/legs.

I think that brand described the product well, and they produced a video as well as provided written instructions making sure to state to spray it onto a brush or on the back of one’s hand rather than directly onto the face for face application… but the reality is that the bottle has a spray nozzle and looks like any other setting spray, including their own (Photo Finish Primer Water) that the immediate thinking is to spray directly onto the face. If one does that, it’s a terrible experience–globs of product get launched onto the face and has to be dabbed into the skin using a sponge or brush to minimal effect. If one follows directions, it’s a beautiful product, but the packaging just might be all wrong for it–I actually would have preferred a tube or pump mechanism as it was more like a liquid highlighter and those types of packaging just make more sense. Alternatively, if it was marketed as a body shimmer with an “off-use” tip of spraying it onto a brush to use on the cheeks, I think there would have been less confusion.

For body application, the brand does recommend misting directly onto the skin and then blending, which makes sense since it’s a larger area and isn’t covered with more precise makeup application (like eye makeup, blush, and the like). I would still say to spray closer to the body and then blend out than hold it from afar to spray, though.

Ingredients

WaterAquaEau, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Propanediol, Glycerin, Sucrose, Trehalose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Algae Extract, Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Gellidiella Acerosa Extract, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Caffeine, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Glycereth-26, Dextrin, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 80, PPG-6-Decyltetradeceth-30, Calcium Chloride, Gellan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470)

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total