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Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

01/05

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Iridescent (100)

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a pale pink with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had medium, buildable coverage in a single layer, which could also be spread and thinned out for sheerer coverage.

The formula is supposed to have a “micro-pearl liquid” texture that can be used “alone, [mixed] with primer, [mixed] with foundation, or [as a] spotlight” on the face. It had a smooth, lightweight feel on the skin with a thin consistency that wasn’t runny nor was it really thick, but it was thicker than the average liquid highlighter that I’ve come across (especially for anyone who wants to mix with their liquid foundation). The shimmer particles seemed larger, too, compared to most liquid highlighters, which may or may not work for one, depending on personal preferences.

I had no trouble getting a moderate sheen when patted on top of cheeks as a spot highlighter, and it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. I didn’t have any too much trouble blending it out when worn on top of liquid foundation, but it did apply best over bare skin. Worn alone, it lasted for seven and a half hours on me. When I tried mixing it with liquid foundation, it took more product to feel like everything was well mixed prior to applying, and it seemed like a lot of noticeable shimmer all over the face. I think the texture ran too thick and the particle size too large to work as well as an all-over highlighter.

Ingredients

Aqua / Water / Eau, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone / Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Acrylamide / Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Isohexadecane, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Oleate, Dipropylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Citric Acid. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491 / Iron Oxides.

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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Wet ‘n’ Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

01/09

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter

Unicorn

Wet ‘n’ Wild Unicorn Rainbow Highlighter ($5.99 for 0.26 oz.) is a multi-colored powder highlighter that features hues of pink, orange, yellow, pale green, blue, and lavender. Swirled together, they yielded a green-tinged gold with a heavy, metallic finish.

The powder highlighter is supposed to have an “ultra-saturated, high impact, shimmering pearl powder that blends easily for a beautiful rainbow highlight.” I tried using a fan brush to apply the colors more individually, though the strength of the orange and lavender were the weakest (they seemed firmer in the pan, so that might have been part of the issue). The consistency was drier and slightly loose in the compact and emphasized my skin’s texture when applied, even with a lighter application, as it was quite pigmented. I was surprised that a visible rainbow effect was achievable, though I would recommend going back in with smaller brushes (like eyeshadow brushes) to improve the definition of the pink and lavender shades on the skin. On me, it wore well for seven hours before turning patchy.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethyl Macadamiate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Lauroyl Lysine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Dodecene, Isostearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Tin Oxide, o-Cymen-5-ol, Water/Eau, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): Mica, Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Iron Oxides/CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Ferric Ferrocyanide/CI 77510].

Unicorn
Unicorn
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

01/07

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Daygleam

Tarte Daygleam Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light-medium copper with warm, rosy undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich, opaque pigmentation in a single layer, though the texture was forgiving and a lighter hand (or less dense brush) could be used to achieve sheerer coverage if desired.

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “12-hour” wear that has a “buildable glow.” I would not describe it as a buildable glow; it was quite metallic regardless of sheer or opaque application. The more I blended it, the smoother the sheen became, but it did still accentuate the look of my skin’s texture at some angles when worn at medium or greater coverage. I think this shade would be particularly nice for someone who finds a lot of coppery highlighters to be too dark or red-toned, as this is one of the lighter ones I’ve come across (conversely, the lightness would be beautiful on deeper skin tones while only adding slight warmth). The consistency was smooth, dense but not stiff or too heavy to work with, and blended out with ease. It wore well for ten hours before turning a little patchy.

Ingredients

Daygleam
Daygleam
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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ColourPop Gimme More Pressed Powder Highlighter Palette

01/05

Colour Pop Gimme More 6-Pan Pressed Powder Highlighter Palette

Colour Pop Gimme More 6-Pan Pressed Powder Highlighter Palette

Colour Pop Gimme More 6-Pan Pressed Powder Highlighter Palette

Colour Pop Gimme More 6-Pan Pressed Powder Highlighter Palette

Colour Pop Gimme More 6-Pan Pressed Powder Highlighter Palette

Gimme More

ColourPop Gimme More Pressed Powder Highlighter Palette ($18.00 for 0.78 oz.) includes six highlighters in a slim, cardboard palette. It is new and limited edition, and presently sold out, but the palette will be restocked at a future date. The brand’s Pressed Powder Highlighter formula is supposed to have a “high-shine” finish with “butter-soft powders” that have “high colour intensity.” All six were denser with some having a very creamy, smooth consistency and a couple felt sparklier and not as smooth to the touch. They varied between frosted to sparkly but were certainly more intense highlighters. On me, most of the shades lasted for eight to nine hours. Overall, while they did not have the best texture throughout when swatched, they seemed to sit better on the skin after being diffused and blended.

Gimme More
Gimme More
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

01/10

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Fireball

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium, peachy orange with warm, reddish undertones and a fine, pink and gold sparkle. It had sheer color payoff in a single layer, which was buildable to medium coverage with three layers.

The formula is supposed to be a “smooth, silky powder” that adds “an instant peachy-pink glow” with “light-reflecting particles.” It’s a thin, dusty powder that has a very firm, dry texture to it, though the powder itself did not appear dry applied to the skin. I did, however, find that it did not blend out as easily as I expected as it seemed to absorb the natural oils on my face and adhere very strongly wherever it was initially applied. There were noticeable sparkles in the highlighter, so I would not recommend it for someone who did not like their sparkle or glitter. It wore well for six and a half hours on me before fading.

Ingredients

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zea Mays Starch / Corn Starch, Silica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Hectorite, Octyldodecanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Aqua / Water. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 73360 / Red 30, CI 77007 / Ultramarines.

Fireball
Fireball
7
Product
6
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
70%
Total

NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette

01/06

NARS Bord de Plage Fall 2017 Highlighting & Bronzing Palette

NARS Bord de Plage Fall 2017 Highlighting & Bronzing Palette

NARS Bord de Plage Fall 2017 Highlighting & Bronzing Palette

NARS Bord de Plage Fall 2017 Highlighting & Bronzing Palette

NARS Bord de Plage Fall 2017 Highlighting & Bronzing Palette

NARS Bord de Plage Fall 2017 Highlighting & Bronzing Palette

Bord de Plage

NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette ($59.00 for 0.66 oz.) contains four highlighters and two bronzers. If you’re familiar with spring’s Banc de Sable, then this palette might seem familiar; it has a similar formula and includes one shade from it as well (Rivage). The two bronzers–Laguna and Casino–are still available individually in the Sun Wash formula. The consistency of both the highlighters and bronzers is firmer in the pan with a smoother consistency that doesn’t kickup excess product in the pan but works better with a denser brush. The Sun Wash bronzer formula is designed to be sheerer, so they will work best for someone who wants a buildable bronzer. The highlighters can be used wet or dry with wet (well, damp) application yielding a stronger sheen and slightly more pigmented, depending on the shade. They are entirely usable dry, though, as they’re more pigmented dry than described.

It’s currently a Nordstrom exclusive but will be available August 4th everywhere else.

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