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MAC Basic Bitch MAC Girls Personality Palette

01/07

MAC Basic Bitch MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Basic Bitch MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Basic Bitch MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Basic Bitch MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Basic Bitch MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Basic Bitch Palette | Look Details

MAC Basic Bitch Palette | Look Details

Basic Bitch

MAC Basic Bitch MAC Girls Personality Palette ($39.50 for TBA oz.) is a smoky set of shades that includes eight eyeshadows and one highlighter. The palette features a new eyeshadow formula with four finishes–Satin Shine, Smooth Pearl, Foiled Shadow, and Creamy Matte–that are supposed to have a “creamy, silky texture with superior colour payoff” along with a powder highlighter that’s described as “lightweight” and has “just the right amount of pearl and pop.”

Overall, the formula isn’t night and day from the brand’s standard powder eyeshadow (and did not seem like they reinvented powder eyeshadow!), but it was noticeably softer, more finely-milled, and the Foiled finishes were denser and very sparkly–almost like an amped up take on their Lustre eyeshadows. The Creamy Matte finish seemed to have more pigmentation and blendability than of the brand’s firmer mattes have had. Unfortunately, the quality of each shade varied enough that it was not a slam dunk formulation, but I liked the direction of the formula but would like to see better consistency.

7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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Huda Beauty Summer Solstice 3D Highlighter Palette

01/05

Huda Beauty Summer Solstice 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Summer Solstice 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Summer Solstice 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Summer Solstice 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Summer Solstice 3D Highlighter Palette

Summer Solstice

Huda Beauty Summer Solstice 3D Highlighter Palette ($45.00 for 1.10 oz.) includes a cream highlighter and three powder highlighters. The cream formula is described as a “pearlescent creamy formula” that will create a “flawless, lit-from-within canvas” and is ideal for layering with powders, though it can also be used “on its own for [a] dewy and natural” effect. The powder highlighters can be used alone or together and are merely described as “light-catching.

I think the brand altered the cream highlighter formula compared to the original two that launched earlier this year, as the shade included in this palette was creamier and thinner, not nearly as dense or as difficult to blend out. The powder highlighters remained as a moderately dense formula with moderate to intense shine. The three powder highlighters were buildable in coverage as two shades were semi-opaque (which I suspect some will prefer).

B

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color (Highlighter)

01/06

Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

H104

Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It brightened without looking particularly chalky or ashy on me, but it was still a much starker shade against my skin tone; it would work better paired with blush or contour or on fairer complexions. It had good pigmentation paired with a moderately dense, very smooth texture that blended out nicely on the skin and had a natural finish. I could really see someone who likes very subtle illuminators enjoying this as it definitely reflected light but without using a lot of shimmer. On me, the highlighter wore well for eight hours.

Overview of the Formula

The formula is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “long-lasting finish.” The range is split into three types–Highlighters, Sculpting Powders, and Blushes–that is easy to determine by the first letter of the shade name (H for Highlighter, S for Sculpting, and B for Blush). There are three finishes–matte, shimmer, and pearl but was less obvious. In fact, the majority of the “matte” shades were more like semi-matte or natural matte where there were no distinctive shimmer particles but they seemed to take on the natural finish of the skin, which gave the “mattes” a particularly seamless finish on the skin but might be dewier on oilier skin types than desired. None of the 34 shades available were frosted or metallic except three of the highlighters (H100, H106, H312).

The pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque, depending largely on the shade, though they were always buildable if they were not opaque in a single layer. Some of the deeper, more matte shades were less forgiving and took more effort to diffuse and blend, even when I used a lighter hand or a more feathery brush. The texture was smooth, velvety, and moderately dense without any powderiness or dustiness in the pan. The formula has lasted between eight and ten hours on me.

You can view swatches of all of the blushes, all of the highlighters, and all of the sculpting powders in the Swatch Gallery.

Formula Overview

$23.00/0.17 oz. - $135.29 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "intense color payoff" with a "long-lasting finish." The range is split into three types--Highlighters, Sculpting Powders, and Blushes--that is easy to determine by the first letter of the shade name (H for Highlighter, S for Sculpting, and B for Blush). There are three finishes--matte, shimmer, and pearl but was less obvious. In fact, the majority of the "matte" shades were more like semi-matte or natural matte where there were no distinctive shimmer particles but they seemed to take on the natural finish of the skin, which gave the "mattes" a particularly seamless finish on the skin but might be dewier on oilier skin types than desired. None of the 34 shades available were frosted or metallic except three of the highlighters (H100, H106, H312).

The pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque, depending largely on the shade, though they were always buildable if they were not opaque in a single layer. Some of the deeper, more matte shades were less forgiving and took more effort to diffuse and blend, even when I used a lighter hand or a more feathery brush. The texture was smooth, velvety, and moderately dense without any powderiness or dustiness in the pan. The formula has lasted between eight and ten hours on me.

You can view swatches of all of the blushes, all of the highlighters, and all of the sculpting powders in the Swatch Gallery.

Browse all of our Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color – Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

H104
H104
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Make Up For Ever 4 Frozen Green Star Lit Powder

01/07

Make Up For Ever 4 Frozen Green Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 4 Frozen Green Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 4 Frozen Green Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 4 Frozen Green Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 4 Frozen Green Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 4 Frozen Green Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 4 Frozen Green Star Lit Powder

4 Frozen Green

Make Up For Ever 4 Frozen Green Star Lit Powder ($21.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a cool, pinkish white base with gold-to-green shifting shimmer. The consistency was incredibly silky and finely-milled with a lot of very fine pearl that reflected light beautifully. The duochrome effect was noticeable more in person than in photos but was absolutely visible in person (and not just by contorting myself). It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage applied dry and more opaque coverage when applied damp. The highlighter lasted well for eight and a half hours on me.

The Star Lit Powders can be used to “highlight eyes, lips and cheeks” with an “ultra-fine loose powder” that can be used “wet or dry to customize coverage intensity and luminosity.” While checking the weight on these, I noticed that the weight differs from shade to shade; this one had a mere 0.02 oz. while others ranged from 0.03 oz. to 0.09 oz. (visually, by volume, they seemed to fill the jars regardless of the weight differences between shades). I also noticed that it appears the brand identifies what area you can use a shade on by listing an icon on the back of the jar in the shape of a pair of lips, an eyeball, and then a face (presumably for cheeks).

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.02 oz. - $1050.00 Per Ounce

The Star Lit Powders can be used to “highlight eyes, lips and cheeks” with an “ultra-fine loose powder” that can be used “wet or dry to customize coverage intensity and luminosity.” While checking the weight on these, I noticed that the weight differs from shade to shade; this one had a mere 0.02 oz. while others ranged from 0.03 oz. to 0.09 oz. I also noticed that it appears the brand identifies what area you can use a shade on by listing an icon on the back of the jar in the shape of a pair of lips, an eyeball, and then a face (presumably for cheeks).

Browse all of our Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder swatches.

Ingredients

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Milk Makeup Mars Holographic Highlighting Powder

01/09

Milk Makeup Mars Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Mars Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Mars Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Mars Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Mars Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Mars Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Mars Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Mars Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Mars Holographic Highlighting Powder

Mars

Milk Makeup Mars Holographic Highlighting Powder ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale, pinky beige with a pink-to-lavender shift. It was more of a duochrome than Supernova but the finish was much more subdued and more like a faint pearl than a true shimmery. The effect of this one was more noticeable when layered with blushes, as it would alter the blush a bit more noticeably than when this was applied on the face by itself. All that being said, subtle doesn’t quite seem to be what the brand had in mind as they call the formula “intense.”

The formula is an “intense highlighting powder” that is supposed to have “full payoff in a single swipe” that can be used on cheeks and eyes. The color payoff was good, but the effect remained subtle, so it might not look much against my skin tone. There was some noticeable shift in person, depending on the angle and lighting. If you prefer a blinding highlight, I would not recommend it, but if you prefer a subtle highlight and like the idea of a duochrome (but often find them too intense), this might be for you. The consistency was soft, smooth, and moderately dense and felt a touch powdery on the skin initially. It was blendable and any powderiness dissipated as I buffed and blended the powder across my cheeks. The highlighter lasted for eight hours on me.

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.14 oz. - $214.29 Per Ounce

The formula is an “intense highlighting powder” that is supposed to have “full payoff in a single swipe” that can be used on cheeks and eyes. The color payoff was good for most shades and the finish ranged from subtle to intense, depending on the shade. They typically lasted for eight hours and were easy to blend on the skin.

Browse all of our Milk Makeup Holographic Highlighting Powder swatches.

Ingredients

Silica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Polybutene, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Isostearate, Dimethicone, Hexylene Glycol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Meteorite Powder, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid. May contain: Mica/CI 77019, Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Iron Oxides/CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Manganese Violet/CI 77742, Ultramarines/CI 77007.

Mars
Mars
B

Permanent

7
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

Milk Makeup Supernova Holographic Highlighting Powder

01/09

Milk Makeup Supernova Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Supernova Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Supernova Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Supernova Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Supernova Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Supernova Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Supernova Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Supernova Holographic Highlighting Powder

Milk Makeup Supernova Holographic Highlighting Powder

Supernova

Milk Makeup Supernova Holographic Highlighting Powder ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, silvery lavender with cool undertones and a sparkling sheen. It had more iridescent shimmer than one that shifted from one shade to another. The finish was moderately shimmery with a strong reflective quality but did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture as the consistency was more finely-milled and smoother as I blended and buffed it out onto my cheeks.

The formula is supposed to have “full payoff in a single swipe” that can be used on cheeks and eyes. It had good pigmentation in a single layer–just shy of full coverage–and was easily built up for truly opaque coverage if desired. The texture was soft, smooth, and not too dense nor was it powdery in the pan, so it was easy to use and to blend out. The highlighter wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.14 oz. - $214.29 Per Ounce

The formula is an “intense highlighting powder” that is supposed to have “full payoff in a single swipe” that can be used on cheeks and eyes. The color payoff was good for most shades and the finish ranged from subtle to intense, depending on the shade. They typically lasted for eight hours and were easy to blend on the skin.

Browse all of our Milk Makeup Holographic Highlighting Powder swatches.

Ingredients

Octyldodecy Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Polybutene, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Isostearate, Dimethicone, Hexylene Glycol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Meterorite Powder, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, Silica In/En Mars Shade. May Contain: Mica/Ci 77019, Titanium Dioxide/Ci 77891, Iron Oxides/Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499, Manganese Violet/Ci 77742, Ultramarines/Ci 77007

Supernova
Supernova
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total