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Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator & Illuminating Stick

01/10

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Diamond Dust

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a grayish-white base with strong shift to pink-violet paired with a luminous sheen. It had rich color payoff, which was easily blended and diffused for sheerer coverage, if desired. The consistency was smooth, blendable but not so soft that it was powdery in the pan. The brand actually described the formula as a “translucent wash of luminous color,” and while with a very, very light touch and barely-there application, that effect was achievable, the reality was this was a pigmented highlighter–which may not be a deal-breaker for many. On my warmer skin tone, the cooler base made it easier for me to wear layered on top of blush, but the shift was noticeable on its own or layered. This shade wore well for nine hours on me.

Ingredients

MICA, CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, SQUALANE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CHRONDRUS CRISPUS, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, POLYSORBATE 20, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, SILICA, XANTHAN GUM, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TIN OXIDE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)

9
Product
6
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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B

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Laura Geller Ballerina & Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminators Reviews, Photos, Swaatches

01/07

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Ballerina

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.85 oz.) is a soft, medium rose gold with warm undertones and fine, golden pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which was only opaque just-squeezed out of the applicator, but the watery texture made it impossible for it to actually stay that way once I started to blend the product out. I tried applying a second layer on top with minimal success. As long as the product was blended on the skin, it dried down for the most part. I don’t recommend applying with the sponge applicator, especially if you use any base products, as it will absolutely pick up foundations and concealers, which then muddies the highlighter a bit. It had a subtle sheen that was more noticeable in person than in photos (almost looked like nothing was on my cheeks in photos) with little color (against my skin tone). The faint glow lasted for seven hours on me.

It’s supposed to be “sheer” liquid version of the brand’s powder highlighters. There’s a sponge applicator on the end, and you squeeze the product out onto it, which was the aspect of this product I liked least. I think a simple squeeze tube would have made more sense and been just as practical–it would have worked well for getting product out for highlighting key areas of the face as well as for mixing with base products. It’s much harder to mix with base products that way it is packaged. It was fairly sheer on the skin (as marketed), but it might have been in that range of “too sheer” for some. It also worked well as a base for powder highlighters or mixed with base/foundation products.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua, Eau), Isohexadecane, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Talc, Mica, IPDI/Di-C12-13 Alkyl Tartrate/Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone Copolymer, Glycerin, Trisiloxane, Synthetic Beeswax, Isododecane, Squalane, Sorbitan Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Propylene Carbonate, Di-C12-13 Alkyl Tartrate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Chloride, Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

Ballerina
Ballerina
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

01/09

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter

Rose Gold

Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter ($24.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light, gold-shimmered pink with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. A lot of the warmth came from the shimmer, as the base seemed cooler in comparison.

According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “creamy, powder formula” that is “long-wearing, highly pigmented” and gives a “lit-from-within glow.” It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly to bare skin, and it was buildable to full coverage, if desired. The consistency was smooth, blendable, and easy to work with as the powder wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. The highlighter was noticeable on the skin without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

Ingredients

MICA, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, ZINC STEARATE, SILICA, DIMETHICONE, ALUMINUM CALCIUM SODIUM SILICATE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, TIN OXIDE. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR [+/-: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77499)].

Rose Gold
Rose Gold
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

01/06

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

Pirates of the Caribbean

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette ($30.00 for 0.54 oz.) includes three highlighters and three blushes. The palette features the brand’s Light Source Illuminating Highlighter and Color Source Buildable Blush formulas. The highlighter formula is supposed to be buildable and luminous, but my experience with them was that they were quite pigmented–soft enough to blend them out or use a bit less for sheerer coverage, just not what I’d actually describe as buildable. As you might guess from the name, the blush is supposed to be buildable, though two of the three shades were rather pigmented and one was more medium and buildable. The palette’s more amped up pigmentation was why it was rated lower, but if you’re the type of person who wants more pigmented highlighters and blushes, then it should work well for you.

B+

Limited Edition

9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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B+

Fortune

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B

Lost Soul

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B+

Destined

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B+

Caribbean

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B+

Star Reader

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B+

Bold Spirit

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Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

01/06

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Ablaze

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette ($45.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. Per the description, the bronzer is actually listed as “sheer bronzer,” which is good, given it was quite sheer. For reference, the blush formula is also a “sheer to fuller coverage” product–sheer but buildable. I have found that Viseart’s more matte/satin cheek powders apply a lot better than they look on my arm. Ultimately, they apply better in thinner, more gradual layers than applied more heavily and then blended out. If you aren’t a fan of sheerer blushes and bronzers, I don’t think that the Viseart formula is ideal for you, even though they are certainly buildable.

Ablaze
Ablaze
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette

01/06

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette

Enamored

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette ($45.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. Per the description, the bronzer is actually listed as “sheer bronzer,” which is good, given it was quite sheer. For reference, the blush formula is also a “sheer to fuller coverage” product–sheer but buildable. I have found that Viseart’s more matte/satin cheek powders apply a lot better than they look on my arm. Ultimately, they apply better in thinner, more gradual layers than applied more heavily and then blended out. If you aren’t a fan of sheerer blushes and bronzers, I don’t think that the Viseart formula is ideal for you, even though they are certainly buildable.

Enamored
Enamored
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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