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Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio

01/06

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio

Bobbi to Glow

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio ($69.00 for 0.63 oz.) is a new, limited edition set for the holidays that contains three, nearly full-sized highlighting powders. The brand described them as a trio of “bestselling” shades, but they did not line up that closely with past releases with similar names, so they seemed new-to-me. I enjoy this formula as it has a smooth and blendable consistency without any powderiness that is easy to apply to the skin and yields a gorgeous, glowing finish. All three shades were consistent with past shades I’ve tried in the formula, and I think if one likes warmer-toned highlighters, it’s certainly worth considering.

Value

A full-sized Highlighting Powder retails for $48.00 and contains 0.23 oz. or costs $208.70/oz. This palette contains $131.48 worth of product.

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Nectar Glow

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Pink Gold Glow

Limited Edition
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Fenty Beauty Starstruck Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

01/04

Fenty Beauty Starstruck Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Starstruck Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Starstruck Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Starstruck Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Starstruck

Fenty Beauty Starstruck Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick ($25.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light, pinky beige with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, which was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The texture was thin, more powder-like than cream as soon as product was put onto a fingertip or a brush. I liked applying it better with a fingertip, as I felt the warmth was needed to blend out the product on my skin to avoid disturbing base products or getting a patchy look. There was noticeable sparkle to this shade, and it could emphasize my skin’s natural texture slightly if I was not careful. On me, it wore well for eight hours.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.25 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be long-wearing with a “light-as-air,” “blendable” texture that “lives to be layered” and has "buildable, creaseproof" coverage. They twist-up and are medium-sized with a domed edge. I found that applying to my fingertips worked better than direct application, as it enabled me greater control over coverage level as well as placement, and if you tend to apply over foundation, then this will help keep the Match Stix cleaner, too. The texture was thin, and it did seem to go from a “cream” in the tube to a more powder-like product once on the skin. They were fairly blendable with a few being more sparkly with less visible base color, which may not be for everyone, and others had a more pearl-like sheen that didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. Most shades applied and blended out without lifting up foundation or pulling into pores (over bare skin), but the ones that did tended to have larger particles in them. They lasted between six and eight hours on me.

A problem I had throughout just swatching each shade on my cheeks for photos was that whatever was exposed was a bit dry, more powdery to the touch, and I felt like I had to really warm the product up and/or swipe it back and forth on the back of my hand to refresh the texture. This is not uncommon with drier, cream-based formulas, but it's still a downside and an area that could be improved upon. Some shades were very pigmented, others were medium and buildable, and a couple were sheerer.

Browse all of our Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick swatches.

Ingredients

MICA, ETHYLHEXYL ISONONANOATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, SUCROSE ACETATE ISOBUTYRATE, C20-40 ALCOHOLS, TRIBEHENIN, PARAFFIN, POLYETHYLENE, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, VP/HEXADECENE COPOLYMER, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA/MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX/CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, TOCOPHEROL, ISOSTEARYL ALCOHOL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, MALIC ACID, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, SILICA, TIN OXIDE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

Starstruck
Starstruck
B

Permanent

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

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

01/09

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Solstice

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a pale pink with a frosted sheen that shifted from cooler lavender to warmer pink. The shimmer was larger in the highlighter, and I felt like it made it more prone to emphasizing my skin’s natural texture as a result. When diffused and blended out to medium coverage, I did not find it noticeably accentuating, though. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with a second layer.

The powder was soft, smooth, and blendable overall with a bit of looseness in the pan. I noticed that the whiter base was more prominent when I applied and blended it out on my skin than initially swatched, so it ended up looking a bit lighter than anticipated on my skin tone. I did see the duochrome effect in person, so it appeared cooler and warmer depending on the angle I viewed the highlighter at. The color wore well for eight hours on me before becoming a bit patchy.

Formula Overview

$29.00/0.17 oz. - $170.59 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be an “ultra-soft luminizer” with “long-wear” and built-up to “intense, bold shimmer.” The powders were usually soft and blendable, though a couple were a little looser in the pan, which made them feel drier or dustier.

They were easy to blend and diffuse on the skin and lasted for eight hours, on average. The more sparkly shades emphasized my skin's natural texture a bit while the more luminous shades did not.

Browse all of our Ciate Glow-To Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Triethylhexanoin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Isododecane, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Hydrated Silica, Decylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Disodium EDTA, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

Solstice
Solstice
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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Ciate Rainbow Mermaid Glow

01/09

Ciate Rainbow Mermaid Glow

Ciate Rainbow Mermaid Glow

Ciate Rainbow Mermaid Glow

Ciate Rainbow Mermaid Glow

Ciate Rainbow Mermaid Glow

Ciate Rainbow Mermaid Glow

Ciate Rainbow Mermaid Glow

Ciate Rainbow Mermaid Glow

Ciate Rainbow Mermaid Glow

Rainbow

Ciate Rainbow Mermaid Glow ($32.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a pale, silvery white with a luminous sheen. The strips of colors are rather thin, so it wasn’t really pratical to use them individually, and when I attempted to get more of a gradient, they just all seemed to wash together regardless to a single shade (silvery white).

The consistency was smooth with a slightly denser feel compared to the Glow-To Highlighters from the brand. There was no powderiness in the pan, and the powder sat exceptionally well on the skin–soft, luminous, and never drew attention to my skin’s texture. It had a stronger, white base, so I would be wary of this on deeper complexions as it could turn ashy, but for those with very fair complexions, I imagine it would be quite suitable. The highlighter was easy to diffuse and blend out on the skin with good pigmentation and a buildable luminosity. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading.

Ingredients

Talc, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Mica, Sorbic Acid, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).

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

Ciate Celestial Glow-To Highlighter

01/08

Ciate Celestial Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Celestial Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Celestial Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Celestial Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Celestial Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Celestial Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Celestial Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Celestial Glow-To Highlighter

Celestial

Ciate Celestial Glow-To Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, sparkling finish. The consistency was soft, a little dry in the pan, and did not bind as well when I applied and blended out the powder on my skin. I felt like the shimmer particles were larger and definitely were more prone to emphasizing my skin’s natural texture compared to the brand’s initial releases in this formula, though it certainly wasn’t the worst offender in that department and only when worn at semi-opaque or greater coverage. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The highlighter stayed on well for eight hours on me.

Formula Overview

$29.00/0.17 oz. - $170.59 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be an “ultra-soft luminizer” with “long-wear” and built-up to “intense, bold shimmer.” The powders were usually soft and blendable, though a couple were a little looser in the pan, which made them feel drier or dustier.

They were easy to blend and diffuse on the skin and lasted for eight hours, on average. The more sparkly shades emphasized my skin's natural texture a bit while the more luminous shades did not.

Browse all of our Ciate Glow-To Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Triethylhexanoin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Isododecane, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Hydrated Silica, Decylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Disodium EDTA, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

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

Tarte Goddess Glow Highlighter (Holiday 2017)

01/09

Tarte Goddess Glow Holiday 2017 Highlighter

Tarte Goddess Glow Holiday 2017 Highlighter

Tarte Goddess Glow Holiday 2017 Highlighter

Tarte Goddess Glow Holiday 2017 Highlighter

Tarte Goddess Glow Holiday 2017 Highlighter

Tarte Goddess Glow Holiday 2017 Highlighter

Tarte Goddess Glow Holiday 2017 Highlighter

Tarte Goddess Glow Holiday 2017 Highlighter

Tarte Goddess Glow Holiday 2017 Highlighter

Goddess Glow

Tarte Goddess Glow Holiday 2017 Highlighter ($35.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling sheen. This has noticeable sparkle to it, so if you are not a fan of more glittery highlighters, then this is most definitely not going to work for you. On the other hand, if the more sparkle the better in your book, then perhaps you’ll enjoy the finish.

The compact is massive–it’s a whopping 0.42 oz. of product–but it is to the point of being unnecessarily large for most people (it will take eons to get through this one, even if used on its own all year!). According to Tarte, the powder is supposed to “build a natural radiance or blinding strobe” with a “silky, weightless powder” with “pigment [that] builds effortlessly.” The finish was more buildable than the pigmentation from my experience; the powder was loosely pressed and a bit dry, so I just did not find the pigmentation built up much with layering, but it did appear more metallic and even more sparkly with two to three layers on the skin. It had semi-sheer to medium coverage (built up) that did emphasize my skin’s natural texture somewhat. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before becoming a little patchy.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polypropylene, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Nylon-12, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, Isododecane, Stearyl Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Octadecene, Ptfe, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium Edta Triolein, Tin Oxide, Cetyl Peg/Ppg -10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Algae Extract, Gardenia Taitensis Flower, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total