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Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

01/11

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia x Nicole Guerriero | Look Breakdown

Anastasia x Nicole Guerriero | Look Breakdown

Anastasia x Nicole Guerriero | Look Breakdown

Nicole Guerriero

Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit ($40.00 for 0.96 oz.) includes six highlighters that are “metallic” and have “intense luminosity.” The formula is supposed to be “ultra-fine” and “won’t leave behind shimmer particles.” From experience, the formula didn’t feel quite as smooth, creamy, or as finely-milled as some of the original Glow Kits but felt more like the Sweets Glow Kit to me (not as glittery as the Ultimate Glow Kit)–smooth, denser but still blendable on the skin. There were some sparkles that blended beyond the area I had actually applied the color. With the exception of Forever Lit, the palette was very warm-toned, but I felt like Kitty Kat and Daydream looked very similar on along with Glo Getter and 143 (these two I think will be more similar across more skin tones, whereas the stronger orange tone in Daydream may be more or less apparent on some skin tones/undertones). If you love a strong, metallic, and sparkling highlighter, you may enjoy this kit, but if you like your highlighters more buildable, subtle, or cooler, this one likely won’t be the one for you. They can be worn on the eyes (per the brand) as well.

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A-

Kitty Kat

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B+

Forever Young

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B+

Daydream

Limited Edition
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B+

Forever Lit

Limited Edition
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A-

Glo Getter

Limited Edition
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B-

143

Limited Edition
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Urban Decay Aura & Fireball Naked Skin Highlighting Fluids

01/06

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Aura

Urban Decay Aura Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid ($28.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a cool, pinky lavender with more of a washed out white base and very fine, pink and lavender pearl. It had sheer to semi-sheer coverage that gave my skin a slightly lighter, brighter, and pinker appearance without being noticeably shimmery. The consistency was thin without being too watery or wet-feeling on the skin, so it was spreadable without losing all of its coverage. It dried down and stayed on well for eight hours.

The Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid is supposed to be a “sheer, weightless formula” that gives skin a “dewy, lit-from-within look.” I think one of the key takeaways from the brand’s description is that it is “sheer,” “subtle,” and “never overdone” — it is a subtle highlighter, and they tend to look more similar than not applied (at least, on me). They had sheer to medium, buildable coverage with a very fluid, thin texture (not quite watery) and were blendable on the skin, whether bare or over liquid foundations. If I was too vigorous blending out the product, it did cause some separation of my base products if I had powder on top, but it was fine with gentle blending (fingertips or stippling brush). The formula dried down and wasn’t tacky on the skin, and they lasted between seven and a half and eight hours on me.

The brand posted some video demos that included using it alone as well as mixed with foundation. I think that the smaller amount is less conducive to regular mixing with base products but is a sufficient amount for a spot highlighter. If you wanted something more for mixing, similar products with similar subtly often contain at least 0.50 fl. oz., if not more.

Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Lecithin, Magnesium Sulfate, Nylon-12, Boron Nitride, Caprylyl Glycol, Methicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Steareth-20, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Potassium Sorbate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7. [+/- (All Shades May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491 / Iron Oxides, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 77007 / Ultramarines].

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

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Fireball

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Tom Ford Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo

Paradise Lust

Tom Ford Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo ($78.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new, limited edition highlighting and blush duo for summer. According to the brand, the blush “can be applied wet for a soft veil of color” or “dry for a sweeping pop of vibrancy.” Just like last year’s duo and this year’s Sheer Highlighting Duo, neither shade in the compact is what I’d call sheer or even remotely sheer. Both shades had opaque coverage applied dry, and applying them with a dampened brush just resulted in a more metallic finish with respect to the first shade and a slightly richer, deeper color with the coral shade. The more highlighter-like shade was easier to work with than the coral blush, which I found to take a bit of extra effort to blend and definitely more effort to blend when applied damp. The wear was good–eight to eight and a half hours–and if the idea of the product being sheer wasn’t a must-have, then it’s a nice duo overall.

8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights & Gold Addict Strobe Highlighters

01/06

Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter

Moon Glow Lights

Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights Strobe Highlighter ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a soft, pale pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Of the four shades available in the range, this shade had the most natural of finishes. It could easily be used on its own, layered with any blush or bronzer, or even used to tamp down an over-the-top highlighter without dulling it. The consistency was soft, somewhat dusty and dry to the touch, but it applied well to bare skin and did not look dry on. It had medium, buildable coverage, as described, and lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

The Strobe Highlighter formula is described as a “light powder highlighter [that] gives a natural illumination.” It’s supposed to have buildable coverage, and it can also be used wet for a stronger finish. The texture reminds me of parchment–a little dry, almost “noisy” when I run my finger over it. There was a dryness present that I find common to more baked and mineralize kind of products, which is noticeable in the pan but rarely on the skin (where it counts the most!). The coverage was medium, buildable, and the dustiness in the texture made it very easy to blend and diffuse the powder across cheekbones for an even glow. The formula wore between seven and a seven and a half hours on me.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone, Nylon 12, Silica, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Tom Ford Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo

Reflects Gilt

Tom Ford Reflects Gilt Sheer Highlighting Duo ($78.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to have a “light-reflective finish” that can be used “dry for a sweeping pop of vibrancy” or “wet for a soft veil of color.” I felt like it was more like dry for a medium, buildable coverage product with a shimmery finish and wet for a more opaque coverage with a stronger, more metallic sheen. I don’t think it is necessary to use either shade damp, unless you wanted a stronger sheen, as the lighter gold built up coverage well and the coppery shade was quite pigmented dry. I think if you like more shimmery highlighters and prefer stronger pigmentation when they’re used dry, you won’t be disappointed. If you were counting on sheerer coverage dry (or damp for that matter), you won’t get that with either shade.

Worth noting, the compact didn’t seem small, but the actual amount of product contained in it was only 0.10 oz. This type of formula is common across several brands–NARS Dual Intensity ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.), MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.), Make Up For Ever Pro Fusion ($39.00 for 0.30 oz.), and Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer ($56.00 for 0.21 oz.), just to name a few–and was much smaller (and obviously, more expensive).

8.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

01/07

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Halo

Cover FX Halo Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a very light, almost translucent white, with iridescent, bluish-violet pearl. It seemed less holographic as it was iridescent and had a subtle shift.

The Custom Enhancer Drops formula is supposed to a “buildable highlight” that can be used alone (“even on top of powder”) or mixed in with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizer). For a more extensive overview of how I’ve used the formula in different ways, check out my original reviews here. The formula tends to be buildable but plenty pigmented, and I find that so much of how it applies and whether it looks intense or subdued is in the application (more so than the average product).

Halo had a thinner, more watery texture with a lot less shimmer–and finer shimmer at that–compared to other illuminating shades in the range, so I think it would be more versatile and easier to control for most compared to other shades. It was also less pigmented and took more product to build up to full coverage. It never emphasized my skin’s texture, though, even at opaque coverage. It spread well along the tops of my cheek bones as a standalone highlighter, and there was a noticeable, icy shift as I turned my head. Mixed in with foundation, there was a subtle luminosity but not tons of visible shimmer, and it seemed to cancel out some of the warmth of my foundation. I did notice, however, that this shade did not play as well over liquid or powder makeup, as it seemed to take longer to dry and had a tendency to lift base product, which other shades have not done. As a highlighter, it lasted for nine hours on me.

Formula Overview

$42.00/0.50 oz. - $84.00 Per Ounce

Custom Enhancer Drops are a liquid formula that can add a “highlighting, strobing, or bronzing effect” to your favorite liquid products or used alone on top of (or underneath) your other products (including powder); two of the six shades are bronzing and four are more shimmery/metallic for highlighting. It is a buildable coverage product, so that you can use as many or as few drops as desired for the effect (and it will depend on how you use it; mixing with a moisturizer for all-over may require less product than spot application on cheeks after other makeup is applied!).

These are similar to formulas like Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer (runs a bit sheerer overall, less buildable), Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) (much sheerer), and NARS Illuminators (sheerer, usually contains larger shimmer/glitter particles). The major difference is the intensity of the pearl and buildability in coverage (easier to get to full coverage but still easy to retain sheer coverage).

What’s neat about these is that they are versatile as you want them to be; they really do perform well mixed with various liquid and cream products (moisturizer, foundation, tinted moisturizer, primer) while also working under and over makeup, and they really are buildable from sheer to opaque coverage. Initially, the formula might seem incredibly pigmented, but the thin, liquid consistency makes it very easy to sheer out.

They are actually sheerer than they seem upon initial swatching or application, as the consistency naturally creates a sheerer layer as soon as you work it across the skin. That being said, unless you’re mixing with a base product, one drop is likely overkill for spot application. These have a strong sheen but very fine shimmer, so it produces more of a pearly, glowing effect on the skin–lightly dewy with moderate shine and some noticeable shimmer.

They dry down within 10-15 seconds of blending out the product and feel like a powder but with better hold (I get almost no transfer, and it doesn’t noticeably lift or move), so the sheen you see is from a damp or wet product, it’s the reflective quality of the pearl. You can, however, build these up to opaque coverage, and at that level, some of the shimmery shades can emphasize the texture of the skin.

The formula also wore well on me, ranging from eight to ten hours with minimal signs of fading. I’d expect that this formula will work for someone who likes moderate highlighters with luminous, shiny, pearly finishes or likes all-over warmth (in the case of the bronzing shades) with a satin-to-matte finish.

Alone: I’ve patted them over bare skin, liquid foundation, and liquid foundation with setting powder on top. For best results, I like to tap my brush against the applicator (not even using the droplet applicator to get a drop out) and then stipple the product onto the skin. I tend to apply both my bronzers and highlighters more along the cheek areas, so I would stipple a few times along my cheeks or cheekbones and then lightly buff in small circles. It worked equally well just dabbing my fingertips against my skin and using the side of my fingertip to sweep and blend the product out. I was particularly impressed by how well it applied over powder, as the sheerer, smooth texture didn’t disrupt base products and move foundation or turn the area patchy. When testing for wear, I used its longevity on bare skin as my major measure for the rating, but I did wear the shades mixed in and layered with a multitude of products to ensure that the formula wasn’t prone to shortening the wear of other products.

Mixed with Primer: I tried it with both water and silicone-based primers, and I had no preference for one over the other with respect to these drops. I used one to two drops for all-over luminosity; I preferred one drop myself, as it gave me a dewier finish that wasn’t over-the-top for my preference. If you wear a lighter-coverage base on top of primer, mixing with primer could work for all-over glow/warmth, but if you wear light-medium or heavier coverage, I would suggest mixing with your foundation or applying on top of your foundation as it gets lost under heavier coverage.

Mixed with Foundation: I tried it with tinted moisturizer, sheer coverage foundation, medium coverage foundation, and full coverage foundation. In general, heavier coverage foundations are a bit thicker than the ultra sheer formulas. I found one to drops was sufficient with tinted to medium coverage formulas, while full coverage was less receptive–it made the foundation dewier but wasn’t as luminous as with lighter coverage foundations. If I wore full coverage foundation, I preferred this patted on top at the end, rather than mixed.

Mixed with Moisturizer: Like primer, this method works well when you skip foundation or wear lighter coverage foundation. I can imagine this combination working well for those with flatter or more matte skin naturally, as it gives noticeable luminosity and dewiness. While I didn’t personally like the level of sheen it gave my face when mixed with moisturizer, I loved it for body–particularly on shoulders and decolletage. It is also gorgeous on legs. I really liked mixing one of the highlighting shades with a bronzing shade for a little color, warmth, and sheen on legs.

Browse all of our Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating) swatches.

Ingredients

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Mica, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499).

Halo
Halo
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total