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NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

01/07

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

Synthetica

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder ($7.99 for 0.21 oz.) is a pop of orange with warm, red undertones and a gold, frosted finish. It had good color coverage–not quite full coverage but close–with a smooth, silky consistency that was denser and firmer in the pan. It blended out easily on the skin, but I would recommend using a denser brush or using a heavier hand to get product onto the brush. I didn’t feel like the powder was stiff, but it wasn’t as loosely pressed as a lot of highlighters on the market, which did make it easier to control and build coverage and sheen up. This should work well for highlighting on darker skin tones and act more as a highlighting blush on lighter complexions. On me, the highlighter lasted for eight hours before fading.

Ingredients

Talc, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Magnesium Stearate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120), Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850).

Synthetica
Synthetica
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

01/10

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Happy Glow Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites ($74.00 for 1.0 oz.) is a soft, pink-tinted white base with fine pink, gold, and lavender sparkle over a semi-matte finish. The Meteorites Pearls formula is supposed to “delicately color-correct and illuminate the complexion” with the brand’s typical violet fragrance.

Though I don’t recall it being marketed as a setting powder (always more of a finishing powder), Guerlain’s website says to use it all-over the face to “fix make-up and improve hold” under directions and that it can be used to highlight the face as well. This particular combination of Meteorites did seem to have more substance–more powder in a way–so I could see how it might work as a setting powder. In fact, this season’s Happy Glow Pearls seemed to blur my skin just slightly without making it appear totally matte like some setting powders might, though I would not describe it as illuminating or luminous either. There was less noticeable sheen or luminosity to the powder and more in the way of visible sparkle. The problem I had was that if I really pressed it into the skin like I would a setting powder, it sometimes left a whitish cast against my skin tone. If I applied it more like a finishing powder (more lightly dusted), I didn’t get any cast. It only extended the wear of my foundation by a half hour, which is shorter than most setting powders for me.

I normally like a lot of the Guerlain Meteorite Pearls, but this one just had such minimal impact compared to past versions (including their permanent ones). I think as a setting powder, it falls even shorter.

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

01/08

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

#004

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer ($56.00 for 0.21 oz.) is deeper reddish bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had a much stronger red undertone and an almost rosy overtone, so it did not appear as orange or as warm-toned as some bronzy shades can. The powder was soft, smooth, and blendable and was easy to apply to the face. It was richly pigmented, and even though it had a high-shine finish, it did not seem to emphasize my skin’s natural texture when I wore it. The highlighter started to fade after eight hours of wear.

The Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer is designed to highlight, and it’s supposed to have a “highly-concentrated formula” with a “virtually imperceptible texture.” Each shade comes with a velvet pouch and mini kabuki brush. The brush was decent, but it was dense and larger than most highlighting brushes, so it was hard to apply the product precisely with it. The formula is comparable a lot of the recent highlighting powders that are denser, smooth without being powdery, and high-shine in finish.

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Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

01/08

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

#003

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer ($56.00 for 0.21 oz.) is medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. Of the four shades in the range, this one had more noticeble shimmer and sheen on the skin, and it emphasized my skin’s natural texture a bit even at medium coverage. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, which was easy to blend out and diffuse for a softer effect. On me, the highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading.

The Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer is designed to highlight, and it’s supposed to have a “highly-concentrated formula” with a “virtually imperceptible texture.” Each shade comes with a velvet pouch and mini kabuki brush. The brush was decent, but it was dense and larger than most highlighting brushes, so it was hard to apply the product precisely with it. The formula is comparable a lot of the recent highlighting powders that are denser, smooth without being powdery, and high-shine in finish.

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

01/07

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

#002

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer ($56.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a soft, light pink with warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented–you really do not need much to obtain a noticeable glow!–with a smooth, blendable consistency that wasn’t powder or dusty at all. It was incredibly easy to apply, and while it the finish was nearly metallic, it did not emphasize my skin’s texture unless applied very heavily. The highlighter lasted for eight hours before fading on me.

The Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer is designed to highlight, and it’s supposed to have a “highly-concentrated formula” with a “virtually imperceptible texture.” Each shade comes with a velvet pouch and mini kabuki brush. The brush was decent, but it was dense and larger than most highlighting brushes, so it was hard to apply the product precisely with it. The formula is comparable a lot of the recent highlighting powders that are denser, smooth without being powdery, and high-shine in finish.

Make Up For Ever 5 Silver Dust Star Lit Liquid

01/06

Make Up For Ever 5 Silver Dust Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 5 Silver Dust Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 5 Silver Dust Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 5 Silver Dust Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 5 Silver Dust Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 5 Silver Dust Star Lit Liquid

5 Silver Dust

Make Up For Ever 5 Silver Dust Star Lit Liquid ($24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a dirty, grayish taupe with silver, gold, white, and teal glitter. It is more “wearable” than you might expect of a silver/gray as a highlighter, and that had a lot to do with the sheerer formula. It had more of a cooler, silver effect that did highlight on my cheeks/eyes as the base color did not come into play.

5 Silver Dust had sheer to medium coverage, but it was hard to get higher coverage than medium as the layers would create a thicker, more uneven surface that was uncomfortable on the lid and impractical on the cheeks (looked very much like layers of chunky glitter sitting on the skin that had a tendency to flake away if I accidentally touched the area). The texture was thin, water-like, which made it easy to spread across the skin and kept it sheerer for each layer applied.

It wore well for eight hours on the cheeks, but there were a few glitter particles that had migrated on my face over time. When I tried it on the eyes, the product showed a bit of creasing after seven hours of wear and had some fallout over time, though it was not as much fallout as I typically experience with glittery, powder eyeshadows.

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

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