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Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

01/02

Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

Sublimate

Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks ($80.00 for 0.49 oz.) includes a cream highlighter and cream blush. The formula is touted as “super sheer,” and that’s what you get: incredibly sheer, almost translucent color. Both shades are sheer and barely-there with a dewy finish that never sets or dries down, and as a result, the wear was between three to four hours. Despite never setting, they didn’t feel tacky, just a little emollient to the touch, and can handle a powder being patted on top (though the dewiness went away completely). I wish they lasted longer, but as they have such short wear, it’s not a very practical product for most. I think this will be best for someone who doesn’t need their makeup to last long, has drier skin (perhaps it would last longer), and/or wants a sheerer base for their powder blushes.

Sublimate
Sublimate
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
4
Longevity
5
Application
77%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza The Neo Limelight

01/09

Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza The Neo Limelight

Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza The Neo Limelight

Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza The Neo Limelight

Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza The Neo Limelight

Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza The Neo Limelight

Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza The Neo Limelight

Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza The Neo Limelight

Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza The Neo Limelight

Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza The Neo Limelight

Ibiza

Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza The Neo Limelight ($58.00 for 0.74 oz.) is a mega-sized cheek palette with three shades of highlighter that form a gradient from pale gold to light lavender to lavender. When mixed together, the effect was a light-medium lavender with a subtle warmth and a luminous finish. Each shade was wide enough to be worn alone, though there’s no distinct beginning and end for the shades. The consistency of the palette was fairly smooth, soft, and blendable, while the pigmentation varied from semi-opaque to opaque. The only shade I had trouble with was the darker lavender, which was drier in feel and had buildable coverage. There was a bit of excess powder that kicked up in the pan, but it did not read powdery or dry on the skin. The effect was moderate to high in shine, so the palette would work best for someone who likes a stronger highlighter/highlighting blush.

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

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LORAC Limelight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

01/08

LORAC Limelight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Limelight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Limelight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Limelight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Limelight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Limelight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Limelight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Limelight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

Limelight

LORAC Limelight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($23.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a light, minty green with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It seemed to appear cooler in the pan, but the shimmer itself seemed warmer (like a pale gold) so that it appeared warmer as I blended out the color. The consistency was soft, smooth, and a touch thin, but it applied well to bare skin and blended out with ease. It had a high-shine finish–definitely not a subtle highlighter–but did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. This was a fun highlight to work with, as the aqua hue transformed anything I paired it with. On my normal-to-dry skin, the highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Polylactic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lauroyl Lysine, Methicone, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

Limelight
Limelight
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Tom Ford Beauty Scintillate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

01/02

Tom Ford Beauty Scintillate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

Tom Ford Beauty Scintillate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

Scintillate

Tom Ford Beauty Scintillate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks ($80.00 for 0.49 oz.) includes a cream highlighter and cream blush. You get plenty of product in the compact, but the product itself is just that type of product that for someone will be essential and for many others, totally unnecessary and almost am “I don’t get it” kind of product. Both shades are sheer and barely-there with a dewy finish that never sets or dries down, and as a result, the wear was between three to four hours. The formula is, however, touted as “super sheer,” so the coverage level is as described. Despite never setting, they didn’t feel tacky, just a little emollient to the touch, and can handle a powder being patted on top (though the dewiness went away completely). I think this will be best for someone who doesn’t need their makeup to last long, has drier skin (perhaps it would last longer), and/or wants a sheerer base for their powder blushes.

7
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
3.5
Longevity
5
Application
76%
Total

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NYX Crushed Bloom Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

01/07

NYX Crushed Bloom Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Crushed Bloom Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Crushed Bloom Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Crushed Bloom Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Crushed Bloom Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Crushed Bloom Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Crushed Bloom Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

Crushed Bloom

NYX Crushed Bloom Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder ($7.99 for 0.21 oz.) is muted, medium-dark peach with warmer, yellow undertones and a pink-to-gold shift paired with a soft, pearl finish. It yielded such a lovely glow on the skin–luminous, glowing–but never emphasized pores or appeared metallic. The shimmer in this particular shade seemed to be particularly fine.

The consistency was smooth, dense but not stiff or difficult to work with, and blended out easily on the skin. It was richly pigmented, but it was easy to control so sheerer coverage wouldn’t take real work (just a lighter touch). Depending on your skin tone, this may work as a highlighting blush or just as a highlighter. When I tried it, the highlighter lasted for eight hours on me 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).

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette

01/06

Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette

Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette

Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette

Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette

Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette

Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette

Going Native

Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette ($34.00 for 0.49 oz.) includes a bronzer, highlighter, and blush poured into a single pan (so each shade does touch!) with the bronzer taking up the most space and the highlighter taking up the least. Each shade is supposed to be “intensely pigmented” and “blend beautifully.” The blush was a real bust–firm, stiff, lacking pigmentation–and the bronzer was just so-so, though the highlighter was quite nice.

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