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Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

01/07

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder

2 Frozen Gold

Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold Star Lit Powder ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright, golden white that flashed white gold to a darker, greenish gold and had stronger, yellower tones to it overall. The finish was high-shine and nearly metallic but did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture.

The Star Lit Powder is supposed to be an “ultra-fine” loose powder that can be used to “highlight eyes, lips and cheeks” either wet or dry to “customize intensity and luminosity.” The powder was finely-milled, smooth, and very soft across all the shades I tried in the range, and the pigmentation was mostly opaque even dry, though damp application made it more concentrated and adhere strongly to wherever it was initially applied. Overall, I felt a little went a long way, so even though there was not much product in the container, it would still take many uses to finish it.

It took a few applications to figure out the best way to apply it as a highlighter on cheeks, as the opening is rather small and the product quite concentrated, so I often found myself with very strong, distinct stripes of highlight across the cheekbones that took some buffing to blend and diffuse out. It was better to lightly tap the brush in the opening, and then dab it in the interior of the lid, which had the effect of diffusing and dispersing the loose powder better throughout the brush. This yielded a glowing effect that still produced higher coverage but took the work out of blending it out. On the eyes, it was easier to get full distribution onto a brush, as eye brushes are smaller, but if you wanted a sheer wash of color, I would recommend the same technique as I used for applying ita s a cheek highlighter with a fluffy eye brush.

2 Frozen Gold had good color coverage that was easiest to work with on the cheeks dry for a more diffused, medium to full coverage effect, while damp application would give a much more concentrated, more metallic finish that was a bit harder to really diffuse. If you want to use it damp, I would suggest applying a sheerer layer in the area, softening those edges, and then using a damp brush to apply a bit more (or just go over what was initially applied) right where you want the most intense effect. For eyes, I preferred damp application, which yielded the most opaque coverage with the last product, but for a soft or sheer wash of color, I would recommend using it dry. The consistency was soft, smooth, and finely-milled, and the wear time was great–eight to eight and a half hours–for both eyes and cheeks. On lips, it is most practical patted onto another lip color, as alone it does feel like one is wearing a loose powder, but I did notice that it often got lost on anything that had more slip than a matte to semi-matte lipstick.

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.09 oz. - $233.33 Per Ounce

The Star Lit Powders can be used to “highlight eyes, lips and cheeks” with an “ultra-fine loose powder” that can be used “wet or dry to customize coverage intensity and luminosity.” While checking the weight on these, I noticed that the weight differs from shade to shade; this one had a mere 0.02 oz. while others ranged from 0.03 oz. to 0.09 oz. I also noticed that it appears the brand identifies what area you can use a shade on by listing an icon on the back of the jar in the shape of a pair of lips, an eyeball, and then a face (presumably for cheeks).

Browse all of our Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder swatches.

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid

01/06

Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid

1 Arctic White

Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White Star Lit Liquid ($24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a bright, silvery white with multi-colored glitter. It had sheer, buildable coverage (to semi-opaque) that was mostly “pigmented” in the form of glitter.

The Star Lit Liquid formula is described as a “lightweight, multi-use, pearlescent formula” that is a “sheer, water-based formula” that is buildable and won’t feel sticky on the skin. If you like a subtle highlighter, this formula is not for you. And if you don’t like glitter, this formula is definitely not for you! If you like glittery highlighters, I think this might be up your alley. The consistency was thin, water-like, and felt cool going on. The applicator is a lot like a nail polish brush, and it’s okay for getting initial color onto an area, but it is not practical to use it as a blending tool or anything like that. I had the best luck using my fingertip to pat and spread the glitter on the skin (cheeks or eyes) as a sheer wash.

On the cheeks, it lasted for eight hours with some traveling glitter particles, but a lot of it stayed in place. The effect was more sparkling than reflective like your average highlighter. On the eyes, it had some fallout over time and faint creasing after six hours. It wore a bit longer and better patted over another powder eyeshadow, and I didn’t have any issues with it creasing when I applied it that way. The formula burned slightly going on my eyelids (it was fine on my cheeks, though) but then dried down and didn’t cause issues. As a heads up: the glitter is difficult to remove completely, so there were noticeable particles on my eyes/face after cleansing multiple times. If I used tape, I could grab them off the skin, but it was a lot of effort to get the last dozen or so particles off of the skin.

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

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette

01/07

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

Sweet Peach Glow

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette ($42.00 for 0.39 oz.) contains a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. The blush contains more product (almost double) compared to the highlighter and bronzing shade. Everything is housed in a pink-to-orange gradient, metal tin (like the Sweet Peach palette). The palette was good, though the shades themselves may be found within your stash already, and if you have a deeper skin tone, the blush and bronzer might not be visible enough for your liking. The texture of all three shades was firmer and denser but not really stiff–they are in the vein of MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinishes, NARS Dual-Intensity Blushes, etc. They blended out nicely and lasted for eight to nine hours on me. The palette has the same peach scent as all of the other Sweet Peach products.

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Highlighting Palette

01/07

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette

Skin Twinkle Vol. 2

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Highlighting Palette ($42.00 for 0.70 oz.) is a slim, rectangular compact that contains four highlighters from white gold to medium bronze. It is a follow-up to last spring’s Skin Twinkle palette, and it is definitely much improved, because it did not contain a “universal matte sand” shade for brightening the under eye (which was definitely not universal), and that particular shade actually had a more papery, dry texture that was strange. This year’s palette was more consistent, and all four shades are highlighters, so it’s a bit more fitting for more skin tones as a result. The brand also increased the value/amount in the palette to 0.70 oz., compared to last year’s which only contained 0.49 oz. (and they are the same price).

If you aren’t already inundated with highlighters, it’s a nice set. All four shades were very dupable, though, so for those who already have a few go-to highlighters, definitely check your stash for redundancy. For the most part, they’re soft, smooth, blendable, and definitely yield a glow (rather high-shine than “natural” based on their marketing) with good pigmentation and eight-hour wear.

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Tarte Sparkler & Stunner Amazonian Clay Highlighters

01/07

Tarte Sparkler Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Sparkler Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Sparkler Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Sparkler Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Sparkler Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Sparkler Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Tarte Sparkler Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Sparkler

Tarte Sparkler Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a muted, medium, golden bronze with warm undertones and a glittery, moderately metallic finish. There also seemed to be a rosy tint to it which seemed to become more pronounced as I blended and diffused to the product out (this is a shade that I’d have expected to look quite warm on me, but it more subdued).

The formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear that has a “buildable glow.” I’ve liked a lot of the highlighters Tarte has been releasing recently, but the texture of this one was chunkier and rougher than others; it was not necessarily gritty, but it was much more of a glitter-to-metallic finish, which resulted in less even distribution of product onto the brush and on the face. The glittery bits tended to separate from the more metallic base, and it seemed to have less color to its base as I blended out the product, even though it was rather pigmented! When I used a denser buffer brush at the end, it helped a lot to give it a smoother sheen that did not emphasize my pores or skin’s natural texture. The highlighter lasted for eight and a half hours before starting to separate on me.

Ingredients

Mica, talc, zinc stearate, cetearyl isononanoate, dimethicone, boron nitride, glyceryl behenate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, kaolin, ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer, methicone, poloxamer 338, silica, carmine (CI 75470), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499). OE111HL000031

Sparkler
Sparkler
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

01/07

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarteist Pro Glow to Go

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette ($23.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes two highlighters and one contour powder. It’s a compact trio housed in a slim, black cardboard palette that had a velvety feel on the outside (like NARS’ packaging in a way). I think it will work for someone who likes warmer, more intense highlighters and has use for the tone and depth of contour powder. The problem with something like this is that it’s just not going to work for all skin tones and undertones (I always want brands to at least put out a cool and warm version, if not a light/medium/dark).

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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