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Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

01/07

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Holiday 2016

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio ($30.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a trio of highlighters (which may be more like highlighting blushes on some skin tones). All three shades are available in the permanent range, should you only be interested in one of them. I love that Laura Geller put out a trio of these–as I love the formula–but wish the packaging was more substantial and thinner; it is flimsier cardboard (I don’t mind cardboard usually) and is much thicker and larger to accommodate the brush. The formula of the three shades is fairly consistent with the standalone versions; the only difference was the ones in the palette were a touch softer and easier to pick up in the pan. The “problem” with the formula is that it’s supposed to be sheerer, and they’re more pigmented than sheer.

Value

  • Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator: $26.00 for 0.16 oz. or $162.50/oz.
  • Total Value: $34.13

9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Get a shade-by-shade breakdown of this palette, along with individual photos and swatches.

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Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

01/07

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Reflex (82)

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark coral-orange with warm undertones and gold shimmer.

The Joues Contraste Blush formula is supposed to have a “silky, delicate texture” with “buildable coverage” that gives a “radiant glow.” This is one of four exclusives to Chanel’s website, though it has been released before (but I don’t remember having it). The texture of Reflex was silky, thin, but finely-milled and, surprisingly, blendable on the skin as the color diffused easily across the skin and had a soft, luminous sheen after buffing and working the powder into the skin. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage (two layers for true-to-pan color). On me, the blush wore well for eight hours before fading.

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

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

01/07

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Rose Glacier (170)

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with warm undertones and gold shimmer.

The Joues Contraste Blush formula is supposed to have a “silky, delicate texture” with “buildable coverage” that gives a “radiant glow.” This is one of four exclusives to Chanel’s website, though it has been released before (but I don’t remember having it). Rose Glacier had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a soft, lightly dusty consistency and a higher level of shimmer than most shades within this formula (that I’ve tried, at least). The blush applied well to the skin, as it spread and blended on the skin easily, and while I wasn’t sure about the shimmer level (it made me wary of whether would accentuate the look of the skin’s natural texture), it ended up translating rather nicely–soft, luminous, and glowy. I noticed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear.

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Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

01/07

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

Tu Me Fais Rougir

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium cotton candy pink with subtle, cooler blue undertones and a luminous finish.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). To Me Fais Rougir had a more noticeable sheen to its finish compared to several shades in the Artistique range, but it never appeared truly shimmery or frosted on the skin. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, but it seemed to have a looser press to it, so I had some excess powder kick up in the pan. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that applied well and lasted for eight hours on me.

A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.

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

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

01/06

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Soft Frost

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a cool, icy lavender with a violet sheen.

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula now features four, permanent shades, and the formula is supposed to be a highlighter that “lasts up to ten hours” with “prismatic reflections.” Soft Frost had semi-sheer, buildable color–up to medium coverage–with a very fine, pearlescent sheen. It was one of the sheerer Extra Dimension Skinfinishes I’ve come across, and the consistency was much firmer in the pan as well. It has a subtle shift from a tinted white to a more noticeable violet sheen, depending on the angle. Despite the firmer texture, it still blended out well on the skin and wasn’t a real challenge to use, as long as the sheerer coverage is desired. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading.

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish

01/06

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Double-Gleam

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen.

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula now features four, permanent shades–yay! (Finally!) According to MAC, it’s a highlighter that “lasts up to ten hours” with “prismatic reflections.” Double-Gleam was richly pigmented but could easily be sheered out or used with a less dense brush for a more moderate glow. The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable, so it was easy to apply and work with on the face to highlight on cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and so forth. The shimmer in Double-Gleam seemed finer and smoother compared to past iterations in this formula, and I think it ended up being more forgiving on the skin overall. It has a much stronger sheen to it, so when worn at full coverage, it did emphasize my skin’s natural texture slightly. The highlighter started to fade after eight hours on me.