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SUQQU Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush

01/07

Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush

Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush

Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush

Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush

Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush

Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush

Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush

Yawakouki (05)

SUQQU Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush ($34.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy orange with warm undertones–leaning yellower–paired with fine, golden shimmer. The finish had a low to moderate luminosity to it, enough that it was detectable but it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture or look truly shiny.

The powder formula is supposed to combine a “subtle glow” and a “pop of color.” It had an incredibly soft, smooth, and finely-milled consistency that kicked up a bit of powder in the pan, but it sat well on the skin and did not appear dry or dusty at all. The color blended out with ease, but it is light enough that it is going to work better on lighter skin tones than mine as it just barely showed on me. It was richly pigmented, which seemed more pigmented than as described, but I think the formula is forgiving enough that it is easily sheered out, so it is unlikely to be an issue for most. I could see the blush starting to fade slightly after eight hours of wear.

A-

Permanent

9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

Bare End/Earthnut

MAC Bare End/Earthnut Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) has a light-medium, pearly gold on one end and then a medium, warm brown on the other end. The gold seems ideal for highlighting, while the darker shade could be used to bronze or contour (on warmer skin tones). This one applied a bit better and lasted a touch longer than some of the other duos, but it’s still faster to wear away than most powder blushes on me.

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear.

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B

Bare End

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B+

Earthnut

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ColourPop Honeymoon, Over the Moon, Perilune Super Shock Cheek

01/06

Colour Pop Honeymoon Super Shock Cheek

Colour Pop Honeymoon Super Shock Cheek

Colour Pop Honeymoon Super Shock Cheek

Colour Pop Honeymoon Super Shock Cheek

Colour Pop Honeymoon Super Shock Cheek

Colour Pop Honeymoon Super Shock Cheek

Honeymoon

ColourPop Honeymoon Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a very light, bright white with iridescent shimmer that shifted from aqua blue to violet. It was very, very glittery, and on the skin, it looked like sparse glitter that applied with little rhyme or reason. I felt like there was no real sheen or highlighting effect, just random sparkle. The texture felt smoother than it looked, and it didn’t seem like it was going to have such a translucent, barely-there base. There was definite fall out during the day, though what little “sheen” I saw lasted for eight hours.

Honeymoon
Honeymoon
C-

Limited Edition

6.5
Product
6
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
70%
Total

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C-

Over the Moon

Limited Edition
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C+

Perilune

Discontinued
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MAC Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint QuikTrik Stick Duo

Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint

MAC Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) has a soft peach on one end and a brighter, medium pink on the other side.

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear.

Get a shade-by-shade breakdown of this duo, along with individual photos and swatches…

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B-

Ginger Spiked

Limited Edition
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Counterpoint

Limited Edition
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Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter

01/06

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter

Daybreak

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium peachy orange with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. This had a nearly metallic sheen, but it was very smooth and reflective without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture or the look of my pores (I was rather surprised!). A little went a long way, so I would recommend using a fan brush to get a sheen without blinding everyone near you!

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” The highlighter was richly pigmented with full, opaque coverage. It had a soft, smooth, denser texture that wasn’t powdery but was soft enough to allow a highlighting brush to easily pick up the product. It blended out easily across the skin, and while it can be quite intense, I was able to sheer and buff it out to something more subtle, if desired. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

Ingredients

Triethylhexanoin, Magnesium Myristate, Silica, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492), Carmine (CI 75470)

Daybreak
Daybreak
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

01/07

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter

Celestial

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light, icy lavender with cool undertones and a luminous sheen. The finish was somewhere between luminous and metallic, but the shimmer seemed very fine and had a smoother look, so it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. I didn’t notice much of a shift with this one–it always looked icy and purplish.

According to Makeup Geek, the formula is supposed to be “super-smooth” and “incredibly pigmented.” It had good pigmentation, though it wasn’t quite opaque and seemed less pigmented compared to most of the range. I don’t think that this is, functionally, a bad thing, as it was still buildable, and I expect that many apply their highlighter with sheer to medium coverage in mind anyway. The texture was soft, smooth, and lightly dense so that there wasn’t any excess powder that kicked up in the pan, but there was also no difficulty in getting product onto the brush. I noticed signs of fading around the tops of my cheek bones after eight hours of wear.

Ingredients

Triethylhexanoin, Magnesium Myristate, Silica, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492), Carmine (CI 75470)

Celestial
Celestial
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total