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Cover FX Sunlight Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunlight Custom Enhancer Drops
Cover FX Sunlight Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunlight Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark copper-shimmered bronze with warm undertones and pink and gold pearl. Lancome Glowing Lights (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Jouer Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Galet (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Custom Enhancer Drops are a liquid formula that can add a “highlighting, strobing, or bronzing effect” to your favorite liquid products or used alone on top of (or underneath) your other products (including powder); two of the six shades are bronzing and four are more shimmery/metallic for highlighting. It is a buildable coverage product, so that you can use as many or as few drops as desired for the effect (and it will depend on how you use it; mixing with a moisturizer for all-over may require less product than spot application on cheeks after other makeup is applied!). These are similar to formulas like Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer (runs a bit sheerer overall, less buildable), Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) (much sheerer), and NARS Illuminators (sheerer, usually contains larger shimmer/glitter particles). The major difference is the intensity of the pearl and buildability in coverage (easier to get to full coverage but still easy to retain sheer coverage).

What’s neat about these is that they are versatile as you want them to be; they really do perform well mixed with various liquid and cream products (moisturizer, foundation, tinted moisturizer, primer) while also working under and over makeup, and they really are buildable from sheer to opaque coverage. Initially, the formula might seem incredibly pigmented, but the thin, liquid consistency makes it very easy to sheer out. They are actually sheerer than they seem upon initial swatching or application, as the consistency naturally creates a sheerer layer as soon as you work it across the skin. That being said, unless you’re mixing with a base product, one drop is likely overkill for spot application. These have a strong sheen but very fine shimmer, so it produces more of a pearly, glowing effect on the skin–lightly dewy with moderate shine and some noticeable shimmer. They dry down within 10-15 seconds of blending out the product and feel like a powder but with better hold (I get almost no transfer, and it doesn’t noticeably lift or move), so the sheen you see is from a damp or wet product, it’s the reflective quality of the pearl. You can, however, build these up to opaque coverage, and at that level, some of the shimmery shades can emphasize the texture of the skin. The formula also wore well on me, ranging from eight to ten hours with minimal signs of fading. I’d expect that this formula will work for someone who likes moderate highlighters with luminous, shiny, pearly finishes or likes all-over warmth (in the case of the bronzing shades) with a satin-to-matte finish.

Sunlight had the most intense finish of the four, though it wasn’t much more intense than Candlelight or Celestial. The texture was thin, so it was easy to spread and blend on the skin as well as to mix with various liquids and cream products. The product felt lightweight on the skin, especially after it dried down, as it feels and looks more like a powder. I didn’t notice any emphasis of my skin’s natural texture or pores when I wore this as a cheek highlighter at medium coverage. It had buildable pigmentation from semi-sheer to fully opaque, but a little still goes a long way. The best way to work with it is to err on the side of less is more and then build-up, if necessary, to achieve the coverage level you desire. One to two drops was plenty when I mixed in with my moisturizer or foundation for all over luminosity, while I needed less than half a drop to apply on top of bare skin or makeup on specific areas. Once applied, I had enough time to blend and diffuse the color as I wanted before it dried down, but once it dries down, it is much harder to blend so I recommend doing one area at a time to ensure you’re able to get the blended application you want. This shade lasted just over eight and a half hours on me as a cheek highlighter and didn’t impact the wear of my base products when I mixed it in with them.

Here’s an in-depth look at how I’ve used and trialed all the shades:

Alone: I’ve patted them over bare skin, liquid foundation, and liquid foundation with setting powder on top. For best results, I like to tap my brush against the applicator (not even using the droplet applicator to get a drop out) and then stipple the product onto the skin. I tend to apply both my bronzers and highlighters more along the cheek areas, so I would stipple a few times along my cheeks or cheekbones and then lightly buff in small circles. It worked equally well just dabbing my fingertips against my skin and using the side of my fingertip to sweep and blend the product out. I was particularly impressed by how well it applied over powder, as the sheerer, smooth texture didn’t disrupt base products and move foundation or turn the area patchy. When testing for wear, I used its longevity on bare skin as my major measure for the rating, but I did wear the shades mixed in and layered with a multitude of products to ensure that the formula wasn’t prone to shortening the wear of other products.

Mixed with Primer: I tried it with both water and silicone-based primers, and I had no preference for one over the other with respect to these drops. I used one to two drops for all-over luminosity; I preferred one drop myself, as it gave me a dewier finish that wasn’t over-the-top for my preference. If you wear a lighter-coverage base on top of primer, mixing with primer could work for all-over glow/warmth, but if you wear light-medium or heavier coverage, I would suggest mixing with your foundation or applying on top of your foundation as it gets lost under heavier coverage.

Mixed with Foundation: I tried it with tinted moisturizer, sheer coverage foundation, medium coverage foundation, and full coverage foundation. In general, heavier coverage foundations are a bit thicker than the ultra sheer formulas. I found one to drops was sufficient with tinted to medium coverage formulas, while full coverage was less receptive–it made the foundation dewier but wasn’t as luminous as with lighter coverage foundations. If I wore full coverage foundation, I preferred this patted on top at the end, rather than mixed.

Mixed with Moisturizer: Like primer, this method works well when you skip foundation or wear lighter coverage foundation. I can imagine this combination working well for those with flatter or more matte skin naturally, as it gives noticeable luminosity and dewiness. While I didn’t personally like the level of sheen it gave my face when mixed with moisturizer, I loved it for body–particularly on shoulders and decolletage. It is also gorgeous on legs. I really liked mixing one of the highlighting shades with a bronzing shade for a little color, warmth, and sheen on legs.

Sunlight
Sunlight
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Cle de Peau Almond (16) Luminizing Face Enhancer

Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer
Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer

Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light beige with warm undertones and a light gold shimmer. Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99)(90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Coloured Raine Luxurious Bling (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Filtered Light (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cle de Peau’s Luminizing Face Enhancer formula is a powder highlighter for the face (that’s about all official description says). It is available as just a pan or in a bejeweled compact for $95 (when confronted with paying $40 for packaging, I cannot do it, so I always get the pans and keep them in a Z-Palette!). I’m a big fan of the formula for a subtle to light highlighter–it’s not ultra-metallic, shimmery, glittery, or shiny on the skin–and tends to complement satin to frost blushes exceptionally well without adding a lot of additional sheen. The texture was very soft, finely-milled, and smooth to the touch, which made it easy to apply to the skin as it diffused with minimal work and produced a subtle, but noticeable, glow to the skin. It looked more glowing than overtly shimmery on my skin tone, but it may be more noticeable on very fair skin tones due to the natural warmth of the powder. The powder lasted for eight hours on me skin, which is normal-to-dry.

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Bite Beauty Nectar Multistick

Bite Beauty Nectar Multistick
Bite Beauty Nectar Multistick

Bite Beauty Nectar Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark, slightly muted purple with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Estee Lauder Shameless Violet (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $26.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Taro (LE, $26.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Twitch (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Kat Von D Ayesha (P, $20.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Makeup Geek Love Letter (P, $10.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The texture was very much true to the brand’s claims–it was blendable, buildable, and didn’t feel clingy or heavy on the skin. It felt the heaviest on the lips if applied directly from the tube (which yielded opaque coverage), as it is a light-to-medium thick consistency overall. As a blush, the color blended out easily on top of bare skin as well as over liquid foundation and lasted for ten hours. As an eyeshadow, it blended out well and could be applied as a sheer wash or more intensely, but it started to crease within a few minutes on my normal-to-dry lids. As a lipstick, it lasted for six and a half hours, was neither drying nor hydrating, and applied evenly and smoothly.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Bite Beauty Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a cream formula that can be worn on eyes, lips, and face, and it is supposed to be “blendable, breathable, and buildable” with a “soft focus finish.” In general, it has a more cream-like feel than powder-like, even after it “dries.” The consistency is medium in thickness–more noticeably thick when used on the lips, as it is quite dense–and is quite blendable across the majority of shades. They don’t have a true cream-to-powder dry down, as the Bite formula does not dry down completely. I did notice that the exposed portion of the bullet itself (like the flat top) gets drier and firmer after each use, as if it dries out a bit on the exterior, but a light swipe on the skin reveals a much creamier interior. When I’ve used it directly from the tube on the lips, I can sense that “35% powder” part of the formula as well. I really liked the formula as a cream blush, as it was blendable, buildable, and long-wearing. As a lip product, it was decent to good (performance depended a lot on the shade), and as an eye product, it was a total miss for me due to poor wear.

As an eyeshadow: The texture was blendable around the edges, while the thicker consistency and buildable coverage enabled me to get better coverage that didn’t just sheer out immediately. The issue I had with wearing the formula on my eyes was that I could not get the formula to wear well on eyes, as they continuously settled into creases within minutes of applying; I would smooth the color back out after the initial creasing, but it would just happen again after another five to ten minutes. I tried using the formula over different primers (Urban Decay Primer Potion, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC 24-Hour Prep + Prime Eye) as well as dusting with translucent powder, but the wear was only improved to a couple of hours of wear before creasing occurred (instead of minutes).

As a cheek color: The formula has performed the best as a cream blush (or bronzer/contour). The were very much as described–blendable and buildable–and could be worn as true-to-tube color if desired, but it was easy to diffuse and blend out the blush on the cheeks. I liked to use a synthetic blush brush to swirl on the color and then used my fingertips to blend out the edges. While the formula didn’t dry down completely, it yielded a natural sheen that was glowy in a subdued way (and without shimmer), and it didn’t seem to result in wear issues, as the shades I have tested have all lasted between nine and ten hours as a cheek color. If I patted lightly at the blush on my skin, there would be immediate transfer onto my fingertip and a missing splotch of color on my skin. It set well with translucent powder but does lose its sheen (no transfer if I set it).

As a lip color: I was surprised to find that the formula wore about as well as an average lipstick on the lips, and the formula wasn’t drying at all. If you apply it directly from the tube like a regular lipstick, it’s very, very pigmented and totally opaque, but if you apply with fingertips or use a lip brush, it is more buildable. You can also apply directly from the tube to the center of lips and then use a fingertip/brush to blend and diffuse to the rest of the lips for sheerer coverage. It is most comfortable and flattering worn at a higher opacity, as the denser texture seems to help lips look smoother without emphasizing lip lines. Some of the lighter shades settled into lip lines while worn (after an hour or two), while others didn’t have such issues. Some shades were also more prone to fading more noticeably from the center of lips. What I was most impressed by was the fact that they did not feel dry or clingy on the lips, and the formula itself wasn’t drying at all, even after six hours of wear. Bite’s Amuse Bouche formula is a far superior lipstick formula, but these were absolutely wearable as a lipstick. It took as long as four hours before the color would start to look more matte, but it never felt truly powdery or dry.

Nectar
Nectar
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Cover FX Sunkissed Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunkissed Custom Enhancer Drops
Cover FX Sunkissed Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunkissed Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is medium brown with warm, yellowy undertones and a satin finish. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Shade (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Original (P, $50.00) is lighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (-, ) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Laguna (LE, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Glow (90) (P, $64.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) (P, $64.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Custom Enhancer Drops are a liquid formula that can add a “highlighting, strobing, or bronzing effect” to your favorite liquid products or used alone on top of (or underneath) your other products (including powder); two of the six shades are bronzing and four are more shimmery/metallic for highlighting. It is a buildable coverage product, so that you can use as many or as few drops as desired for the effect (and it will depend on how you use it; mixing with a moisturizer for all-over may require less product than spot application on cheeks after other makeup is applied!). These are similar to formulas like Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer (runs a bit sheerer overall, less buildable), Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) (much sheerer), and NARS Illuminators (sheerer, usually contains larger shimmer/glitter particles). The major difference is the intensity of the pearl and buildability in coverage (easier to get to full coverage but still easy to retain sheer coverage).

What’s neat about these is that they are versatile as you want them to be; they really do perform well mixed with various liquid and cream products (moisturizer, foundation, tinted moisturizer, primer) while also working under and over makeup, and they really are buildable from sheer to opaque coverage. Initially, the formula might seem incredibly pigmented, but the thin, liquid consistency makes it very easy to sheer out. They are actually sheerer than they seem upon initial swatching or application, as the consistency naturally creates a sheerer layer as soon as you work it across the skin. That being said, unless you’re mixing with a base product, one drop is likely overkill for spot application. These have a strong sheen but very fine shimmer, so it produces more of a pearly, glowing effect on the skin–lightly dewy with moderate shine and some noticeable shimmer. They dry down within 10-15 seconds of blending out the product and feel like a powder but with better hold (I get almost no transfer, and it doesn’t noticeably lift or move), so the sheen you see is from a damp or wet product, it’s the reflective quality of the pearl. You can, however, build these up to opaque coverage, and at that level, some of the shimmery shades can emphasize the texture of the skin. The formula also wore well on me, ranging from eight to ten hours with minimal signs of fading. I’d expect that this formula will work for someone who likes moderate highlighters with luminous, shiny, pearly finishes or likes all-over warmth (in the case of the bronzing shades) with a satin-to-matte finish.

Sunkissed is the lighter of the two bronzing shades. I suspect that this shade will be more suitable for fair to medium skin tones, and it might not show up well on darker skin tones. On my light-medium complexion, I get a hint of golden warmth and subtle color. It had medium, buildable color payoff that was fairly easy to use, as the liquid consistency was thin enough to spread well across the skin without becoming uneven or drying down immediately, but it wasn’t so thin that it became impossibly sheer. The product is blendable until dries down, and the thinner the layer, the faster it would dry down, so you have some time to work the product across the skin and then a little while longer (about 10-15 seconds) until it sets on the skin and becomes harder to diffuse/blend out. I could use up to two drops mixed in with moisturizer/foundation without it altering the depth of my color too much, but I found I preferred one myself. I like Sunkissed best mixed in, while I like the darker Sunset if I want to use one as a bronzer on top of my makeup–for my skin tone. This was the shortest-wearing shade of the six at eight hours.

Here’s an in-depth look at how I’ve used and trialed all the shades:

Alone: I’ve patted them over bare skin, liquid foundation, and liquid foundation with setting powder on top. For best results, I like to tap my brush against the applicator (not even using the droplet applicator to get a drop out) and then stipple the product onto the skin. I tend to apply both my bronzers and highlighters more along the cheek areas, so I would stipple a few times along my cheeks or cheekbones and then lightly buff in small circles. It worked equally well just dabbing my fingertips against my skin and using the side of my fingertip to sweep and blend the product out. I was particularly impressed by how well it applied over powder, as the sheerer, smooth texture didn’t disrupt base products and move foundation or turn the area patchy. When testing for wear, I used its longevity on bare skin as my major measure for the rating, but I did wear the shades mixed in and layered with a multitude of products to ensure that the formula wasn’t prone to shortening the wear of other products.

Mixed with Primer: I tried it with both water and silicone-based primers, and I had no preference for one over the other with respect to these drops. I used one to two drops for all-over luminosity; I preferred one drop myself, as it gave me a dewier finish that wasn’t over-the-top for my preference. If you wear a lighter-coverage base on top of primer, mixing with primer could work for all-over glow/warmth, but if you wear light-medium or heavier coverage, I would suggest mixing with your foundation or applying on top of your foundation as it gets lost under heavier coverage.

Mixed with Foundation: I tried it with tinted moisturizer, sheer coverage foundation, medium coverage foundation, and full coverage foundation. In general, heavier coverage foundations are a bit thicker than the ultra sheer formulas. I found one to drops was sufficient with tinted to medium coverage formulas, while full coverage was less receptive–it made the foundation dewier but wasn’t as luminous as with lighter coverage foundations. If I wore full coverage foundation, I preferred this patted on top at the end, rather than mixed.

Mixed with Moisturizer: Like primer, this method works well when you skip foundation or wear lighter coverage foundation. I can imagine this combination working well for those with flatter or more matte skin naturally, as it gives noticeable luminosity and dewiness. While I didn’t personally like the level of sheen it gave my face when mixed with moisturizer, I loved it for body–particularly on shoulders and decolletage. It is also gorgeous on legs. I really liked mixing one of the highlighting shades with a bronzing shade for a little color, warmth, and sheen on legs.

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

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Cover FX Sunset Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunset Custom Enhancer Drops
Cover FX Sunset Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunset Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a natural finish.. Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Tan Tint (LE, $29.50) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Burnished (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $110.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Deep (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Bath (110) (P, $64.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Custom Enhancer Drops are a liquid formula that can add a “highlighting, strobing, or bronzing effect” to your favorite liquid products or used alone on top of (or underneath) your other products (including powder); two of the six shades are bronzing and four are more shimmery/metallic for highlighting. It is a buildable coverage product, so that you can use as many or as few drops as desired for the effect (and it will depend on how you use it; mixing with a moisturizer for all-over may require less product than spot application on cheeks after other makeup is applied!). These are similar to formulas like Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer (runs a bit sheerer overall, less buildable), Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) (much sheerer), and NARS Illuminators (sheerer, usually contains larger shimmer/glitter particles). The major difference is the intensity of the pearl and buildability in coverage (easier to get to full coverage but still easy to retain sheer coverage).

What’s neat about these is that they are versatile as you want them to be; they really do perform well mixed with various liquid and cream products (moisturizer, foundation, tinted moisturizer, primer) while also working under and over makeup, and they really are buildable from sheer to opaque coverage. Initially, the formula might seem incredibly pigmented, but the thin, liquid consistency makes it very easy to sheer out. They are actually sheerer than they seem upon initial swatching or application, as the consistency naturally creates a sheerer layer as soon as you work it across the skin. That being said, unless you’re mixing with a base product, one drop is likely overkill for spot application. These have a strong sheen but very fine shimmer, so it produces more of a pearly, glowing effect on the skin–lightly dewy with moderate shine and some noticeable shimmer. They dry down within 10-15 seconds of blending out the product and feel like a powder but with better hold (I get almost no transfer, and it doesn’t noticeably lift or move), so the sheen you see is from a damp or wet product, it’s the reflective quality of the pearl. You can, however, build these up to opaque coverage, and at that level, some of the shimmery shades can emphasize the texture of the skin. The formula also wore well on me, ranging from eight to ten hours with minimal signs of fading. I’d expect that this formula will work for someone who likes moderate highlighters with luminous, shiny, pearly finishes or likes all-over warmth (in the case of the bronzing shades) with a satin-to-matte finish.

Sunset is the darker of the two bronzing shades. It had a warmer, redder undertone without strong yellow tones, so it didn’t look orange-y on the skin, which I find indicative of more natural-looking bronzers on more skin tones. I suspect that this shade will be more suitable for medium and darker complexions, while the other shade, Sunkissed, will work best on fair to medium skin tones. The texture was thin, smooth, and blendable on the skin as it dried down. Once it set, it was harder to maneuver without added force, but it was more forgiving in its dried-down state compared to the shimmery ones. It had more of a satin finish on the skin; it wasn’t fully matte but did not read shimmery or dewy either. It had medium, buildable coverage, and a little went a long way, as you might have guessed based on the range thus far! For my skin tone, less than one drop added warmth without changing my skin color completely when mixed with foundation or moisturizer. I only needed the lightest dab of product to bronze my cheek area (not even close to a full drop!). The color lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me.

Here’s an in-depth look at how I’ve used and trialed all the shades:

Alone: I’ve patted them over bare skin, liquid foundation, and liquid foundation with setting powder on top. For best results, I like to tap my brush against the applicator (not even using the droplet applicator to get a drop out) and then stipple the product onto the skin. I tend to apply both my bronzers and highlighters more along the cheek areas, so I would stipple a few times along my cheeks or cheekbones and then lightly buff in small circles. It worked equally well just dabbing my fingertips against my skin and using the side of my fingertip to sweep and blend the product out. I was particularly impressed by how well it applied over powder, as the sheerer, smooth texture didn’t disrupt base products and move foundation or turn the area patchy. When testing for wear, I used its longevity on bare skin as my major measure for the rating, but I did wear the shades mixed in and layered with a multitude of products to ensure that the formula wasn’t prone to shortening the wear of other products.

Mixed with Primer: I tried it with both water and silicone-based primers, and I had no preference for one over the other with respect to these drops. I used one to two drops for all-over luminosity; I preferred one drop myself, as it gave me a dewier finish that wasn’t over-the-top for my preference. If you wear a lighter-coverage base on top of primer, mixing with primer could work for all-over glow/warmth, but if you wear light-medium or heavier coverage, I would suggest mixing with your foundation or applying on top of your foundation as it gets lost under heavier coverage.

Mixed with Foundation: I tried it with tinted moisturizer, sheer coverage foundation, medium coverage foundation, and full coverage foundation. In general, heavier coverage foundations are a bit thicker than the ultra sheer formulas. I found one to drops was sufficient with tinted to medium coverage formulas, while full coverage was less receptive–it made the foundation dewier but wasn’t as luminous as with lighter coverage foundations. If I wore full coverage foundation, I preferred this patted on top at the end, rather than mixed.

Mixed with Moisturizer: Like primer, this method works well when you skip foundation or wear lighter coverage foundation. I can imagine this combination working well for those with flatter or more matte skin naturally, as it gives noticeable luminosity and dewiness. While I didn’t personally like the level of sheen it gave my face when mixed with moisturizer, I loved it for body–particularly on shoulders and decolletage. It is also gorgeous on legs. I really liked mixing one of the highlighting shades with a bronzing shade for a little color, warmth, and sheen on legs.

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

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MAC Blind Score Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Blind Score Casual Colour
MAC Blind Score Casual Colour

MAC Blind Score Casual Colour ($23.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “dirty reddish lilac.” It’s a slightly muted, dark berry with cool undertones and a natural sheen. CoverGirl Deep Mauve (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Here You Go (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop New Lowes (LE, $8.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Viseart Violet #3 (P, ) is less glossy (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Passionately Tempted (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Vivacite (88) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Hot Nights (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Restores Dazzle (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Jeanette (LE, $39.00) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Casual Colour formula is designed for use on lips and cheeks with a “non-sticky,” “lightweight,” and hydrating formula. As you might exect with a multi-tasking product, it is better in one area than the other; in the case of this formula, it’s better on the cheeks than on the lips. Applied as a blush, it goes on easily–blendable, smooth, and doesn’t lift product if used on top of foundation nor does it sit poorly on bare skin–and looks like stain, which wore for nine hours. Applied as a lip color, it is thin, clingy, and emphasizes the natural texture of the lips, and it is somewhat drying over the four and a half hours it lasted. Blind Score had semi-opaque coverage that was easily built up to opaque coverage or sheered out for sheerer coverage–it’s very easy to control and diffuse, particularly on cheeks. The thinness of the formula on lips makes it harder to sheer it out, but it is still buildable to opaque coverage on lips.

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Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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