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Cover FX Celestial Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Celestial Custom Enhancer Drops
Cover FX Celestial Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Celestial Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a light, almost icy, pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a mix of cooler and warmer silver, pink, and gold pearl. Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX State of Flux (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Burberry No. 03 Pink Pearl (P, $68.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Stunner (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Scrumptious (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Stunner (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Maybelline Iridescent (100) (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, less pigmented, warmer (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Dior #002 (P, $57.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Pandora (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Ecliptic (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Pink Beige (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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.

Celestial had a moderate to strong pearly sheen. The sheerer it was applied, the less pronounced the finish was, while the heavier the application, the more metallic and high-shine the finish became. The highlighter had a thin consistency that spread across the skin easily, but it distributed the product evenly so it didn’t need a lot of blending once it was spread over the desired area. The edges remained blendable for about 10-15 seconds after initially spreading the product across the skin, and then the product had mostly dried down and was less easily diffused. I used maybe a fourth or less of the equivalent of drop for highlighting along cheekbones and on the bridge of the nose, which was plenty of product, for semi-sheer to medium coverage. One drop was sufficient for mixing in with moisturizer or foundation for a luminous finish that didn’t read pearly or shimmery. This shade wore well for nine hours before starting to fade slightly.

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.

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

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Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder
Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder ($6.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a dark copper with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. Makeup Geek Firework (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Ready to Go (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (-, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” It’s a baked powder, so the texture is drier and looser as a brush passes over the pan, but it doesn’t look dry, powdery, or dusty applied to my skin, which is normal-to-dry. Of the three shades in the range, this had the driest, loosest texture that was almost a little grainy (possibly due to the larger shimmer). It didn’t blend as easily as the other shades either, which was a disappointment. It does, eventually, diffuse enough to be acceptable with some extra effort. It had medium, buildable coverage with enough sheen that it did emphasize pores just slightly on my skin. I noticed fading occur after seven hours of wear.

B-

Permanent

7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin Light The Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Light The Sculpting Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Light The Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Light The Sculpting Powder ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, subdued brown with warmer, rosy undertones and a matte finish.Zoeva Unfinished (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Taupe (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Contour (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S116 (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever S112 (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Sculpting Powder is supposed to feel lightweight with buildable coverage from sheer to full. Recently, the brand expanded the Sculpting formula to include two new shades–Light and Deep–to complement the existing Medium shade. I don’t consider it a very buildable formula as it is rather pigmented, and a little can go a long way, but it is soft and finely-milled, which makes it easy to blend and diffuse to sheerer coverage, if desired (or just use less and build up). The texture felt smooth and silky to the touch, and despite being very matte, it didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. I have more light-medium colored skin, and I am able to use this shade and achieve noticeable color, though it is definitely lighter than Medium and should work well on lighter skin tones but very fair complexions may find they still have to sheer it out quite a bit for a subtle contour. I also think this one may be better on cooler undertones, as the rosy tone makes it appear more dramatic as it contrasts with my skin tone more than Medium or Deep does (I have soft, yellow undertones). On me, the contour wore well for eight hours on me.

Light
Light
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Cover FX Candlelight Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Candlelight Custom Enhancer Drops
Cover FX Candlelight Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Candlelight Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery-brown with warm, red undertones and fine gold, pink, and copper pearl. Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). The Estee Edit Beachy (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Gilty Bronze (LE, $29.50) is darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #21 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Glow (P, $48.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior #004 (P, $57.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Custom Enhancer Drops is 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 (thicker, 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 are buildable from sheer to opaque coverage. Initially, the formula might seem incredibly pigmented, but the thin, liquid 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 little transfer if I touch the area with this applied, but if I rub vigorously, I will get product to move), so the sheen you see is the result of the reflective quality of the pearl not that the product remains wet. 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 all-over luminosity and likes adjusting and mixing highlighters with their base products or enjoys moderate-to-metallic highlighters with luminous, shiny, pearly finishes or likes all-over warmth (in the case of the bronzing shades) with a satin-to-matte finish. If you like barely-there shimmer or tend not to like noticeable shine, I would try it in person or look for another type of product.

Candlelight had buildable coverage that ranged from semi-sheer to opaque, depending on application and amount of product used. For reference, one droplet on the back of my hand covers that area (about 3″ x 3″) with semi-opaque coverage. I liked a dab of the applicator against the back of my hand, rather than a drop, if I was applying on targeted areas, like cheekbones or down the bridge of my nose, as a drop was far more product than needed. For mixing, I found one drop to be sufficient for a noticeable all-over glow that didn’t read metallic or like I highlighted my entire face, while two or more drops became more noticeable and also added color to my skin tone. The consistency is thin, easily spread across the skin or mixed in with other products, and blends well as it is drying down. Once it dries down, it’s not very blendable, so I recommend working one area at a time when using it alone (either under or over makeup) as there is some time to work but not a lot (this is the only downside to the product, but it is likely part of why it is longer-wearing). On me, the color lasted for nine hours when applied over bare skin. I did not find it shortened the wear of other products when I mixed it in and applied all over.

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 cheek bones 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.

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

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Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush

Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush
Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush

Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Tinge (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Wavelength (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Kash (P, ) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Blind Date (P, $10.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Poe (Light) (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Rose (P, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Dose of Colors Statemint (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). It had a lightly dusty consistency, though very soft and finely-milled, that had a tendency to sheer out on the skin, so it was hard to achieve opaque coverage. It had more semi-sheer to medium pigmentation overall. Compared to the previous formulation, this version is just more matte and has a lot less dimension on the face. I didn’t have any trouble applying or blending out the blush, and it sat well on the skin. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear.

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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Chanel Rouge Profond (320) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rouge Profond (320) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Rouge Profond (320) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rouge Profond (320) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, dusty red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Milani Bronze Burst #3 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Poppy Passion (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Frankly Scarlet (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Oh My! (LE, $23.00) is brighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (-, ) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Covet (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). NARS Almeria (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Joues Contraste formula is supposed to have “buildable coverage” with a “silky texture.” It had semi-opaque coverage, which was buildable to fully opaque, but it seemed a bit more pigmented than your average blush from Chanel (which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your personal preference for pigmentation in a blush!). The texture was smooth, silky, and thin without being dusty or too firmly pressed in the pan. It applied evenly to the skin and blended out with fairly little work, but it could have been easier to diffuse along the edges (other Chanel blushes are easier to work with, but this was not a challenge to use either). The blush lasted just over eight and a half hours on my normal-to-dry skin before it started to fade noticeably.

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