Glossier Quartz Haloscope ($22.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a soft, warm champagne with a pearlescent, dewy finish. It had buildable coverage–swiped directly from the tube, it could easily be nearly opaque, and if patted onto the skin with fingertips, the coverage could range from sheer to medium depending on how much product one picked up. The texture was dense and firmer in the tube but as it warmed up, it became more yielding and pliable with light slip for a thinner, cream-based formula that sat well on my skin.
The formula was moderately tacky, though lightweight and easy enough to manipulate (even over foundation), and lasted well on my skin (which is more normal these days than dry). I didn’t have any issues wearing it on its own or over foundation–didn’t find one was any better or worse for application or wear–but I recommend applying with fingertips over foundation due to the consistency taking a few seconds to warm up (and the pressure could disturb foundation). It stayed on well for eight hours on me. I found it to be one of the better cream highlighters, as it gave a noticeable, glowing finish to my skin but was still very skin-like, didn’t emphasize my skin’s texture, and managed to last well despite not drying down.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
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$22.00/0.19 oz. - $115.79 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to give a "hydrated, dewy finish" with an "otherworldly sheen that's never dry, never glittery." First, it's important to note that this product is not marketed as an intense, metallic highlight, and second, the other key takeaway is the use of the word "dewy." It's a luminous, pearlescent highlighter that is cream-based and has some tackiness on the skin, which helped it adhere and stay in place better without destroying base products (like foundation) over time while maintaining a true, dewy finish. Despite the tackiness, it felt very lightweight and worked well on bare skin or on top of foundation (even heavier, matte foundations). If you love glowing, lit-from-within and want some pearl and sheen, this formula just might work out for you.
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Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Mica, Silica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Nylon-12, Quartz, Sodium Hyaluronate,Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470).