We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
  • Tarte25% off Shape Tape with code SHAPETAPE, ends 10/17.

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

01/09

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter

Solstice

Ciate Solstice Glow-To Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a pale pink with a frosted sheen that shifted from cooler lavender to warmer pink. The shimmer was larger in the highlighter, and I felt like it made it more prone to emphasizing my skin’s natural texture as a result. When diffused and blended out to medium coverage, I did not find it noticeably accentuating, though. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with a second layer.

The powder was soft, smooth, and blendable overall with a bit of looseness in the pan. I noticed that the whiter base was more prominent when I applied and blended it out on my skin than initially swatched, so it ended up looking a bit lighter than anticipated on my skin tone. I did see the duochrome effect in person, so it appeared cooler and warmer depending on the angle I viewed the highlighter at. The color wore well for eight hours on me before becoming a bit patchy.

Formula Overview

$29.00/0.17 oz. - $170.59 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be an “ultra-soft luminizer” with “long-wear” and built-up to “intense, bold shimmer.” The powders were usually soft and blendable, though a couple were a little looser in the pan, which made them feel drier or dustier.

They were easy to blend and diffuse on the skin and lasted for eight hours, on average. The more sparkly shades emphasized my skin's natural texture a bit while the more luminous shades did not.

Browse all of our Ciate Glow-To Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Triethylhexanoin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Isododecane, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Hydrated Silica, Decylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Disodium EDTA, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

Solstice
Solstice
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Sneak Peek: Tarte Magic Star Collector’s Set Photos & Swatches

01/13

Tarte Magic Star Holiday 2017 Collector’s Set

Tarte Magic Star Holiday 2017 Collector’s Set

Tarte Magic Star Holiday 2017 Collector’s Set

Tarte Magic Star Holiday 2017 Collector’s Set

Tarte Magic Star Holiday 2017 Collector’s Set

Tarte Magic Star Holiday 2017 Collector’s Set

Tarte Magic Star Holiday 2017 Collector’s Set

Tarte Magic Star Holiday 2017 Collector’s Set

Tarte Magic Star Holiday 2017 Collector’s Set

Tarte Magic Star Holiday 2017 Collector’s Set

Tarte Magic Star Holiday 2017 Collector’s Set

Tarte Magic Star Holiday 2017 Collector’s Set

Tarte Magic Star Holiday 2017 Collector’s Set

Tarte Magic Star Holiday 2017 Collector’s Set ($49.00 for 1.23 oz.) is a new, limited edition holiday palette that includes four cheek colors, two lip colors, eyeliner, mascara, and 25 eyeshadows.

First Impressions

I saw little that was promising in the set as several of the mattes had dry, stiff consistencies that required product to be scraped off to transfer any coverage to my arm to show a swatch. Other mattes were sheer, not that buildable, and took extra effort to blend out. The shimmers were decent but some were dry to the touch and often applied unevenly, lifted as I blended them, or otherwise lost intensity on the lid. They were all prone to fading faster than the average eyeshadow from the few I wore for testing longevity. There’s a good chance this palette gets pushed to the bottom of my priority list, but I’ve been keeping up fairly well with the holiday releases so there may still be a full, in-depth review in the future.

Tarte Magic Star Collector's Set

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

NARS x Man Ray Collection for Holiday 2017

NARS x Man Ray Collection for Holiday 2017
NARS x Man Ray Collection for Holiday 2017

The Details

NARS Cosmetics introduces the Man Ray for NARS Holiday 2017 Collection. Featuring surprising limited edition shades inspired by the electrifying art of modern master Man Ray. An imaginative palette of bolds and brights evokes the artist’s legendary wit, while daringly dimensional effects paint an ode to originality. Express the unexpected.

10/6 on NARS, 10/12 at retailers

Love Game Eyeshadow Palette, $55.00 (Limited Edition, International Only)

Your move. No matter how you play it—soft or sooty, matte or gilded—this palette of 12 new, eye-catching shades is sure to up your shadow game. Inspired by the vibrant persona of Man Ray-muse Ady Fidel, the first African American model to be featured in a fashion magazine.

  • Ladykiller Matte cream
  • Rendezvous Luminous golden pearl
  • Dominant Matte sandstorm
  • Submissive Matte deep army
  • Your Move Matte camel
  • Hard to Get Shimmering terracotta
  • Tryst Shimmering true gold
  • Dirty Talk Shimmering light silver
  • Long Game Satin sapphire
  • Blind Date Shimmering burgundy
  • Play Me Shimmering golden brown
  • Momentum Shimmering emerald

Duo Eyeshadow, $36.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Montparnasse Shimmering gold / Iridescent orchid
  • Debauched Black violet / Smoky charcoal with red shimmer

Photogloss Lip Lacquer, $26.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Zambeze Red hazelnut
  • Muse Golden shimmer
  • Off Limits Shimmering fuchsia
  • Kiki Burgundy

Blush, $30.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Intensely Bright tangerine
  • Fetishized Pink grapefruit

Velvet Eyeliner, $24.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Nagoya Violet
  • Santiago Chocolate brown

Overexposed Glow Highlighter, $42.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Double Take Gold highlight

Gold Audacious Lipstick, $34.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Anita Rose (Special Packaging)

The Veil Cheek Palette, $49.00 (Limited Edition)

No filter. Show more cheek with a buildable trio that contours, highlights, and pops with natural-looking dimension. Featuring Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer in iconic shade Laguna, with new, limited-edition shades of Blush and Highlighter.

  • Laguna Diffused brown powder with golden shimmer (Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer)
  • Lovesick Satin watermelon (Blush)
  • Surreal Glistening bronze rose (Highlighter)

Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette, $49.00 (Limited Edition)

It’s my party. And I’ll eye if I want to. Six richly pigmented eyeshadows in new, limited-edition shades get the festivities started—and keep looks going light until dark with soft-to-smoldering effects.

  • Crybaby Matte cream
  • Heartbreaker Shimmering deep ocean
  • Loverboy Matte black
  • Tryst Shimmering gold
  • One and Only Shimmering deep moss
  • Vegeance Shimmering rich brown

Les Amoureux Audacious Lipstick Coffret, $55.00 (Limited Edition, Nordstrom Exclusive)

But first, lipstick. Four ravishing neutrals to make your day look. Featuring award-winning Audacious Lipstick in a portable lineup of four minis with two new, limited-edition shades.

  • Ady Dusty coral (New)
  • Arden Burnt coral (New)
  • Barbara Tan rose
  • Jane Terracotta rose

Noire et Blanche Audacious Lipstick Coffret, $55.00 (Limited Edition)

Talk to the mask. Four statement shades say it boldly. Featuring award-winning Audacious Lipstick in a portable lineup of four minis with three new, limited-edition shades.

  • Lee Garnet
  • Dolores Crimson red
  • Josephine Bordeaux
  • Charlotte Oxblood burgundy

ColourPop I Think I Love You Eyeshadow Palette

01/11

Colour Pop I Think I Love You 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop I Think I Love You 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop I Think I Love You 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop I Think I Love You 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop I Think I Love You 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop I Think I Love You 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop I Think I Love You 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop I Think I Love You | Look Details

ColourPop I Think I Love You | Look Details

ColourPop I Think I Love You | Look Details

ColourPop I Think I Love You | Look Details

I Think I Love You

Colour Pop I Think I Love You Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($16.00 for 0.36 oz.) contains 12 eyeshadows in warmer, neutral hues, plus a deep black, in a variety of finishes, though the palette runs frosted-to-metallic overall. I think the color story of this palette isn’t quite as versatile as other pre-made palettes from the brand, but the performance was still good overall with a few shades having a bit of fallout or weren’t quite as pigmented as the rest.

B+

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

Fenty Beauty Blonde Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

01/04

Fenty Beauty Blonde Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Blonde Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Blonde Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Blonde Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Blonde

Fenty Beauty Blonde Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick ($25.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a fine, pearly sheen. It had more pearl than base color, so as I blended out the color, it looked more shimmery than yellow. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage overall. The consistency was thin, just barely creamy, and it definitely applied best with fingertips as the warmth helped keep the product blendable and malleable on the skin. On me, it wore well for eight hours.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.25 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be long-wearing with a “light-as-air,” “blendable” texture that “lives to be layered” and has "buildable, creaseproof" coverage. They twist-up and are medium-sized with a domed edge. I found that applying to my fingertips worked better than direct application, as it enabled me greater control over coverage level as well as placement, and if you tend to apply over foundation, then this will help keep the Match Stix cleaner, too. The texture was thin, and it did seem to go from a “cream” in the tube to a more powder-like product once on the skin. They were fairly blendable with a few being more sparkly with less visible base color, which may not be for everyone, and others had a more pearl-like sheen that didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. Most shades applied and blended out without lifting up foundation or pulling into pores (over bare skin), but the ones that did tended to have larger particles in them. They lasted between six and eight hours on me.

A problem I had throughout just swatching each shade on my cheeks for photos was that whatever was exposed was a bit dry, more powdery to the touch, and I felt like I had to really warm the product up and/or swipe it back and forth on the back of my hand to refresh the texture. This is not uncommon with drier, cream-based formulas, but it's still a downside and an area that could be improved upon. Some shades were very pigmented, others were medium and buildable, and a couple were sheerer.

Browse all of our Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick swatches.

Ingredients

MICA, ETHYLHEXYL ISONONANOATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, SUCROSE ACETATE ISOBUTYRATE, C20-40 ALCOHOLS, TRIBEHENIN, PARAFFIN, POLYETHYLENE, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, VP/HEXADECENE COPOLYMER, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA/MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX/CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, TOCOPHEROL, ISOSTEARYL ALCOHOL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, MALIC ACID, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, SILICA, TIN OXIDE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491).

Blonde
Blonde
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total