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Laura Mercier L’Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

01/07

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

L'Amour Exotique

Laura Mercier L’Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection ($58.00 for 0.44 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette with four highlighters–two are new to me and two are also available in the permanent range. I found all four shades to be consistent with the permanent formula, which has a slightly drier, almost looser texture to the touch (not uncommon for this type of formula) with medium to opaque coverage that lasted between seven and eight hours on me.

Value

The full-sized shades of the highlighter retail for $44.00 each and contain 0.35 oz. or $125.71/oz. The palette contains 0.44 oz. worth of product or $55.31 worth of product. It would not be a “value packed” palette from a quantity standpoint; the way it would be “value packed” is in the sense that the full-sized highlighters are rather pricey on their own, even though they are large, so for less than the cost of two standalone shades, you would be getting four. (The price vs. amount is also not drastically lower.) If you’re someone who does not typically pan their powder highlighters, the palette would definitely be worth trying if you like this type formula.

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B+

Infatuation

Limited Edition
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B

Temptation

Limited Edition
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A-

Devotion

Permanent
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Fenty Beauty Girl Next Door/Chic Freak Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

01/05

Fenty Beauty Girl Next Door/Chic Freak Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Fenty Beauty Girl Next Door/Chic Freak Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Fenty Beauty Girl Next Door/Chic Freak Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Fenty Beauty Girl Next Door/Chic Freak Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Fenty Beauty Girl Next Door/Chic Freak Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Girl Next Door/Chic Freak

Fenty Beauty Girl Next Door/Chic Freak Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo ($34.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains a light, pinky-peach with a frosted finish and a deeper, more metallic peachy coral. The left side wasn’t as reflective as the right side, which had more visible sparkle and did emphasize my skin’s natural texture. Some might enjoy the intensity and shine of the right side even if it doesn’t have a smoothing finish, while others are loathe to draw attention to their skin’s natural texture. If you’re part of the latter, I don’t think that this formula (generally) will be the best fit.

B

Permanent

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

01/07

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Trophy Wife

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) is an intense, medium gold with strong, warm yellow undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. There were quite a few larger, more noticeable glitter particles in this one–this would be suitable for someone who is looking for a strong, metallic highlight and likes looser glitter.

The texture was soft in the pan, but it was more loosely pressed with more glitter than base product, so as I blended the powder on my arm, I could see the glitter separate from the powder. As a result, the texture would be easier to work with on normal-to-oily skin or over a base (like liquid foundation) to help minimize the separation, which can result in a very imprecise application and stray glitter all over the face. It blended out fairly easily but still some glitter meandered as I blended on my normal-to-dry skin. The metallic finish did emphasize my skin’s texture immediately, even with just a semi-sheer application, which may not be everyone’s ideal result. The highlighter wore well for eight hours on me before becoming a bit patchy, but there was moderate glitter fallout/travel while worn.

Formula Overview

$34.00/0.28 oz. - $121.43 Per Ounce

The formula is described ranging from “subtle dayglow to insanely supercharged” with a “cream-powder hybrid” formula that feels “weightless” and is long-wearing. They can also be used on the eyes, body, lips, and so forth, per the brand. They feel like a traditional powder, but they have a smooth, moderately dense texture that doesn’t kick up a lot of excess product in the pan but also does not feel stiff or difficult to pickup with the brush. The finishes varied from shade to shade; where Metal Moon was the most subtle and had a satin-to-pearl finish, Trophy Wife was the most over-the-top with chunky, obvious glitter and less base color compared to the other shades.

The duos featured a light-to-moderate highlighter on the left and then a more sparkly, metallic highlighter on the right with the exception of Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule, where the left shade (Ginger Binge) was more intense (possibly owing to the richer color and payoff). In general, I found the left, more subtle side of each duo to be sheer to semi-sheer, somewhat buildable, whereas the right, more metallic side was substantially more pigmented. All of the more intense highlighters (Trophy Wife and the right side of the duos) did accentuate the look of my skin’s natural texture to some degree.

For use on the eye, they worked better with a slightly dampened brush, as it gave the powder a bit more binding powder for better adherence to the lid, but the ones I tried on the lid were blendable and easy to apply with no real concerns from the application itself other than the potential for fallout over time.

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Ingredients

Dimethicone, Talc, Isododecane, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyethylene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Cetyl Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Carmine (CI 75470).

C+

Permanent

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

Make Up For Ever B110 Artist Face Color (Blush)

01/06

Make Up For Ever B110 Artist Face Color – Blush

Make Up For Ever B110 Artist Face Color – Blush

Make Up For Ever B110 Artist Face Color – Blush

Make Up For Ever B110 Artist Face Color – Blush

Make Up For Ever B110 Artist Face Color – Blush

Make Up For Ever B110 Artist Face Color – Blush

B110

Make Up For Ever B110 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a very light peach with a stronger, white base paired with a satin finish. There was a subtle sheen to the powder as I applied and blended it on the skin, though it did not look shimmery. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while it felt denser in the pan so using a more moderate hand or denser brush would be key (I would not describe the powder as stiff, though!). It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, and I did feel like the color darkened slightly after I applied it to my skin (if you have drier skin, it might not darken as noticeably). This shade wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Formula Overview

$23.00/0.17 oz. - $135.29 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "intense color payoff" with a "long-lasting finish." The range is split into three types--Highlighters, Sculpting Powders, and Blushes--that is easy to determine by the first letter of the shade name (H for Highlighter, S for Sculpting, and B for Blush). There are three finishes--matte, shimmer, and pearl but was less obvious. In fact, the majority of the "matte" shades were more like semi-matte or natural matte where there were no distinctive shimmer particles but they seemed to take on the natural finish of the skin, which gave the "mattes" a particularly seamless finish on the skin but might be dewier on oilier skin types than desired. None of the 34 shades available were frosted or metallic except three of the highlighters (H100, H106, H312).

The pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque, depending largely on the shade, though they were always buildable if they were not opaque in a single layer. Some of the deeper, more matte shades were less forgiving and took more effort to diffuse and blend, even when I used a lighter hand or a more feathery brush. The texture was smooth, velvety, and moderately dense without any powderiness or dustiness in the pan. The formula has lasted between eight and ten hours on me.

You can view swatches of all of the blushes, all of the highlighters, and all of the sculpting powders in the Swatch Gallery.

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B110
B110
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total