Absolution is a pale, white gold with warm, golden sparkle and a metallic sheen. This is one of two (the other being Rapture) described as a "special effect glimmer shade" designed for layering on top of other shades. The consistency was looser where one could feel the edges and texture of all of the sparkle content, and the base was weaker--semi-sheer--which was as expected, given that it should be sheerer in order to be layered on top of something else. It was easiest to work with using a dampened brush, as there was a moderate amount of fallout when used dry for me. It lasted for seven hours with some additional fallout when applied over bare skin.