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Gucci Tan (04) Soleil Bronzing Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Gucci Beauty Tan (04) Soleil Bronzing Powder ($62.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with strong, warm undertones (that leaned orange) with fine, golden pearl over a satin finish. It had rich pigmentation in a single layer, though the brand described the formula as “buildable,” and one definitely had to consciously use a lighter-hand to achieve true, buildable coverage (true of opaque products, generally). The bronzer had a soft, silky consistency that was finely-milled and yielding without being powdery.…

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Gucci Light (02) Soleil Bronzing Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Gucci Beauty Light (02) Soleil Bronzing Powder ($62.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and flecks of gold micro-sparkle over a more semi-matte finish. It had a stronger, red undertone that came through when I applied it to my skin but wasn’t as apparent when swatched. The texture was soft, lightly powdery in the pan but blendable and easy to work with. It had good color payoff in a single layer, though it was more…

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Huda Beauty Flora N.Y.M.P.H. All Over Highlighting Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Flora Huda Beauty Flora N.Y.M.P.H. All Over Highlighting Powder ($55.00 for 1.05 oz.) is darker, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It has a more gel-powder hybrid formula, so the powder felt firmer, but smooth, without being stiff. This type of formula works best with moderately dense brushes and may take a bit more pressure than softer formulas; the upside is that there’s no powderiness, which ensures the powder goes on smoothly, evenly, and almost “melts”…

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Gucci Dark (05) Soleil Bronzing Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Gucci Beauty Dark (05) Soleil Bronzing Powder ($62.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a deep, reddish-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had rich pigmentation in a single layer, which was more coverage than marketed by the brand, but I expect that it’s not a deal-breaker for most. It had a more forgiving consistency, so it was easy enough to use with a lighter hand to achieve true, buildable application of color. The texture felt silky-smooth to the…

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Gucci Fair (01) Soleil Bronzing Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Gucci Beauty Fair (01) Soleil Bronzing Powder ($62.00 for 0.42 oz.) is an ultra-light brown with subtle, warm rosy undertones and a semi-matte finish. Alternatively, I’d consider describing it as a darker beige with subtle, warm undertones (it was lighter than most shades categorized as even the lightest brown). The texture was incredibly smooth and silky without being excessively powdery, yet it picked up readily with even feathery brushes. It had rich pigmentation, which was more than described (“buildable”), though…

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Gucci Medium (03) Soleil Bronzing Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Gucci Beauty Medium (03) Soleil Bronzing Powder ($62.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a brighter, medium brown with strong, warm undertones (that leaned more yellow-orange) paired with fine, golden pearl woven through a satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation in a single layer, though the brand described the formula as buildable coverage, so you’ll need to use a lighter hand to achieve that type of application if desired. For reference, this shade is warmer and lighter than Light (02) despite the…

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ColourPop Wayfarer Pressed Powder Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Wayfarer Colour Pop Wayfarer Pressed Powder Blush ($10.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a light orange with warmer, yellow undertones and flecks of gold micro-sparkle over a more satin finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage–which it was supposed to have!–that had a moderately powdery consistency in the pan, though it felt more finely-milled and softer than it appeared swatched. The powder applied evenly to bare skin and blended out nicely along the edges with a few random micro-sparkles that were visible.…

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ColourPop On the Horizon Pressed Powder Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

On the Horizon Colour Pop On the Horizon Pressed Powder Blush ($10.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a brighter, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and flecks of gold micro-sparkle over a more semi-matte finish. It had buildable coverage from medium to mostly opaque, while the texture felt soft, yielding, and was lightly powdery in the pan but didn’t appear dry or powdery when applied to my skin. The blush applied evenly and blended out without difficulty along the edges. There…

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Sydney Grace Colorful (Deep) Mystery Bag Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Sydney Grace Colorful (Deep) Mystery Bag (2020) Colorful (Deep) Sydney Grace Colorful (Deep) Mystery Bag (2020) ($25.00 for 0.89 oz.) is a new, limited edition set that included five eyeshadows, one blush, one loose highlighter, and one loose glitter. This is the deep version of the bag, which had an exclusive blush, loose highlighter, and two eyeshadows (Truth and Beauty and Once in a Lifetime) included in it. I hope the brand either restocks the sets (looked like all the…

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ColourPop Crossroads Pressed Powder Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Crossroads Colour Pop Crossroads Pressed Powder Blush ($10.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark coral with strong, warm undertones and flecks of gold micro-sparkle over a more semi-matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, so it wasn’t quite as buildable as the formula was described, though one could certainly use a lighter hand with it for more buildable application. The texture was finely-milled, soft, and lightly powdery without becoming messy in the pan. The product…

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MAC House of Petunia Mineralize Skinfinish Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

MAC House of Petunia Mineralize Skinfinish ($34.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium gold with strong, warm, almost peachy undertones with a smooth, metallic sheen and faint copper micro-sparkle that was more randomly strewn through. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with two to three layers. The texture was smooth to the touch, soft and yielding without being too powdery. The highlighter applied well to bare skin and blended out readily…

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NABLA Cosmetics Soft Revenge Skin Bronzing Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Soft Revenge NABLA Cosmetics Soft Revenge Skin Bronzing Bronzer Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm rosy undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which could be built up to full coverage with less than half of a layer more; it would still be “too pigmented” to be described as a buildable coverage product, though (which was how it was described). The bronzing powder had a smooth, firmer…

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NABLA Cosmetics Dune Skin Bronzing Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Dune NABLA Cosmetics Dune Skin Bronzing Bronzer Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium, golden brown with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was far more coverage than described, though I’m sure most will not find it to be a deal-breaker. For those who find more buildable coverage essential, if you use a lighter hand, it should be no trouble to do so as there wasn’t any powderiness, which…

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NABLA Cosmetics Ambra Skin Bronzing Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Ambra NABLA Cosmetics Ambra Skin Bronzing Bronzer Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a light, golden brown with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single layer, though it was marketed as buildable; it was more buildable in the sense that if I used a lighter hand or a less-dense brush to apply, I could get sheerer, more buildable coverage–the issue is that’s true with most pigmented products! The consistency was smooth and firmer to…

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NABLA Cosmetics Independence Skin Glazing Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Independence NABLA Cosmetics Independence Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a darker, muted coral with moderate, warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had rich color coverage in a single layer, though the smoother, firmer consistency made it easier to work with a lighter hand as there was no powderiness–much easier to control the pickup with this type of a formula. The powder was soft and smooth to the touch but firm, moderately dense with enough give…

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NABLA Cosmetics Profile Skin Bronzing Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Profile NABLA Cosmetics Profile Skin Bronzing Bronzer Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm red undertones and a satin sheen. The finish became more luminous as it was buffed and blended out on my skin, especially when worn at higher coverage. The texture was smooth to the touch, dense and firmer without being stiff to work with, but it worked best with a moderately dense brush to pick up product evenly. It had nearly opaque…

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Sydney Grace Gray (Deep) Mystery Bag Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Sydney Grace Gray (Deep) Mystery Bag (2020) Gray (Deep) Sydney Grace Gray (Deep) Mystery Bag (2020) ($25.00 for 0.89 oz.) contains five eyeshadows (three mattes, two shimmers), one pressed blush, one loose highlighter, and one loose glitter. All of the products were pigmented, blendable, and longer-wearing and performed consistently with the brand’s formulations for past shades. This is the Deep version of the bag, which includes a different blush, highlighter, and one matte eyeshadow compared to the Light version. I…

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NABLA Cosmetics Lola Skin Glazing Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Lola NABLA Cosmetics Lola Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark pink-coral with soft, warm undertones and pink and gold pearl over a luminous finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was easy to diffuse and blend out for sheerer coverage, or it could be applied with a lighter hand for more buildable coverage if preferred. The consistency was smooth to the touch, dense and more firmly-pressed into the pan, which…

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Moonlit Glow Away Luminizer Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Moonlit Marc Jacobs Beauty Moonlit Glow Away Dewy Coconut Face Luminizer ($32.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a pale pink with cool undertones and a barely-there, satin sheen. It definitely lived up to its “glitter-free” promise; it was more like very, very finely-milled shimmer that translated into a very low-level highlighter. I didn’t get “dewy” or a glass-like effect on my skin–like my moisturizer yielded a dewier finish on its own. The formula is supposed to yield a “lustrous, glass-skin,” or…

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Artist Couture Conceited Diamond Glow Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Conceited Artist Couture Conceited Diamond Glow Powder ($27.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a more muted, deeper gold with a warm, coppery base with a golden, metallic sheen that also had a dusting of golden sparkle. One layer of product had nearly opaque coverage with a moderate, shiny finish that was glowing, lightly shimmery but not in pore-emphasizing territory. A second layer built up the sheen to a more metallic finish that seemed to emphasize my skin’s natural texture just slightly.…

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Sunlit Glow Away Luminizer Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Sunlit Marc Jacobs Beauty Sunlit Glow Away Dewy Coconut Face Luminizer ($32.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a satin sheen that had a smidgen of dewiness. There was a very faint glow on my skin, but it didn’t really read dewy to me–it lacked some of that inherent glow and sheen, though there was a subtle, pearlescence on my skin from the product. The formula is supposed to yield a “lustrous, glass-skin,”…

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Sydney Grace Colorful (Light) Mystery Bag (2020) Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Sydney Grace Colorful (Light) Mystery Bag (2020) Sydney Grace Colorful (Light) Mystery Bag (2020) Sydney Grace Colorful (Light) Mystery Bag (2020) Sydney Grace Colorful (Light) Mystery Bag (2020) Colorful (Light) Sydney Grace Colorful (Light) Mystery Bag (2020) ($25.00 for 0.89 oz.) contains five eyeshadows (one matte, four shimmers), one pressed blush, one loose highlighter, and one loose glitter. All of the products were pigmented, blendable, long-wearing, and easy to use. Pink Fury looked less vivid after the initial application but…

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Artist Couture Yasss! Diamond Glow Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Yasss Artist Couture Yasss Diamond Glow Powder ($27.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light, rosy copper with flecks of lavender and gold sparkle over a lightly, metallic finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer (obviously “layer” is as consistent as I can be as a human since it is a loose product!). The texture was lightweight, finely-milled, and blendable with good adhesion to bare skin, though there was some product flyaway as I worked to pick it…

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Sydney Grace Cool (Light) Mystery Bag (2020) Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Gray (Light) Sydney Grace Gray (Light) Mystery Bag (2020) ($25.00 for 0.89 oz.) contains five eyeshadows (three mattes, two shimmers), one pressed blush, one loose highlighter, and one loose glitter. All of the products were pigmented, blendable, and longer-wearing and performed consistently with the brand’s formulations for past shades. This is the Light version of the bag, and I don’t have the Deep version, so I am not sure what is different between the two bags exactly at this time.…

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Artist Couture Gold Digger Diamond Glow Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Gold Digger Artist Couture Gold Digger Diamond Glow Powder ($27.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a bright, white gold with a “cooler” gold sheen paired with a metallic finish. It seemed to have a transparent base, so it was more shimmer/pearl than it was base product. As a result, the color payoff was more semi-opaque and buildable, but at an angle, it read almost opaque based on the way it shimmered and reflected the light. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and…

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Artist Couture Sugar Daddy Diamond Glow Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Sugar Daddy Artist Couture Sugar Daddy Diamond Glow Powder ($27.00 for 0.16 oz.) is an intense, light-medium copper with strong, warm undertones and a metallic, golden finish. It was richly pigmented in a single layer–a little of this shade went a long way–and seemed to be more pigmented than the other shades in the range. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable, but it was lighter-weight, so it was more prone to powder flyaway due to the loose format. I’d…

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Sydney Grace Warm (Deep) Mystery Bag Review & Swatches (2020) – Beauty Article

Sydney Grace Warm (Deep) Mystery Bag (2020) Sydney Grace Mystery Bag Sydney Grace Warm (Deep) Mystery Bag (2020) Sydney Grace Warm (Deep) Mystery Bag (2020) Warm (Deep) Sydney Grace Warm (Deep) Mystery Bag (2020) ($25.00 for 0.89 oz.) contains one loose highlighter, one blush, five eyeshadows (two shimmers, three mattes), and one loose glitter (which I didn’t review as it was pure, loose glitter with no real claims to test!). The eyeshadows were pigmented, blendable, and easy to work with,…

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Sydney Grace Warm (Light) Mystery Bag Review & Swatches (2020) – Beauty Article

Sydney Grace Warm (Light) Mystery Bag (2020) Sydney Grace Mystery Bag Sydney Grace Warm (Light) Mystery Bag (2020) Sydney Grace Warm (Light) Mystery Bag (2020) Warm (Light) Sydney Grace Warm (Light) Mystery Bag (2020) ($25.00 for 0.89 oz.) contains five eyeshadows (two shimmers, three mattes), one blush, one loose highlighter, and one loose glitter. Everything performed consistently with past products I’ve tried in the respective formulas; all the products were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. Belle of Georgia, Sweet Peach, and…

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Artist Couture Illuminati Diamond Glow Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Illuminati Artist Couture Illuminati Diamond Glow Powder ($27.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. The glow was designed to be buildable, so one layer yielded a high-shine, moderate glow, while a second layer went to full-on, intensely metallic and super shiny glow–very much as advertised. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and blendable on bare skin. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that had good adhesion and didn’t seem to emphasize…

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Patrick Ta Do We Know Her Double-Take Blush Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Do We Know Her Patrick Ta Do We Know Her Double-Take Crème & Powder Blush ($34.00 for 0.37 oz.) contains a slightly richer, true coral cream blush paired with a lighter, peachier coral powder blush. The cream was designed to be layered over the powder blush to keep the skin from looking too matte, though I didn’t find the powder blush was that mattifying–it was very skin-like, actually! They were both fairly consistent with how they were marketed, though I…

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