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Milk Makeup Lit Flex Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Milk Makeup Lit Flex Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It was buildable to more of an intense, metallic finish (that was still shiny rather than really shimmery) with a second layer of product. The powder felt smooth, silky, and wasn’t powdery (well, the larger chunk that I tested, as it did arrive broken upon arrival) when I put my brush to the product to pick it up. It…

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Milk Makeup Glazed Flex Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Milk Makeup Glazed Flex Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a soft, golden bronze with warm undertones and a bright, metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that was dense without being stiff or too firmly pressed in the pan. The powder applied evenly to bare skin and blended out with little effort. This shade had the most intense finish out of the released shades (at the time of this post, at least), and it…

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Milk Makeup Iced Flex Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Milk Makeup Iced Flex Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a light gold with moderate, warm yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. It had a creamier, more reflective finish that was shiny without being overtly shimmery or sparkly. That same creaminess was present in the texture–no powderiness but not too dense or firmly-pressed into the pan either–that gave it a more “melted” look on my skin, especially after an hour or two of wear. It had opaque pigmentation that was…

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Milk Makeup Blitzed Flex Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Milk Makeup Blitzed Flex Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a soft, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a sparkling finish. There was fine pink and gold micro-glitter that gave it a more dimensional finish, but if you’re adverse to larger shimmer/sparkle, I’d look elsewhere. The texture was incredibly smooth and silky to the touch, almost like a cream-powder hybrid, but I had no trouble picking it up with a dry brush. It had opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and blended…

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Milani Petal Primevera Baked Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Milani Petal Primavera Baked Blush ($8.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin shimmer. It had buildable pigmentation from semi-sheer to mostly opaque, which was partially due to the texture. It had a dustier, thinner feel, which resulted in the product sheering out more readily, though it was easy to blend out and diffuse on my skin. There was a soft sheen that gave it a skin-like finish, so neither totally matte nor overtly…

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Milani Sunset Passione Baked Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Milani Sunset Passione Baked Blush ($8.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy copper with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had just a hint of sheen when applied and blended out on my skin, but it didn’t read overtly shimmery. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer more. The texture felt smooth to the touch, a smidgen powdery, but it didn’t have too much product that kicked up…

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Dior Independent (823) Rouge Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Independent (823) Dior Indpendent (823) Rouge Blush ($44.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a drier, more powdery texture that had some excess that kicked up in the pan. I’d recommend tapping off excess to ensure precision during application. I applied this more as a contour powder in order to avoid unnecessary comments about it looking “bruised,” due to the way this type of hue interacts…

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Dior Confident (783) Rouge Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Confident (783) Dior Confident (783) Rouge Blush ($44.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark berry with cooler undertones and a satin finish. It had barely-there, very fine pearl throughout, but it wasn’t visibly shimmery–just more of a semi-matte to satin finish that looked skin-like once buffed and blended out on my skin. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which could be used with a lighter hand for a more buildable application (which I’d recommend–deeper shades like…

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ColourPop Seed U Later Pressed Powder Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Seed U Later Colour Pop Seed U Later Pressed Powder Blush ($7.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented, where a little went quite a long way, so it was a far cry from the “buildable” descriptor of this formula (one of the big “downsides” of a lot of ColourPop’s powder blushes). The texture seemed thin, but I was happily surprised that it applied evenly and blended…

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ColourPop Shortcake Pressed Powder Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Shortcake Colour Pop Shortcake Pressed Powder Blush ($7.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright, cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, lightly powdery, and thin, which gave me pause, as matte and thin textures tend to apply poorly over non-matte surfaces (like natural skin!). I was impressed by how well it applied on top of bare skin: it seemed to melt onto my skin and blended out beautifully, though it definitely sheered…

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Melt Cosmetics Honey Thief Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Honey Thief Melt Cosmetics Honey Thief Blush ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with strong,w arm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, though it was powdery to the point where it sheered out a bit when applied and blended out initially. It was pigmented enough that I wouldn’t describe the formula as buildable, which was how it was supposed to be. The texture felt finely-milled and silky, despite the powderiness,…

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Melt Cosmetic Cali Dream Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Cali Dream Melt Cosmetics Cali Dream Blush ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a pop of medium orange with warm undertones that leaned slightly pinker but still more orange than coral. The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled so that it felt quite silky to the touch, but it was moderately powdery in the pan and was easy to over-apply as a result. It had rich pigmentation in a single layer, though it was marketed as buildable, so that was a…

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Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Genesis Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight ($39.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with warm, golden shimmer throughout. It had rich pigmentation in a single layer, though the firmer, denser consistency made it easier to use a lighter hand with it to achieve more buildable coverage if preferred. The powder was firm without being stiff, so I could pick it up with a brush, apply and blend out the color easily. The finish was luminous but didn’t emphasize…

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Melt Cosmetics Morning Star Digital Dust Highlight Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Morning Star Melt Cosmetics Morning Star Digital Dust Highlight ($39.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a bright, pale gold with warmer undertones and pink and gold micro-sparkle over a metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was easily blended out for sheerer coverage or applied with a lighter hand (or more feathery brush) for more buildable coverage. It had a moderate glow in one layer, and it built up to more metallic, lit-from-space kind of glow with…

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Jouer Molten Glow All Over Face & Body Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Molten Glow Jouer Molten Glow All Over Face & Body Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium gold with moderate, warm yellow undertones and a high-shine, metallic finish. It had an incredibly intense finish that was extremely reflective, but it was a bit of a heavier, thicker formula and resulted in emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. The powder itself felt smooth to the touch, dense and firmer, but it picked up well with a brush (my own tools or…

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Melt Cosmetics Shadowplay Blushlight Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Shadowplay Melt Cosmetics Shadowplay Blushlight ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a pale, just barely warm-toned white base with a minty green sheen that shifted subtly between gold-green and true mint green. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was the “downside” as the formula is supposed to be buildable–the texture was soft and forgiving enough that it could be applied with a lighter hand and less-dense brush (true of many pigmented formulas, though) that more gradual application was,…

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Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Review & Swatches (2019) – Beauty Article

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a pop of peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had a smooth, blendable texture that wasn’t too soft nor too firmly pressed in the pan, though I have found that Becca’s formula is less cream-like and a little drier to the touch over time. The difference is more in texture/by feel and doesn’t seem to impact the actual application, as the product applied…

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Becca Champagne Pop Glow Silk Highlighter Drops Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Champagne Pop Becca Champagne Pop Glow Silk Highlighter Drops ($32.00 for 0.37 oz.) is a medium-dark gold with strong, warm undertones and a shiny, pearlescent sheen. The formula is described as “light as air, soft as silk, luminous as light” that can be worn “on its own or layered with your skincare, primer, or foundation.” It’s much thinner, almost like a dry oil, and quick-drying than the Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquids (and the Champagne Pop here has richer, packed with…

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Melt Cosmetics Nevermore Blushlight Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Nevermore Melt Cosmetics Nevermore Blushlight ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which I’m sure some will appreciate, but the formula is supposed to have buildable coverage. The texture was soft, silky, and finely-milled with a smoothness that was lightweight and thin but still applied easily to bare skin and blended out well. It could be applied more gradually if one uses…

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Melt Cosmetics Lynx Blushlight Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Lynx Melt Cosmetics Lynx Blushlight ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy brown with warm undertones and a golden shimmer throughout that gave it a luminous finish. The blush had a soft, smooth texture that was a smidgen powdery in the pan, but it was easy to apply and blended out nicely on my skin. The finish appeared a bit more frosted when initially swatched, but it blended out to a more luminous one on my cheeks–glowing but not…

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Laura Mercier Tres Chic Cheek Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Tres Chic Laura Mercier Tres Chic Cheek Palette ($52.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes two blushes, two highlighters, and two bronzers. Both the blush and highlighter formulas were described as buildable, and the blush in particular was described as sheer and buildable. The texture of most shades was on the dustier side–thin, drier, and dusty–and my experience over time has shown thinner powder products tend to harder to apply and blend, which was true with some of the shades in the…

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Becca Champagne Pop Glow Dust Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Champagne Pop Becca Champagne Pop Glow Dust Highlighter ($42.00 for 0.53 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It’s pretty much a dead ringer for the original, pressed version of Champagne Pop, so if you have that, this would be very redundant; the biggest difference is that the loose version ended up being a bit more buildable in coverage and level of glow. The loose powder felt finely-milled, silky, and applied evenly and blended…

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Melt Cosmetics Ghostlight Blushlight Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Ghostlight Melt Cosmetics Ghostlight Blushlight ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a pale gold with strong, warm yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. The glow was very smooth without being metallic or frosted, so it didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture at all. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which wasn’t as described (it was supposed to be buildable), which was the biggest “downside” to the shad. The consistency was smooth, blendable, and just a little powdery in the…

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Melt Cosmetics Fire Fury Blushlight Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Fire Fury Melt Cosmetics Fire Fury Blushlight ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a rich, deeper plum with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. The texture was incredibly smooth, almost cream-like, with a denser consistency that wasn’t too firmly pressed in the pan, so it was still yielding enough to be used with a lighter hand for lighter coverage. It had rich color coverage in a single layer where a little went a long way, but thankfully, it was very…

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NARS Motu Tapu Face Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Motu Tapu NARS Motu Tapu Face Palette ($42.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. The highlighter and blush had decent pigmentation, application, and wear, though not stellar, while the bronzer, Casino, had a disappointing texture that made it harder to work with. NARS Moana Highlighting Blush NARS Moana Highlighting Blush NARS Moana Highlighting Blush NARS Moana Highlighting Blush Moana Moana is a light, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had buildable color…

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NARS Motu Tane Face Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Motu Tane NARS Motu Tane Face Palette ($42.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. The highlighter and blush are both new shades, and they performed well, while the bronzer is Laguna, and that did not perform well (which is, sadly, consistent with my experience of the shade when included in palettes over the years). It’s bad enough that it makes the rest of the palette hard to justify, unfortunately. Makatea Makatea is a bright pop of light…

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ColourPop Splash Blush Stix Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Splash Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a bright pop of pink-coral with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had opaque color payoff in a single layer when applied directly from the tube, but it had more buildable coverage (from semi-sheer to mostly opaque) when applied with fingertips or a brush–as described. The texture was lightweight, emollient without being too wet, which helped to spread well over bare skin or on top of foundation without lifting…

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Melt Cosmetics Sundown Blushlight Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Sundown Melt Cosmetics Sundown Blushlight ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium, coppery bronze with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. The shimmer throughout was more finely-milled, so the more the powder was buffed and blended out over my skin, the more luminous (and less metallic) it appeared. The texture was soft, a little dusty in the pan, but it was blendable and easy to work with as I could use a lighter hand to get a sheerer application if…

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ColourPop Mic Drop Blush Stix Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Mic Drop Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a bright, vivid pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. It had rich color payoff when applied directly from the tube, and it was more buildable from medium to full coverage when applied using fingertips or a brush. The texture was lightweight, emollient without being too wet or creamy, and easy to spread across my skin for a seamless, diffused application. The color stayed on well for…

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ColourPop Invite Only Blush Stix Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Invite Only Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium-dark, coral-red with faint pearl and a subtle sheen. It was less dewy compared to most shades in the range; it almost looked satin to semi-matte when swatched but did seem to have a bit more glowiness to it when actually applied and blended out on my cheeks. The texture was lightweight, thin without being prone to clinginess, and it spread fairly well across my skin. It did…

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