Highlighters

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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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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Westman Atelier Peau de Peche Super Loaded Tinted Highlight Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Peau de Peche Westman Atelier Peau de Peche Super Loaded Tinted Highlight ($75.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, coppery brown with soft, warm undertones and a reflective, pearly sheen. It appeared a bit more shimmery when I swatched it on my arm than it appeared once I applied and blended it out on my cheeks–it seemed a bit finer and more luminous in practice. The texture was smooth to the touch, more like a cream-powder hybrid with some slip…

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Tom Ford Incandescent Skin Illuminating Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Incandescent Tom Ford Beauty Incandescent Skin Illuminating Duo ($80.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a new, seemingly-permanent highlighting duo that features a pale, warm gold and a richer, warm plum. Both shades had good pigmentation, were blendable, and long-wearing. It was consistent with past duos released by the brand in this formula. Incandescent (Top) Incandescent (Top) is a soft gold with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation with a denser, firmer consistency that was smooth to…

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Kaja Beauty Prizm Mochi Glow Bouncy Blendable Highlighter Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Prizm Kaja Prizm Mochi Glow Bouncy Blendable Highlighter ($19.00 for 0.15 oz.) has a more translucent, peach-tinged base with flecks of peach and pink micro-glitter and finer sparkle. It had sheerer coverage, which didn’t build up well; it was more of a layering highlighter, as it didn’t transform the underlying blush or bronzer much, just added shine and sparkle. The texture felt smooth when I ran my fingertip across the top of the surface, but it was also a little…

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Kaja Beauty Luna Mochi Glow Bouncy Blendable Highlighter Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Luna Kaja Luna Mochi Glow Bouncy Blendable Highlighter ($19.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light, peachy gold with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had buildable pigmentation from medium to full with fingertips yielding more semi-opaque coverage in one layer. The texture was smooth to the touch without feeling emollient, and it was malleable if I pressed firmly on it. The product applied well to bare skin and blended out with ease, but I had to use a lighter…

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ColourPop Star Brite Lite Stix Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Star Brite Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, golden beige with stronger, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had opaque color coverage when applied directly from the tube, but it could be sheered out as it was blendable and easy to spread the product outward on the skin, even over foundation. For more buildable coverage, you’ll want to apply it using fingertips or a brush (as marketed), which was my preferred application. The consistency…

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Tarte Tarte-LIT Chrome Paint Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Tarte-LIT Tarte Tarte-LIT Chrome Paint Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.56 oz.) is a bright, light-medium gold with warm, peachy undertones and a metallic finish. It was quite pigmented where a little went a long way, so I’d highly recommend using lighter hand when picking up the product, but I find loose powders work best with slightly flatter, denser blush and highlighter brushes as they pick up product more evenly and do a good job of buffing everything together for a seamless…

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ColourPop Flying High Lite Stix Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Flying High Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a cool, iridescent lavender with a more translucent base and a mix of finer pearl and larger micro-sparkle. It’s one of the more sparkly shades in the highlighting range, so if sparkle/glitter is something you tend to avoid, I’d look at other shades in the range with finer pearl. Despite being more sparkly, it still had excellent spreadability and movement on my skin, so it applied well on bare…

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Cover FX Sweet Mulberry Monochromatic Blush Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Sweet Mulberry Cover FX Sweet Mulberry Monochromatic Blush Duo ($38.00 for 0.51 oz.) includes a cooler, deeper plum with more of a matte finish paired with a shimmering, plummy bronze with a luminous finish. I liked that this duo was a little more contrasting–a bit of coolness and warmth playing together but still on the more monochromatic side. Both shades were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing with little to complain about. Cover FX Sweet Mulberry (Left) Matte Blush Cover FX Sweet…

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ColourPop Bullz Eye Lite Stix Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Bullz Eye Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a lighter, yellow gold with a pearlescent sheen–luminous and glowing with faint pearl but not metallic of overtly shimmery. The pigmentation was opaque in a single pass when used directly from the tube, and more buildable coverage was easily achieved by applying with fingertips or a brush (as marketed). The cream highlighter had a smooth, lightweight, and thin consistency that had enough slip that it spread well over bare…

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ColourPop Boss Lite Stix Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Boss Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a rich, coppery-brown with fine, golden pearl throughout that gave it a soft, metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation when applied directly from the tube, and sheerer, more buildable coverage when applied with fingertips or a brush (as marketed by the brand). The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and had enough slip to spread easily over bare skin or over foundation (without lifting it up) but never felt greasy or…

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Cover FX Soft Peach Monochromatic Blush Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Soft Peach Cover FX Soft Peach Monochromatic Blush Duo ($38.00 for 0.51 oz.) contains a soft, peachy matte blush complemented by a slightly richer, shimmering coral blush. Both products were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing, and they were consistent with other duos by the brand–another excellent duo! Cover FX Soft Peach (Left) Matte Blush Cover FX Soft Peach (Left) Matte Blush Cover FX Soft Peach (Left) Matte Blush Cover FX Soft Peach (Left) Matte Blush Soft Peach (Left) Soft Peach (Left)…

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ColourPop Urth Lite Stix Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Urth Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a pale pink with warmer undertones and subtle, pink and gold shimmer throughout. It had a higher shimmer level, but it didn’t read sparkly/glittery to my eye. The texture was lightweight, creamy, and moderately emollient with more slip than most of the shades in the formula. As a result, it had more medium to semi-opaque coverage when applied directly from the tube (see the angled swatch, as it shows the…

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Cover FX Warm Honey Monochromatic Blush Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Warm Honey Cover FX Warm Honey Monochromatic Blush Duo ($38.00 for 0.51 oz.) contains a satiny, medium brown blush with a more shimmery, peachy-brown blush. The two worked well together with the right side adding shine and luminosity without lightening the left side much. Both shades had good pigmentation, were blendable and easy to use, and lasted for nine hours on me–another winner! Cover FX Warm Honey (Left) Matte Blush Cover FX Warm Honey (Left) Matte Blush Cover FX Warm…

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MAC Ignite Wonder Face Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Ignite Wonder MAC Ignite Wonder Highlighter Palette ($40.50 for 0.63 oz.) includes six, warmer-toned shimmery cheek colors from pale gold to plum. The formula felt new-to-me; it was much creamier, more emollient, and in that genre of cream-to-powder that was still obviously a powder with elements of creaminess. Per MAC, the formula has the most coverage when applied with fingertips and then more buildable coverage when applied with a brush. I found this varied from shade to shade, which is…

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ColourPop Hope St. Lite Stix Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Hope St Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) has a medium-dark, peachy orange base with pink-to-violet shifting sparkle. It had a noticeable amount of larger sparkle/micro-glitter to its finish along with a lightly dewy, pearly sheen. I didn’t feel like it was a true glitter highlighter, but if you loathe glitter, you’d want to pass. The texture was lightweight, emollient but slightly drier than other shades in the line, but still spreadable and easy to work with over…

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ColourPop Acting Up Lite Stix Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Acting Up Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, coppery orange with warm undertones and a fine, golden pearl that gave it a luminous finish. It had opaque pigmentation when applied directly from the tube, though it was very spreadable so it could be sheered out if preferred, while applying using a brush or fingertips yielded sheerer, more buildable coverage. The consistency was lightly creamy, emollient without being too wet or sticky, and spreadable without lifting…

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MAC Serenity Seeker Electric Wonder Iridescent Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Serenity Seeker MAC Serenity Seeker Electric Wonder Iridescent Powder ($36.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium orange with warm, golden shimmer and faint sparkle. The pigmentation was buildable from medium to mostly opaque (two to three layers) with a smooth consistency that was a little thinner but seemed to get more finely-milled, softer, and less thin after two uses.  The powder applied evenly to my skin and blended out easily without emphasizing my skin’s texture (unlike my experience with Into…

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MAC Into Eternity Electric Wonder Iridescent Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Into Eternity MAC Into Eternity Electric Wonder Iridescent Powder ($36.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a soft, coppery bronze with warm, red undertones and a metallic sheen and faint sparkle. There was definitely larger-sized sparkle throughout and had a slightly glittery finish. While the poor powder didn’t quite survive fully intact, there was a fourth that was still nicely pressed (on the right) — enough to test texture and all of that jazz as a pressed powder! The powder had a…

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Marc Jacobs Tantalize (54) Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Tantalize (54) Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantalize (54) Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter ($45.00 for 0.8 oz.) is a soft, golden bronze with a pearly sheen. It had very fine shimmer, so it could be easily incorporated into moisturizer or foundation, but it also had the spreadability and payoff necessary to work well as a more targeted highlighter. The consistency was smooth, lightly emollient, and spreadable, and it lived up to its “gel-cream” descriptor and having “buildable” coverage. I had no…

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ColourPop Uoeno Lite Stix Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Uoeno Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had very fine pearl that made it appear like a smooth metallic when applied directly from the tube, but when applied and blended out, it had a luminous sheen that was reflective without being metallic or getting into texture-emphasizing territory. The texture was lightweight, emollient without being tacky or too wet, and blendable as it spread easily across my…

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Anastasia Daiquiri & Sand Loose Pigments Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Daiquiri Anastasia Daiquiri Loose Pigment ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright, pale pink (nearly white) base with a “cooler,” golden sheen. I expected a gold-shimmered pink that I’ve seen many times before, but it was much, much lighter and brighter than most pink-with-gold-shift shades are. The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and blendable on my eyes and cheeks. It had buildable pigmentation from medium to opaque, though some of that depended on how much product was picked up and with…

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Anastasia Icy & Crystal Loose Pigments Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Icy Anastasia Icy Loose Pigment ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a pale white with neutral-to-warm undertones and a bright, metallic finish. It had a slightly larger particle shimmer to it, so it appeared more metallic, shinier, and seemed to have a touch of sparkle, too. This one seemed a little more pigmented, too, in a single “pass” of product, so I’d recommend using a lighter hand if you’re after sheerer application. The texture was finely-milled, blendable, and sat well on…

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Kaja Beauty Toy Alien Mochi Glow Bouncy Blendable Highlighter Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Toy Alien Kaja Toy Alien Mochi Glow Bouncy Blendable Highlighter ($19.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a pale gold with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had buildable pigmentation from semi-sheer to semi-opaque with a smooth, lightly emollient texture. The cream-powder hybrid felt spongy if I pressed firmly enough on the surface but was more powder than cream, especially as it felt quite powder-like on my fingertip or when applied to my face. The product applied well to…

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Cover FX Suntan Bronze Monochromatic Bronzer Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Suntan Bronze Cover FX Suntan Bronze Monochromatic Bronzer Duo ($38.00 for 0.51 oz.) contains a deeper, red-toned brown with a matte finish and a medium, reddish-copper with a lightly metallic finish. Both shades were blendable, long-wearing, and easy to work with, while the matte side had more semi-opaque, buildable coverage compared to the shimmery side, which was opaque in one layer. Cover FX Suntan Bronze (Left) Matte Bronzer Cover FX Suntan Bronze (Left) Matte Bronzer Cover FX Suntan Bronze (Left)…

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Anastasia Desert Loose Pigment Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Desert Anastasia Desert Loose Pigment ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium copper with a balance of warm, red and orange undertones paired with a high-shine, metallic finish. It had buildable pigmentation from sheer to opaque, which depended on how much was initially picked up and applied (the loose format makes it harder to determine what “one” layer is with consistency). It could also be applied with a wet brush for more intense coverage and shine with less product. The…

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