Swatchmas Day 12: TIME Los Angeles Luxe Liquid Eye Shimmers

On the twelfth day of Swatchmas, I give you the four brand new Luxe Liquid Eye Shimmers from one of my absolute favorite brands, TIME Los Angeles. These are perfect for adding a shimmery something to any look. Since all four colors are neutrals for the most part, they can be used with a variety of eye looks and regular eye shadows.

You can get these directly from the TIME Los Angeles website for $20 each. They each contain 3 ml / 0.1 fl. oz of product, but since they’re absolutely loaded with beautiful, luxe sparkles, a little bit goes a long way! TIME Los Angeles is a cruelty-free company and all four of these liquid eye shadows are vegan.

The Luxe Liquid Eye Shimmers featured in this post are:

  • Pyrite:   Bronze gold shimmer
  • Starlight:   White gold shimmer
  • Champagne:   Champagne gold shimmer
  • Rosé :   Rose gold shimmer

 

 

 

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These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 24: Fenty Beauty Gloss Bombs

On the twenty-fourth and last day of Swatchmas, I give you all three Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizers from Fenty Beauty by Rihanna! These are great if you just want to pop on some gloss with a hint of color and plenty of shimmer. They’re also beautiful when layered over any lipstick or lip pencil. I love this gloss formula because it’s not sticky at all and it contains shea butter so it’s very nourishing, which is great, especially during the winter.

If you’d like to pick these up, you can head to your local Sephora, Sephora inside JCPenney, or www.sephora.com. Gloss Bombs are also available directly from Fenty Beauty at www.fentybeauty.com.  Each lip gloss sells for $18 and contains 9 ml / 0.3 oz of product. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is a cruelty free brand.

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The three Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizers featured in this post are:

  • Diamond Milk:   Shimmering pearl
  • Fu$$y:   Shimmering dusty pink
  • Fenty Glow:   Shimmering rose nude

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Photos taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight. Gloss Bombs swatched on MAC NC12 skin.

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These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 20: TIME Los Angeles Luxe Sparkle Lip Glosses

On the twentieth day of Swatchmas, I give you all three brand new Luxe Sparkle Lip Glosses from TIME Los Angeles! These sheer, sparkling lip glosses add a wash of color and plenty of shimmer, so they’re perfect for the holiday season and can be worn alone or over any lipstick or lip pencil. TIME’s glosses aren’t sticky at all and are lightweight, so they’re super comfortable to wear.

If you want to get your hands on TIME’s Luxe Sparkle Lip Glosses, you can head over to www.shoptimela.com. Each gloss sells for $16 and contains 5 g / 0.176 fl oz of product. TIME Los Angeles is a cruelty-free company so these are not tested on animals.

I’ll be doing a full review on these soon, so make sure you sign up for email alerts and never miss a new post! Also, if you want to go give me a follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, you can see what I’m testing and loving lately. You can find me @ lesley_makeup on all three platforms and I always love hearing from you guys!

The three Luxe Sparkle Lip Glosses featured in this post are:

  • Aphrodite:   A sheer peach toned sparkle lip gloss with pink and purple reflects
  • Ethereal:   A sheer frosty pink sparkle lip gloss
  • Aurelian:   A sheer gold sparkle lip gloss with pink and purple reflects

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Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight. Glosses swatched on MAC NC12 skin.
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Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight. Glosses swatched on MAC NC12 skin.

 

These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

 

 

Swatchmas Day 4: Anastasia Beverly Hills – My Top 5 Shimmery Lip Glosses

On the fourth day of Swatchmas, I give you my top 5 shimmery lip glosses from Anastasia Beverly Hills! These glosses are some of my favorites to wear on top of lipsticks, or even alone. They’re perfect for the holiday season since they add a healthy glow and some sparkle, which is great for with any look this time of year.

Anastasia Beverly Hills glosses sell for $16 each and contain 0.16 oz / 4.73 ml of product. These glosses are available from the ABH website, Sephora, Ulta, and at some department stores like NordstromMacy’s and Dillard’s. Anastasia Beverly Hills is a cruelty-free company.

To see what else I’m testing and loving, be sure to follow me @lesley_makeup on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat!

The glosses pictured below are:

  • Moon Jelly:   Sparkling diamond white with a blue reflect
  • Venus:   Dazzling gold & pink reflective sparkle
  • Estella:   Celestial cluster of gold & blue reflective sparkles
  • Freya:   Dazzling pink & gold sparkle shift
  • Luna:   Multi-reflective gold

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Photo taken indoors using natural sunlight on a cloudy day. Glosses swatched on MAC NC10-NC15 skin.
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Photo taken indoors using natural sunlight on a cloudy day. Glosses swatched on MAC NC10-NC15 skin.

 

 

This product was purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

 

 

Pat McGrath Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Palette

I’ve been testing this palette for almost a month now and I hate to admit that I’m so in love with such a boujee product, but I am! Not only have I been using this on myself a ton lately, but I’ve used it on a few clients as well and every look I’ve created with it has turned out stunning. This is one of those palettes that’s foolproof, so no matter what shadows you use, your look will end up looking cohesive and beautiful.

If you want to see everything I’m testing, loving, and planning on posting reviews for, be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram! Also, if you’ve used this palette, be sure to let me know what you think of it in the comments!

Note: Some photos are of a used palette or used shadows. I’m so sorry but I had to redo them to get photos that were true to color. Also, some of these shadows have a shift to them, so they look different in various lighting and at different angles.

Dupes will be posted on Monday, October 29th, as well as additional brush suggestions.

SONY DSCPat McGrath Labs is by far one of the most high end, luxury brands in the makeup world these days, but if you’re a true makeup connoisseur, you will probably really appreciate this kind of eye shadow palette. Pat McGrath is a legend when it comes to makeup artistry… I’ve always been a huge fan of her work and taken so much inspiration from her, which makes me love this brand even more. Her eye shadow palettes, and the Mothership V: Bronze Seduction palette in particular, are really balanced and versatile and give you every day, neutral shadows as well as bold colors and stunning shimmers to create eye catching, unique, and even editorial looks. If I could actually afford to stock the Pat McGrath palettes in my kit, I totally would! They’re honestly a makeup artist’s dream and the quality of these shadows is out of this world.

The Mothership V: Bronze Seduction palette is a lovely mix of mostly warm toned shadows which, like I said, are versatile, so this palette can take you from a soft, daytime look to a dramatic, sparkly or smoky look for a night out. The price point for this palette is definitely up there and these aren’t shadows that everyone needs, but if you do purchase it, it’s probably something that you’ll use all the time. If you have the extra money to spend on the Mothership V palette, go for it!

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This palette sells for $125 from both Sephora and the Pat McGrath Labs website. It contains a total of 10 shadows, weighing in at 1.32 g / 0.05 oz each, for a total of 13.2 g / 0.47 oz of product. If you compare these to other palettes out there, not many compare as far as price goes, but you do get about twice as much product in this palette than you do in something like an ABH palette. The shadows in Pat McGrath’s palettes are actually a lot bigger than the shadows you find in most palettes, and are about the same size as individual shadows from Anastasia Beverly Hills or MAC. If you think about it that way, the Mothership V palette is actually a pretty good deal! MAC shadows sell for $17 each, and ABH shadows go for $12 each, so buying this palette is about the same price or a little cheaper than if you bought 10 individual shadows from those brands.

Pat McGrath Labs is a cruelty-free company, but this palette is not vegan because some shadows do contain Carmine. You can check out the photos of the ingredients list below.

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The palette itself is very heavy and sturdy, and is a glossy black plastic with a golden, metal back on it. As you can see in one of the above photos, the black plastic shows every single fingerprint or speck of dust that lands on it, which can be irritating if you’re super OCD like I am at times, but it’s whatever… What’s inside is what really matters! The golden/brassy, metal backing on the palette is really different and adds some seriously lux vibes to the Mothership V palette. It has “use without caution, shade throwing and eye ecstasy, may result with prolonged use” etched into it, which I thought was pretty epic and cute. The names of the shadows are not on the palette itself anywhere, so it looks really sleek and clean, but it can also get annoying if you want to know exactly what you’re using and be able to share that on IG or in a video or something. The names of the shadows are on an insert that’s under the palette when you open it up, so just make sure you don’t throw that away!

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Swatches are on MAC NC10-15 skin with just one back and forth swipe of my finger.

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Skinshow Divine Glow:   This shadow is described as a “golden champange”. It’s a light, pretty neutral, almost white gold with a soft, satin finish that has a very subtle glow to it. At some angles and in some lighting, the golden undertones show a little more. This shadow is great as a brow or inner corner highlight, or you can pop it onto the lid with something like Entrapment in the crease for a simple but gorgeous, natural daytime look. To apply this shadow, I like to use either a natural or synthetic brush and use a dry application. If you’d like some extra sheen, using a damp synthetic brush will do the job!

The texture of this shadow is extremely smooth and buttery, so it applies very easily and glides right on. Color payoff is great and this looks just like it does in the pan when layered or applied damp, but it does look a little softer with a dry application. Coverage isn’t fully opaque unless you do a damp application, but I don’t think this shadow was meant to be intense and fully opaque. I didn’t notice any fallout with this shadow and wear time on the lid, on the inner corner or below the brow is great! I had no fading with this shadow until I had it on for a solid 8 to 9 hours.

Dupes:   

This is not a terribly unique color, so there are a ton of dupes out there. You probably have several in your makeup collection already, but here are a few of my favorites:

  • MAC Nylon Eye Shadow is much lighter and has more white/creamy tones.
  • MAC Dazzlelight Eye Shadow is lighter and more pinky toned.
  • MAC Ricepaper Eye Shadow is darker and has more peachy tones. It’s also got less of a sheen to it.
  • MAC Shroom is lighter and has more peachy pink tones.
  • ABH’s Soft Gold is lighter and more of a cream/white color.
  • ABH’s Legend is the closest dupe I found, and it looks almost identical but it lacks the soft shift that Skinshow Divine Glow has.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Entrapment:   Entrapment is a “tawny terracotta matte” with a matte finish. It’s a medium, warm toned brown. Is it unique? No, but this shadow is necessary in any palette and makes a great transition color or crease color if you’re doing a more toned down, natural, daytime look. You can also pop it all over the lid and blend it out and up into the crease if you’re in a hurry and just need to quickly put on a single eye shadow. If I’m popping this all over the lid and into the crease, or even applying this below my lower lash line, I like to use a small to medium, somewhat stiff but still fluffy brush, like a MAC 217 or TIME Los Angeles 204 brush. If I’m using this shadow in a more diffused way, like as a transition color, I usually reach for something like a MAC 224 or TIME 203 brush.

Entrapment’s texture is very soft and smooth for a matte shadow, so it’s easy to blend out. Color payoff looks just like it does in the palette and is fully opaque when applied with a flat brush. If you apply it with a fluffy brush, it’s less opaque of course, but it’s still got great color payoff. There’s some powdery kickback in the palette but it’s minimal, and I didn’t have any fallout when using this shadow. Wear time was over 9 hours whether I wore this in the crease or all over my eye.

Dupes:  

  • MAC’s Saddle Eye Shadow is incredibly similar but leans a bit more neutral. When blended out, it’s hard to tell the difference between the two.
  • ABH’s Caramel Eye Shadow is much warmer and reddish brown.
  • ABH’s Fawn is lighter and cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Bronze Blaze:   This eye shadow is a “glittering golden bronze” and has a glowing, shimmery finish. It is a medium to medium-dark, very warm toned golden bronze that’s actually pretty bold for this type of color and formula. It’s gorgeous all over the lid with any of the matte shadows in this palette in the crease. Because this shadow is glittery, it applies best either dry or damp with a flat, dense brush like a MAC 248 or TIME 205 brush. If you apply it damp, it’s going to take on a much more metallic finish. You can also apply this shadow with your finger, which is the method I use for a lot of the shadows in this palette that are not matte.

Bronze Blaze feels ultra smooth and almost creamy without the roughness that you find in many glittery shadows. Color payoff is just as intense once it’s applied as it is in the palette, and the coverage is insane! The pigmentation of this shadow makes it fully opaque with one little swipe of your brush or finger, even when used dry. There is definitely some glittery fallout with this shadow, so make sure you either do your eyes first or have enough powder under your eyes that you can easily dust off any shadow that may fall. If I wear Bronze Blaze on my lid, it does fade a little closest to the crease within about 5 hours, but it stays on the rest of the lid for 7 to 8 hours. If you apply this over a glitter glue, you won’t get as much fallout and it will help with the creasing and wear time.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s Amber Lights Eye Shadow is darker and doesn’t have any glitter, but it’s kinda close.
  • ABH’s Amber is a lot lighter, slightly cooler toned, and has no glitter.
  • Colourpop’s Side Kick Super Shock Shadow is similar as far as the finish goes, but it’s a lot more coppery/orange.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

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Yep, this is the same shadow! It takes on a much more silvery tone when you see the shift of it.

Rose Gold 005:   This shadow is described as a “gleaming rose gold” and has a very sparkly type of finish with multidimensional shimmer. It’s a light, mostly neutral, pinky rose gold but it can look more warm or cool toned depending on what it’s worn with or from what angle you look at it. It’s honestly hard to describe! To me, this shadow looks best when applied as a lid color or in the center of a halo eye. To apply it, I usually use my finger, but you can also use a very dense, flat brush like a MAC 248 either dry or damp, but a damp application will give you better color payoff and more shimmer.

In the pan, the texture of Rose Gold 005 feels smooth, but there’s a hint of grittiness (although very finely milled) once you apply it, especially if you use your finger to do so. Color payoff is good but it’s not as intensely pigmented on the eye as it is in the palette. Coverage isn’t fully opaque when applied dry, but it’s almost there. I feel like this isn’t supposed to be some super intense shadow, though, and is supposed to be more of a wash of color and shimmer to add an ethereal glow to any look. If you use a damp brush to apply it, it will definitely be more glittery/metallic and have better color payoff and coverage. Unfortunately, this eye shadow has quite a bit of fallout, mostly with a dry application using a brush, but it drops little glittery bits no matter what. The shimmery particles also travel onto anything you blend next to this shadow, so blend carefully unless you want shimmer all over the place! Rose Gold 005 wears best over a glitter glue… If it’s not applied over something like that, it fades closest to the crease really quickly (like an hour) but will hang on to the lid for 5 or 6 hours.

Dupes:  

  • MAC’s Slow/Fast/Slow Dazzle Shadow is quite a bit darker and has more plum tones.
  • MAC’s Last Dance Dazzle Shadow is lighter, cooler, and has a pink to purple shift.
  • ABH’s Pink Champagne is lighter and more of a cool mauve, and has no glitter.
  • Colourpop’s Catnip Super Shock Shadow is more cool toned and mauve but pretty similar as far as the finish goes.

Overall Rating:   3.5 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

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VR Fire Opal:   VR Fire Opal is described as a “color shifting chartreuse” and has a glowy, glimmering finish. When looked at straight on, it’s a light, golden champagne color with a soft, shimmery glow. Both in the pan or applied to the eye, it takes on a teal to chartreuse shift from one angle, and from another angle, it takes on a pinky, fuchsia shift. It’s pretty much impossible to capture any of that in photos or videos, so it’s one of those colors you just have to see yourself to appreciate. I love this shadow as a lid or inner corner color or in the center of a halo eye. Like Rose Gold 005, it applies best with a finger or a damp flat brush and can be quite dusty if it’s applied with a dry brush.

The texture feels similar to Rose Gold 005, but it’s a bit smoother with less grittiness. Color payoff definitely looks different once applied than it does in the palette, but if you layer it or apply it damp, it does look more pigmented. Coverage is also a little sheer, but also like Rose Gold 005, I feel like it’s probably supposed to be and that VR Fire Opal is more like a multidimensional, shifting topper rather than a super pigmented eye shadow on it’s own… If that makes any sense at all. This shadow does have some fallout but not as much as Rose Gold 005. Applying this over a sticky primer or glitter glue will minimize that and also increase the pigmentation and coverage. Wear time on the lid is about 6 to 7 hours before any fading or creasing occurs, but only 4 to 5 hours on the inner corner.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s I Like 2 Watch has the same type of finish and a little bit of a shift, but it’s much darker and more of a green/gold.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Xtreme Aubergine:   This eye shadow is a “blackened matte violet” with a very matte finish. It’s a dark, blackened purple that can pull either slightly warm or slightly cool toned depending on what your own skin tone is and what shadows you pair it up with. You can use this all over the lid with something like Entrapment in the crease for a smoky eye, or you can wear this in the crease or as liner. A dry application is best with matte shadows, and this applies well with pretty much any dense, flat brush for the lid or a fluffier, domed brush for the crease. The only time I’ve used this shadow with a damp brush is if I’m using it as an eyeliner, and any angled brush will work well for that.

Xtreme Aubergine feels very similar to the texture of Entrapment, although this shadow is a bit more dry. Color payoff looks almost just like it does in the palette but it can look a little darker, more cool toned, or more warm toned depending on how you apply this and what shadows you use with it. Coverage is totally opaque if you apply this with a dense, flat brush, so don’t let the swatch fool you! There’s no fallout with this shadow at all and it wears well on the lid for 6 to 7 hours before any fading or creasing occurs, and more like 8 to 9 hours in the crease.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s Shadowy Lady Eye Shadow is really similar but more cool toned.
  • ABH’s Violet is lighter and more of a true purple.
  • ABH’s Deep Plum is close, but has more of a brownish tone to it.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Gilty Pleasure:   This eye shadow is a “silky bronze taupe” and has a satiny, shimmery finish. It’s a medium, cool to neutral toned bronzy taupe with a sort of patina sheen to it. The base of this shadow is more of a satin finish, while the shimmery part is made up of very smooth, finely milled glittery bits. I like using Gilty Pleasure best on my lid or in the center of a halo eye. It applies easily with a finger, or you can use a flat, dense shadow brush like a MAC 239 or 248, either damp or dry.

The texture of this shadow is super smooth and buttery and it applies like a dream. Color payoff is really nice and when applied to the eye, this looks just like it does in the palette. Coverage is fantastic and fully opaque without having to layer and pack on a ton of product. There’s a little bit of fallout with Gilty Pleasure, but it’s minimal and can easily be dusted away if you powder under your eyes before doing your eye makeup, or do your eyes first. Wear time on the lid is a full 8 to 10 hours before any creasing or fading happens.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s Sumptuous Olive Eye Shadow is a lot more olive/green and has no glitter or shimmer.
  • ABH’s Chiffon Eye Shadow is similar in color, perhaps a bit more olive toned, but it doesn’t have any glitter or shimmer.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Disobedient:   Disobedient is a “classic matte mahogany” with a very matte finish (don’t worry, the shimmery bits in the photo above are from other shadows in the palette). It’s a dark, warm toned brown with reddish undertones. It’s not the must unique shadow ever, but like Entrapment, it’s one of those shadows that can be used by anyone, and with any other shadow in this palette. It looks nice all over the lid for a warm, subtle smoky eye, or in the crease or as liner. All over the lid, I like to use a dense, flat brush and in the crease, I like to use something tapered and dense, but still fluffy, like a MAC 217 or TIME 204 brush.

This shadow’s texture is consistent with the other two mattes in the palette and feels very soft and blends out quite easily. The color payoff and pigmentation is amazing, as is the coverage. You hardly have to use any product to get perfect color payoff and full opacity. I didn’t have any fallout with this shadow and it wore well for 9 to 10 hours.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s Embark Eye Shadow is very similar but slightly more cool toned.
  • ABH’s Deep Plum Eye Shadow is almost a perfect dupe but it’s a little more purple.
  • ABH’s Beauty Mark Eye Shadow is also nearly a perfect dupe.
  • ABH’s Fudge Eye Shadow is another almost identical shadow but it’s very slightly more warm toned.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Blitz Flame:   This shadow is by far my favorite in the entire Mothership V palette! It’s described as a “molten metallic crimson” and has a glowy, satin-like to metallic finish. It’s a medium, mostly warm toned red that can look more cool or more warm, depending on what other shadows you pair it up with, what angle you look at it from, and how you apply it. I love this shadow in any form of application… In the crease, on the lid, blown out below the lower lash line, on the inner corner for a more edgy look… It honestly all looks amazing because this color is SO unique and versatile. I’ve never seen an eye shadow like this before! You can use any application technique with this shadow, but it definitely has a more metallic finish when using a damp brush.

Blitz Flame is a very smooth, almost creamy feeling eye shadow that glides right on. Color payoff looks just like it does in the palette if you layer it or apply it with a finger or a damp brush, and coverage is full and opaque using little product. I didn’t have any fallout with this shadow, no matter how I applied it, and it wore well both in the crease and on the lid for a solid 8 to 10 hours without any creasing or fading.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s Let’s Roll Dazzle Shadow is actually pretty similar, but it’s more pink and has more true glitter.
  • Colourpop’s Cuteologist Super Shock Shadow is a lot more orange/red and doesn’t have the same type of sheen that Blitz Flame has.
  • Colourpop’s Fooling Around Super Shock Shadow is really, really similar but has little more of a magenta/red tone and has actual shimmer in it.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Astral Luna Gold:   This eye shadow is described as a “glistening white gold” and it has an incredibly glowy, glittery finish. It’s a light, silvery/blue, white gold that reminds me of moonstone or quartz crystals. The shimmery/glittery part of this shadow is really intense and picks up more purple, teal, gold, and icy blue tones. It’s almost impossible to describe this shadow and even staring at it in person, it’s hard to wrap my head around everything going on with Astral Luna Gold. This works best when applied damp or with a finger all over the lid or on the inner corner and this shadow can also be used as a topper over other shadows.

The formula and texture for Astral Luna Gold is unlike any eye shadow I’ve used before…  It’s smooth and feels quite silky, but it has a little powdery grit to it as well (probably from all of the glittery particles). Color payoff looks almost like it does in the pan if you apply this shadow in layers and damp, but it’s pretty sheer otherwise, so coverage isn’t fantastic unless you are willing to work with this shadow. Like I said earlier, this is almost like a shimmery glow and topper for other shadows rather than a great stand-alone shadow. When used dry, there’s an awful lot of fallout with Astral Luna Gold, but if you apply it over a glitter glue or sticky primer, that helps. That will also help with the wear time, which is only 4 to 6 hours without a something to adhere to before fading or creasing happens.

Dupes:

  • I honestly cannot find a dupe for this shadow. It’s way too unique to compare to anything in my collection!

Overall Rating:   3.3 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

 

This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this product with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review.

 

 

Shayla x Colourpop: Boomin’ and Pose Luster Dust Loose Highlighters

Time to move on to the most Boomin’ part of this collection (see what I did there?)… The highlighters! Using loose highlighters might be new to some of you, but these both perform SO well and are really easy to apply and very versatile, so you can use them for several different purposes. I feel like I’m repeating myself by saying this, but both of these highlighters work well on ANY skin tone and they also work well with the other products in this collection. I know I’ve said it in every post for the Shayla x Colourpop collab, but this is one of the most cohesive collections I’ve seen in a long time! I can only think of one or two other collections in the past two or three years that have had products in them that I reach for on a regular basis, and that I use together all the time, so props to you, Shayla and Colourpop!!

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So first off, the formulation of the Luster Dust Loose Highlighters is awesome! It’s a very, VERY finely milled type of powder that feels nearly creamy when you go to swatch it. One of the things I like most about these is that you can apply a teeeeeny little bit on a fluffier type of highlighter brush if you want a barely-there, natural type of glow, or you can use a more dense or even a dampened brush to get that mega glowy, metallic kind of highlight. You can also use these as eye shadows (I prefer the damp method on the inner corner and lid), or dust them on top of your lipstick for some glow and shimmer without having to use a gloss. I’ll give you all some more tips for applying these below, along with individual reviews, so keep scrolling down and reading!

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Pictured: Boomin’

Both Boomin’ and Pose are still available to purchase individually from www.colourpop.com. They sell for $7 each and contain 3.1 g / 0.11 oz of product. When compared to something like the loose highlighters from Kylie Cosmetics, there’s slightly less product in the Shayla x Colourpop highlighters, but they also cost half as much. They’re also nearly a quarter of the cost of higher end loose highlighters that you can find at Sephora! As usual, you’re getting a great product from Colourpop without having to go broke!

Colourpop is a cruelty-free brand and both of the Luster Dust Loose Highlighters are vegan

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The packaging for these highlighters follows the purple/lavender and rose gold metallic theme that’s so “Shayla”. On the container itself, you even have rose gold metallic drips or splashes on the lid, as well as a rose gold metallic logo on the clear container. Inside, there’s a sifter, which is typical with most loose powder products. Here’s a little tip for you, though… When you get your highlighter and open the lid, don’t remove the sticker that’s covering the sifter holes! Instead, really press and smooth it down, then take a needle or safety pin and just poke through about a third or half of the sifter holes. That way, you won’t end up with a ton of product coming out and it’s a little easier to travel with that way, plus you won’t get surprised with a big POOF of highlighter when you open it if it gets shaken up too much!

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Highlighters swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin. Photo taken outdoors using natural, direct sunlight. On the left, the highlighters were swatched with one swipe of my finger, and on the right the highlighters were blended out.

Boomin’

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Boomin’ is described as a “peachy gold”. It is a light to medium, mostly warm toned, yellow based peachy golden color. This is wearable by anyone but because it’s the lighter, slightly cooler toned highlighter out of the two, I see most people with fair to medium skin tones reaching for this one if they’re going for a more neutral or no-makeup kind of glow. Of course, like I said, anyone can use this, but it may pull more cool toned and yellow on those of you with dark to deep skin tones. It’s honestly pretty on anyone I’ve seen wear it, which isn’t typical for lighter golden shades of highlighter like this… Most can make deeper skin tones look washed out, but Boomin’ doesn’t do that at all! I don’t know what kind of magic Shayla and Colourpop added to this highlighter, but whatever they did, it works!

The texture is very, very fine and it contains both itty bitty, finely milled glitter particles as well as an even finer type of pearl/shimmer particle. It feels nice on the skin and despite the glittery bits, which usually have a rougher, almost gritty texture in some other highlighters, Boomin’ feels super smooth! It’s actually almost creamy and very easy to blend out. When swatched or applied damp, the color looks exactly as it does in the container and is fully opaque. Applied dry, you can achieve a light glow that is buildable if you desire more pigmentation and coverage. I got well over ten hours of wear with Boomin’ and it actually looked prettier and prettier as the day went on! It just melts into the skin for a gorgeous glow, especially if you use a setting spray when you’re done applying your makeup!

Overall Rating:   4.9 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

Pose

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Pose is described as a “warm copper”. It’s a medium, warm toned, coppery rose gold that’s absolutely stunning! Like everything else in this collection, it can be worn by anyone, but will definitely add a little more color to your skin if you have a skin tone that falls between fair to light-medium… That said, I see this being the perfect summer highlighter, especially when paired with, or even lightly dusted over a bronzer, and that applies to fair to light skin along with everyone else! That’s actually how I’ve been wearing this. Most of the time I’m spray tanned and fall into the light-medium to medium skin tone range, so this is GORGEOUS if I just pop it on with a little bronzer when I’m going for a more natural, sun kissed type of look. Pose is also going to be super flattering if you have a tanned or a medium dark to deep skin tone, since more coppery/rose gold highlighters will add a more colorful glow to the face and not make you feel washed out at all.

Like Boomin’, Pose feels very buttery and blends out like a dream. If you apply it damp or pack it onto the lid using your finger, the color will look just like it does in the jar. If you’re going for a more natural glow, you can apply this dry, using a light hand and blending it out to diffuse it so it barely shows up, or you can apply it dry with more product on your brush so it adds a little more color and coverage. It’s a very buildable highlighter, so I suggest starting out with less and going from there, especially if have a fair to light skin tone and don’t want too much color right away. Also like Boomin’, I got between ten and twelve hours of wear with this highlighter, and it looked glowier and more gorgeous as the hours ticked by!

Overall Rating:   4.9 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

 

 

 

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Application Tips:   You can use the Luster Dust Loose Highlighters either damp or dry, depending on how metallic or intense you want it to look and what area of the face you’re applying it to.

For the face, a few of my favorite brushes to use are the A23 from Anastasia Beverly Hills, or the M510, R36, R31, or Y14 from Morphe… All of those brushes are fluffy, tapered highlighter brushes that you can use for a dry or damp application. You can also use any type of fan brush for a more targeted, precise application, either dry or damp.

On the eyes, any type of flat shader brush will work for the lid, but I prefer a synthetic flat brush when applying it damp, like a MAC 242 or 248, or something like the #18 Brush from ABH. When applying it to your inner corner, I also suggest a damp application so you don’t get any fallout into your tear duct area, and you can do that using any tiny little brush that fits into the corner of your eye.

When you’re doing a damp application, you’ll want to get some product in the lid (like in the photo shown above), spray your brush with your choice of setting spray, and dip it into what’s in the lid… That way you aren’t adding moisture into the rest of the container where the sifter is, which can make it all clump up, becoming difficult to use. Another option is to get the highlighter onto your brush, then spray the brush before applying it to the face or eyes.

When you’re doing a dry application, the Luster Dust Loose Highlighters are very buildable, but a little bit goes a long way! I like to start off with just a light dusting of product, then build it up or I can end up looking a liiiiittle bit too glam for a casual daytime look! Also, these highlighters will stick to any damp or tacky areas of the face (the reason behind me deducting one point in the Application category of my ratings), so you’re probably going to want to add a little powder to set your foundation and concealer first. Otherwise you might get an intense, metallic stripe wherever you try to apply this, and it can be difficult to blend out when that happens!

 

This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review.

Shayla x Colourpop: Neat Freak Ultra Glossy Lip

I’m so glad that lip glosses are becoming a thing again, especially ones like Neat Freak! As I mentioned in my previous collection roundup post, this whole collection is very cohesive… Every product works well with every other product, and everything works for anyone of any skin tone, which I feel is really important, especially for a collaboration with someone who has such a large following.

The formula for this gloss is really nice, and is consistent with other shades of Colourpop’s Ultra Glossy Lip formula. Neat Freak doesn’t feel sticky or heavy, although the teeny little micro-glitter particles can feel a bit I don’t know, gritty(?) at times. I discovered that applying a lip balm first, like Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask, helped prevent it from feeling like that without altering the color, consistency, or wear time of the gloss itself. The color of Neat Freak is gorgeous and I love how it can be worn alone or on top of any lipstick or liner to add a little dimension and shine. I’ll get into more details below, so keep reading!

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Note: If the photos look weird or different, or straight up bad, it’s because my good camera officially died in the middle of shooting this collection. Some of these photos were taken with it, and some were taken with my cheap little vlogging camera which I’m not used to using yet, so my apologies for that!

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Neat Freak can be purchased on www.colourpop.com and sells for $6. It was also available with the bundle, which includes both highlighters, all three lipsticks, and the Perception eye shadow palette for $59, but I’m pretty sure the bundle is sold out and I’m not aware of a restock for it at the moment… But everything is still available individually! It contains 3 g / 0.11 oz of product, which is almost twice as much product as other brand’s similar glosses contain *cough*MAC Dazzleglass*cough*, but this Ultra Glossy Lip costs about a third of what many of those glasses do!

Colourpop is a cruelty-free company, and this particular product is also vegan

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The packaging is very “Shayla” and is a light purple/lavender with rose gold metallic accents that make it pretty and feminine, but it still had a little edge to it. The tube/component itself also has the same rose gold splashes of color and logo on it. Neat Freak’s applicator is your typical doe foot type of wand, which I had some trouble getting product out with at first, but after the second or third time wearing this gloss, it seems like the applicator began to gather the usual amount of product, so I wouldn’t say that there are any points lost for that.

Keep scrolling down for more pics and the summary!

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Neat Freak swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin. Photo taken outdoors in direct, natural sunlight.
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Neat Freak swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin. Photo taken outdoors in indirect, natural sunlight.
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Photo taken indoors using indirect, natural sunlight and a lighted makeup mirror.

Neat Freak is described as a “peachy champagne with pink and gold glitter”. It’s a sheer, golden champagne nude type of color with warm, peachy undertones and multidimensional gold, pink, and almost purple hued micro glitter. Like I said before, this is the type of gloss that you can pop on quickly by itself, or layer on top of another lip product, so it’s very versatile.

This gloss feels comfortable and actually a bit nourishing and moisturizing without being too gooey, and applies very easily and evenly. As I mentioned though, you can sort of feel the glittery bits unless you apply a balm first. Of course the color will not look the exact same on the lips as it does in the tube, and it will look different on everyone, depending on the pigmentation of your own lips and how you wear it, but it will still add a bit of peachy-nude color with shimmer to whatever lip look you’re going for. It’s very sheer, but you can layer it for a little more coverage and color payoff. I actually got about four to five solid hours of wear with this gloss before it started to lose it’s wet looking sheen. Even then, the shimmer stuck around, so it’s not something you have to worry about touching up all the time.

Overall Rating:   4.1 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

 

This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review.

Stila: Eye For Elegance Liquid Shadow Set

It’s that time of year again… You know, the time when there are all kinds of gorgeous holiday sets out that you can’t resist?! Well, this might be one that you CAN resist if you aren’t into metallic or glittery things. Personally, I don’t like actual glitter all that much, so this seemed like a good way for me to try these shadows without dropping $24 on one individual shade. Between the two formulas, you can create several different looks and get a feel for Stila’s liquid shadows, so it’s definitely worth picking up if you want something new and sparkly to play around with, especially for the holidays!

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Left to Right:   Shimmer & Glow – Kitten, Grace, Twig   |   Glitter & Glow – Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte

The packaging is cute and gives of very holiday-ish vibes, so you could just pop this into someone’s stocking without even wrapping it… Like I probably will because I am shamelessly lazy. The ingredients for each shadow are listed on the back of the box and also on Stila’s website. All of these shadows have the same type of flat, yet soft and flexible, paddle-shaped doe foot applicator. It’s small enough that you can get a precise application without making a glittery mess, but still big enough that you don’t have to dip it into the tube over and over again to get out enough product to cover your entire lid (with most shades, anyway).

There’s also a caution/warning on the box regarding eye irritation. When I tried one of these a while back I think it may have made my eyelid a little red and itchy, but I also tried it with a new base, so I can’t say which caused the irritation. I haven’t had any bad reactions with any from this set so far. Do be careful with the Glitter & Glow shadows, though, especially if you wear contact lenses. Getting the little glitter particles in your eye can be absolute torture! The best way to avoid this is to gently pat these onto the eyelid and build up the product if needed, rather than slapping a ton of product on at once, then trying to blend it out because that’s when you’ll get issues with fallout. Even with a perfect application, the Glitter & Glow shadows did have some fallout but most of it fell onto my cheeks or lashes and didn’t get into my actual eyes.

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There are two different formulas in this set. One is the Glitter & Glow formula, which some of you may already be familiar with… According to Stila, this is a “dazzling, ultra-sparkle finish”. It’s pretty glittery but the pigmentation and coverage varies between each shadow. For the most part, these perform well and are comfortable to wear. The other formula in this set is their new Shimmer & Glow liquid eye shadow, which Stila describes as a “high shimmer, non-glitter shadow”. They’re more highly pigmented and metallic and do not contain any glitter. I like these because you can blend them out if you want a softer, more subtle type of sheen, or you can just wear them with their full opacity in all of their metallic, shiny glory.

There are three liquid shadows in each formula in this set for a total of six. There’s not a ton of variation in colors but every one of these is wearable for any skin tone. All of the shadows in this set are available to purchase separately and full sized, except for Peachy Sheen, which seems to be limited to this set… Not that it matters, because Peachy Sheen is honestly garbage and not worth being offered individually. As far as I know, the Shimmer & Glow shadows are not yet available to purchase in stores but you can get them from Ulta’s website. According to the Ulta website, the Shimmer & Glow shadows will be in stores on January 4th.

This set sells for $45 and contains 0.07 fl. oz / 2.25 ml of product in each liquid shadow, which makes this a $72 value (according to the Sephora and Stila websites, anyway). You can purchase these from Sephora or the Stila website.  If you are visiting the Stila website for first time from your phone, iPad, or another browser, it will offer you a 20% off code if you sign up for their updates and newsletter, but you can always use the code and unsubscribe from the emails! There aren’t really any other shadows that I’ve used that I can compare these to, but I do think this set is a decent value. Also, keep in mind that this set IS limited edition, so if you’re wanting to save some money and try these out without buying the full size versions, pick this up while you can!

Stila is a cruelty-free company, by the way 😉

Note: I’m not posting dupes for these just yet, as I haven’t tried any other eye shadows like this. If or when I discover some, I’ll add them to this post. If you can think of any, please leave them in the comments section below!!

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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig
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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig
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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig
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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig. Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC20 skin.
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Kitten:   This Shimmer & Glow shadow is described as a “shimmering vibrant nude pink”. It’s a light, warm toned, pinky nude with a metallic finish that has a finely milled type of multidimensional reflects but is NOT a glitter… I think it’s just the pigment used to make this formula. The reflects is visible in the tube and on the applicator, but it still adds to the shimmery effect once it’s applied. You can apply this under a powder shadow but it also looks beautiful on it’s own, especially worn all over the lid and inner corner.

The formula is lightweight and pretty liquidy so it’s easy to apply. It takes a second to dry down, so just make sure it sets before you look up or do something that may transfer the product to another area of your eyelid. Color payoff is great but it does seem to look a little more pinky toned on my skin than it does in the tube. Coverage can be made sheer by blending this out with a fluffy brush, but if you apply it directly to the lid with the applicator, the coverage is fully opaque using very little product. Worn all over the lid, I got about 7 hours of wear time before it began to crease or fade.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Grace:   Grace is referred to as a “shimmering rose gold”. It’s a light-medium, warm toned, tan rose gold with the same type of very finely milled, multidimensional reflects that Kitten has. It’s pretty metallic when worn without blending it out, but I actually really like this when I apply it all over the lid, then blend it out and up into the crease a little just to diffuse the edges and make it more sheer. It’s also gorgeous when worn at full opacity on the lid and inner corner.

Grace has the same texture as Kitten, so it applies easily and evenly. Coverage is full and color payoff is great, although these shadows seem to darken a little once they set. It’s nothing drastic, though. Wear time was around 7 hours when applied straight to the lid with the applicator without blending it out at all, and a little over 8 hours when I sheered it out.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Twig:   Twig is a “shimmering warm chestnut brown”… It’s a dark, very rich, warm toned brown with hint of pinky-bronze sheen to it. I feel like because this isn’t as light as the other two Shimmer & Glow shadows, it doesn’t seem to have quite as much sheen but it’s still very pretty and is easily worn by all skin tones. I LOVE this shadow all over the lid for a bronze, smoky type of look. It’s also super pretty if you pop this on the lid and blend it out with a fluffy brush to sheer it down, then blend a little along the lower lash line with a soft pencil brush.

It has the same consistency as the other two Shimmer & Glow shadows, so it’s lightweight, comfortable, and applies easily. Color payoff looks pretty much the same as it does in the tube and Twig doesn’t seem to darken as much as the two lighter shades in this kit. Coverage is totally opaque without having to use much product at all. Wear time when blended out is close to 8 hours and more like 7 hours when worn at full opacity.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Left to Right:   Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte
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Left to Right:   Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte
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Left to Right:   Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte
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Glitter & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, and Next to Notte. Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC20 skin.
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Peachy Sheen:   According to the Stila website, Peachy Sheen is a “sheer warm peachy beige with silver and gold glitter”. It’s a light, warm toned peachy nude base with a cooler tone to the silver and gold glitter particles. It’s also definitely very sheer, as you can see in the swatch and on the applicator itself. Because it’s so sheer, it ends up just looking half-assed and patchy unless you really put some effort into the application. Even then, it takes FOREVER to get much coverage or to get the glitter to look even on my lid. It looks better if you’re applying it over something like a shimmery MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (I tried it over Vintage Selection), or even one of the lighter Shimmer & Glow shadows in this set… That way you can just dot on a little bit of glitter for a more subtle type of sparkle. Honestly, I don’t see myself reaching for Peachy Sheen at all.

The texture of this particular shadow is thin and the glitter particles aren’t as, I don’t know, scratchy as they look, but it still doesn’t apply very smoothly. Some of the glittery bits will flake off once the shadow sets and dries if you try to layer this a lot or use a brush to try to blend it out once it’s set. Color payoff would probably look like it does in the tube IF you could actually get enough product out to show the base color. Like I said, it’s supposed to be sheer, but coverage is very, VERY minimal… Like on a ridiculous level. I would say wear time was around 4 hours before it started to fade, but it’s honestly hard to gauge because it was so patchy and practically non-existent on my lid to begin with.

Overall Rating:   2 / 5

Application:   1

Coverage:  1

Color Payoff:   1

Texture:   2

Wear Time:   2

Packaging:   5

Value:   2

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Smoldering Satin
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Smoldering Satin:   This Glitter & Glow shadow is described as a “deep tan and silver glitter”. I meeeean to me, it’s more of a medium, cool toned taupey-mauve with a HINT of tan as the base color, but the glitter is indeed silver. It’s pretty and it’s very wearable with a lot of different looks and will work well for any skin tone.

The texture of Smoldering Satin is a little thicker than Peachy Sheen so it does apply more easily. It can be a little tricky to layer (if you even need to) because sometimes trying to apply more of this product over itself can actually remove some of the glitter from the first layer you applied, or even cause some glitter fallout… Just be sure to go in with a light hand! Color payoff is good but it does seem to look a little darker and cooler toned on the applicator and on the skin than it does in the tube. Coverage is nearly full, I’d say it’s about 70% opaque with one layer of product, but you can go in and gently add a little more if needed. Wear time when worn all over the lid is around 6 hours before it began to crease. After the first two hours or so, I started to see some glitter fallout, which was a bit annoying.

Overall Rating:   3.6 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Next to Notte:   This is a “deep red with pink glitter” and is a rich, slightly cool toned, medium-dark, plummy-red with glitter that reflects somewhere between pink and magenta. It’s a really fun color, especially if you want to use it with a bold, smoky look or something like that for the holidays. It’s definitely the most colorful shadow in this set, which may not be for everyone but since this comes in the set, it’s worth trying out, even if it’s not something you’d typically wear!

The texture of Next to Notte is the smoothest of the three Glitter & Glow shadows in this set. It’s not like the glitter particles are any different, but as you can see on the applicator, this one is a bit more creamy and the product seems to be thicker and more pigmented. Color payoff is good but like all of the other liquid shadows in this set, it does look darker and maybe a little more plum toned once I applied it to my skin. Coverage was alright but still not fully opaque, so some layering may be necessary. This shadow wore well on the lid for around 6-7 hours before I had any issues with creasing or fading. I did have a bit of glitter fallout throughout the day, though.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review. ***

 

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna – Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

I know how excited everyone is about this entire line and this gloss is no letdown! I’m a big fan of lip glosses lately, so this is the only Fenty Beauty product I’ve purchased so far. Don’t worry, I’ll probably get some of the highlight and contour products soon and I’ll be sure to review them as soon as I do! For now, I hope you enjoy the post for this Gloss Bomb as much as I’ve been enjoying wearing it!

Since I have more free time to work on the blog these days, I’ll be reviewing a lot of fun new products! If you want to stay up to date with everything I’m testing or playing around with, or just want to chat, you can follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup , twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. Don’t be afraid to message me… I really enjoy hearing from you guys!

Most of the photos are at the bottom of this post, including the list of ingredients.

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Fenty Glow (which is the actual shade name of this Lip Luminizer) is a permanent part of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line, and is available exclusively at Sephora. It sells for $18 and contains 9 ml / 0.3 fl oz of product. While this is about the same price as a lip gloss from other major brands such as MAC, Bare Minerals, Anastasia Beverly Hills, etc, it contains three times as much as most of those do! Even some of the more high end glosses that cost $10-20 more usually top out at 6ml of product, so this is an extremely good value! This gloss is free from parabens, sulfates, and phthalates and Fenty Beauty is also, most importantly, a cruelty-free company.

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The packaging is a beautiful light nude type of rose gold that’s eye catching but not overdone. It looks luxurious and feels MUCH more expensive than it is! On the top of the cap, you see an FB logo that’s discrete and adds a nice touch to the packaging. The tube is shorter and fatter than most glosses on the market, but I like this, as it fits into a small makeup bag more easily. The doe foot applicator is also larger than most found in other glosses… It’s very similar to the size you find in Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer. I personally love this because I only have to dip into the tube once for a full application. The box it comes in is just as pretty as the packaging and product itself, with an edgy, yet fashionable look that you would expect from Rihanna. My only complaint about this gloss or the packaging is that, like with most mirrored type plastics, the cap shows every little bit of fuzz or fingerprints on it!

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The best part about this gloss is that it’s everything it claims to be. It’s truly flattering on every age and skin tone, extremely comfortable to wear, and nourishing. The color and texture work very well together, making your lips look fuller, healthy and shiny, without feeling sticky or goopy like many other glosses. The formula itself contains shea butter, so it’s going to seriously nourish to your lips while you’re wearing it. I know that for me, so many glosses actually leave my lips feeling almost chapped and dehydrated after I’ve reapplied them over and over throughout the day, but this Gloss Bomb is like an explosion of moisture for your lips! Fenty Glow has no flavor, but does have a faint scent which the company refers to as a “peach-vanilla”, although I just get a sweet, tropical type of vibe from it more than picking up anything distinctly peach or vanilla.

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Photo taken indoors using indirect sunlight + a ring light. This was taken after having it on for about 15 minutes so it had melted onto my lips… More swatches and photos below!

It’s honestly hard for me to describe the texture of this gloss… I feel like this isn’t thick or sticky like honey but it’s also not thin and watery like an oil. Perhaps it’s more like honey that’s been warmed up and has melted onto your lips? I don’t even know, but it’s amazing, trust me! Or better yet, go try it for yourself! Anyway, here’s the breakdown:

Fenty Glow is described as a “shimmering rose nude” which is pretty spot on. It’s a medium, warm toned rosy nude gloss with multidimensional, yet mostly golden microshimmer. It gives the lips a fairly wet type of finish, but because the color is more muted and the shimmery particles are so small, it’s not an overwhelming, super duper bold type of shine… It’s wearable for daytime or for a night out. The texture is probably the best I have ever felt from any gloss, not even kidding. It’s very comfortable and almost juicy feeling. It definitely warms up on the lips after a moment, but the big doe foot applicator makes application a dream come true. Although it’s a larger applicator, it still works well for smaller lips because you have a lot of control with it. Also, if you have larger lips, the applicator is big enough and picks up enough product that you shouldn’t have to double dip!

Coverage is full and even, so you don’t get one area of the lip that’s shinier or more shimmery than another. Color payoff is good, but due to the fact that’s it’s a gloss which is made to transform and flatter each individual person, it’s not meant to be opaque. Wear time was actually impressive and I didn’t have touch up or reapply until I hit the 3-4 hour mark, and that was even after having some coffee. Like most lip products, it fades in the center first but you can sort of rub your lips together to even it out if you don’t have the gloss on hand to reapply at the moment. It can feather a little, just like any other gloss, but wearing a liner seems to easily fix that problem.

Liners:   Any and every liner… Honestly! Especially if you fill in your entire lip with your liner, this will make a great topper over ANY color out there! Same goes for lipsticks, too. If you want to add shine and a soft gleam to any of your lipsticks, you can apply this right on top. It doesn’t seem to make any of the lipsticks I’ve worn it over feel sticky either, so that’s always a plus.

Dupes:   Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any! I recently went through my kit and personal collection and tossed a great deal of old glosses, but I can’t recall any that were a great dupe if you want this texture, color, and finish all in one. Since it’s 3am, I’ll go through the ones I still have tomorrow and update this section. MAC’s Dazzleglasses have a similar type of color payoff and shimmer, but I remember some of them feeling much more gritty than this gloss does (Fenty Glow is perfectly smooth). I will be at the MAC counter this coming Sunday and I’ll try some of them out since they have redone the Dazzleglass formula and it’s supposed to be much better and more comfortable now!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

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Photo taken right after application… Notice how wet it initially looks.

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Melt Cosmetics Digital Dust Highlights

I have been dying to get my hands on these and review them since I saw the first peeks on Melt’s Instagram a while back so I am SUPER excited to share these with you! As most of you probably know, I’ve always been a big fan and supporter of Melt and I can honestly say that I have loved each and every product they’ve ever made! I’m all for supporting smaller, independent companies and the ladies of Melt always put SO much effort, love, and attention to detail into their products… The Digital Dust Highlights are no exception to this, either. These highlighters are very versatile and all three can be worn by all skin tones and also seem to work well with all skin types, be it dry, oily, sensitive, or anything in between. If you’re a highlighter addict and want to look like a glowing goddess, these are definitely worth checking out!

Warning: This post is going to go very in depth, so if you’re not interested in every single detail, you can scroll down to the photos and individual summaries/reviews.

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Stargazer, Gold Ore, Nova

Digital Dust Highlights are brand new and permanent to Melt’s line of makeup. They can be purchased from www.meltcosmetics.com and as of today, May 2nd, all three are in stock. Each one sells for $39 and contains 8 g / 0.28 oz of product. That’s the exact same amount of product that something like Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector contains and these only cost $1 more, so they’re a pretty average price for a high end highlighter. I actually prefer this formula over most others I’ve tried recently, so I feel like they’re a good value for this level of quality. These are all paraben free, vegan, and most importantly cruelty-free! ❤

If you’d like to peep more photos of these, you can check out the Instagram accounts for @meltcosmetics, @danabomar, and @lora_arellano.

I’m also going to try to get a look up using these this week, so be sure to follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup. If you want to stay up to date with new products I’ll be testing and reviewing, or even just chat with me you can also follow me on twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. I love love LOVE hearing from my readers, so don’t hesitate to hit me up!

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Clockwise from top: Gold Ore, Nova, Stargazer

The packaging for these is consistent with Melt’s other products… Each Digital Dust Highlight is contained in a beautiful matte black compact with the Melt logo on the lid in a more satin finish greige sort of color, much like the tops of their eye stacks. On the inside you’ll find a good sized mirror that’s a normal mirror… Not that cheap, flimsy, crackly looking plastic material that see in some compacts and palettes. As usual with Melt’s products, these compacts feel heavy, but not bulky and although I haven’t tested it yet, I’m sure they’ll hold up well in any makeup bag while traveling!

The product itself has “melt” imprinted beautifully in different fonts. The imprinted text matches the inner part of the box that these came in when I purchased them during the special early launch. It’s so pretty that it killed me to even swatch them! They are truly the most stunning highlighters that I have ever seen!

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The boxes these come in are absolutely beautiful as well. I’m not even sure how to describe them, they’re so different from any others. The color of each box reflects the shade of highlight that it contains and they’re made of your typical unicarton material, but it’s somewhere between metallic, mirrored and matte and has a beautiful, digitalized, pixelated sort of pattern and texture which is SO fitting since these ARE called Digital Dust Highlights! That’s part of the attention to detail I mentioned earlier that I just love. If you bought these in set during the early launch, you’ll receive them in special packaging that is matte black with “Melt Cosmetics” printed in gold on the lid… When you open the lid, you see “melt cosmetics” printed in textured, glossy text on a matte black background with “Digital Dust Highlights” in matte gold in the center. The three product boxes are tucked into matte black unicarton with the digital, pixelated texture on it… It’s some of the most beautiful packaging I have EVER seen! You’ll also receive a pretty little insert giving you more details about the product itself.

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Left to Right:   Stargazer, Gold Ore, Nova

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Clockwise from top left:   Stargazer, Nova, Gold Ore

Now that we’ve covered all of that, let’s get to the best part… The formula! Melt seriously killed it with the Digital Dust Highlights! It’s a powder, maybe a gel-powder? (I’m not positive, but I’ll ask. Or if you’re reading this Dana or Lora, holla and let me know!)… Anyway, it feels like a hybrid between a powder, gel, cream, and then once you apply it, it melts onto your skin almost like a liquid. I know that sounds crazy, but that’s what makes this formula usable for anyone, no matter what your skin type may be. Because it’s not dry, it works well on dry skin and looks glowy without being powdery. Also because it’s not creamy, it works on oily skin and won’t slip around and become patchy. Digital Dust Highlights are highly pigmented too, so you don’t have to apply a ton of product to get a gorgeous glow. They’re also easily blendable so even though they have a ton of pigment, you can apply them lightly for a more subtle highlight. This formula is VERY versatile and can be used damp or dry, which I’ll go into more detail about in the application techniques listed below the individual descriptions and summaries. No matter how you wear these, they’ll last all day! Melt claims a 12 hour wear time and damp or dry, I got at least that!

The Digital Dust Highlights are absolutely gleaming, but unlike a lot of highlighters out there, they don’t contain straight up shimmery/glittery particles. I prefer that, personally, because it gives it a softer sort of glow. I have to be in the mood for glitter, especially on my face, so I find these to be usable even for a really basic, day to day look. Like I mentioned, they can also be used wet, so if you want a full blown metallic shine you can achieve that as well!

I know another thing I’ve brought up in the past with other highlighters and glowy/shimmery products is whether or not they irritate my skin since it’s super sensitive and I seem to get a rash every time I try a new highlighter… The good news is that these do NOT make my skin react at all! I’m pretty excited about that since the only other two I can use any more are Becca’s and Jeffree Star’s. Speaking of other highlighters, the formula for these reminds me of MAC’s Extra Dimension Skinfinishes or Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators, but Melt’s Digital Dust Highlights are much smoother and less powdery than both of those. They’re also more pigmented.

Now that I’ve flooded your brain with anything and everything about these babies, I give you Stargazer, Gold Ore, and Nova!

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Clockwise from top:   Gold Ore, Nova, Stargazer
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Left to Right:   Stargazer, Gold Ore, Nova
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Photo taken outdoors using natural, direct sunlight. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.
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Photo taken outdoors using natural, direct sunlight. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.
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Photo taken indoors using natural, diffused sunlight. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.
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Photo taken indoors using studio lighting. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin,
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Photo taken indoors using studio lighting. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.

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Stargazer
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Stargazer:   Melt describes Stargazer as a “soft nude champagne starry hue”… It’s a very glowy, but not glittery, light champagne color that can pull more golden or more pink, depending on your skin tone. It also looks different in different lighting. In natural light it looks more pinky like it does on the website, but in indirect sunlight or in studio lighting, it seems to pick up more neutral nude to golden tones. Either way, it’s gorgeous and since it will adapt to different lighting and skin tones, it will be flattering no matter what other products you pair this with! The texture feels extra smooth, going on and blending out with no effort at all. Stargazer makes for the perfect more “natural” highlight on fair to light-medium skin, but can be worn by anyone since it’s buildable so you can get whatever kind of color payoff or coverage that you want. I’ll go over the variations in intensity in the application section below, but for the most part, the color payoff looks just like it does in the pan, while the coverage can be anything from a barely-there glow all the way to true metallic sort of opacity. I got about 14 hours of wear with Stargazer before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   Stargazer is a little darker and more pink (on my skin, anyway) than MAC’s Extra Dimension Highlighter in Double Gleam. Compared to MAC’s Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish, the color is close but Stargazer is much more pigmented and less shimmery/glittery. Stargazer is also more pink than Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone, less peachy/more pink than Champagne Pop, and lighter than Opal. It’s also more peachy/nude and very slightly darker than Jeffree Star x Manny MUA’s Skin Frost in Eclipse. The color of Stargazer is similar to Forever Young, found in the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit, but Forever Young has a lot more micro-shimmer. Moonstone, from the Sun Dipped ABH Glow Kit is close but less nude and lighter. Crushed Pearl, from ABH’s Gleam Glow Kit is also pretty similar, but is lighter and more icy.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Gold Ore:   This one is described as a ” pure warm sunlight tone” and is a medium, warm golden shade with an intense amount of gleam. Even though this is pretty warm toned, it will still work for you no matter what your skin’s natural undertone is. I tried this even before I spray tanned this week when I was about a NC15 in MAC terms, and used lightly, it still looked very natural on me. Now that I am spray tanning and am about NC25 to C4, I feel like this is going to become my every day highlight, even on my natural makeup days. I honestly think that anyone from fair to deep can use this for a natural glow without it appearing too light or too pigmented. The texture of Gold Ore felt a little more dry than Stargazer, but it still has the gel-powder feel to it and glides on with ease. Color payoff looks the same on the skin as it does in the pan and you can get anything from sheer to opaque coverage, depending on how it’s applied. Wear time with this highlight was about 13 hours before I had any problems with fading and even then, it didn’t become patchy at all.

Dupes:   Of course the first dupe I though of is MAC’s cult classic Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt. Compared to one another, Whisper of Gilt is less pigmented and very, very slightly darker and more peachy-gold. Gold Ore is similar to Becca’s Champagne Pop Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector, but less peachy and more of a true gold. Swatched next to Jeffree Star’s Skin Frost in Siberian Gold, Gold Ore is less glittery and a bit darker. From the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweets Glow Kit, Butterscotch is similar in texture and finish, but much more yellow based. Summer, from the Sun Dipped Glow Kit, is lighter and more nude. Dripping in Gold, from ABH’s That Glow Glow Kit is lighter and more pinky-peach toned. The closest dupe that I found was the Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood Illuminator, but it’s a little lighter.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Nova:   Nova is described as “warmest medium tone which universally compliments any skin tone” and as you’ll see on Melt’s website as well as on the label for Nova, it also doubles as a bronzer! It’s a medium to medium-dark (depending on your own complexion), very warm, golden bronze color with a hint of coppery undertones and a slightly softer sheen than Gold Ore. While at first glance, this color may seem intimidating to you fair skinned beauties but it actually works on everyone! When I got these and was still NC15, I lightly dusted this over my bronzer to add a healthy glow and it looked beautiful! I can also use this layered over bronzer or blush when I’m a tan, MAC C4, and I imagine this would make the perfect highlight for medium dark to deep skin tones. This Digital Dust Highlight feels more buttery than Gold Ore, but still not as smooth as Stargazer. When swatched, Nova seemed on the dry side but it didn’t feel like that at all when applied with a brush. Color payoff is true to pan color, but can be made less intense if applied with a fluffy brush and a light hand. As far as coverage goes, like the other two, you can apply this to be very sheer all the way up to fully opaque and metallic (it looks like a brand new penny when applied damp). I got a full 12 hours of wear time with Nova before any fading occurred.

Dupes:   MAC’s Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish is deeper and has more pinky-copper tones to it. Jeffree Star’s Skin Frost in King Tut looks a little darker and more cool toned in the pan, but when applied it’s actually lighter! 143 from the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit is a little lighter and more peachy. Golden Bronze from the ABH That Glow Glow Kit is much more yellow-bronze based and not as warm toned. Bronzed, from the ABH Sun Dipped Glow Kit is actually very similar but not quite as pigmented. To me, Nova is the most unique out of the three Digital Dust Highlights so I think it’s worth getting, especially if you have a dark to deep skin tone and haven’t found the perfect, warm toned highlighter yet!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

If you’ve read my other highlighter reviews, the application section below is pretty much the same as always! If you haven’t seen that yet, it might be worth reading if you’d like to learn a few new tips and tricks!

Application:

As with most highlighters, Digital Dust Highlights apply best with a small-ish, preferably tapered, fluffy brush like Anastasia’s A23, Real Techniques Setting Brush (the one with the pink handle), or MAC’s 133 Brush. Morphe also has a ton of highlight brushes too so you’re sure to find one of those that you like! My favorites are the M509, M510, M500, M501, E61, Y14 and R36. Used dry, these will give you anything from a soft, subtle glow up to a much more intense highlight, depending on how much you apply and layer this product (you can even layer any of the three different colors for a more dimensional effect). Another way to get a softer, more natural highlight is to use a dry, fluffy fan brush like a MAC 184 (from MAC Pro or online), one of Morphe’s Fan Brushes like the B8, M310, G23, Y13, M497, R12, or any other soft fan brush (even craft stores sell some good ones in the art department). If you don’t have a fan brush, you can also just apply the Digital Dust Highlights with less product and a lighter hand using one of the fluffier tapered brushes that I mentioned.

If you want that mega glowing, almost metallic effect, you can spray your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray AFTER swiping your brush through the highlighter and picking up a good amount of product… If you spray your brush first, your brush may be too damp and you can end up with that hard, virtually impenetrable buildup on your highlighter that will make it very difficult to use later on. That’s not something unique to Digital Dust Highlights, though… It will happen with any type of powder that you swipe a wet brush over. Anyway, used damp, this will look even more dramatic and glam than it does when applied dry! The versatility with these is one of the qualities I love most, especially as a makeup artist who needs good multitaskers in my kit.

As with any shimmery or glowy product, these are not great for extremely oily areas of the face, but that applies to ANY highlighter! I must say though, I think that because this formula is pretty darn special, these held up well even on my nose, which tends to be one of the shiniest areas of my face. You’ll basically just want to avoid any areas that get slick and shiny quickly if you have a very oily skin type. It will emphasize the bad kind of shine and not wear as well as it does on a less oily part of the face like the tops of the cheekbones. Also, if you have very large pores or serious amounts of texture, highlighters will emphasize that sort of thing. Just be sure to keep it away from those type of areas and you won’t look like you’re melting (really bad pun intended).

Pro Tip & Uses: 

You can use the Digital Dust Highlights in so many ways! If you need that perfect inner corner highlight for your peepers, you can apply these with a small brush like a MAC 219, Morphe R41, E36, M574, or a Real Techniques Detailer Brush (gold handle) or Accent Brush (purple handle). If you’re wearing this on your lid, it will apply more highly pigmented and bold if you use your finger to tap it on, which is stunning with a halo eye! Otherwise I like to use a flat shader brush like a MAC 239 or Morphe M124 or E32 for the lid and brow bone areas for a dry application, or a MAC 242 or Morphe E10 for a damp application. As I mentioned, you can layer this product, whether it’s with the other Digital Dust Highlights or any other highlighter, or even over a blush or bronzer if you need a little extra sheen. (I don’t recommend this on the apple of the cheek if you’re very oily or have large pores in that area, though).

Using a fluffier brush like a MAC 224 or Morphe M505 or M510 (they have a million fluffy shadow brushes to choose from) or even one of the larger highlighter brushes I mentioned, you can also swipe this down the bridge of the nose and onto the tip. Because the unique, long-wearing formula, these hold up well even in those areas! A little bit on the cupid’s bow will give you a glowy, look that can make your lips appear fuller.

Now I haven’t verified that these are officially lip-safe, but I will into that for you… If they are, you can also apply this to the very center of the lip, focusing on your bottom lip, after putting on your lipstick/balm/whatever. For this technique, I like to use a small brush (fluffy or dense, depending on the intensity you desire) or my finger so I have a lot of control and don’t apply too much. You can even go for a full metallic lip and just slather these all over.

These are truly a great do-it-all type of highlighter. You can also use these on the body if you want, which is perfect for achieving a stunning glow for summer time! They won’t wear as well all over the body, but they do hold up when applied to the shoulders/chest/boobies (adding a highlight to the upper part of your breasts can make them look fuller).

And with that, my job is done here! I know this was a lengthy review, so if you read the whole thing, you deserve a gold star or a cookie or something. As always, thank you SO much for reading and if you have any tips or thoughts, please leave them below in the comments section!

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***