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Kosas Papaya 1972 Color & Light Pressed Palette Review & Swatches

Papaya 1972 Kosas Papaya 1972 Color and Light Pressed Palette ($34.00 for oz.) is designed to be the more buildable-coverage version, though it was a lot more pigmented than described (which some may have no issue with!). The duo contained a lighter orange blush paired with a warm, yellowy-peach highlighter. Both shades were on the more powdery side, so there was excess kicked up in the pan, though they looked smooth and flatteri...
Tags: Bali, Beauty, Christine, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Kat Von, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Kosås, Mickey Shade DC, Anastasia Miami, Kaja Luna


Kosas Papaya 1972 (High Intensity) Color & Light Pressed Palette Review & Swatches

Papaya 1972 (High Intensity) Kosas Papaya 1972 (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) contains a brighter, medium orange blush paired with a peachy-orange highlighter. The two shades complemented each other, and they were both pigmented, blendable, and easy to work with.FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent). ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Kosås


JD Glow Serenity Pressed Powder Illuminator Review & Swatches

Serenity JD Glow Serenity Pressed Powder Illuminator ($16.50 for 0.28 oz.) is a bright, medium pink base with moderate, warm undertones paired with lighter, peachy-gold shimmer that gave it a stronger, warmer feel altogether. The highlighter had a fairly strong, luminous glow that stopped short of emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was easy to blend out for a sheerer effect ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Marc Jacobs, Christine, Natasha Denona, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Laura Geller, Temptalia, Golden Orange P, JD Glow, Serenity Pressed Powder Illuminator, MAC Starquake LE


JD Glow Periodt Pressed Powder Illuminator Review & Swatches

Periodt JD Glow Periodt Pressed Powder Illuminator ($16.50 for 0.28 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and flecks of pink and gold shimmer that gave it a metallic finish. It had an intense, more golden glow when applied and blended out on my skin, though it didn’t seem to emphasize my skin’s natural texture. The color coverage was nearly opaque in a single layer. The texture was smooth to the touch, lightly ...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, JD Glow, Periodt JD Glow Periodt Pressed Powder Illuminator


JD Glow Gabrielle Pressed Powder Illuminator Review & Swatches

Gabrielle JD Glow Gabrielle Pressed Powder Illuminator ($16.50 for 0.28 oz.) is a rich, medium copper with strong, warm undertones and a golden sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that was powder-like but with some slip to it. The texture was lightweight, thin without being dry or powdery, and had good adhesion to bare skin while blending out nicely along the edges. It didn’t emphasize my s...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Natasha Denona, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Estee Lauder Solar Crush LE, JD Glow


Natasha Denona Bronze Face Glow Palette Review & Swatches

Bronze Natasha Denona Bronze Face Glow Palette ($55.00 for 0.4 oz.) is a new, seemingly-permanent palette that features four luminous shades with two cream-based formulas and two powder-based formulas. The cream formulas were disappointing and a deliberate departure from the brand’s prior formulas but not in a good way. The powder formulas were consistent with past releases–they worked best with denser brushes/firmer hand but have...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Sephora, Christine, Gabrielle, Natasha Denona, Blushes, Cheek Products, Bronzers, Highlighters, Laura Geller, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Estee Edit Ray LE, Becca Pink Pyrite LE, Estee Lauder Solar Crush LE


JD Glow Essence Pressed Powder Illuminator Review & Swatches

Essence JD Glow Essence Pressed Powder Illuminator ($16.50 for 0.28 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark copper with warm, rosy undertones paired with a metallic finish. It had an incredibly intense shine, which resulted in some emphasis of my skin’s natural texture at higher coverage. The texture felt smooth, lightly creamy without being too firmly-pressed into the pan nor was it thick in consistency, which ensured it picked up w...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Laura Mercier, Cheek Products, Highlighters, JD Glow


Kosas Longitude Zero Color & Light Pressed Palette Review & Swatches

Longitude Zero Kosas Longitude Zero Color and Light Pressed Palette ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) is the lower intensity version which is supposed to have more buildable coverage, though both shades were more semi-opaque to opaque; the more powdery texture makes it easier to pick up less product with a lighter hand if truly buildable coverage is desired. The duo featured a medium-dark pink blush paired with a light pink highlighter. The p...
Tags: Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Kosas, Christine


JD Glow Beyunce Pressed Powder Illuminator Review & Swatches

Beyunce JD Glow Beyunce Pressed Powder Illuminator ($16.50 for 0.28 oz.) is a peachy beige base that shifted from very warm, peach-gold to lighter, warm pink with an intense, sparkling sheen. It had rich color coverage that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out with ease. The texture felt lightly emollient, almost like a thin, creamy powder, so no powderiness at all, yet it picked up readily with a highlighting brush and distr...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, JD Glow, Beyunce JD Glow Beyunce Pressed Powder Illuminator, MAC Dazzlepink LE


Kosas Longitude Zero (High Intensity) Color & Light Pressed Palette Review & Swatches

Longitude Zero (High Intensity) Kosas Longitude Zero (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) features “double” the pigment with a deeper pink blush paired with a darker, pinky-beige highlighter. Both shades were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing; they were easy to work with, and while the formula has more powderiness to it than seems ideal, they actually looked fantastic on my skin as they were a...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Sephora Nordstrom, Terry Tan Flash Cruise, Kosås, Kosas Longitude Zero High Intensity Color Light, Longitude Zero High Intensity Kosas Longitude, Longitude Zero High Intensity P Permanent


Kosas Contrachroma Color & Light Pressed Palette Review & Swatches

Contrachroma Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes a muted, darker coral blush paired with a lighter, warm beige highlighter. This is the sheerer version, which was true of the blush; the blush had more medium, buildable pigmentation, but the highlighter was rather pigmented while the more powdery texture made it possible to pick up less product without a lot of effort. They both lasted f...
Tags: Beauty, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Christine, Natasha Denona, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Kissin, Temptalia, Kosås, Contrachroma Kosas Contrachroma Color


Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color & Light Pressed Palette Review & Swatches

Contrachroma (High Intensity) Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes a deeper, rosy-copper blush with a medium, warmer copper highlighter. The two complemented each other, and they were both pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing, though the formula is more powdery (and yet not an issue in terms of the way it sat on my skin, thankfully!).FURTHER READING: Formula Overview fo...
Tags: Mac, Beauty, Tom Ford, Christine, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Temptalia, Sephora Nordstrom, Laura Geller Ballerina, Chanel Lumieres, NARS Maldives, Kosås, Kosas Contrachroma High Intensity Color Light, Contrachroma High Intensity P Permanent


JD Glow Synopsis Pressed Powder Illuminator Review & Swatches

Synopsis JD Glow Synopsis Pressed Powder Illuminator ($16.50 for 0.28 oz.) seemed to have a transparent base packed with pearl and sparkle that shifted from bluish-lavender to warmer, green-gold with a metallic, sparkling sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single layer, which could be sheered out or built up for full coverage with less than a second layer. The texture was smooth, lightly emollient, almost creamy but was very thin...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Kat Von, Pigmentation, Temptalia, JD Glow


Sydney Grace Candied Peach Loose Highlighter Review & Swatches

Candied Peach Sydney Grace Candied Peach Loose Highlighter ($8.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light, pink-peach base with strong, warm golden shimmer paired with a metallic sheen. It had a stronger, golden shift at certain angles, so the base seemed pink, while the shimmer was higher-contrast. The texture was finely-milled, silky, and weighted enough not to be prone to making a mess (as loose powders often are). It had rich color coverag...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Temptalia, Sydney Grace, Lysine Mica Mica, Mica Mica, Lauroyl Lysine Carnauba Mica Mica, Hexylene Glycol Candied Peach P Permanent


Sydney Grace Pink Lightning Loose Highlighter Review & Swatches

Pink Lightning Sydney Grace Pink Lightning Loose Highlighter ($8.00 for 0.25 oz.) is an ultra-light pink with strong, warm undertones that looks almost golden-beige at certain angles as the finish was quite metallic. It had a finely-milled, silky consistency that was loose but not prone to puffing everywhere in a cloud of fairy dust. The pigmentation varied based on how much product was picked up and with what brush, which is true ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Sydney Grace, Lysine Mica Mica, Mica Mica, Lauroyl Lysine Carnauba Mica Mica, Sydney Grace Pink Lightning, Hexylene Glycol Pink Lightning P Permanent


ColourPop Manifest That Super Shock Highlighter Review & Swatches

Manifest That Colour Pop You’re a Trip Super Shock Cheek (Highlighter) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a very light pink with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling sheen. For those who don’t like more visible pieces of sparkle, I’d opt out of this shade as it definitely had some larger sparkles/micro-glitters in it, though it was more of a sheen than a truly glittery finish. The texture felt smooth to the touch, lightly emollient without...
Tags: Beauty, Mica, Christine, Ulta, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Colourpop, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Becca Rose Quartz, LE Limited Edition


ColourPop You’re a Trip Super Shock Highlighter Review & Swatches

You're a Trip Colour Pop Manifest That Super Shock Cheek (Highlighter) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a very light, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a lightly sparkly, moderately metallic sheen. It had a luminous sheen that was noticeable but didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture, but there was visible sparkles over the finer pearl shimmer in the finish. The consistency was smooth, lightly emollient–almost wet to the touc...
Tags: Beauty, Mica, Christine, Ulta, Natasha Denona, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Colourpop, Temptalia


Kosas Helios Color and Light Palette Review & Swatches

Helios Kosas Helios Color and Light Palette ($34.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes a muted orange blush paired with a warm, light-medium gold highlighter. This is the lower intensity duo, so it was intended to have sheerer, more buildable coverage, which was accurate for both shades. The texture was slightly tackier with the highlighter (true of other highlighters in the same formula) compared to the blush, but both applied well and blend...
Tags: Beauty, Tom Ford, Christine, Linda, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Temptalia, Kosås


Kosas Helios High Intensity Color and Light Palette Review & Swatches

Helios (High Intensity) Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette ($34.00 for 0.32 oz.) is the more pigmented version of the duo, which includes a bright, orange blush paired with a golden copper highlighter. Both shades delivered on being “double” the pigment of the lower intensity duo; they were pigmented, blendable, and easy to work with and lasted well on my skin.FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on gene...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Smashbox, Temptalia, Sephora Nordstrom, Kosås, Kosas Tropic Equinox, Kosas Helios High Intensity Color, Helios High Intensity P Permanent, Helios High Intensity Blush PiP Permanent


Sydney Grace Radiant Glow Loose Highlighter Review & Swatches

Radiant Glow Sydney Grace Radiant Glow Loose Highlighter ($8.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium gold with strong, warm yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. As a lot of loose powders go, the pigmentation definitely depended on how much product one picked up with a brush as it was readily picked up, but I considered it to be quite pigmented; definitely didn’t need an ultra-light hand when working with it but no need to heavily app...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Sydney Grace, Lysine Mica Mica, Mica Mica, Lauroyl Lysine Carnauba Mica Mica


Kosas Tropic Equinox Color & Light Palette Review & Swatches

Tropic Equinox Kosas Tropic Equinox Color and Light Palette ($34.00 for 0.32 oz.) consists of a darker, peachy-brown blush paired with a warm, peachy highlighter. This is the lower intensity level, so both shades are designed to be sheerer and more buildable, which they were. Both shades applied well over bare skin and had good longevity, but the highlighter’s tackier texture made it less compatible with more matte base products a...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Laura Mercier, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Kosås, Tropic Equinox, MAC Melon Pink Top LE, Kosas Tropic Equinox Color Light Palette, Tropic Equinox Kosas Tropic Equinox Color, Tropic Equinox P Permanent, Tropic Equinox Blush PiP Permanent


Kosas Tropic Equinox High Intensity Color & Light Palette Review & Swatches

Tropic Equinox (High Intensity) Kosas Tropic Equinox (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette ($34.00 for 0.32 oz.) consists of a medium, orange-brown blush paired with a golden copper highlighter. The blush was more blendable and easier to work with over both bare skin as well as over foundation compared to the highlighter, which was a little tackier and occasionally lifted up base products a bit. Both shades were quite pigmented...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Kosås, Tropic Equinox High Intensity P Permanent, Tropic Equinox High Intensity Blush PiP Permanent, Tropic Equinox High Intensity


Sydney Grace Pumpkin Spice Latte Loose Highlighter Review & Swatches

Pumpkin Spice Latte Sydney Grace Pumpkin Spice Latte Loose Highlighter ($8.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light orange with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, though the loose format makes it a little harder to tell how pigmented is pigmented as readily as with a pressed formula! I didn’t feel like I had to be extra careful to get the smallest amount for coverage, but I didn’t need ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Sydney Grace, Lysine Mica Mica, Mica Mica, Lauroyl Lysine Carnauba Mica Mica, Hexylene Glycol Pumpkin Spice Latte P Permanent


Kosas Velvet Melon Color & Light Palette Review & Swatches

Velvet Melon Kosas Velvet Melon Color and Light Palette ($34.00 for 0.32 oz.) is the sheerer version of the duo and featured a peachy blush with a peachy-beige highlighter. The highlighter appeared darker in the pan than applied–it definitely seemed a fair bit lighter in practice but some of the depth might be more apparent on someone of a very light skin tone. Both products applied well and delivered the pigmentation they were ma...
Tags: Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Kosas, Christine


Sydney Grace Bronzed Radiance Loose Highlighter Review & Swatches

Bronzed Radiance Sydney Grace Bronzed Radiance Loose Highlighter ($8.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with moderate, warm orange undertones and warmer, golden shimmer and micro-sparkle. It had an intense glow–both metallic but also more sparkly and visibly shimmery–with rich color coverage in a single layer. The loose format does make it easy to pick up quite a bit of product, but you definitely don’t need much for f...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Mimi LE, Sydney Grace, Lysine Mica Mica, Mica Mica, Application 88 Total Quick Shop, Lauroyl Lysine Carnauba Mica Mica, Hexylene Glycol Bronzed Radiance P Permanent


Kosas Velvet Melon High Intensity Color & Light Palette Review & Swatches

Velvet Melon (High Intensity) Kosas Velvet Melon (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette ($34.00 for 0.32 oz.) is the “double the pigment” version that offers a deeper coral blush with a peachy highlighter. Both shades were deeper and more pigmented than the sheerer version of the duo. I didn’t have any issues applying either shade over bare skin or over foundation, though the blush was definitely deeper and pigmented enough that...
Tags: Beauty, Tom Ford, Christine, Natasha Denona, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Kevyn Aucoin, Sephora Nordstrom, Kosås, Velvet Melon High Intensity P Permanent, Caprylyl Glycol Commiphora Myrrha Oil, Velvet Melon High Intensity Blush PiP Permanent


Kosas 8th Muse Color & Light Palette Review & Swatches

8th Muse Kosas 8th Muse Color and Light Palette ($34.00 for 0.32 oz.) is the sheerer, more buildable coverage version of the shade and includes a soft pink blush paired with a pearly, light pink highlighter. The shades offered semi-sheer, somewhat buildable coverage with a creamy, emollient formula that dried down to a more skin-like finish that lasted around eight hours on me.FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on gene...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Bobbi Brown, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Kosås, Muse Kosas


Sydney Grace Arctic Moon Loose Highlighter Review & Swatches

Arctic Moon Sydney Grace Arctic Moon Loose Highlighter ($8.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light, bright mauve with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic finish. It appeared lighter when applied to my skin as it was very reflective, so it was more glow and shine than base color in practice. Thankfully, while it was an intense highlighter, it didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture and actually seemed to give an illusion of smoothne...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Temptalia, Sydney Grace, Lysine Mica Mica, Mica Mica, Arctic Moon Sydney, All Dupes Milk Makeup Pink LE, Lauroyl Lysine Carnauba Mica Mica, Hexylene Glycol Arctic Moon P Permanent


Sydney Grace Pink Mist Pressed Highlighter Review & Swatches

Pink Mist Sydney Grace Pink Mist Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a pale, whitish-beige base with pink-to-lavender shifting pearl throughout. It had a less intense finish than most shades in the highlighter range, so it was more of a moderate glow with a very smooth sheen. The shift was noticeable–more so in person and particularly when layered over a blush–and looked like a brighter, lavender-pink and a cooler, bluer lavender ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Sydney Grace, Becca Aquamarine, Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink, Pink Mist Sydney Grace Pink Mist Highlighter


Kosas 8th Muse High Intensity Color & Light Palette Review & Swatches

8th Muse (High Intensity) Kosas 8th Muse (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette ($34.00 for 0.32 oz.) is the more intense coverage version of the shade and includes a bright, pink blush paired with a pearly, warm rose highlighter. The blush lived up to its “High Intensity” descriptor and was quite pigmented, but the highlighter seemed more like semi-sheer to medium and didn’t build much beyond medium coverage. The highlighter wa...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Bobbi Brown, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Sephora Nordstrom, Kosås, Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine, Clinique Berry Pop, Muse High Intensity Blush PiP Permanent