Friday, December 21, 2012

Review/Thoughts on Illamasqua Liquid Metal and Guerlain Precious Lights Radiance Essentials Kit, with Video

(video link here)

I had received the Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Stoic in my Alter Ego Mystery Selection kit which had a couple guaranteed colors and grab bag of others. I love a cream shadow, but was sad to read about how emollient the Liquid Metals were, figuring I couldn't use them on the eyes. Sadly I had the same experience with the actual cream shadow from Illamasqua in Crumble, crease city. But, I have today off so figured I'd give it a fair shake on my eyes and see how it went! And while I was at it, thought I'd do a little demo in a video for a couple items from the Guerlain Precious Lights Radiance Essentials Kit.

Let's get the true disaster out of the way first. In an effort to not make a mess, I used the NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eye Base for a primer, put a thin layer of Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Stoic, gave it a bit to set (though it already started transferring to my crease despite only applying to my lid) and then put over the top two shadows. I used the L'Oreal Forest Smokes for the deep green on the outer lid and the deep yellow gold from a Black Radiance duo in Sunrise/Sunset on the inner lid.

It's such a beautiful color. In the places it didn't crease like there was no tomorrow, that is. Maybe I can try to get it only on that bit of my lid where I don't have any more lid creases..

After 15 minutes, it was all gathering up into the many creases in my lids. Not a good look, my friends.

Now also in these pictures I'm wearing the Guerlain Precious Light Rejuvenating Illuminator in shade 01 under my eyes (without any other concealer or corrector) and the Meteorites in shade Teint Rosé on my cheeks. The Illuminator has a nice smooth texture, good coverage and doesn't catch on any under eye dryness (a problem I've always had). All in all, I like it.

But the Meteorites, oh the Meteorites. I don't know what to say about this stuff. It has a very, very strong scent of violets and as far as I can tell has no discernable color or sheen. I gather it's more an illuminating setting powder, but I guess I was expecting the ability to see something.

On the left there (obviously) is the Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Stoic, then the Guerlain clicky illuminator pen in shade 01, and the invisible swatch via brush of the Meteorites and I used my fingers in the attempt to get some visible swatch but only got a few sparkles at the very end of the picture.

I have seen some swatches online that have visible something in them for Meteorites. Maybe it's just that I'm so pale, it blends into my skin color. I have no idea. But with the rampant scent and basically nonexistent effect, I am not impressed to say the least. The kit also included a brightening primer that I haven't tried (due to my oily skin and less than great luck with primers), the full sized Illuminator and this mini/travel sized Meteorites for $57 at Sephora. I had a coupon for $20 off $50 so I don't feel too bad about making the spend to try out some stuff from a luxury brand I've never used.

Have you used any of these items? Had any better luck than I did? Can you actually see Meteorites on your skin?! :)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

My Everyday Lips with Very Pale Skin, Warm Pinks and Pink Nudes

Last up in my subdued lip series of Everyday lips are warm pinks/pink nudes. I've done Brown Nudes and Cool Pinks so far, check them out if you're interested in other options for very pale skin!

And just what is my definition of Very Pale Skin? I am around NC10, MAC Matchmaster 1.0 is a very good match, for spot concealing on my face Amazing Cosmetics concealer in Fair (except that it made me break out like nobody's business) and MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover concealer in #1 are near perfect.

One thing I found tough when shopping for lipsticks was how different it may be on my skintone compared to others. What might be nude or light on my favorite blogger, it's medium toned and slightly dark or too bright and bold. There's certainly room for deeper, brighter, bolder lips - but I usually focus on eyes and the lips are just a complement. So here's what I found works for my skintone and coloring as an "everyday" light to mid-tone lipsticks!

Here's my bare lips for reference. I have quite a few lip freckles, so it's easy to determine what level of coverage a lip color has.

These warm pinks/pink nudes are probably the first colors I was really comfortable with when I got back into makeup. Previously I'd lean towards the same colors my mom would wear (despite her being a deeper olive skintone) in the mauve range. These are easy to wear with my coloring and tend to not clash too much with whatever else is on my face - always a plus!

L'Oreal Fairest Nude, Sheer Linen; MAC Can't Get Enough
I picked up L'Oreal Colour Riche Fairest Nude after seeing quite a few youtube beauty ladies mention it being the best thing since sliced bread. Now, it looks different on me than them, maybe less nude and more like my lips but better shade. A warm pink nude with a cream finish. The texture is opaque without being too heavy or thick, not terribly drying, but does have that perfumed flowery "old lady" smell - so be warned.

Another youtube recommended lip color up, Rimmel Airy Fairy.

Revlon Gumdrop, Primrose; Rimmel Airy Fairy, Revlon Rose & Shine
Rimmel London Lasting Finish in Airy Fairy is less on the nude side and more pink. The color is a bit cooler than Fairest Nude, but it does have a slight golden sheen that warms it up. Texture isn't as nice as Fairest Nude, but it's not gritty or too thick. Because of the slight sheen, it can be a little easier to wear than a cream finish for any dryness and will give you a little bit more volume.

Last up, a relatively recent find and favorite, Revlon Super Lustrous in Rose & Shine. It's more sheer than the two above and has more of a sheen. It's a warm rose shade, it does need a little building up to get this level of color but it's very thin so it doesn't feel too thick or slippery with the layers.

What are your favorite warm pinks? Have you tried any of these out? Let me know! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Foundation and Concealing Acne with MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Video

I've had a pretty miserable run of breakouts in the past month, quite out of the blue. It felt somewhat triggered by using Amazing Cosmetics concealer without reading the ingredients (mineral oil at the top) which caused several blemishes, then I got a cold and everything spazzed out even more. So I decided I couldn't wait until the Sephora Friends and Family sale and bought MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover concealer - I just didn't have anything that matched me well enough for face concealing.

(video link here)

I've been enjoying the shade match on shade #1, it's definitely usable with a touch of blending in surrounding skin. Since I have several spots and quite a lot of redness around my nose from the cold, I figured I'd film a video showing how I use it to conceal and applying foundation after.

I also featured the brushes I've been using - two Coastal Scents synthetic brushes for concealer and a Real Techniques Buffing Brush for my powder foundation. All working quite nicely lately, and at a good price!

Products used:
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer #1
  • LORAC Oil Free Wet/Dry Powder in WD1

Brushes used:
  • Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush (#BR-110) - turns out this is what they recently emailed about being back in stock!
  • Coastal Scents Synthetic Deluxe Crease Brush (#BR-104)
  • Real Techniques Buffing Brush

Rest of my face:
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Lemon Drop
  • Tarte smoulderEYES pencil in Violet Ash
  • Urban Decay matte shadow in Purple Haze (discontinued)
  • Maybelline Ultra Brow Brush-on Color in Light Brown (in crease)
  • Too Faced duo Skinny Dip (lighter shade)
  • Anastasia Brow Duality (shimmery side, brow highlight)
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash
  • Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in Light (under eyes)
  • bareMinerals Multi Tasking Face in Well Rested to set concealer
  • Illamasqua blush in Lover
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara (sample)
  • Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Brownberry

Sunday, November 18, 2012

My Everyday Lips with Very Pale Skin, Brown Nudes

I covered Cool Pinks earlier, now here's my favorite brown toned nudes.

And just what is my definition of Very Pale Skin? I am around NC10, MAC Matchmaster 1.0 is a very good match, for spot concealing on my face Amazing Cosmetics concealer in Fair (except that it made me break out like nobody's business) and MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover concealer in #1 are near perfect.

One thing I found tough when shopping for lipsticks was how different it may be on my skintone compared to others. What might be nude or light on my favorite blogger, it's medium toned and slightly dark or too bright and bold. There's certainly room for deeper, brighter, bolder lips - but I usually focus on eyes and the lips are just a complement. So here's what I found works for my skintone and coloring as an "everyday" light to mid-tone lipsticks!

Here's my bare lips for reference. I have quite a few lip freckles, so it's easy to determine what level of coverage a lip color has.

Maybelline Nearly There, Revlon Creme Brulee

Maybelline Colorsensational Nearly There is a peach brown with small silver (?) shimmer. It's more of a traditional lipstick texture compared to the rest of my items, more pigmentation with less slip and potential for gloppiness. It's not frosty, but the shimmer gives a good dimension to the lips.

Maybelline Nearly There

Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee is sheer caramel tone with small warm shimmer of some sort. It's not too thick, quite glossy finish that can be built up a bit without getting too messy.

Revlon Creme Brulee

L'Oreal Fairst Nude, Sheer Linen; MAC Can't Get Enough

L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse in Sheer Linen is from a relatively new line, it's more similar to Revlon's Colorburst Lip Butters than the other line of Balms from L'Oreal. More pigmentation (than the Balms) but plenty of slip. The texture is thinner than Lip Butters (which helps in building up color) but pigmentation does seem to vary with shade, Sheer Linen is a warm light brown toned nude that is, oddly enough, somewhat sheer.

L'Oreal Sheer Linen

Last up in my brown nudes, MAC Sheen Supreme Can't Get Enough. As you can see from the swatches on my arm above, it can be a little too soft and layer too much product on. It's more pigmented than the previous two, feels fairly moisturizing and I do like the sweet vanilla scent MAC lip products have to be honest! It's a peachy brown nude with small silver shimmer.

MAC Can't Get Enough

Saturday, November 17, 2012

L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss Project Runway Collection - The Mystic's Shine

Now, as you all know, I've been pretty much obsessed with the Laura Mercier Lip Glaces due to their magical powers to keep my lips from peeling - so I've mostly ignored glosses of late. But when I saw this in the Project Runway display, I couldn't resist grabbing it. It's a dense iridescent purple pink shimmer in clear base. I was worried it would be too sheer to show the shimmer on the lips but it does show up well.

I took these pictures with my new lighting at night which has daylight temperature and is very bright, more sparkles would show up with a flash.

Here's the gloss over bare lips, at different angles you can see the flashes of purple/pink. Very pretty!

MAC Glamour Daze Tutorial, A Natural Flirt Ready to Party Video

Hi everyone, I'm mostly back to functional state with a backup computer, whew! Here's a look I filmed back in late October shortly after buying my two shadows from the Glamour Daze collection at MAC that sold out near immediately.

(video link here)

As I opine in the video, limited edition collections with MAC are quite a crock. They build up a huge demand, make a small supply and sell out online and in store within a day. I don't like to contribute to the cycle, but I really wanted to try out this Extra Dimension formula. Another downside to this collection, when the formula was originally launched it was $20 for 0.07oz, this time around it's $19.50 for 0.04oz. It's almost half the size with only 50 cents less in price. Sigh, MAC.

Nevertheless, the shadows are unique to my collection and fun to use. I used A Natural Flirt all over the lid, it's a peachy shade with a slight kind of glowy shimmer. I can't really define it, but sometimes I catch it in the light looking a little pink perhaps? I also used A Natural Flirt as a cheekbone highlight over my cool pink blush Peony Petal that I picked up at a CCO/Cosmetics Company Store (outlet type store for Estee Lauder companies with around 30% off retail, often unsold limited edition products).

For my generous inner corner highlight, I used Ready to Party which is a pinky lilac with an interesting pink shimmer that also has sort of an iridescent shine. Both shadows I applied wet as they are a little sheer when applied dry.

Products used:
  • MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Ready to Party
  • MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in A Natural Flirt
  • Wet 'N Wild ColorIcon Petal Pusher palette
  • Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Underground
  • Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
  • MAC Peony Petal blush (old LE bought at a CCO)
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Gumdrop
On face, I am not 100% sure since I recorded this a while ago but most likely:
  • LORAC Wet/Dry Oil Free Powder in WD1 or Maybelline Fit Me in 110
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer from Undercover Pot UC-1
  • Benefit Powderflage
  • Urban Decay matte shadow in Shakedown (discontinued) on brows
  • elf clear brow gel

Sunday, November 11, 2012

My Everyday Lips with Very Pale Skin, Cool Pinks

And just what is my definition of Very Pale Skin? I am around NC10, MAC Matchmaster 1.0 is a very good match, for spot concealing on my face Amazing Cosmetics concealer in Fair (except that it made me break out like nobody's business) and MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover concealer in #1 are near perfect. 

One thing I found tough when shopping for lipsticks was how different it may be on my skintone compared to others. What might be nude or light on my favorite blogger, it's medium toned and slightly dark or too bright and bold. There's certainly room for deeper, brighter, bolder lips - but I usually focus on eyes and the lips are just a complement. So here's what I found works for my skintone and coloring as an "everyday" light to mid-tone lipsticks!

Here's my bare lips for reference. I have quite a few lip freckles, so it's easy to determine what level of coverage a lip color has.

This time, let's do cool pinks. I wear less cool colors but have been enjoying them more lately for a change of pace.

Maybelline Born With It, Revlon Gumdrop,
Revlon Primrose, Rimmel Airy Fairy

Maybelline Color Sensational Born With It seems mostly neutral, but on the lips for me it leans cool. It has some amount of small silver shimmer that can travel around a little so I'm careful when wiping off my face to wipe inwards. It's a little sheer but builds up to decent coverage. Oh, now that I zoomed in I realized that it's not just silver shimmer, it's multicolored. But unless someone is on your face with a magnifying glass, I don't think it's noticeable. :) Possibly less cool/frosty, but the shimmer is teeny tiny.

Revlon Lip Butter in Gumdrop is a fairly sheer lavender with silver shimmer. It has less color payoff than other Lip Butters I think, and depending on how pigmented your lips are it seems to come off more pink on some. For me, it pulls to the pink side of lavendar.

Last up, Revlon SuperLustrous in Primrose. This was a recent purchase, it's a cream finish and the texture is excellent. It's one of the most comfortable lipsticks I have to put on - not too thick and opaque, not to slippery, not too soft. Just right! It's a cool pink that can be layered on to be a brighter opaque light-medium pink (on me).

What are your favorite cool pink lipsticks? And what skintone are you sporting? Thanks for stopping by, I've got more of my everyday lipsticks for very pale skin to come! Warm pink nudes and my favorite lip gloss! :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

An Update about My Lack of Updates!

Hey guys! So, I've had stuff in the queue I wanted to upload and post about, but I've been having a major problem with my new laptop. As you may or may not know, I am in IT for my job and have been doing this stuff recreationally and as a job for around 17 years. So when I run into a computer problem I can't fix, I get rather frustrated/upset/angry. I've been hacking away at solving it for going on two weeks and getting nowhere. I think it's a drive failure, but I'm not 100% sure. I can't find the receipt and it's still under warranty. I'm tempted to crack it open and replace the drive myself.

Anyway. I've been avoiding dealing with it most days after work, so it's been dragging on a while now and I haven't edited the stuff I have to post. So, I do have stuff coming and I'm trying to move the editing process over to my old machine in the meantime. Thanks for visiting and hanging with me during my computer crisis. :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Everyday Liners, Brown Black Taupe

A while back I swatched my various black, brown, taupe, mystery colors and took a couple pictures - promptly forgot about them! Poor things.

I think I started out comparing blacks and just kept swatching. I have bought a couple travel sets from Urban Decay from hautelook at a really great price, other pencils came in various palettes. They are rather expensive to buy full price, but the formula is good. Milani's Liquif'eye pencils are incredibly creamy, almost to a fault. It can be a little tricky to apply without making a mess. The Tarte emphasEYES Aqua Gel liner was nearly unusable as you'll see below. Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks have an incredibly durable wear against water do I find sometimes they crease a bit with oils. Only an issue for me when in the crease area, work great as liner. Wet 'N Wild pencils are easy to work with and have a nice color selection but they will smudge, smear, transfer if you have issues with that. It's fine for my upper liner, but it's not budgeproof in the slightest.

Bottom row of swatches:
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Whiskey (warm medium brown)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Perversion (intense black)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Zero (medium black)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Demolition (deep brown)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Stray Dog (shimmery medium light gray taupe)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Underground (shimmery warm brown taupe)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Bourbon (medium brown with gold sparkles)
  • Wet 'N Wild ColorIcon pencil Taupe (light taupe)
  • Wet 'N Wild ColorIcon pencil Bronze (..shimmery bronze)
Top row of swatches:
  • Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Liner Black (intense black)
  • Tarte emphasEYES Aqua Gel Liner (intense black)
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick Twilight (shimmery blue gray)

I use most of these liners on a regular basis, though I don't reach for Whiskey terribly often because it has an orange/red type of tone that can make my eyes look irritated when smudged. I do grab for especially the lighter shades of the Urban Decay 24/7 pencils that came in the Naked travel kit (Bourbon, Underground, Stray Dog, Demolition) like Stray Dog and Underground. Doing a thick line across the upper lashline and smudging out - the shimmer gives a nice effect as well as giving definition to my lashline region.

One item that I believe is discontinued though, I had the worst luck with. I am thinking I might have gotten a dud. The Tarte emphasEYES Aqua Gel Liner was too soft and once when trying to put in my waterline for testing it dissolved into this noxious mess that was extremely painful. When trying to apply to the upper lashline, it would usually break off when applying like in the picture below. Bizarre.

I would definitely recommend the travel kits from Urban Decay when on sale, it's a very good value for high quality liners with a lot of shades to choose from! What are your favorite "everyday" liners? Any hidden gems at the drugstore? 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

September 2012 Favorites, with Video

I apologize for being so late on this, I made a video and failed to take any pictures.. and a rascal named Andy (the cat) has been keeping me very busy lately! He's our new cat, we're slowly introducing him to our other cat, Oliver, but he's not too hip on the interloper. :)

I have a video posted where I blab on about these products, link here. It was the first new video I put up with my new camcorder before I had tinkered with any settings or really got it set up in a good way. So, it's not my best work but improvements have been made ;)

I have somewhat come to accept that my skin is so oily that powder foundation really works better for me. I will need to blot right after getting to work with liquid (1.5 hours after applying but being outside for ~20 minutes). With powder, I won't be shiny as soon as I reach the office and can hold off until about 2.5-3.5 hours after applying. I got this LORAC Wet/Dry Oil Free powder in WD1 and it is a good color, has a natural finish without looking powdery and light-medium coverage.

Also a recent acquisition is this NYX Mosaic blush in Rosey. It's a soft and warm light rose pink with a satin finish. It is a little powdery which makes it difficult to swirl around, but I tap my brush a few times around the blush and shake off the excess. Loving the color of it!

And my favorite blush brush used in combination with Rosey is the Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman blush brush. It's big but tapered and fluffy so that you can really control the spot you place the color and blend it out very easily. It's also great for using to apply a setting powder since it's so fluffy and wonderfully soft!

For highlight, I found myself using this Wet 'N Wild ColorIcon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana quite a lot. It's a natural satin sheen with a warm beige color, can warm up and add some shine to a blush! It is also a bit powdery but can be managed easily but slightly tapping in your brush instead of jabbing it in the pan. :)

For a brow combination, this past month I found myself gravitating towards a full and nearer to opaque brow, and the easiest way to apply that was using my Sigma E65 brow brush and my old standby brow color Urban Decay matte shadow in Shakedown (discontinued).

Last but not least, obviously my favorite mascara is the Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara. I have mentioned this a whole bunch since I first got it, here's the Mascara Swatching Series post to see bare lashes and the mascara only. I find it easy to build up the volume I prefer without getting the chunky clumps I dislike. It doesn't flake on me during the day (only a few spots here and there which I don't mind) which is another major annoyance. Still loving it, but sometimes the wand is getting majorly gooped up of late making it a bit difficult. It does also tend to get some little mascara oozing out by the seal of the cap and tube, so watch out for smudged fingers!

Starting from the left is a swatch of the LORAC Wet/Dry powder, NYX Rosey, Wet 'N Wild Reserve Your Cabana and Urban Decay Shakedown.

What products have you been loving lately? Tried any of mine? Let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by, as always. :)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Simple Face, Lashes Brows Lips

So I was taking pictures for my Mascara Swatching Series: Jordana Best Lash Extreme and I had lipstick on, but that was it. Got me thinking about the barebones options for a look and ways to build it up.

I am wearing Maybelline In Style Sienna which is quite bold, has a subtle green pearl which is so fun!

It's a little shocking to see such intense lips and no eye makeup!

After I took pictures for the swatching series, I only had mascara and lipstick on. Isn't it amazing what a difference this makes? I look so much more awake with some definition around my lashline.

And another big impact is coloring in my brows! I used my old stand-by of Urban Decay matte (discontinued) shadow in Shakedown. I would be fine heading out the door with just this! Face has some structure with brows, lashes to look alive and kicking, bold lips to look "done". But, you know, I love makeup so I did keep adding little touches to flesh out my simple face.

I used Physicians Formula NUDE eye palette, swirling the beige and white shimmer over the lid and used a darker taupe at the outer corner/lashline.

To even out my skin a bit and tone down the pink I used Physicians Formula pressed mineral powder in Translucent, Laura Mercier Undercover pot creamy concealer under my eyes (UC-1). On my cheeks, I applied the large square from the CoverGirl Contouring Trio in Perfect Peach and Dior Amber Diamond highlight on cheekbones.

So, there it is! A strong lip, lashes and brows and I'm set. A few other products and it's a full look, but nothing quite has the same impact. What are your major difference-makers in makeup?

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Mascara Swatching Series: Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara

I, simply put, fell in love with this mascara in the first couple days. I happened to be doing videos and blogging while it happened, so evidence of my fawning is all over. It definitely was awesome straight away, which honestly made me a little nervous that it was going to turn into a dud after a week. It did go through a period where I had large clumps of mascara stuck on the brush, but now it's back more to less clumpy three weeks later.

I didn't know anything about it before buying, except that Heidi jalapena2007 mentioned it being like Mally Volumizing and Tarte Lights Camera Lashes. When I did a little looking around after buying and falling in love, apparently this is a semi-well-known hidden gem! It's very highly rated on Makeup Alley by a good chunk of people (rated 4.3 out of 271 people). I bought this at Walgreens for $3.99 and that's the only place I've seen Jordana in store.

It's a traditional bristle brush, they are fairly densely packed together which I feel grabs onto my lashes well.

Yet again we get a similar look as most of my mascaras, but it's very easy for me to achieve my level of volume and coverage of my bare blonde lashes. I don't need to curl my lashes so I can't say much on the lift/curl/hold of the mascara (don't hate me, I have other battles like blonde eyebrows and acne ;)).

I do believe that it would appear slightly different had I swatched in the first week when I fell head over heels in love with the mascara, but not significantly. In the end, I would definitely repurchase, especially at the awesomely low price of $4!

Have you tried Jordana Best Lash Extreme? Had any luck with it? Love to heard from you! Thanks for stopping by, as always. :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

My Highlighter Collection: Powders, with Video

Getting decent pictures of highlighters on my shockingly pale inner arm is harder than I realized. :) My arm is probably NC0-5, for reference. I made a couple videos blabbing about my highlighter collections too.

L to R: Elizabeth Arden, pixi, Physicians Formula,
NARS, pixi (Golden Energy)
I bought the Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Highlighter in Rose Illumination because it had that magical phrase "rose gold" associated with it. It's a pink with a heavy dose of gold shimmer, when applied heavily in a swatch it looks like a good pink base with gold that flashes at angles - but on the cheeks it's mostly just a lovely gold.

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Highlighter in Rose Illumination
pixi All Over Magic in Brightening Radiance

Both the pixi All Over Magic in Brightening Radiance and Physicians Formula Happy Boosters powder in Translucent have a pearl effect, the Physicians Formula can be more pink if you swirl around the cute little heart or avoid it if you like.

Physicians Formula Happy Boosters Powder in Translucent

On the beige/bronze/gold end of the spectrum I have several. I prefer warmer tones in general, though I think for highlighting both work well with my skintone. But warmth works more naturally with my freckled cheeks!

L to R: theBalm, Wet 'N Wild, LORAC, Dior,
 Dior (light strips only)
theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer is a champagne light gold, very shimmery but not metallic. Very pretty and a great deal when you can pick it up discounted on or I believe TJ Maxx sometimes has theBalm? So I have heard at least, I have Marshalls and they rarely have any makeup.

theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer
I only recently picked up Wet 'N Wild ColorIcon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana, it's a light beige type highlighter and it has a nice level of sheen. It's not as shimmery as Mary Lou-Manizer or Dior Amber Diamond, more like the shine from the Physicians Formula Happy Boosters. It is a little powdery and if you really swirl a brush in there will be powder everywhere! But oh, the subtle shine on the cheeks. So worth the very affordable price!

Wet 'N Wild ColorIcon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana
Also in that kind of beige range is LORAC Perfectly Lit Luminizer in Spotlight - but it has an interesting level of seeming coverage. It can smooth out texture on your cheeks a tad, very lovely effect! It's less frosty than Mary Lou-Manizer but does have more shine than Reserve Your Cabana.

LORAC Perfectly Lit Luminzer in Spotlight
And of course, what everyone seems to love above all else - Dior Diorskin Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond. Most just call it Amber Diamond. Surely you know what we mean! I'm not sure why this became such a blogger/youtuber sensation, it is gorgeous and finely milled - but so are many highlighters! I suspect it's the gorgeous packaging and design in the product, having the strips so you can customize a bit the shade you get. It is beautiful, but I wouldn't necessarily say it's an absolute must-have. It's very pigmented, when everything is swirled together it's fairly bronzed looking, extremely shimmery.

Dior Diorskin Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond

Physicians Formula, NARS, pixi, theBalm
Lastly the light golds! Another popular higher end highlighter is NARS Albatross. It's a white light gold, you can see in the swatch it has a fairly strong gold flash while the base is more white. It's smooth, pigmented and quite beautiful! I just wish I hadn't bought this trio which has way more Laguna bronzer than I need and a difficult to use thin strip of Albatross.

NARS trio with Albatross in
the middle (Orgasm blush, Laguna bronzer)
Last thing, I completely forgot to mention in the video, pixi Energy Blush in Golden Energy! I've depotted it and it lives in my z-palette. It's the only highlighter that I have (argh! I just remembered I have a MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Pink Porcelain that's a highlighter with glitter, no less) that has visible sparkles. There are some larger pieces of shimmer and it's a little powdery. It's not my favorite, but it does have a nice light white gold shimmer.

pixi Energy Blush in Golden Energy
So, that's about it! Whew. Not including the Pink Porcelain MSF, oops. What are your favorite powder highlighters? Any that you're dying to try? Want to tempt me into buying something else since clearly I don't have enough?! ;)