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Lethal Cosmetics Eviscerate Magnetic Pressed Highlighter Review & Swatches

Eviscerate

Lethal Cosmetics Eviscerate Magnetic Pressed Highlighter ($18.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a pale white with warmer undertones and a sparkling, slightly frosted finish.

  • Semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation
  • Soft, slightly more loosely-pressed
  • Applied evenly, best blended out with a denser brush
  • Long-wearing (8 hours)

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • OFRA Glazed Donut (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Moonlit Violet Highlight (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild Glow Watcher (LE, $4.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Anastasia Luna (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Haus Labs Moonstone (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Anastasia Icy (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Makeup by Mario Quartz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Anastasia Star (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar).
  • Give Me Glow Snowflake (P, $17.25) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • MAC Let It Glow (LE, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$18.00/0.18 oz. – $100.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a “radiant glow” that is “never glittery” and long-wearing. The pigmentation ranged from semi-opaque to opaque, but all were buildable if desired. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable without being too firmly nor too loosely-pressed, which made it easy to adjust pressure or use with both feathery and denser brushes to change the application results.

The finish was more luminous and glowing without being overtly shimmery for most shades.

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Moira Golden Glow Sun Glow Face and Body Bronzer Review & Swatches

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Flesh Beauty Twitch (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar).
  • Pat McGrath Bronze (Highlighter) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar).
  • NARS Deep Down (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar).
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantalize (54) (P, $45.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Dark (03) (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Glacial Rose (LE, $50.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Acting Up (P, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • MAC Golden Bronze (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • YSL Bronze Gold (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Glossier Play Deep Copper (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$12.00/0.53 oz. – $22.64 Per Ounce

The Sun Glow Bronzer formula is supposed to combine luminosity with bronzer. It had a noticeable coconut scent when the commpact is open, though I did not get much scent when I wore the products.

They were quite pigmented with a smooth, more velvety texture that had no powderiness but wasn’t stiff or difficult to pick up evenly with a brush. The powder applied evenly to bare skin and diffused well along the edges. They lasted eight hours on me before fading a bit.

Browse all of our Moira Sun Glow Face and Body Bronzer swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Silica, Polyisobutene, Magnesium Myristate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyethylene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Sunflower Seed Oil, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Prunus Amygdalus

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Kaleidos Ecstasy Mono Blush Review & Swatches

Sunburnt

Kaleidos Ecstasy Mono Blush ($18.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a bright, almost neon, peachy orange with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It wasn’t quite as yellow-toned as other light and bright orange blushes I’ve come across, but it wasn’t pink/red enough to be more of a coral either, so it ended up being a more unique hue.

It had a moderately powdery texture, so there was a bit of kick up in the pan, though it seemed to apply with full coverage wasn’t prone to sheering out (unless I wanted it to) and was blendable. This shade lasted well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$18.00/0.18 oz. – $100.00 Per Ounce

The formula is described as being “blendable” and “long-lasting” with a “soft-matte” finish. The blushes were pigmented, blendable, and easy enough to work with, though they were lightly to moderately powdery (depending on the shade), so I felt like they did not sit as well on drier areas of my skin. They seemed to work particularly well over foundation, though. They wore for eight hours on me before showing signs of fading.

Browse all of our Kaleidos Mono Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Paraffin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Boron Nitride, Silica, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Magnesium Myristate, Caprylyl Glycol, Lauroyl Lysine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Methicone, Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

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ColourPop It’s a Small World Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

It’s a Small World

ColourPop It’s a Small World 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($18.00 for 0.3 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that contained a mix of matte, shimmer, and glitter shades (one glitter to be precise!). The quality of the shimmer shades was below average for the brand, and in general, while the mattes were pigmented, blendable, and more consistent with the brand’s matte formula.

Ingredients

Hello

Hello is a light, yellowed peach with warmer undertones and a matte finish.

  • Opaque color coverage
  • Soft, finely-milled, somewhat powdery
  • Applied evenly and was blendable
  • Long-wearing (7.5 hours before fading visibly)

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

These are the dupes the editor has pulled but not yet rated and officially entered.

  • LORAC Chip In (LE, $19.00).
  • Sephora Alabaster (PiP, ).
  • LORAC Chantilly (PiP, $19.00).
  • Sephora Canvas (LE, ).
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose in the Air #5 (PiP, ).
  • Anastasia Fresh (P, $12.00).
  • Ciate My Tribe (LE, ).
  • LORAC Cozy (LE, $19.00).
  • Viseart Peche (Sable) (P, ).
  • Tarte Rock On (LE, ).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. – $90.00 Per Ounce

The new Pressed Powder Shadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with an “ultra-velvety and silky” texture that is “long-wearing” and “adheres easily to the eyes.” Most of the shades have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation that applies well to bare skin, blends out without issue, and lasts for seven to eight hours.

The matte eyeshadows tend to

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Moira Eye Contact, Sending Me, Goldstar Diamond Daze Liquid Shadow Reviews & Swatches

Moira Eye Contact Diamond Daze Liquid Shadow ($8.50 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium copper that seemed to have a very sheer/clear base, despite seeming quite dark and coppery initially, paired with lighter flecks of silver and copper glitter.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

These are the dupes the editor has pulled but not yet rated and officially entered.

  • Stila Sunset Fire (LE, $24.00).
  • Urban Decay Maiden (LE, ).
  • Lancome Midnight Haze (LE, $19.00).
  • MAC Shiver of Delight (LE, $18.00).
  • ColourPop Stargirl (LE, $6.00).
  • Sephora Demanding (31) (P, $9.00).
  • Too Faced Sweet Spot (P, $22.00).
  • ColourPop 20 Something (P, $4.50).
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild Nude Awakening #10 (PiP, ).
  • Viseart Suede (PiP, ).

Formula Overview

$8.50/0.1 oz. – $85.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “no fallout” and will not crease while “glid[ing] on effortlessly.” There did not seem to be a specific callout with respect to opacity, and the actual opacity ranged from sheer to more opaque with most being semi-sheer. The brand’s promotional swatches/demo images showed the shades as fully opaque in coverage, though.

The consistency was very watery initially; thin, fluid, and on the more watery side so that it was hard to apply the product evenly. I tried to use my fingertips but found that my fingertips seemed to absorb the formula and caused it to dry down faster, which turned it into a gummy consistency–this was even harder to manipulate and even out! I would

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