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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

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Stargazer

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Stargazer

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Stargazer

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

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Gold Ore

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Gold Ore

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Gold Ore

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Gold Ore

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

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Nova

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Nova

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Nova

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Nova

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 ***

 

 

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Welcome to the best part of this trio of posts covering this collaboration! This one is going to be a brief summary of the products so I can give you all the juicy details and fill you in on how and when to get your paws on the entire bundle.

I know it took a while for me to get this up, but as always, I wanted to extensively test everything so I could give you all my honest opinion. I know I raved about everything in this collection, but I mean it when I say that this is one of the best launches in the makeup world for 2017 so far. It’s honestly going to be hard for many companies to beat something like this!

If you’d like to read the full reviews for the different products in this collection, simply click the links below:

Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA Daddy & I’m Shook Velour Liquid Lipsticks

Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA Eclipse Skin Frost

I go very in depth in those posts so you’ll learn a lot about these products by reading them, if that’s your thing anyway… If not, please enjoy the photos and brief reviews featured in this post. As always, thank you SO much for reading! I really enjoyed testing and playing with everything in this collaboration, so I had lot of fun writing about it. I hope you enjoy the posts for this collab and I definitely hope that you’re able to get it when restock time rolls around! If you have any questions or comments about the Jeffree x Manny collab, leave me a comment below!

You can also get updates on upcoming posts, chat with me, or get sneak peeks of new products that I’ll be testing and reviewing by following me on twitterinstagram, and snapchat, all @ lesley_makeup! I LOVE hearing from you guys and getting to know my readers a little better so don’t hesitate to hit me up!

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Photo taken using natural, diffused sunlight.

As far as I know, this collection is limited edition. Pictured above are the three products that make up this bundle. That means that when you buy this as a set, you get Eclipse Skin Frost as well as Daddy and I’m Shook Velour Liquid Lipsticks for only $50. This can be purchased on www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com. Normally each lippie costs $18 and Skin Frosts sell for $29, so you’re saving $15 and getting a great deal!

Now for the bad news… As of today, 4/29/17, the bundle is currently sold out, as is Daddy Velour Liquid Lipstick. However, according to Jeffree’s Instagram, the bundle will be restocked in early May! You can still buy them individually, except Daddy of course, so check the little tip below on how you can save some money on these products!

If you use the code MANNYMUA it will take 10% off of the products that are part of this collection! Keep in mind that code only works on the these products individually but does not work on the bundle since it’s already offered at a discounted price… What this means is that if you add I’m Shook and Eclipse to your cart either by themselves or along with other JSC products, the 10% will be deducted from those two products.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

As you can see above, the Jeffree x Manny collaboration comes in absolutely stunning special packaging! When you receive this, there’s a sleeve over the box itself that has both the Jeffree Star star logo as well as Manny’s signature crescent moon on it in holographic silver. Once you remove the sleeve, you’ll see a very classy, yet still edgy matte black box with satin finish Jeffree Star and Manny MUA logos all over it… When you flip the lid open, that’s when you might get blinded by the bright, multidimensional, holographic silver insert along with the uniquely patterned/textured boxes! Manny and Jeffree put SO much thought and effort into every single detail in this collaboration, which I really dig! I think it’s great supporting smaller companies that put so much love into their products. I really appreciate it when people want to make their customers feel special and have fun opening a new package that’s been delivered, so thank you, Jeffree and Manny, for bringing that unboxing-like experience to the consumer!

On top of being pretty, both in the boxes and on the face, these products are ALL free from parabens and gluten, as well as vegan and cruelty-free! We all know how much both Manny and Jeffree love their fur babies, so I think it’s great that they show their compassion for animals by making cruelty-free products. ❤

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I’m Shook

If you were wondering what happened with shipping delays after this collaboration launched, read the couple of little paragraphs below… If you just DGAF, keep scrolling past until you get to the fun stuff!

I know there was a major issue with shipping delays, which I experienced as well since I had to set my alarm to buy this collection just the same as anyone else did! My package, as well as many others, took nearly two full weeks to show up on my doorstep after getting both an order confirmation and shipping confirmation and tracking number. Was it frustrating? Yes, but it was also worth the wait!

Based on what I learned from the JSC customer service team, as well as what Jeffree Star brought up on social media, there were just too many orders to physically go out to the postal service within a few days, so while you may have received a tracking number, that means it was printed and slapped onto your box of goodies, but it may have still been sitting in the warehouse waiting for USPS to pick it up and send it out… You have to keep in mind that the sheer volume of orders they received and products they had to box up can be overwhelming. Jeffree Star Cosmetics is a small, private company that just doesn’t have the manpower that someone like MAC, Ulta, Sephora, or even Anastasia Beverly Hills has. They ship out of ONE warehouse, not numerous ones that are scattered all over the US like many larger companies have. Basically, they did the best they could and I have a feeling they may not have even expected to have so many orders places so quickly! When I had questions, their customer service was prompt to respond and put my mind at ease. I understand why many of you were put off by the delay in receiving your packages, but try to have patience when restock comes! I promise you that they appreciate your business very much and will get your products to you ASAP. I’m not saying any of that because I was asked to or anything either… My family owns a small business, which I help run, and it is honestly impossible to please that many people in the short amount of time that you’re expected to sometimes!

That being said, don’t forget to set an alarm or two or seven when it’s restock time because I imagine that the bundle will sell out FAST!

Alright, now that we’ve addressed that little problem, please enjoy the photos and summaries below! (They’re actually just copied and pasted from the larger reviews, but I figured this might be easier and more fun for some of you to read).

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Swatches taken outdoors in natural sunlight.

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I’m Shook

I’m Shook:   This is described as a “beautiful medium toned burnt coral”… I’d say that’s pretty spot on but I do think this can look different on some people depending on their natural lip color and skin tone. For the most part, I would consider this to be a medium to medium-dark pinky-reddish-coral. It can pull more warm or cool on different people, but on me it’s neutral to cool toned, depending on the lighting (as you can see above). The texture feels just like Daddy, being the perfect consistency and applying like a dream. Color payoff pretty much looks like it does in the tube, but I feel like it can pull more pink on people with naturally more bright/pigmented lips. I’ve honestly seen this on several people and in a lot of photos and in my opinion, it looks different on everyone, but that’s great because it seems to adapt to be the most flattering shade for your own unique skin tone! Coverage looked a bit patchy when swatched, but when applied on the lips it was completely even and opaque using very little product. Like Daddy, wear time was about 6 hours before I needed a touchup in the center of the lip and a little over 8 hours before I had any fading around the edges of my lips.

Liners:   Because I’m Shook seems to transform on everyone, you can use SO many different liners with it! A couple of my favorite Lip Pencils from MAC are: Ruby Woo (brighter/more blue based and slightly lighter), Redd (slightly lighter and warmer/more orange-red), Follow Your Heart (more blue-based), Chicory (warmer/more brown), Mahogany (deeper and more brown), and Brick (very similar, only a little more of a blue undertone). Anything with a more blue undertone will cool down the color of this lipstick and if it’s also brighter, it will make it appear more pink. If you use a warmer toned or more brown liner, especially if it’s deeper, it will make this warmer and more neutral. You can also use something with a brighter and more orange color to it so bring out the coral tones in this liquid lipstick. It’s very versatile and fun to play around with, not to mention perfect for summer!

Dupes:   Out of all the liquid lipsticks I have, which is A LOT, I couldn’t find one that was a great dupe for I’m Shook. The closest lip product I found in both color and finish is MAC’s Viva Glam I Lipstick, which is only very slightly more cool toned, but it looks totally different and deeper on the lips than it did when I swatched these next to each other on my hand! It is also just a regular lipstick and not a liquid… It is matte, but it’s not going to wear as long as I’m Shook will.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Daddy

Daddy:   The description on the JSC website says that Daddy is a “gorgeous cool toned brown”, which is entirely accurate… It’s a medium to medium-dark, cool toned brown-nude with some slight greige (grey/beige) undertones and a totally matte finish. The texture is super smooth being creamy, but not too thick and liquidy, but not too watery. It applies easily and evenly. It takes a moment to dry, so just be sure not to blot your lips together or it may get a bit patchy but once it’s set, you’re all good! Color payoff is fantastic and it looks just like it does in the tube. However, Daddy can look darker on lighter skin tones and lighter or more nude on darker skin tones. Also, it may pull slightly more warm or cool, depending on your natural undertone. On me, it looks quite cool, but I have a more yellow undertone to my complexion, so that’s to be expected. I like how it looks a little different on everyone, though, because it makes it more easily wearable. Coverage is fully opaque with very little product applied. I got about 6 hours of wear before this began to fade in the center of my lip, but it lasted closer to 8 hours before I noticed any fading or feathering around the edges of my lip. If you apply a liner, you’ll get even more wear time!

Note: Daddy is not in stock at the moment, but I’m hoping it will restock in early May when the bundle does!

Liners:   While a liner isn’t necessary with this formula, if you want a little more definition or contrast, here are a few of my favorite MAC Lip Pencils from lightest to darkest: Stripdown (very slightly lighter & warmer), Stone (cooler/more grey), Cork (almost identical to Daddy), and Chestnut (a little darker). You can also play with color and use one like Plum (slightly darker and more purple-based) or Mahogany (darker, and warmer/more rusty).

Dupes:   Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Sepia Liquid Lipstick is darker, cooler toned and more grey. MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Flesh Stone is lighter and cooler, and Cafe Au Chic, of the same MAC formula, is also cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Eclipse swatched in natural sunlight.

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Eclipse

Eclipse:   On the JSC website, this is described as a “blinding pale icy peach” which is pretty accurate! It’s a light, peachy-champagne color with pretty neutral undertones, which makes it flattering on any skin tone! Depending on how heavily you apply it or if you use it dry or damp, it can be anything from a sheer, soft sheen up to a blinding, intense metallic glow. The texture is very buttery so it applies and blends out easily without getting patchy at all. Color payoff looks just like it does in the pan, but may look slightly warmer or cooler depending on your own skin tone… That’s sort of what makes this usable for everyone, though, so it’s a good thing! The coverage ranges from sheer to completely opaque, depending on how you apply it which I will explain below. Wear time was a solid 12 hours before I noticed any fading and that applies to the face, body and eyes! My skin has been a little oily and it’s been humid here too, so I imagine that some people may get an even longer wear time with Eclipse than I did!

Dupes:   The closest thing I found to Eclipse is Crushed Pearl from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit, which is a little more peachy. It’s also no longer being sold on the ABH website or at Sephora, so Eclipse it definitely worth picking up! As far as other Skin Frosts go, Ice cold is lighter and more of an icy pearl color and Princess Cut is more pink.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

*** 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 ***

I really wanted to take my time to test out the products I got from this AMAZING collaboration, so that’s why it’s taken me some time to get this post up but trust me, it’s worth the wait! Because I took so many photos of the products in this collab, this particular post will be over the Skin Frost only but I’ll also be making posts for the Velour Liquid Lipsticks and another as a summary of the bundle… Cool with you? Okay! Now let’s get down to business…

This is a limited edition Skin Frost that I reeeeally wish would become permanent because it’s unlike any of the other colors from Jeffree Star Cosmetics and it’s flattering on literally everyone. You can purchase this from www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com for $29. Eclipse contains 15 g / 0.53 oz of product, just like the other Skin Frosts. As I’ve mentioned in other Skin Frost posts, this is a great buy, considering that Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector costs $38 and only contains 8 g / 0.28 oz, and MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish costs $33 and contains 10 g / 0.35 oz of product. There are other highlighters on the market that cost even more, but those are two well know ones that I randomly chose for comparison purposes. This Skin Frost does not contain any paraben or gluten, is vegan and most importantly, it’s cruelty-free! ❤

If you use the code MANNYMUA it will take 10% off of the products that are part of this collection! Keep in mind that code only works on the these products individually but does not work on the bundle since it’s already offered at a discounted price… What this means is that if you add I’m Shook and Eclipse to your cart either by themselves or along with other JSC products, the 10% will be deducted from those two products.

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First off, let’s talk about how gorgeous this packaging is! It’s made the same way the other Skin Frost compacts are, including the awesomely huge mirror inside the lid. Instead of being Jeffree’s signature pink color, it’s an elegant but still edgy matte black with silver, holographic accents featuring the JSC logo on the lid. On the back, the label is black with bright pink text. I love this whole design because it’s the perfect mixture what you think of when Jeffree and Manny come to mind, which is exactly what a collaboration should be! Even the box it comes in is unique and has this really different, eye-catching, multidimensional design/texture that is SO pretty! On the front of the box is Manny’s crescent moon and Jeffree’s star, just like the ones stamped onto the highlighter itself. When you receive this in the bundle, all three products come in a special box too, which I’ll show you photos of in the post that summarizes the bundle as a whole. That post will be up as soon as I’m done with the Velour Liquid Lipstick post and I’ll link it here once I get it finished!

This post is going to be pretty photo-heavy because I had a blast photographing this, so just keep scrolling if you want to learn more about the highlighter itself as well as some of my favorite application tips and tricks!

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As for the Skin Frost itself, the formula for Eclipse is fantastic and is pretty much everything your little heart could desire in a highlighter! Even though this is a powder, it’s so smooth that it almost feels creamy. To me, the texture is very similar to Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfectors and Anastasia Beverly Hills’ highlighters that come in the Glow Kits. I feel like Eclipse in particular is smoother than some of the other Skin Frosts I have… It’s a lot like Peach Goddess or Princess Cut, rather that ones like Siberian Gold or King Tut. I think this is because it has more sheen and less micro-glitter particles. I mean even the Skin Frosts that have more little shimmery bits are still very smooth, but Eclipse almost gives the skin more of a wet-like glow than a glittery reflects. It’s SUPER pigmented too, so you don’t have to apply much product to get a stunning highlight that can be seen from the heavens!

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but occasionally I’ll get a highlighter that contains some kind of micro-shimmery bits that give me an allergic reaction and tons of little red bumps on my face but NONE of Jeffree’s products have ever done that to me, so I just want to add that Eclipse is sensitive skin friendly! It’s also a versatile product that’s safe to use on the face, eye, lips, and body, so that’s a major plus, especially since Eclipse contains enough highlighter to last you a lifetime!

For swatches, dupes, an overall rating and brief summary of the product including color description, finish, wear time, etc, keep scrolling past all of the photos! Application tips will also be listed below!

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography. Eclipse swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken outdoors using natural sunlight. Eclipse swatched on NC20 skin.

Eclipse:   On the JSC website, this is described as a “blinding pale icy peach” which is pretty accurate! It’s a light, peachy-champagne color with pretty neutral undertones, which makes it flattering on any skin tone! Depending on how heavily you apply it or if you use it dry or damp, it can be anything from a sheer, soft sheen up to a blinding, intense metallic glow. The texture is very buttery so it applies and blends out easily without getting patchy at all. Color payoff looks just like it does in the pan, but may look slightly warmer or cooler depending on your own skin tone… That’s sort of what makes this usable for everyone, though, so it’s a good thing! The coverage ranges from sheer to completely opaque, depending on how you apply it which I will explain below. Wear time was a solid 12 hours before I noticed any fading and that applies to the face, body and eyes! My skin has been a little oily and it’s been humid here too, so I imagine that some people may get an even longer wear time with Eclipse than I did!

Dupes:   The closest thing I found to Eclipse is Crushed Pearl from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit, which is a little more peachy. It’s also no longer being sold on the ABH website or at Sephora, so Eclipse it definitely worth picking up! As far as other Skin Frosts go, Ice cold is lighter and more of an icy pearl color and Princess Cut is more pink.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Application:

In my experience, Skin Frosts apply best with a small-ish, preferably tapered, somewhat dense, 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, they give you anything from a light, subtle glow up to something more intense, depending on how much you apply and layer the Skin Frost (you can even layer 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 Skin Frost 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, goddess-from-another-planet type of highlight that can practically be seen from space, 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 icky crusty buildup on your highlighter that will make it difficult to use later on. That’s not something unique to Skin Frosts, 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 if you feel like you need to be a little extra that day! The versatility with Skin Frosts is one of the qualities I love about them most, especially as a makeup artist who needs good multitaskers in my kit.

Now for the only negative thing I have to say about Skin Frosts in general… These are not great for very oily areas of the face, but this applies to ANY highlighter! You’ll want to avoid any areas that get slick and shiny, such as the nose, forehead, chin, or apples of the cheeks. 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, eyes, or lips. Also, if you have very large pores or serious amounts of texture, highlighters also emphasize that sort of thing. Just be sure to keep it away from those type of areas and you’ll be golden (literally).

Pro Tip & Uses: 

You can use Skin Frosts for MANY things! Need an inner corner highlight for your eyes? Pop this baby on 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 other Skin Frosts or highlighters, or even over a blush if you need that cheek to really gleam! (not necessarily recommended on the apple of the cheek if you’re oily). 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, just like any other highlighter. It wears well even in those areas! A little bit on the cupid’s bow will give you a glowy, more pouty look… Speaking of the lips, after putting on your lipstick/balm/whatever, you can apply this onto the center of the lips using a small brush (fluffy or dense, depending on the intensity you desire) or your finger to emphasize that pucker! Oh and did I mention how cool this looks all over on TOP of lipstick or under a gloss for a metallic lip? Because there’s that too… Like I said, this is one of the best multitasking products I’ve ever purchased or used, so it’s a must have for any makeup lover! Even if it’s not this particular shade, I definitely recommend at least checking out a Skin Frost.

 

*** 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 ***

 

 

This is one of those products that I bought AGES ago when it first came out and it just sat there forever until I recently picked it up and absolutely fell in love with it! It’s the type of moisturizer that you can wear alone if you want a healthy glow but don’t want to wear makeup, or you can wear it under your foundation or even mix it WITH your foundation to create a base with extra luminosity. Glowstarters come in three colors but I’ll only be reviewing Nude Glow in this post.

Glamglow’s Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer is a permanent product which sells for $49 and can be purchased directly from www.glamglow.com, Sephora, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, and many other retailers. It contains 50 g (or ml) / 1.7 oz of product, which is pretty average for a higher end moisturizer in this price range. Glamglow is a cruelty-free company, so this product was not tested on animals ❤

If you sign up for emails on Glamglow’s website, you get a 15% off code! Also, if you act now, they have a friends and family discount code that will take 25% off of your entire purchase. The code is FF25OFF and it expires on Monday, 5/1/17 at 11:59PM Pacific Time.

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The packaging for this is your basic little tub but it’s SO pretty! It’s a bright silver with the Glamglow star on the top of the screw-on lid. It feels heavy but not bulky and it’s sturdy enough to live through being tossed in a travel or gym bag. It also seems to hold up well  when dropped onto a tile floor (I’ve dropped mine at least half a dozen times and it hasn’t even cracked). It’s easy to get all of the product out too since there’s no awkward shape or lip to the container, so you won’t waste a drop of this moisturizer!

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The formula isn’t too thin and fluid-like, but it’s also not super thick and creamy… It almost feels whipped but not in a dry, poofy sort of way… If that makes any sense. It has a slick, almost cooling feel to it but isn’t greasy at all. I guess the best way to describe this is just exactly what it is, which is SUPER moisturizing without being sticky or heavy. It absorbs quickly so you don’t have to worry about waiting a long time between applying this and then your makeup. I actually like to use this right before putting on my foundation or primer, if I even decide to use one along with this product. Glowstarters have a tropical, almost creamsicle-like scent, which I like but that’s me… It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, though. The scent does fades after a little while, so you don’t have to worry about walking around smelling sweet and fruity all day!

According to Glamglow, and also based on my personal experience with this product as well as my experience using this in my makeup kit, Glowstarters are suitable for all skin types. That said, if your skin is sensitive to things which are scented or have very small pearlescent particles, you may want to try a test area before applying this to your entire face. Personally, my skin varies between dry and combination depending on the time of year but I can use this year round without getting overly shiny or oily. If you have oily skin and don’t want any extra glow, this product may not be for you or you could just mix a small amount in with your foundation for a healthy hint of luminosity. Also, if you have larger pores, this moisturizer can emphasize them a little bit, like many shimmery products can, so that’s something else to keep in mind. I’ll go over different techniques of using this product below the summary for this particular shade of Glowstarter.

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I’m only reviewing Nude Glow today but you can choose from three different Glowstarter colors. Pearl Glow is the lightest and is a pearlescent white, Nude Glow is the medium color and is a pearlescent pink, and Sun Glow is the darkest and is a pearlescent bronze. The great thing is that all skin tones can use all of these colors! If worn alone, I would recommend Pearl Glow for fair to light skin, Nude Glow for light to medium dark skin, and Sun Glow for medium to deep skin. You can also use the different colors to lighten or deepen your foundation if mixed together, or use the different colors on different areas of your face, much like doing a very sheer, subtle base, contour, or highlight with a glow. In the summer, I have a pretty medium skin tone and prefer Nude Glow most of the time but I will reach for Sun Glow if I want to look a little more bronzed.

Glowstarters are hydrating enough to use as your daily moisturizer and contain all sorts of beneficial ingredients such as vitamins, botanicals, hyaluronic acid, and Glamglow’s own Teaoxi golden root technology which instantly gives you boost of moisture that lasts all day. One of my favorite ingredients in Glowstarters is green tea extract, which helps to soothe the skin. They also contain emollients like ceramides, jojoba oil, shea butter, and a top secret, special lipid-complex that’s going to infuse your skin with moisture and keep that moisture locked in all day long. The pearlescent particles in these moisturizers add to the glowing effect, reflecting light and helping to blur out imperfections. For me, when I wear this alone, I feel like I have one of those naturally radiant looking filters on my face (think flower crown filter on snapchat minus your skin color being all blown out and bright… And without having to walk around with flowers on your head lol).

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Photo taken indoors using natural, diffused sunlight PLUS a ring light. Glowstarter swatched on NC25 skin.

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Photo taken indoors using a ring light only. Glowstarter swatched on NC25 skin. 

Nude Glow:   This is a light, sheer peachy-champagne type of nude with warm undertones and a soft golden sheen. The texture is very smooth and almost feels cooling when applied. It has a medium consistency, falling right between a lotion and a cream so it isn’t runny but also isn’t so thick that you need to warm it up on your fingers before putting it on. The color payoff and amount of shimmer is obviously not going to be as pigmented or intense as it is in the pot, but that’s to be expected with this type of product. Coverage is the same way… While it’s not going to be anywhere near opaque, you will get an even amount of glow without any patchiness. Wear time is actually really nice for a radiant, shimmery moisturizer… When worn alone, I don’t notice the shine beginning to fade away in most areas until I have it on for about 10-12 hours unless I get hot or it’s exceptionally humid, then it may fade a bit faster because the glow will slide off right along with your sweat!

I’m not going to give this the typical rating since many parts of that don’t apply to this product, but we’ll try it this way:

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Hydration:  5

Luminosity:   4

Texture:   5

Scent:   5

Packaging:   5

Application Tips:

Worn alone or as a moisturizer:   

Gently rub or pat this into clean, dried skin, avoiding the eye area. You may also apply this to your shoulders, arms, legs, décolletage, or anywhere else on your body for a sexy, goddess-like glow. If you are wearing primer and other makeup over this, let it soak in for about 10-15 minutes, then you’re good to go with your normal makeup routine! This technique is great for all skin types.

Worn as a primer:

Apply lightly to your face after letting your usual moisturizer soak in for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Let this absorb for about a minute, then apply your foundation directly over the Glowstarter. At this point, it will be tacky enough that your foundation will adhere to it like it would any other primer. This technique is best for dry to normal skin types.

Mixed in with foundation as a luminizer:

You can mix in as much or as little as you want! The more you mix in, the more sheered out and glowy your foundation will become, while the less you add, the more coverage you’ll have with your base and the more subtle the glow will be. You can also mix this with something like MAC’s Select Cover-Up or Pro Longwear Concealers to create a beautiful, luminous foundation that will still give you a good amount of coverage, since concealers are typically more pigmented than foundations are. You can use this trick no matter what type of skin type you have but if you’re oily, you will want to use a very small amount of Glowstarter in your mixture.

Worn as a highlighter:

As with any liquid highlighter, you’ll want to pat this onto the high planes of your face (cheekbones, tip and bridge of nose, above the brow bone, on the cupid’s bow, etc). I like to use my fingers for this method. You may add a powder highlighter over it to intensify the glow but it’s not necessary to set with a powder if you want a softer, more natural look.

 

 

*** 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 ***

 

 

I was so excited when I saw that Anastasia Beverly Hills was going to do another colorful Glow Kit! I had played around with Moonchild for a bit and fell in love with that one, so of course I bought Aurora the day it launched. I do realize that for some people, this may be a little too “out there” as far as colors go but they’re pretty versatile, so don’t judge this palette too quickly! If you’d like more details about this palette, please keep reading and as always, thank you for stopping by to check out the blog!

Without further ado, here are the basics…

Aurora is a permanent addition to ABH’s Glow Kit lineup, so don’t worry about getting your hands on it! For now, it’s only available for purchase from www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com, but will be available from Sephora in June, according to information given out on ABH’s Instagram. This glow kit sells for $40, like most others, and contains a total of 25.2 g / 0.9 oz of product, with each pan containing 4.2 g / 0.15 oz. Keep in mind the Aurora and Moonchild are the same size, so the actual size of this palette is smaller than the other 6-pan Glow Kits but it’s mostly just the size of the packaging and shape of the pans that makes the difference. Compared to the Nicole Guerriero’s Glow Kit, which contains a total of 27 g / 0.96 oz of product, it’s not THAT much less of a value! As with all of ABH’s products, this Glow Kit is cruelty-free and Aurora is also vegan ❤

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The packaging of this palette is the same type as the other Glow Kits from ABH, only smaller. I actually like this smaller size since it takes up less space in my kit and makeup drawer. Also like the others, it comes in a sleeve that you can slide it into for storage. This is nice if you’re afraid it may pop open in your makeup bag or during travel. That said, the magnetic closures work well and keep it safely closed in most situations. I know I’ve mentioned this with every other ABH Glow Kit and it’s really my only complaint about the packaging, but I wish they’d pop a mirror into these palettes!

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Like all ABH Glow Kits, these pans contain powder highlighters, although they are very finely milled and almost feel like a cream. The formula in this palette varies, depending on the amount and size of the micro-glitter particles. As I mentioned earlier, this Glow Kit is certainly more colorful than most, but it’s also unique and versatile… Not only do I love the Aurora Glow Kit because of it’s versatility, but products like this are inspiring to me. They make me want to try new looks and be more creative, which is something I appreciate, especially from the standpoint of a professional makeup artist. If you’re a MUA or just like to post selfies rocking more artistic makeup looks, you’ll LOVE how these highlighters look in photographs!

Since these may be used wet or dry on the face, body, eyes, etc, I’ll go over application tips and tricks below the individual reviews. Like I said, it’s pretty versatile, so if this type of product is new to you, you might learn a thing or two by checking out that part of this post! Also, please leave me a comment and let me know if you have any favorites in this Glow Kit or tricks on how you like to use the different shades in Aurora!

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Glow Kit swatched on NC25 skin.

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Eclipse:   On ABH’s website, Eclipse is described as “pink champagne pearl with a peach reflect”. That’s pretty spot-on… This is a light, neutral to warm toned pinky-nude with a peachy-golden sheen. Eclipse can look a bit cooler on deeper skin tones than on more fair to medium-dark skin but it’s stunning on anyone! The texture is smooth and applies very evenly, but it doesn’t feel quite so buttery as the highlighters in the 4-pan Glow Kits… Probably due to the fact that this has very finely milled micro-shimmer particles. Color payoff is a little lighter and brighter on the skin than in the pan, but that’s to be expected with this type of high-reflects formula. You won’t really see the true level of reflects in the pan like you will on the skin, and it’s much more intense in person than in photos or swatches. Coverage is full if you pack this on or use your finger when applying this to an area like your eyelid or inner corner. If you’re applying this as an actual highlighter, you’ll want to use a fluffier type of brush, which I will provide suggestions for in the applications section below the reviews. On both the face and eyes, I got 7-8 hours of wear before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   As far as the base color goes, Eclipse falls somewhere between Hard Candy from the Gleam Glow Kit and Daydream from the Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit. It’s less pink than Hard Candy and less peach than Daydream, but has the same type of shimmer that Daydream does. MAC’s Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish was the closest dupe I found… It’s very, very close to Eclipse in both base color and the color of the multi-dimensional sheen it also has.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Luna:   According to the ABH website, this is “mother of pearl with an icy orchid reflect”. Luna is a light pearly color with a cool toned, almost platinum sheen. It looks a bit different once applied, looking like more like a white gold color on lighter skin, and a brighter, more cool toned platinum-pearl on darker skin tones. It felt a little smoother than Eclipse since it doesn’t have as much micro-shimmer in it. The color payoff is great, but it looks cooler toned and lighter on the skin than in the pan. Coverage is easily made fully opaque using little product, so go in with a light hand unless you want to be seen from space (but I mean, who doesn’t want that sometimes, right?!). This wore for about 7 hours on the eyes and over 9 hours on the face before it began to fade or disappear.

Dupes:   It’s actually incredibly similar to Jeffree Star’s Princess Cut Skin Frost, but has more micro-shimmer and iridescence. lighter and much less pink than Pink Heart from the Moonchild Glow Kit. It’s also slightly darker, warmer toned and less platinum than Forever Lit from the Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Spectra:   This is described as a “sparkling lilac pearl with an iridescent blue-green reflect”. In the pan it looks like a grayish purple with almost pink reflects BUT on the skin, it’s a medium to medium-dark, cool toned pinky-lilac with aqua/teal reflects and sheen, but the sheen can also pick up pink tones at times too. The lighter your skin tone, the softer the color looks. If you have a dark to deep skin tone, this will look more pigmented and show the pinky/purple iridescence more boldly than on fair to medium skin. It’s VERY multi-dimensional and iridescent when applied heavily. Spectra has a bit more texture to it than Luna did but it’s still incredibly smooth. Color payoff is good with both light and heavy applications, so don’t worry, you can use this on the face even though it looks quite dark in the pan. Coverage didn’t seem as intense as some other shades in this palette when swatched, although it still looked opaque when packed on with a brush. Since Spectra is so pigmented, it’s kind of nice not having the heavier type of coverage because it makes application on the face a little less intimidating if you’re not used to these type of highlighters! Wear time was great! I got about 8 hours of wear on the eye and 10 on the face.

Dupes:   The closest dupe I found was Sassy Grape from ABH’s Sweets Glow Kit, although it’s cooler toned, more purple, and completely lacks any micro-shimmer or iridescent sheen. MAC’s Soft Frost Extra Dimension Highlighter is also more cool toned, lavender, and has no micro-shimmer or reflects. When I find time this week, I’ll go through my MAC Pigments and eye shadows to see if I find any dupes. I have a feeling one or two may be similar to Spectra.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Helia:   On the ABH website, Helia is described as a “yellow gold pearl with a turquoise reflect”. It is a light-medium, cool toned yellow-gold with a pearl and teal/aqua sheen. In the pan, this looks like more of a tarnished gold than it does once applied… On fair to medium skin it looks more pastel yellow-gold, and on dark to deep skin it looks like more of a bright, true gold. The reflects/sheen color remains about the same on all skin tones. Helia felt slightly less smooth than Luna, but smoother than Spectra. Color payoff is good, but it is lighter and brighter on the skin than in the pan. Coverage was a little patchy when swatched, but if you apply it to the eyelid with a dense brush, it’s fully opaque. I do appreciate this because I find it easier to apply to the face and then build up and layer if I want it to look more noticeable. I didn’t notice any fading until 6-7 hours on the eyes and 7-8 hours on the face.

Dupes:   From ABH’s Sweets Glow Kit, Marshmallow is very close to Helia, but is slightly less gold and doesn’t have any iridescence or shimmery bits. MAC’s Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Highlighter has the same kind of reflects, but the base color and sheen are warmer toned and have a hint more rose gold. Lucky Clover from the Moonchild Glow Kit looks similar in the pan but is MUCH more green once applied, so don’t let the pan colors in these palettes fool you!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Orion:   According to ABH, Orion is a “blue pearl with a purple amethyst reflect”. In the pan, it’s a medium aqua color with cool toned purple and silver reflects. On fair to medium or medium-dark skin this looks much more like a pale, icy blue with a soft lavender/silver sheen, while on dark to deep skin tones Orion appears as more of a pastel blue but still has the same lavender/silver sheen. Orion was not the smoothest highlighter in this Glow Kit… It felt similar to Spectra and was drier than the others in this palette. Color payoff is very pigmented but is lighter on the skin. This shade was a bit patchy when swatched and also like Spectra, it didn’t apply as heavily but can still be built up for full coverage. Wear time was only about 6 hours on the eyes and 6 1/2 – 7 hours on the the face and body, probably due to the drier texture.

Dupes:   This is just one of those super unique colors that you’re pretty much not going to find a dupe for in highlighter form. There may be one hiding in my eye shadows or pigments, though, so I’ll take a peek at those later in the week!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Lyra:   ABH describes Lyra as a “rose gold pearl with a champagne orchid reflect”. In the pan, it’s a very warm toned, medium peachy-orange gold with white gold reflects. When applied to fair to medium skin, it’s a light, very peachy-pink rose gold with a pinky-purple sheen. On medium dark to deep skin, Lyra is more of a medium peachy rose gold and has the same color of reflects and sheen, but it looks more pigmented. This shade has more micro-shimmer than some others in this Glow Kit but it’s still pretty smooth. Color payoff is fantastic but like the rest of the highlighters in this palette, it looks a little lighter once applied. Coverage is fantastic and wasn’t patchy at all when swatched or applied. Wear time was around 7 hours on the eyes and 9 hours on the facee and body.

Dupes:   Glo Getter from the Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit is close in color, but it’s more peachy and intense and lacks the iridescence that Lyra has. Jeffree Star’s Peach Goddess Skin Frost is also close, but lighter and has no micro-shimmer bits in it. MAC’s Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Highlighter is the closest dupe I found, but it’s slightly more pink.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Application:

For the face and cheekbone area, you can apply these with varying color payoff and intensity, so not matter what kind of look you prefer, it’s easy to achieve with this Glow Kit. If you like a more subtle, natural type of glow, I suggest using these dry with a fan brush or fluffy brush like a Real Techniques Setting Brush (pink handle), a MAC 188 Duo-Fibre Brush, or my favorite, the Anastasia Beverly Hills A23 Brush. For a more intense finish or even a truly metallic type of glow, you can use the same brushes but spray the brush with a setting spray or something like MAC’s Fix+ BEFORE applying it, but AFTER dipping your brush into the pan… If you dampen your brush then touch it to the product, you can make the highlighter itself develop a hard, icky layer of “crust” on top that makes it difficult to use in the future.

If you’d like to use these as an eye shadow, I recommend applying a primer first, like Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pots (my personal favorites to use on myself or on anyone are Soft Ochre and Painterly). It’s not necessary, but if you feel like these stick to your primer too much it’s a good idea to take whatever is left on your powder brush or a light, skin tone shade of eye shadow and lightly dust it on top of the primer… This will set it and make everything you apply on top blend out easily and evenly!  For a softer look, you’ll want to use these dry with a brush like a MAC 239 Shader Brush for the lid or brow bone, or something like MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush for an even lighter application on the lid or below the brow. If you’d like a higher amount of color payoff and a more metallic finish, you’ll want to use the same damp application technique I mentioned above, but use a flat brush like a MAC 242 Shader Brush, 239, or my new favorite, an ABH A2. Using your finger to pat these onto the lid will also give you a look/finish somewhere between a dry and damp application with a brush. For an inner corner highlight, I usually reach for a smaller, more precise brush like a MAC 219 Pencil Brush or a Real Techniques Detailer Brush (yellow/gold handle).

  • Pro Tip:   If you would like these to appear as pigmented, bright and iridescent as possible, try applying them over a darker cream shadow, such as MAC’s Pro Longer Paint Pot in Blackground! Anytime you put a powder product with iridescence or duo-chrome effects over a dark primer, it transforms it to a whole new color!

You can also use these on the lips with a lipstick, balm or gloss if you want to add anything from a soft sheen all the way up to metallic finish. To get a heavier, more metallic look, I like to use my finger or something like the MAC 242 or ABH A2 brush, or any lip brush, packing it onto the lip. For a more subtle glow, I prefer applying it lightly with my finger using very little product, or dusting it on with any fluffy blending brush. It usually works best if you do this on top of a lipstick or balm. If you’re using this with a gloss, it can be tricky to apply on top if the gloss is very heavy or sticky, so I suggest using either your finger or just applying it under a more sheer gloss!

*** 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 ***

Anastasia Beverly Hills has teamed up with YouTube guru Nicole Guerriero for a brand new Glow Kit packed with six gorgeous highlighters that will make everyone look and feel like a glowing goddess! Since I’m sure you’re all just as excited about this Glow Kit as I am, we’ll get right into the basics…

This Glow Kit is available from www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com, www.sephora.com, and at Sephora stores (though as of today, 3/18, it is currently sold out on Sephora’s website). It sells for $40 and contains a total of 27 g / 0.96 oz of product, with each pan weighing in at 4.5 g / 0.16 oz. In comparison, the other Glow Kits from ABH that have 4 highlighters contain only 0.08 oz more product. In my opinion, this is a great value since you get about the same amount of product with two additional colors for the same price!

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The packaging of this palette is the same type as the other Glow Kits from ABH, being slim and lightweight so it’s easy to stash in your makeup bag or drawer. Also like the others, it comes in a sleeve that you can slide it into for storage. This is nice if you’re afraid it may pop open in your makeup bag, but it does stay closed well by using the magic of magnets, even without the sleeve. The only thing I don’t love about these palettes is the lack of a mirror… I realize it would make it a little heavier, but I definitely think it would come in handy, especially if you’re traveling with this!

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* I had to redo this photo on a different day, with different lighting because my lights used for photography died on me, so that’s why the color of the packaging and lighting may look slightly different than in other photos *

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Even though these are powders highlighters, they all feel pretty creamy with a texture that is smooth and very bendable. That said, they do feel a slightly less creamy than most of the shades in the other Glow Kits from Anastasia Beverly Hills, but I think it’s because these contain more of a finely milled micro-glitter rather than just having a sheen to them… Don’t worry, though, that doesn’t make these rough at all! While some very fair or very deep skintones may not feel comfortable using every single color in here as an actual highlighter, these are a multitasking type of product… Even if you don’t use all of these as a highlighter for the face, you’ll find other uses for them! As a makeup artist, it’s great to have a product like this in my kit since there’s a wide range in colors and undertones and I can use them for different purposes. If you’re a MUA looking for a new highlighter palette, I definitely recommend picking this up! Anastasia Beverly Hills has a great program for professional makeup artists too, so you may want to look into that if you do this stuff for a living.

Since this is can be used for different things, I’m going to get pretty detailed in the application section, so just keep scrolling if you want to see the individual reviews and photos!

Application:

For the face and cheekbone area, you can apply these with varying color payoff and intensity, so not matter what kind of look you prefer, it’s easy to achieve with this Glow Kit. If you like a more subtle, natural type of glow, I suggest using these dry with a fan brush or fluffy brush like a Real Techniques Setting Brush (pink handle), a MAC 188 Duo-Fibre Brush, or my favorite, the Anastasia Beverly Hills A23 Brush. For a more intense finish or even a truly metallic type of glow, you can use the same brushes but spray the brush with a setting spray or something like MAC’s Fix+ BEFORE applying it, but AFTER dipping your brush into the pan… If you dampen your brush then touch it to the product, you can make the highlighter itself develop a hard, icky layer of “crust” on top that makes it difficult to use in the future.

If you’d like to use these as an eye shadow, I recommend applying a primer first, like Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pots (my personal favorites to use on myself or on anyone are Soft Ochre and Painterly). It’s not necessary, but if you feel like these stick to your primer too much it’s a good idea to take whatever is left on your powder brush or a light, skin tone shade of eye shadow and lightly dust it on top of the primer… This will set it and make everything you apply on top blend out easily and evenly!  For a softer look, you’ll want to use these dry with a brush like a MAC 239 Shader Brush for the lid or brow bone, or something like MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush for an even lighter application on the lid or below the brow. If you’d like a higher amount of color payoff and a more metallic finish, you’ll want to use the same damp application technique I mentioned above, but use a flat brush like a MAC 242 Shader Brush, 239, or my new favorite, an ABH A2. Using your finger to pat these onto the lid will also give you a look/finish somewhere between a dry and damp application with a brush. For an inner corner highlight, I usually reach for a smaller, more precise brush like a MAC 219 Pencil Brush or a Real Techniques Detailer Brush (yellow/gold handle).

You can also use these on the lips with a lipstick, balm or gloss if you want to add anything from a soft sheen all the way up to metallic finish. To get a heavier, more metallic look, I like to use my finger or something like the MAC 242 or ABH A2 brush, or any lip brush, packing it onto the lip. For a more subtle glow, I prefer applying it lightly with my finger using very little product, or dusting it on with any fluffy blending brush. It usually works best if you do this on top of a lipstick or balm. If you’re using this with a gloss, it can be tricky to apply on top if the gloss is very heavy or sticky, so I suggest using either your finger or just applying it under a more sheer gloss!

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Photo taken with natural daylight.

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Photo taken in a lightbox with studio lighting.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Highlighters swatched on NC15 skin.

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Photo taken indoors with natural, indirect sunlight.

I’m going to include a swatch photo using my indoor studio lighting tomorrow once I get things fixed!

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Kitty Kat

Kitty Kat:   This shade is described as a “pink with a platinum reflect” and is a medium, warm toned peachy pink with a cooler toned, platinum shimmer. The texture of Kitty Kat felt incredibly buttery and glided on with no fallout. Color payoff and coverage are both great and this looks just like it does in the pan without having to use much product. The color really comes through even when using a lighter type of application too, which is nice. I didn’t notice any fading until about the 7-8 hour mark when worn on the face or eyes.

Dupes:   Starburst, from the ABH Gleam Glow Kit is close, but it’s less shimmery and also less pink than Kitty Kat. Jeffree Star’s Peach Goddess Skin Frost is similar, but is darker and more peachy.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Forever Young

Forever Young:   ABH describes this highlighter as a “pink pearl with a silver reflect”. It is a light, pretty neutral toned pinky-nude with a cool toned, silvery sheen. Forever Young has a creamy texture and seems to have less, or more finely milled shimmer particles in it than some of the other highlighters in this Glow Kit, so it applies very easily and has zero fallout. It has fantastic color payoff no matter how light handed you are and full coverage when applied more heavily. Wear time was about 8 hours before I had any fading occur on the face/cheeks, and it lasted around 7 hours on the eyes.

Dupes:   Tourmaline, from the Sundipped Glow Kit, is in the same type of color family, but it’s quite a bit darker and cooler toned. Becca’s Opal Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector is also close, but is slightly warmer and has more of a rose-gold undertone.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Daydream

Daydream:   On the website, the shade is said to be a “coral with a white gold reflect”, which is very accurate. It’s a medium, warm toned peachy-coral with a warm, creamy-golden sheen. Daydream has the more intense type of shimmer/micro-glitter in it so while it feels smooth, it’s also a little more dry than something like Forever Young, but still applies easily and doesn’t cause any fallout. It was a nice surprise to see what intense pigmentation this has when applied, even lightly, since that’s so rare with this type of color. Coverage is anywhere from light to fully opaque but due to how pigmented this shade is, I recommend using a light hand if you’re on the fairer side of the skintone spectrum… In MAC terms, I’m NC15 and made the mistake of going in too heavily with this product, which made me a little more peachy than I wanted to be! This lasted on me for 8 hours on both the eyes and face before it began to fade.

Dupes:   Taffy, from ABH’s Sweets Glow Kit, is very close but is a bit lighter and more golden/less coral. Jeffree Star’s Peach Goddess Skin Frost is much more pink. Daydream is honestly pretty unique, so it’s tricky to find a dupe for!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Forever Lit

Forever Lit:   Anastasia Beverly Hills describes this as a “platinum with a lavender reflect”… It is a very light, creamy white gold/platinum with neutral to cool undertones overall, but the lavender reflects make it look truly cool toned once applied. It seems to have very few, if any, micro-glitter particles in it so it feels incredibly creamy. Color payoff is superb, especially for a highligher this light. The only difference between how it looks in the pan vs once it’s applied is, like I mentioned, how the undertone of the sheen makes it look much cooler on the skin than it does in the palette. Also, due to this being so light and cool toned, if you have a dark to deep, warmer skintone, this color may be a little too cool for the cheeks unless you’re looking for a light, iridescent look, so just make sure you use a light hand with Forever Lit at first! Coverage is fully opaque if you want it to be, or it can give you a very soft, ethereal glow when applied lightly. I had no fading until I had this on for about 8-9 hours.

Dupes:   I didn’t really find anything similar to Forever Lit… I’m thinking that something from the Moonchild Glow Kit might be close, but I don’t have that one to compare it to yet! I’m ordering it tonight, though, so I’ll let you know if I find a dupe in there!

From the Sweets Glow Kit, Marshmallow is much more yellow/golden and is slightly darker. Summer, from the Sun Dipped Glow Kit, is also darker and more golden, and same with Sunburst from the That Glow Glow Kit. Crushed Pearl, from the Gleam Glow Kit is also a little darker, but is more neutral to almost warm toned. Jeffree Star’s Ice Cold Skin Frost is the lightest highlighter that I have and it’s even a little darker, warmer, and more creamy/golden in color. MAC’s Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish is very light, like Forever Lit, but is much more iridescent and purple.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Glo Getter

Glo Getter:   This is described as a “champagne with a rose reflect” and is a medium, warm toned, champagne shade with a warm, rose gold sheen. The texture feels buttery, probably because this highlighter has some shimmery particles in it but not so much as a few of the other shades in this palette do. It applies easily and evenly with true-to-pan color payoff and full coverage even when using little product, so if you have a fairer skin tone you’ll want to use a lighter hand! I got about 8 hours of wear on both the eyes and face with Glo Getter.

Dupes:   From ABH’s That Glow Glow Kit, Bubbly is close but has no micro-shimmer to it and is also a bit lighter and more tan, as well as less warm toned. Jeffree Star’s Siberian Gold Skin Frost is cooler toned and darker.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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143:   ABH refers to this as a “rose gold with a bronze reflect”… It’s a medium, neutral to warm toned soft bronze color with a warmer, rose gold sheen. This one has a fair amount of micro-shimmer to it and felt drier than the others in this Glow Kit, but it still applied alright as a highlighter. It is, however, the only one I had any type of dustiness with, which caused a small amount of fallout when applied dry as an eye shadow. Color payoff is good but it looks lighter and warmer on the skin than it does in the pan. Coverage wasn’t full, but this is likely due to the drier texture. This problem is easily solved by applying this damp if you’re looking to use it as an eye shadow. Wear time was about 7 hours before it got patchy or faded on the cheek. On the eyes, I got just over 6 hours of wear before I noticed any creasing or fading.

Dupes:   From the ABH Sun Dipped Glow Kit, Bronzed looks sort of similar in the pan but is much darker and cooler once applied. Bubbly, from the That Glow Glow Kit, actually looks pretty close once applied but it’s a bit lighter and less pigmented. It also has no shimmery particles. Jeffree Star’s Siberian Gold Skin Frost is the closest dupe I found and is only very slightly cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

*** 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 ***

I feel like everyone is after the perfect glow these days, so I couldn’t resist picking up one of the newer shades of Jeffree Star’s Skin Frosts! If you read my last review for Peach Goddess, King Tut, and Ice Cold, you know how much of a fan of this formula I am. I have NEVER felt such a buttery textured highlighter formula that applies so evenly and also wears so well. Another great thing about Siberian Gold and pretty much all of the Skin Frosts I’ve tried will work on ALL skin tones (aside from a few of the more colorful or deeply pigmented ones that are more for fun anyway)! And I mean this is suitable for everyone from myself, who in MAC terms is NC10-NC15, all the way up to deeper skin tones like NC/NW 50 or 55+. It all depends on your own preference and the way you apply it, but Siberian Gold shouldn’t make anyone look washed out or be too obvious, unless you want it to be! To be honest, I’m pretty sure I need them all, but for now we’ll just chat about Siberian Gold…

We’ll start with the basics: This Skin Frost is a permanent shade and is available on www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com. It sells for $29 and contains 15g / 0.53oz of product, which is a major value, considering that Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector costs $38 and only contains 8g / 0.28oz, and MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish costs $33 and contains 10g / 0.35oz of product… There are oodles of other highlighters that are smaller and cost more too. As far as ingredients go, Siberian Gold is vegan, talc-free, gluten-free, paraben-free and best of all, cruelty-free!

Warning: I’m going to get pretty in-depth with this review because it’s a product I really believe in as a makeup lover and makeup artist alike, which is rare because I’m super picky, so be prepared! If you don’t want all of the little details and application tips, please scroll down to the pics and summary!

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The Skin Frost formula is very finely milled and has a soft, buttery texture to it so you’re able to blend it out or build it up and layer it easily. I would describe the texture to be somewhat like Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector and the highlighters in Anastasia’s Glow Kits, only this typically feels less dry and more luxurious! Another major plus to this formula, for me anyway, is that it doesn’t break me out. I have very sensitive skin that’s prone to getting those pesky, irritated bumps that are more of an allergic reaction than acne, alllllll over any area where I use certain products like highlighters. These are the type of bumps that can turn into little bitty whiteheads… I’m not sure if you know what I mean but if you’ve had it happen, you know how horrible they are! Anyway, this happens for me with most products that contain micro-shimmer particles, whether it’s a liquid or a powder. I’m not sure exactly which ingredient is the culprit but I have purchased SO many highlighters that have done that to me and it’s always such a bummer. Fortunately, none of the four Skin Frosts I own cause that reaction, so thank you, Jeffree Star, for using quality ingredients that are sensitive skin friendly!

You get a TON of product in the pan (almost twice as much as most highlighters on the market), and Skin Frosts come in some seriously sturdy, yet still girly, barbie-pink packaging. On the inside of the lid there is a very clear, legit (as in not that flimsy stuff that distorts and gets scratched and crackled looking) mirror that’s plenty big enough to do your full face while on the go or traveling. Because the Skin Frost formula can be a slightly fragile, I feel like the packaging is heavier and more hardcore than most so it can serve as a pink suit of armor. I’ve dropped mine a few times and haven’t had any of them break yet, but I could see it potentially happening… This is nothing new for any type or brand of highlighter, though. It’s common due to the creamy, finely milled formulas that highlighters use and it’s nothing to deter you from giving this a go! I also love how the logo is stamped onto the product and surprisingly, it doesn’t seem to fade quickly, even with frequent use. I don’t usually love stamped products, but this is done in a very demure and classy way.

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Application:

In my experience, Skin Frosts apply best with a small-ish, preferably tapered, somewhat dense, fluffy brush like Anastasia’s A23, Real Techniques Setting Brush (the one with the pink handle), or MAC’s 133 Brush. Used dry, they give you anything from a light, subtle glow up to something more intense, depending on how much you apply and layer the Skin Frost (you can even layer 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) 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 Skin Frost with less product and a lighter hand using the brushes I already mentioned.

If you want that mega glowing, almost metallic, goddess-from-another-planet type of highlight that can practically be seen from space, 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 icky crusty buildup on your highlighter that will make it difficult to use later on. That’s not something unique to Skin Frosts, 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 if you feel like you need to be a little extra that day! The versatility with Skin Frosts is one of the qualities I love about them most, especially as a makeup artist who needs good multitaskers in my kit.

Now for the only negative thing I have to say about Skin Frosts in general… These are not great for very oily areas of the face, but this applies to ANY highlighter! You’ll want to avoid any areas that get slick and shiny, such as the nose, forehead, chin, or apples of the cheeks. 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, eyes, or lips. Also, if you have very large pores or serious amounts of texture, highlighters also emphasize that sort of thing. Just be sure to keep it away from those type of areas and you’ll be golden (literally).

Pro Tip & Uses: 

You can use Skin Frosts for MANY things! Need an inner corner highlight for your eyes? Pop this baby on with a small brush like a MAC 219 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 for the lid and brow bone areas for a dry application, or a MAC 242 for a damp application. As I mentioned, you can layer this product, whether it’s with other Skin Frosts or highlighters, or even over a blush if you need that cheek to really gleam! (not necessarily recommended on the apple of the cheek if you’re oily). Using a fluffier brush like a MAC 224 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, just like any other highlighter. It wears well even in those areas! A little bit on the cupid’s bow will give you a glowy, more pouty look… Speaking of the lips, after putting on your lipstick/balm/whatever, you can apply this onto the center of the lips using a small brush (fluffy or dense, depending on the intensity you desire) or your finger to emphasize that pucker! Oh and did I mention how cool this looks all over on TOP of lipstick or under a gloss for a metallic lip? Because there’s that too… Like I said, this is one of the best multitasking products I’ve ever purchased or used, so it’s a must have for any makeup lover! Even if it’s not this particular shade, I definitely recommend at least checking out a Skin Frost.

 

 

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Siberian Gold snatched on MAC NC15 skin.

Siberian Gold:   This is described as a “soft pale champagne gold”, which is spot on! It’s a light, soft gold with subtle champagne color and a slightly warm undertone. The finish can be anywhere from a natural glow to full blown metallic, depending on how you apply it (see above application tips). The texture is super smooth and buttery, which makes Siberian Gold very easy to apply no matter how you use it. Color payoff varies, also depending on how much you apply, but it reflects (get it?!) the color in the pan very well. Coverage is the same deal… If you want, it can be full cover and metallic as a shadow or something like that, or it can be barely there as a super soft highlight. It wears well all day with little fading. On the eyes, I like to apply this over a primer like a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot to make sure it stays in place and I get 8-12 hours of wear like that. Like any shimmery product, it can fade more quickly and crease if you wear it in the actual crease, so I don’t necessarily recommend doing that. On the face as a highlight, it lasts 10-14 hours on the tops of my cheekbones, with fading beginning around the 8-10 hour mark. It fades very evenly without looking patchy, though, so you don’t have to worry about random highlighter blobs on your face! On the nose, I notice fading around the 6-10 hour mark, depending on how oily or hot I am that day, but it doesn’t seem to get patchy in that area either.

Dupes:   The closest Skin Frost I have to Siberian Gold is King Tut, which is darker and more of a warm, rich gold. Ice Cold is much lighter and more of a white gold, so Siberian Gold is sort of like if King Tut and Ice Cold had a beautiful, glowing baby.

Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfectors are sort of similar in formula, but Moonstone is considerably lighter, Opal is lighter and has more of a peachy undertone to it, and Champagne Pop is slightly lighter and MUCH more peachy.

MAC’s Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are not the same sort of texture, although they’re very smooth, but they aren’t as pigmented. Oh Darling (soon to be permanent from what I’ve heard) is close in color, though more of a yellow gold. The old limited edition classic, Whisper of Gilt, is lighter and more of a soft, peachy-champagne gold. Mineralize Skinfinishes are also not quite the same formula-wise, and I haven’t found a great dupe in those either… Soft & Gentle is a warmer, more peachy-pink nude and Cheeky Bronze is darker once applied, warmer, and more of a peachy, rosy bronze.

Anastasia Beverly Hills has SO many highlighters and the formula is similar, but a bit more dry with most of ABH’s. Siberian Gold is somewhere in between Glow Getter and 143 from the new Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit. From the Sweets Glow Kit, Butterscotch is pretty close, but it’s a a bit lighter and cooler toned and has larger shimmer particles. Compared to the shades in the That Glow Glow Kit, Siberian Gold is similar to Golden Bronze, but a little lighter and warmer, while Dripping In Gold from the same Glow Kit is lighter.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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*** 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 ***