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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 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

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below! I promise that next time I want to go this in depth with something, it will be in a video… I’m finishing up the final touches for my YouTube channel to be up and running, so I’ll post something on here as soon as it’s live. You can also go follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, all at lesley_makeup, for lots of photos and videos featuring all kinds of products. It’s also MUCH easier for me to answer questions on those platforms!

*** 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 ***

Since I can’t resist a new highlighter (and who can, right?!), I purchased these during the first launch and have been testing them for quite a while now. I promise you that if you didn’t get these the first time, it will be worth the wait when the restock goes live. If you’re a highlighter addict like me, you will absolutely fall in love with these!

So without further ado, I give you Skin Frosts!

*** If you would like to check out my post for Siberian Gold Skin Frost, please click here ***

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Ice Cold, Peach Goddess, King Tut

The Skin Frost formula is very finely milled and has a buttery sort of texture to it, so they blend out and build up easily. They do vary with color payoff and such, but I’ll cover that in the individual reviews. I would describe the feel of these to be a cross between Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector and the highlighters in Anastasia’s Glow Kits. I also love how the logo is stamped into the product, and surprisingly, it doesn’t seem to fade very quickly, even with frequent use.

They all 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. 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). Fan brushes will actually provide the widest range for levels of color payoff and coverage, depending on how much product you get on them and whether or not you use it dry or damp.

If you want that mega glowing, almost metallic, goddess-from-another-planet type of highlight, 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 these highlighters though, it will happen with any type of powder that you use a wet brush with.

Pro Tip: You can multitask with these! Need an inner corner highlight for your eyes? Pop on the same Skin Frost you used on your cheeks! I use these as eye shadows all the time and I’ll even pop a little bit onto the center of my lips after applying lipstick for a glowy pout without using a gloss.

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All of these are available on the Jeffree Star Cosmetics website and they sell for $29 each. They contain 15g / 0.53oz of product, so they’re absolutely massive and a really good value… In comparison, the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector’s contain 8g / 0.28oz of powder and go for $38, while the Laura Gellar Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator’s contain 4.5g / 0.16oz and sell for $26. The closest high end highlighter, value wise, is MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish, which contains 10g / .35oz and costs $32.

The Skin Frosts are all out of stock as of right now (end of July), but according to Jeffree’s Instagram, there will be a restock of Peach Goddess and King Tut on Thursday, August 11th at 10am PST, and four new shades will also be launching at that time… There’s another shade, Mint Condition, that I did not purchase, so I’m sorry but that one won’t be in this review. I hope to get it eventually, and I’ll be sure to post it when I do!

In addition to these being huge and a great value, the packaging is also really nice. It’s made from a sturdy, bright pink plastic and has a mirror inside that’s the full size of the compact! On the outside, the logo is printed on the lid in a very pretty, metallic pink that looks super cute and classy. Luckily, I haven’t dropped one of these yet, but I’m assuming that due to the soft formula, the powder could potentially be fragile, but that’s how it is with most highlighters. One thing I noticed, and appreciated, is how quickly my order processed and shipped, and how thorough they were with their packaging… These highlighters were wrapped in SO much pink bubble wrap and tissue paper, I think the apocalypse could have happened and my skin frosts still would have survived!

Now for the individual reviews!

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Ice Cold

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Ice Cold


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Ice Cold – Swatch taken outdoors in natural sunlight on NC25-ish skin

Ice Cold:   This Skin Frost is a light creamy color with a warmer type of golden undertone. On me, this is the one that glows the most without having to apply much. However, my skintone ranges from a MAC NC15 to NC25/C3.5 depending on how much my spray tan has faded haha. I feel like this is a shade that so many fair to light beauties have been praying to the makeup gods for. It’s so well pigmented without looking too light once applied, so it makes for the absolute most PERFECT highlight that gives you a beautiful, ethereal glow! Another great thing about this shade is that it’s so neutral that it compliments any blush that you’re using, whether it’s a cool toned pink, or a warmer peach or coral, so it’s something that’s definitely wearable every day.

As I mentioned earlier, Skin Frosts have a very buttery texture and glide right onto the skin with little to no blending required when using the proper brush (the ones I suggested are the best I’ve found, and trust me, I have a billion brushes). Coverage and color payoff are fantastic, but the fluffier the brush, the less you’ll get of either. I find that to be a good thing though, because it makes it easy to customize your level of glow. Wear time seems to be pretty much all day… These don’t fade easily or quickly unless you’re out in some serious heat and humidity, but the rest of your makeup is probably melting off at that point anyway! If I apply a Skin Frost around noon, it’s still there by midnight. With Ice Cold, it can begin to fade about 6 hours after I’ve applied it, but only a little, and it actually ends up looking prettier because it just melts right into the skin, giving the glow a softer, sexier, more magical appearance.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dupes:   MAC’s Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish is very close, but has a cooler, more pastel undertone and not as much pigmentation. Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone has the same type of warm, golden tone, but is a little bit darker. The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer also has the same undertone, but is darker than both Moonstone and Ice Cold. Becca’s Opal is darker and has more of a pink undertone… So I think it’s safe to say that Ice Cold is very unique!

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Peach Goddess

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Peach Goddess – Swatch taken outdoors in natural sunlight on NC25-ish skin

Peach Goddess:   Peach Goddess is a medium, peachy pink with warm undertones. When I’m more tan, this can be subtle if I apply it lightly, but it also looks amazing applied more heavily because it gives a super pretty, warm glow to light/medium to darker skin tones. While I feel like this shade isn’t quite as pigmented as Ice Cold or King Tut, it could also be because once it’s on the skin, it’s more of a warm neutral, even though it looks pretty bold and rosy in the compact itself. I definitely get better color payoff with Peach Goddess when I use a more dense brush (the Real Techniques Shading Brush is my favorite for this shade), and/or use a damp application technique.

Peach Goddess has the same texture as the other Skin Frosts, so it’s a very creamy feeling powder that applies easily. As I said though, the color payoff and coverage may take a heavier or damp application or more layering with this shade. Like Ice Cold, this shade looks beautiful all day with minimal fading… All of that said, when I’m more tan, I tend to reach for Peach Goddess more than any other highlighter because it looks so good with the warmer toned blushes I use during summer! Even if I don’t wear much makeup, this is easy to pop on as a highlight and eye shadow to give my face a little bit more life.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dupes:   In the pan, MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Cheeky Bronze looks very similar, but the texture feels different and it’s not quite as glowy, even if the color is close. Global Glow MSF is darker and less pink, and has some thicker gold shimmer particles in it. MAC’s Soft & Gentle MSF is pretty close, but a little lighter and less rosy toned. Becca’s Champagne Pop is lighter and peachier, while Opal is lighter and has a more golden undertone. Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Peach Glow is the closest dupe I’ve found, but it’s the tiniest big lighter, even though the general color and undertone are very much alike.

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King Tut

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King Tut


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King Tut – Swatch taken outside in natural sunlight on NC25-ish skin

King Tut:   King Tut is a stunning golden color fit for a queen and has subtle warm undertones that are a true golden bronze, rather than a pink or reddish type of undertone found in a lot of deeper shades of highlighters. Even though King Tut looks quite dark in the compact, it blends out without looking too intense, even on lighter skintones. I managed to pull this off as an NC15, and I’ve seen NW/NC50+ rocking this highlighter too, so I would say this is the most versatile of the three Skin Frosts I purchased.

I’m happy to say that the super smooth texture is the same with all of the Skin Frosts. It’s nice to have so much consistency in a product! As far as color payoff and coverage go, like I said, King Tut is the most versatile of the three shades and can be applied and blended out lightly, or really built up to look just like it does in the pan. This shade wore well on me for a solid 8 hours before I noticed any fading, probably because it’s so pigmented, but when it does begin to fade it’s like the others and still gives you a glow, but becomes slightly softer. Now just wait till you get to the dupes… I know some of you diehard MAC fans are going to be VERY happy 😉

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dupes:   Okay so this is the best part… When applied lightly to moderately, King Tut looks a LOT like MAC’s Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish that was limited edition! Whisper of Gilt is just a little lighter, but they’re SUPER close. Another Extra Dimension Skinfinish that’s even more similar to King Tut is Oh Darling, which was limited edition and released during the 2015 holiday season. MAC’s Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish is a little deeper bronze toned and has bigger shimmer particles, but it’s the closest dupe I can find that’s permanent… Of course, being quite pale most of the time, I don’t personally have many golden toned highlighters to sit here and compare King Tut to, so if you know of any awesome dupes, feel free to post them in the comments below!

I figured it’s about time to update the posts for these palettes. I made the original post back when these were released for PRO only, but things have changed since then! The product is still the same, but it’s been available at MAC stores and has been part of the permanent Studio line for some time now. My apologies that these are a bit ugly and used… These are the second round of palettes that I’ve purchased, so they’re pretty new, but they’ve have been put to work in my kit… I had to redo the photos because I have a MUCH better lighting set up and know how to use my camera better now, so these are a more accurate representation of the colors!

Originally, these were designed with the professional makeup artist’s need in mind and released through MAC PRO only, but they’re great to have for personal use as well. Since there are a variety of colors in each palette, it makes it easy to find the right match, either by using them individually or by combining them to create the perfect color. For personal use, these are nice to have because so many people have fluctuations in their skintone between seasons, so you will never run into the “oh no my concealer is too dark/light” dilemma! You can also use these to contour and highlight with if you prefer creams.

The Studio Conceal and Correct palettes are the same size as the Pro Lip Palettes and eye shadow quad palettes. They fit easily into any makeup kit or travel bag and contain a total of 6g / 0.21oz of product… That’s 1g per concealer/corrector, as opposed to the 7g / 0.24oz you get in an individual Studio Finish Concealer. PRO Conceal and Correct Palettes sell for $40. That may or may not seem like a great value to an everyday consumer, but for us professional makeup artists, these are worth every penny due to the convenience factor! These are eligible for the MAC PRO discount as well. You can purchase these at any MAC store or online at www.maccosmetics.com.

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Studio Finish Concealers are SPF35 and packed with nourishing antioxidants. They are highly pigmented and have a creamy consistency that is easily blendable. While they’re suitable for all skin types, if you have a dry under eye area, just make sure to use a lightweight eye cream before you apply your concealer (usually 30 minutes or so prior to doing your makeup)… That will prevent it from looking too dry or emphasizing lines. When I apply concealers or correctors, I like to put on my primer, then put on my foundation, THEN concealer… I know a lot of you may do concealer, then foundation, which is fine too, but you’ll actually use less concealer or corrector if you do it AFTER foundation! This is because when you apply foundation over your concealer, you may be wiping it away or thinning it out, giving you less coverage. If you wanna give it a shot applying your foundation, then concealer/corrector, just be sure to use your foundation brush with whatever product is leftover on there, or beauty blender sponge, gently patting over the concealer after you put it on to blend it in!

You can apply these with natural to full coverage, depending on what type of brush you use. For heavier coverage, you can use a flat concealer brush like a MAC 193, 194, or 195 brush, or a MAC 287 duo-fibre brush… For a lighter application or for more blendability, you can use a fluffier brush like a MAC 217, 222, 224, or my favorite, the 286 duo-fibre brush.

There are four concealers in each palette and two correctors at the bottom. The correctors are made to counteract redness (yellow toned) and to brighten dark areas, like under the eyes, around the nose/mouth, and any scars or spots from blemishes (peach/orange tone).

These wear best when they are set with some type of powder after application… I like using a translucent or transparent finishing powder, such as MAC’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder or MAC Set Powder in Invisible. When set like this, I get at least 8 hours of wear before any fading or movement occurs.

For a brief explanation of how MAC names/codes their products:

W = Warm (typically more pinkish undertones)

NW = Neutral Warm (beige mixed with pink/salmon or red undertones)

N = Neutral (very neutral beige with no apparent pink or yellow tones)

NC = Neutral Cool (beige mixed with yellow/olive undertones)

C = Cool (yellow to olive undertones)

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Concealers and Correctors swatched on NC15 skin.

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Concealers and Correctors swatched on NC15 skin.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

NC40

NC40

NC40:   NC40 is a medium, almost peachy beige with neutral undertones… In the swatch photo, it looks warm, but it’s only because I’m so fair! It actually has cooler-neutral tones on deeper skin tones. It works well to conceal on the face, as well as correct and highlight with, since it’s pretty neutral and doesn’t tend to lean too orange. This concealer can be purchased individually if it’s the only one you need.

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NW40

NW40:   This concealer is a medium-dark, warm beige/brown with orange undertones. I typically use this on dark to deep skin tones to brighten and correct under the eye and around the mouth and nose, if necessary. You can use this to highlight on the face, too. NW40 is also available in the NW40/NC45 Studio Finish Concealer Duo, as well as on its own.

NC42

NC42

NC42:   NC42 is a medium dark, cool toned beige with almost peachy/orange undertones… It looks different on warm or cool skin tones, and I’m so fair that the swatch actually looks a little warmer on me than on most people. Since this color is fairly neutral, it can be used for both under eye correction as well as concealing or highlighting on the face. NC42 can also be bought by itself if you don’t need the entire palette.

NW43

NW43

NW43:   NW43 is a dark, warm brown with somewhat reddish/salmon undertones. It works very well for counteracting dark areas under the eye and around the mouth/nose, as well as any dark spots from blemishes or scarring. You may also use this to highlight with, or to conceal blemishes with if you have about the same skin tone. Even though this is a darker color, it may be too warm for a contour on a lot of people… If you have a medium-dark skin tone, you can try it as a cream bronzer, though! NW43 can be purchased on it’s own but is not part of any of the concealer duos.

Rich Yellow

Rich Yellow

Rich Yellow:   Rich Yellow is a medium , cool yellow and is the corrector color in the palette that’s best for correcting redness, or you can mix it with other concealers to cool them down a bit. You can also mix this with concealers to create a new color for highlighting… Due to the fact that it’s so cool toned and yellow, I don’t necessarily recommend using this under the eyes by itself anyway, because it can make you look a little washed out. Rich Yellow is only available in this palette.

Burnt Coral

Burnt Coral

Burnt Coral:   Burnt Coral is a medium dark, rich, warm toned orange/coral. A corrector like this is awesome at counteracting dark circles under the eyes, as well as any dark spots on the face. However, you don’t just want to put this on without another concealer or at least a bit of your foundation over it… The point of correctors like this is to counteract, but they’ll look a little funky without something similar or lighter than your skin tone blended over them! It’s not necessarily great for highlighting, because it’s so pigmented and orange, but you can mix it with other concealers to warm them up for the purpose of highlighting. Burnt Coral can be purchased in a refill pan from MAC PRO stores or on their website, which fit into the palettes that most people use for eye shadows (you can get those in 2, 4, or 15 pan).