What is in my makeup bag – January 2019!

New year, new project pan, lots of new exciting stuff in my monthly makeup bag. My 2018 project pan has come to an end. I had so much fun with it, but it’s nice to lay down all the products I’ve been using over and over again in 2018, and replace them with my 2019 project pan items! There will be a induction post coming shortly, and also a summary of my 2018 project pan and how it went, so stay tuned for that.

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But for now let’s go through my January goodies!

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I picked two eyeshdow palettes, both from my project pan. The Colourpop Fame palette is a beautiful cool toned neutral palette, and I wanted a cool toned palette in my project because I love cool tones in winter and changing things up are always nice. The second one it the old but famous Lorac Pro palette! I have already used this a lot back in the days when it was new, but I wanted to pull out this old friend again for my project pan. I already have one pan in this palette, so my goal is to reach a second pan.

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For primers and foundations/BB Creams I picked two of each.

  • The Ordinary High-Adherance Silicone Primer – I probably have just a week of use left in this primer, so I put it in this months bag just to finally finish it. Not the biggest fan of it. Does not seem to do that much for me.
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil – This one on the other hand I love! Such a nice hydrating primer, and perfect for winter when I can get a little dry.
  • Holika Holika Petit BB Cream Moustruizing – Nice BB Cream that is a part of my project pan. Nice light coverage and comfy wear.
  • Colourpop No Filter Foundation – Still not sure how I feel about this, but I did add it to my project pan. I want to use it to figure out if I like it enough to repurchase, or if I won’t miss it in my collection.

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  • Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Fresh Powder – Amazing loose setting powder.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder – This is one of my favorite powders. So fine milled and gives a beautiful look to the skin. Not sure if this will last me all month so that’s why I needed two.
  • Smashbox Studio Skin 24 hour Waterproof Concealer – Nice brightening concealer. Don’t really need it to be waterproof, but it last long on the skin.
  • Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer – This is almost empty. Hope to finish this my the end of January. It’s OK, but I don’t love it so I just want to finish it.

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Finally I get to play around with some more blushes!

  • H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blush “Cantaloupe” – Beautiful, easy to wear fool proof everyday color. And it looks lovely on the skin!
  • Physicians Formula Butter Blush “Rosy Pink” – Natural matte pink. These last very long on the skin, and again it’s so easy to apply. Perfect for busy mornings.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush “Ethereal Glow” – These blushes are so beautiful I do understand why they get all that hype! Very soft pink color with a gorgeous glow!
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush “Journey” – The Tarte blushes have been a favorite for quite some time now. This is a nice peachy shade with a very soft satin finish. I am so happy to get to use so many of my favorite blushes this month after struggling so much with my project pan 2018 blush.
  • Makeup Mekka Hypnotic Metallics Single highlighter “Glitz” – This is a new one that I barely swatches, so I am excited to try it out and see what I think of it.

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  • Zoeva Winter Strobe Spectrum – Perfect for winter I guess. And nice to have some options for highlighter.
  • Kiko Flawless Fusion Bronzing Powder – My project pan bronzer. It’s pale enough so I can use it with ease even on my pale winter skin.
  • Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter “Lunch Money” – My only project pan highlighter. As you can tell I already have quite a pan, so my goal is to finish this one completely. If I manage that it will be the first highlighter I complete, but the super shock formula is very easy to go through so I think I can make it.

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All of the lip product this month is from my project pan! So I will get a good start by getting some use out of all of them!

  • Estee Lauder High Gloss “Pearl” – Had this for so many years. It’s a bit pale for me so I think this will work best as a topper over other lipsticks.
  • Too Faced Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lip Gloss – Because it comes out almost clear but looks berry on the lips. Smells delicious too! It’s getting really old so I just want to finish it before it goes bad, but I really used to love this and wear it a lot!
  • H&M Sheer Lipstick “Arabesque” – These lipsticks are fantastic if you want something sheer and easy to wear. Perfect for every day. I love this lippie and would be happy to pick up more shades.
  • MAC Plushglass Lip Gloss – Shade name is worn of my it’s a nice pink.
  • MAC Plushglass Lip Gloss – This one I also lost the shade name of, but it’s more of a purple gloss. These all came it a set a long time ago.
  • MAC Plushglass Lip Gloss “Fashion Fanatic” – The only one that still has a name! A lighter pink gloss.
  • Isadora Jelly Kiss Lipstick “Bare Bliss” – Old fave that is maybe getting too old so it”s time to use it up. Used to be an old favorite as well so it’s not that much left!
  • Clinique Long Lasting GlossWear “Black Honey” – A gloss stick in one end and a liquid gloss in the other. Both in the iconic shade Black Honey.

Do you have a monthly makeup bag, or do you just use whatever you feel like?

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Review: MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish – Whisper Of Gilt!

I finally got my hands on the oh so famous “Whisper of Gilt” shade by MAC. It.s been a part of a couple limited edition releases and the shade has been raved about for years. I have always wanted it, partly out of curiosity, partly out of the fact that I love a good gold highlighter.

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I finally got my hands on this in the Extra Dimension Skinfinish version. Whenever it’s been a part of a limited edition release it has sold out before i could say “Pancakes!”. It  seems like everyone want this, and it’s become a cult product for MAC. But, this time it’s back for good, and is now a part of their permanent Extra Dimension Skinfinish line. Isn’t that fantastic news? I sure think so!

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So, is it worth it’s cult status? Well, an intense gold metallic highlighter that would fit a large range of skintones with a buttery smooth formula….YES! It’s a great highlighter and if you are into golden highlights this is for sure worth an extra look. Maybe not as exclusive as it once was, and maybe it now lacks a bit of that exclusive rare feel to it, but everyone should have a chance to try this beauty.

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It’s not to much more to say really. The formula is great, the shade is great, and the rest is classic MAC. The packaging is their standard black compact with clear lid.

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For the price tag of 34 $ it’s not the cheapest one on the market for sure, and if you are on a budget there are plenty of other golden highlighters to choose one, you should not feel it’s necessary to pick up this exact one because to be fair, a golden shade is not that unique. And if you want a cheap alternative the Kiko Long Lasting Wet & Dry Use Eyeshadow in the shade 208 is a spot on dupe for only 7.90 $. But, if you are a MAC collector this is for sure a nice piece to add to your collection!

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Nabla Glowy Skin Highlighter & Glowy Skin Blush – Review!

I love Nabla as a brand. I discovered them almost two years ago, before they came to BeautyBay and became more available, and I got a few of their single pan eyeshadow sand think their formula is amazing. So since they’ve expanded their makeup line to some new gorgeous products I had to try. And I have even more on the wish list, I mean have you seen their pretty pressed highlighter, their loose powder and concealer? I want them all!

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But now I want to focus in a specific product and that is their Glowy Skin Blush and Glowy Skin Highlighter. These are cream stick products and they got a few different shades to select from, but I went for one blush called “Maybe Baby” and a duochrome pale highlighter called surreal”. They got two blush shades, one slightly darker than the one I ordered, and three highlighters one light, one medium and one dark. So hopefully even though the selection is sparse it will suite for a big range of skin tones!

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It took me some time to learn how to apply these properly. At first attempt I felt like they lifted off the foundation underneath and everything then looked patchy. Not a good look at all. I soon figured out that my mistake was waiting until the foundation had dried. On second attempt when I applied these before the foundation set ended much better and I liked the result. I think these can be a bit troublesome if you have a foundation that dries very quickly, but if you have a minute or two these sticks are super easy to swipe over your cheeks and cheekbones to blend them out.

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The result with both these products are very glowy and natural. These are not for you if you want a strong blush or a beaming highlight because both these products are quite subtle. But they does give the most gorgeous glow to the skin, and I really like how they look. They are perfect for natural skin days, and if you don’t want to go natural and want some more ompfh to your highlight. I had no issues layering powders on top. But just on their own they make you look glowy and healthy, which is not a bad look at all!

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These are not very strong in pigmentation though. I do have a bit of a tan, but I am still of a lighter skin tone, so if you usually have a tan or medium skin I would recommend trying out the darker shades of the range. These guys work for me still with a tan, but I think they will look better when I am paler.

I found that they blend quite easily because the skin seems to warm them up enough fairly quick, and I applied both with fingers, sponges and brushes without facing issues with any of them. My preferred way was the sponge.

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I really do like them though, because they are a good option for the neutral days and to be honest those are most days.

Did you try anything exciting from Nabla I should try too? Leave a note in the comment because this is a bran I want to see more of!

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May Makeup Favorites 2018

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Every month I am so excited about this post, obviously because I have so much good stuff to share with you. I only talk about products that I’ve used a fair bit and truly love the quality of, so they are always so fun to talk to you about. At least I think it is a lot more fun to write and share a great review than a bad one, and these posts are nothing but great reviews of things I’ve loved. I got quite a few highlighters to talk about this month, so are you ready?

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Stile Heaven’s Hue Highlighter “Kitten” – I was inspired to take this out of the drawer after seeing those new shades being released. I purchased his in June 2017, but I had so much makeup coming in at the time so I just used it a few times and put it back in my drawer. Such a shame! I started using this in April actually, and regularly picked it out through May as well, and I do love the gorgeous metallic wet look it gives to my cheeks. I am now eyeing the new shades to try figuring out if theyre are any good shades among the selection I would like to pick up next, because the formula is great and the packaging is gorgeous too. There’s nothing not to like except maybe them being a bit expensive. Totally worth it though.

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H&M Illumination Lustre Powder “Delicate Pearl” – This is a cheap one, which is always great. The quality surprised me though. This one can be both. A light hand will give you a subtle glow, but if you build it up you got a metallic light beam! The formula is smooth and rich and blends out so easy, and best of all, there is no glitter at all! Really a low cost bargain.

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Ora Feelin’ Myself Highlighter Palette – I never tried Ofra highlighters before, so I figured a handy little palette with three of their well known shades would be a nice place to start. The palette has the shades Blissful, Pillow Talk and Rodeo Drive. Blissful is a tiny bit to dark for me right now, but will be no problem later in summer. The other two are perfect all-year-round shade. Also, they are just as intense as everyone say they are. I will for sure get myself more Ofra highlighters because I am for sure feelin’myself glowing when I am wearing these. These are not for the faint of heart!

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Dominique Cosmetics Latte Palette – I was impressed with this first launch from the brand. A handy, well-put together eyeshadow palette for everyday use with a few multi-task colors in there that can be used as setting powder, bronzer or highlighter. Just a very well put together palette with great quality. I am excited to see what else this brand brings out, and I will fur sure pick up the Lemonade palette!

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KissMe Liquid Lipstick “Butterfly” – I have talked over and over again about the KissMe formula so I don’t want to  get into that, but this color is so stunning and I loved wearing this in the evenings throughout May. I just can’t get over how gorgeous the dark fuchsia pink with satin finish is!

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick “Druglord” – I can’t emphasize enough how retarded I look with white matte liquid lipstick on my lips, and we shall not forget how a  blinding white lipstick also makes my teeth look like brown horse teeth in comparison (I had to try though). So obviously this is not my go-to lipstick when I want to look cute.

But this is really great to carve out the crease if I want the color I am layering on top to really pop. Or just a base for any vibrant pale color, or even as an white eyeliner.

It is also a nice mixer if you want to get one of the other liquid lipstick shades a bit paler. So considering it looks like an absolute nightmare on my lips it’s probably my most handy liquid lipstick of them all.

MakeupGeek Blush “Bliss” – I have been using all 5 of my MakeupGeek blushes this month. Off course I use mainly the blush I am panning for my day makeup, but when I get home from work and need to redo my makeup (I run home from work every day and have a shower so I usually apply my makeup again after) I have been reaching a lot for Bliss. Is is the perfect spring blush for me. Peachy but still pale enough to match my skin. It is also so wearable.

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Isadora Bronzing Powder 94 Matte Tan – This is HUGE! with 35 g of product I won’t be running out any time soon. This one is perfect for this time of year. It is way too pale for  me in summer and winter, but right now it is perfect. The powder goes on so smooth and is so blendable as well. It really is fool-proof to apply and always looks nice and even. This really is a gem and I don’t know why I never hear people talk about it!

Do you have any fun favorites this month? Leave a comment!

XOXO

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Becca Apres Ski Glow Face Palette – Review & Swatches!

My first Becca Cosmetics product ever. Yeah, I know I am slow. I missed the Champagne Pop hype, I missed the Prosecco Pop hype, I missed all those raved about highlighters,blushes, primers and bronzers. So, I figured that a  palette with several different products would be a good start to test out my first product from the brand. And to be honest, the packaging really pulled me in!

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There are six different powders in this palette, The firs row has two highlighters ans one blush. The second row has one blush, one highlighter and one bronzer.

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The swatches are arranged from left to right. The three shades from the top row are first, and the three last swatches are the bottom row.

Rose Quartz – Highlighter with a nice soft golden pink hue.

Icicle – White based intense highlighter.

Winter Berry – Glowy pink blush.

Blushed Copper – Coppery shimmery blush (will prefer this as a highlighter on tanned skin. Too shimmery for blush for my taste).

Opal – Their famous highlighter shade.

Bronzed Bondi – Warm glowy bronzer.

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First of all, the highlighters in this palette are stunning. Both rose quartz, icicle and opal works well on my fair winter skin. Icicle and Rose Quartz will probably be a bit too pale for me during summer, but I think Opal should still work well. When I get really tan I think Blushed Copper, which is originally intended as a blush, would be nice as a highlight but I have yet to find out for sure since I’ve been as fair as I get since I purchased this palette.

Winter Berry on the other hand is a beautiful blush, and I got a lot of use out of it. Bronzed Bondi was one of the products I didn’t think I would get that much out of, but it turned out that was the one thing I’ve used the most. I like glowy bronzers, but I though this would have a bit too much shimmer in it. As you can see from the swatch it is not very pigmented, which in my opinion is good when we talk about bronzers because it is much easier to avoid that muddy look with a lass pigmented product I think. It also turned out the amount of shimmer is just right. It makes me look glowy, but I am still not a disco ball by any means. So, as you probably can tell, I have used and love that bronzer a lot!

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So since the quality of the product all over is pretty solid, lets talk packaging! This gorgeous mirrored silver packaging with the frosty pattern on the front is both glamorous, eye-catching and suitable to the name. It feels heavy, sturdy and luxurious. The only downside is that it will collect all your fingerprints.

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This is a limited edition product but still available at several retailers. You do have to spend 54$ to get it though, which is pretty steep. For me it was worth the splurge because I am not very young and I am not a student anymore, so for me 54$ is not really that much. I mean, it is still pricey but it won’t make a significant dent in my economy. Besides since I find good use out of every shade in this palette I get my moneys worth out of it.

But, if I was a student still 54$ would be outrageous and I would have to think long and hard before considering to pick this up. And for many 54$ will always be outrageous. So if you are considering this but think the price is a bit steep I would think if I enjoy highlighters enough to get good use out of three. I would ask myself if I like glowy blushes, because that is what you get here. And I would ask myself if I like a glowy brozer, because if you prefer it to be all matte then maybe this won’t be for you. If any of the answers are “no” it would be  reasonable to ask if it is still worth picking up. It is so easy to fall for limited edition products with stunning packaging but to be honest if you don’t like glowy face powders then this won’t be for you.

If you however are like me and can enjoy both a glowy blush, bronzer AND highlighter then this is well worth that price-tag in my opinion because the quality is all good and everything else about this product is a gem. I am very happy to have this in my collection!

At least I know this will be a highly treasured item in my collection.

What is your favorite Becca product?

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March 2018 Favorite Makeup and Beauty Products!

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I see one disadvantage of having a project pan; It is really hard to get new favorites. I mean, I really like the products I am panning, but since I am working on panning them I don’t necessarily use them because they are my very favorites at the moment, but for the sole reason of hitting that pan. So my favorites for March are not that many, also because I don’t have time to use that much else since I am focusing on my pan projects lately. But some goodies I still managed to really enjoy this month!

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Colourpop Dream St. Eyeshadow Palette: I knew this would be a favorite almost before I got it in the mail. I mean, I knew approximately what to expect regarding quality, and I really like both the shade selection and the aesthetics of the palette. I was not wrong. I played around a lot with this and created a bunch of makeup looks with it (they will be released here soon). I won’t say too much in detail since I will have a review of it soon and I don’t want to spoil all the details, but being one of my favorite things in March I am sure you guessed the review will be good!

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This month I also had my first encounter with Wet N’ Wild. If you can believe that! This brand does not exist in store where I live, so I always had to order it online. I just never got around too it, but now I finally picked up some products I’ve hear people rave about, and I guess you already got that I quite enjoy some of them.

The Wet N’ Wild Photofocus Foundation was a hit for me. Medium coverage with what I would call a natural finish. Not too matte and not too dewy. The longevity was also quite good for being a drugstore product, and it did in the end face away gracefully and did not appear cakey or pathcy at any given time.

The Wet N’ Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette in “Dulce de Leche” was also a pleasant new friendship. I really like both the brightening powder and contouring powder. A bit loosely pressed, so there is quite a bit of kickback in the pan, but I found it so easy to apply and blend that I don’t care. My go-to for the last couple of weeks.

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I have many highlighter favorites this month. Maybe not that strange because this is a product category I did not add to my project pan, giving me the opportunity to play around with new stuff and old treasures alike. I really like the Colourpop In-Nude-Endo Highlighter Palette. The shades are intense and metallic, without the glitter. It gives a high-shine wet look to the face, and the color selection is really nice. I like this a lot better than their first highlighter palette “Gimme More” which is not bad either, but this one is next level fur sure.

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The Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara (in black naturally)  has also been a true go-to. I don’t like it as much as the L’Oreal Parasdise Extatic, but it’s not that far behind either. A very good drugstore mascara overall.

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It’s been a hot minute since my last Sigma Beauty encounter, but I was intrigued by the shades in this Sigma Beauty Chroma Glow Shimmer and Highlighter Palette. Just a bunch of multi-tasking shades (meaning they can be blushtoppers and highlighters alike as well as being pigmented enough to be used on the eyes). My very favorites have been Peaceful and Felicity. Maybe in particular Felicity because it gives a wonderful cool-toned pink glow that I have nothing else alike in my collection. I do enjoy the palette overall simply for the diversity of shades.

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Finally, when the day is over and it all need to come off, this has been a valued friend. I just take a small scoop and massage it all over my face and the makeup melts away like butter. A simple was with a nice cleanser is then all I need for a fresh face with no traces of makeup. Another K-Beauty hit!

What are your favorites this month? Do we share some maybe?

Hope you are having a wonderful Easter Vacation if you celebrate Easter.

XOXO

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Huda Beauty 3D Hgihlighter Palette Winter Solstice – Swatch & Review!

Not to long ago I reviewed another one of these 3D highlighter palettes from Huda Beauty, and I gave it a very good review (read here). But I did also pick up this Winter Solstice palette, and I kept it in my makeup bag in February giving it a very good try.

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I really like the concept of these highlighters with one being a cream which is a bit more subtle, and the other three being powder highlighters meant to layer on top of the cream for a beaming highlight.

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The shade selection here is really pretty. They are colorful, but I actually managed to wear every single one of them and incorporate them in to everyday makeup looks. I have to admit that “Arctic Glow” was a bit of a challenge since I find it hard to pull off blue highlighters for an everyday casual look, but I made it work as a beautiful inner corner highlighter (and no one gave me weird looks!).

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Lets just go through the shades one by one shall we?

Frosted Kiss – This is the melted strobe cream and the only cream highlighter in the palette. It is the most subtle shade of them all, but this is intended to be put down as a base, and to layer the other shades on top. The formula is a bit dense, so I was afraid it could possibly disrupt my foundation, but I found that if I swirl my finger in the product, heating it up with my finger, it applies very nicely. I think this is really pretty on its own, and not just as a base for the other shades, so I did use it quite a bit on its own.

Arctic Glow – Even though this is a beautiful shade I found it to be the least wearable. It is just too blue for me as a highlighter. But in the inner corner or as an eyeshadow topper it is super pretty, so I did get some use out of it even though maybe not as a cheek highlight. By the way, this looks stunning on top of red lipstick if you just pat a bit in the center of the lips!

Norhtern Lights – This one I’ve used a lot. Used with a very light hand it is quite wearable, but if you want a full on yellow gold highlight then you can easily get that as well.

Winter Rose – This one is probably the most used shade out of them. It can be either a beautiful pink highlighter, a blush topper for a bit of extra winter cheek glow, or even both! It has a lilac duo-chrome shift to it which makes it a bit more unique than your regular pink highlight.

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The texture of the powder shades are really creamy, almost dense. It nearly feels as a creamy texture as well, so they are super smooth. I am quite impressed by the quality of Huda Beauty highlighters, and it makes me tempted to grab a few more of her highlighter palettes.

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The pan size is generous so for the 45$ price you get a lot of good quality highlighter for your money. I would easily recommend both the Winter and Summer Solstice palettes, and I am very eager to get my hands on the other palettes.

Did you try any of these 3D highlighter palettes? I would love to hear your thoughts on them!

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

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