Speed Reviews: Volume VIII

MAC Studio Fix Perfecting Powder
Claims—Sheer coverage :: helps control oil :: sets makeup without disturbing color :: sets makeup :: matte finish :: nourishing ingredients :: won’t feel dry on the skin
Price—$29 at Nordstrom, maccosmetics.com
Shade Range—8
My Shade—Extra Light
Pros—Worked well on my dry skin :: finely milled :: mess proof packaging :: non-acnegenic :: set without caking
Cons—No shade match for me :: not cruelty free :: expensive
Final Thoughts—Lightest shade darkened my foundation :: great formula though :: I got at Marshalls for $12.99! :: Packaging is fine if you use a brush, but I prefer a sponge or puff so I don’t like it. However, I  get that it is appealing to others


MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Highlighter
Claims—Prismatic reflections :: luminous, well-defined finish : creamy formula :: lasts up to 10 hours :: adds the perfect glow to the skin
Price—$36 at Ulta, Nordstrom, maccosmetics.com
Shade Range—7
My Shade—Double Gleam
Pros—Buildable, can get a subtle look or an intense glow :: long lasting :: STUNNING glow :: sleek compact :: no glitter :: perfect for my fair skin
Cons—Not cruelty free ::  expensive
Final Thoughts—Another Marshall’s find for $12.99 and what a dang steal :: Jessica Braun has raved about this and I totally understand why she loves it so much :: It’s a STUNNING highlight that is the most perfect gold/champagne tone for my fair skin :: I don’t know that I would pay $36 for it, that’s pretty steep, but it’s a great formula and shade


Milk Makeup Matte Cream Bronzer
Claims—Hydrating ingredients :: buildable, blendable color :: instant, natural-looking glow :: can be used to contour
Price—$30 at Sephora, milkmakeup.com :: $18 mini
Shade Range—2
My Shade—Baked
Pros—Easy to blend :: creamy formula :: mini option for travel/testing :: vegan :: cruelty free :: little bit goes a long way :: sun-kissed glow :: buildable :: not muddy on the skin
Cons—Expensive :: shade range :: availability  
Final Thoughts—Great formula, very creamy & easy to blend :: need more shades—Baked is the lightest & I had to go in with a VERY light hand so it would work on my fair skin :: I got for $9.99 at Marhsalls and I definitely wouldn’t pay $30. There are cheaper cream bronzers out there :: I like the formula, but I definitely don’t get all the hype surrounding this product


Tarte Shape Tape Glow Powder
Claims—Radiant baked finishing powder :: Amazonian clay absorbs excess oil :: Diamond complex reflects light to neutralize skin discoloration, dullness, and darkness :: no glitter or shimmer :: soothe & soften the skin
Price—$29 at Ulta, tartecosmetics.com :: $15 mini
Shade Range—3
My Shade—Sunlit
Pros—Talc-free :: vegan :: cruelty free :: mini for travel/testing
Cons—Shade range :: expensive :: availability (Ulta exclusive) :: no shade match for me
Final Thoughts—The lightest shade is too dark for me :: I used it as a finishing powder & a setting powder and it darkened my foundation :: Returned


NARS Sunkissed Bronzing Cream
Claims—Velvety, cream-to-powder bronzing hybrid :: soft-matte finish :: blends seamlessly :: sun kissed warmth
Price—$38 at Sephora, Nordstrom
Shade Range—2
My Shade—Laguna
Pros—Creamy :: easy to blend :: little goes a long way :: buildable :: sleek packaging
Cons—Limited edition :: not cruelty free :: expensive
Final Thoughts—Worth every single penny! If cream products intimidate you, try this one. :: so easy to blend and gives the perfect amount of warmth without looking muddy :: WAY better than the Milk Stick


Kosas Cloud Set Baked Setting & Smoothing Powder
Claims—Soft, sheer setting and smoothing powder :: gives the most smooth, blurred, healthy look every :: feels like nothing :: diffused natural finish of a loose powder in a no-mess pressed powder
Price—$34 at Sephora, Nordstrom
Shade Range—10
My Shade—Airy
Pros—Shade range :: vegan :: cruelty free :: non-comedogenic :: locked foundation in place :: smoothed :: great on my dry skin :: lightweight :: agree with all claims
Cons—Expensive
Final Thoughts—Dry skin dream! My complexion looked FLAWLESS :: healthy glow without being overly dewy :: works well as a finishing or setting powder :: I normally prefer loose powders, but I love this

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