Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, reddish brown with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $68.00) is warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a limited edition bronzing powder for the holidays, which is supposed to give the face an “enhanced and illuminated” effect, and it is scented with the brand’s Shalimar scent (which is noticeable in the pan and to a lesser degree, on the skin). The consistency was soft, just a smidgen dusty, but very blendable and forgiving on the skin, as it didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. There was fine shimmer in the powder that translated to more of a satiny sheen as it was blended and buffed on my skin, so the finish looked natural and luminous but not shimmery or metallic. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Terra India
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%

Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Perles

Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Perles ($65.00 for 0.80 oz.) is a translucent, gold-sparkled finishing powder. Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Perles du Dragon (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Liu (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Light (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Perles de Nuit (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This year’s holiday Meteorites Perles are supposed to have three shades: “pink to refresh, gold to illuminate, and a touch of blue to softly correct the complexion.” It is dominated by a lot of smaller gold pearls with a few larger pink and minty green pearls, and when I swatched and used it, it was mostly a translucent, yellowish powder with gold micro-sparkle. This year’s Meteorites is more noticeable on the skin as a result, and the effect is one of the subtlest I’ve seen out of all the Meteorites I’ve tried. I think those who enjoy using this product and aren’t as concerned about a noticeable effect will be happy with their purchase, but as a fan of the product, I still found the difference to be incredibly subtle. What I noticed, for the most part, was that it gave my skin a warmer, slightly brighter look overall with fine sparkle all over the skin. It had no impact on the wear of my base products, and the sparkles were still visible eight hours later (when I tested for wear on bare skin).

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Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Perles de Legende
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
87%

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bareMinerals The Wish List READY Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Wish List READY Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Wish List READY Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes 12 neutral-hued eyeshadows in a variety of finishes. It is housed in a fairly slim, plastic compact with a large mirror inside. If you like lighter, warmer neutrals and don’t already have them well-represented in your stash, it’s certainly a palette to consider. On the other hand, as there are numerous palettes that have been launched, there are likely many who already have these colors in their collections (this palette also included several repeats from past bareMinerals shades). Regardless of similarity to past and present neutral palettes, I would have liked to have seen more mid-tone shades and less very light all within the same palette–I feel like it would have made the palette more versatile.

Ready Eyeshadow is supposed to have 12-hour wear, “vivid, pure, provocative color” that “looks like a powder, feels like a cream” and blends seamlessly. In general, I quite enjoy this formula, and it’s one of my favorites, as it is typically soft without being too powdery or dusty and more shimmery shades have a real creaminess to them. They wear between eight and twelve hours on me (without primer), blend well, and sit nicely on the skin. The majority of the shades I’ve tested in the past have been mostly opaque to opaque, but there have been a few misses over the years (not too many, though).

Merry is a light pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm in the pan. The color wore well for nine hours on me before creasing faintly. Disney by Sephora Treasures Untold (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 17 (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Golden Flurry (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior House of Pinks #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Paper Roses (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Double Feature #5 #1 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Riviera #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Constellation (864) #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Pearl (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bubbles is a light-medium copper with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a frosted finish. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the consistency was smooth, buttery, and adhered well to bare skin. It wore well for ten hours on me. Tarte Medium (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Fall Leaves (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Shining Star (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Rigel (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Dame (LE, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 06 (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Unbelievable (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Becca Champagne Toast (LE) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 12.0 The Wish List
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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MAC Medium Rare, Driftwood, Doe Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Medium Rare Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. This was one of the least glossy/shiny shades in the range, and of course, it will wear down closest to a matte finish. The texture was slightly heavier, as it was thicker and more cream-like with this balminess. It had good pigmentation and didn’t drag noticeably on the lips, though it took a moment for it to warm up against my lips. This shade wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Liv It Up (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Sweet Venom (LE, $17.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Make Up For Ever C210 (P, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Driftwood Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, medium mauve with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation paired with a thinner, more emollient consistency than most of the shades in the range. The texture did sit in lip lines more noticeably, and it didn’t wear as long–only four hours–and was one of the shortest wearing shades I tested. Colour Pop Littlestitious (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Really Me (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Thistle (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Dopey (P, $6.00) is warmer, less glossy (80% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Doe Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark, peachy-beige with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had great pigmentation that covered the lips with opaque color in one stroke. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, but I had some trouble with the color settling into lip lines. It lasted for five and a half hours but color did gather more and more in my lip lines on my bottom lip. Colour Pop Aquarius (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Zenith (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Echo Park (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Honeybun (P, $20.00) is darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Colour Pop Magic Wand (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Skinny Dip (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (DC, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cherish (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Vanished (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Urban Decay Safe Word (P, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Crème Caramel (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have “intense amounts of pigment” with a gel-like texture that melts on lips that leaves behind a satin finish and wears for “eight hours.” It’s supposed to be “comfortable” to wear, but there are no claims about hydration–and overall, they were non-drying. The majority of the range varied from semi-opaque to fully opaque in one stroke, while the texture had some body and thickness to it but was not heavy. The consistency feels firmer in the tube, but it became softer and more pliable as it warmed up against the lips. This was also true about how the color settled and looked on the lips–it tended to fill up lip lines without emphasizing them as much after thirty seconds of wear. The formula didn”t have a lot of slip, and it was actually lightly tacky, which helped it stay in place better. The wear ranged from four to eight hours with lighter shades typically wearing shorter than deeper and more intense shades. The finish was anywhere from satin to natural with noticeable sheen, sometimes glossiness, but it often wore to a satin to semi-matte finish after a few hours. The formula has MAC’s typical vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

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MAC Liptensity Lipstick Medium Rare
B
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
86%
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Driftwood
C
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
4
Total
76%
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Doe
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
84%