Sephora Hey Jealousy (17) Colorful Blush ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “raspberry pink.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Let's Be Friends (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Bred for Beauty (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Rhubarb (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Milani Love Potion (07) (LE, $7.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula–generally–has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Hey Jealousy had rich color payoff, which is great if that’s what you want in a blush, but it didn’t really build-up–it was the type of formula where you could change your technique/tools and use the tiniest amount to get less intense pigmentation in a best case scenario. The texture was soft, smooth, and fairly blendable on the skin; it took a little extra effort to really even it out but wasn’t difficult overall. This shade wore well for almost nine hours before fading.
Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four warm-toned shades that range from pale, buttery gold to copper. Each shade is 0.26 oz. and can be removed from the palette, if desired, but they are currently only sold together (not sure if they will eventually be available as pans only). Presently, it is exclusive to Macy’s and the brand’s website. According to Anastasia, these are supposed to be “metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity” that can also be worn on the eyes. They are softer and silkier with a more finely-milled consistency compared to the Illuminators released a couple of months ago. These also have a finer shimmer and overall sheen that is less emphasizing of pores on the skin.
Sunburst is a light, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It applied easily to the skin without emphasizing pores but giving a high shine finish. The color lasted for eight hours before fading on me. Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Golden Bronze is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. This shade was intensely pigmented with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blended out nicely. It didn’t emphasize pores for me, but it had a very metallic sheen, so it is by no means a subtle highlighter! On me, this highlighting bronzer wore for eight hours. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 14 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $54.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Bubblyis a muted, light-medium golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was slightly drier with a looser consistency, though it still blended well and luckily, it didn’t look dry or powdery applied. Again, the finish was quite metallic but did not emphasize pores (almost that “so reflective it looks smooth” effect). It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Looxi Beauty Highlighters
After several strong reader recommendations, I decided to check out Looxi Beauty Highlighters ($7.50 for 0.20 oz. pans or $15.00 for 0.35 oz. in compact). They had quite a few in-stock when I purchased (about a week and a half ago), though it looks like some are out-of-stock or only in-stock in compacts. I’ll be testing these over the next several weeks, but here are swatches of the 17 I bought in the meanwhile!
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Thanks to Celia for today’s question!