Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmering, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is darker (95% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Celestial Powder is supposed to give “an agenlic glow” that doesn’t look “glittery.” There are now three shades in the range (the other two are Candlelight and Starlight), and Sunlight is more comparable to Starlight, as it has more color oomph and stronger shimmer compared to Candlelight (which is particularly nice for those who like subtle to moderate highlighters). This is more of a highlighting bronzer, as it adds a lot of glow and luminosity to the skin, but it does add warmth. It is very pigmented, but the texture is soft, blendable, and forgiving, so it can easily be applied with a lighter hand for barely-there golden sheen or more intensely for true-to-pan bronzing. The consistency of the powder was smooth and finely-milled, and this didn’t emphasize my pores or skin texture. It wore well for almost nine hours on me before fading.

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Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder Sunlight
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%

NARS Powerfall Collection for Fall 2016

NARS Powerfall Collection for Fall 2016
NARS Powerfall Collection for Fall 2016


Created by NARS Founder and Creative Director, François Nars, the Fall 2016 Color Collection debuts a refined combination of seasonal shades, signature colors and state-of-the-art textures for eyes, cheeks and lips.

Cheeks are sculpted to new heights by complexion-enhancing hues from light caramel to espresso. Lids shimmer with shades of iridescent white, rose gold, and deep indigo, while lips go matte in saturated tones of garnet and bordeaux. New Velvet Eyeliners add rich dimension with pigments that glide on smooth and blend evenly, creating the perfect base for smoky lids or a fine line for a bold look.

Availability

July 15th, 2016 at NARS; August 1st at all other retailers

NARS Sephora Nordstrom Barneys

The Details

Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow | $29.00 | New, Permanent

  • Antares Iridescent white gold
  • Arcturus Shimmering deep indingo
  • Rigel Shimmering rose gold

Contour Blush | $42.00 | New, Permanent

  • Melina Cafe au lait / Espresso
  • Talia Light caramel / Nutmeg

Velvet Eyeliner | $24.00 | New, Permanent

  • Black Moon Black
  • Mambo Riche hazelnut
  • Curacao Turquoise blue
  • Kaliste Teal
  • London Stormy grey
  • Blue Lotus Periwinkle
  • Last Frontier Espresso
  • Las Pozas White pearl
  • Darklight Navy

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil | $26.00

  • Consuming Red Bordeaux (New, Permanent)
  • Infatuated Red Garnet (Limited Edition)

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BUXOM Fall 2016 Eyeshadows

BUXOM Eyeshadow

BUXOM Silver Screen Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a brilliant lavender with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. This shade had more noticeable sparkle, though I didn’t notice any fall out during the day, which I think is owed to the denser, thicker consistency of the eyeshadow overall. It had great color payoff, and the powder had a smooth, cream-like feel to it that was blendable and adhered well on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours. Giorgio Armani Rose Platinum (16) (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Flash (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Frosted Lavender (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Crystal (DC, $16.00) is lighter, cooler, lower quality (85% similar). bareMinerals Shiver (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Mood Ring (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Girls, Girls! (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Made of Jade Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a bright, light-medium green with subtly warmer gold shimmer on top with a slightly cooler, silvery base paired with a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture, which was a little looser in the pan compared to the shades. It applied well, though, but it is one that I liked better with a firmer/flatter brush. This shade wore nicely for eight hours before fading slightly. City Color Tide Pool (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Jade Shore (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #5 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Isla (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Jealous Girl (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Fantasy (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC All Hands on Deck (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Tarvos (P, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Smashbox Spruce (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Rose Gold Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark gold with a warm, reddish-copper base paired with a frosted finish. It didn’t seem to shift color, but it had a very strong base color and a more contrasting shimmer color, which gave it a lot of dimension and depth on the lid. In some ways, I think it had more nuance than a duochrome, since it is apparent regardless of the angle. Makeup Geek Ritzy (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #3 (P) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 10 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Ore (P, $25.50) is darker (85% similar). MAC Unwind (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Hologram (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Dusk ‘Til Dawn Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark, forest green with warm, olive undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. The color payoff was amazing with fully opaque coverage immediately as a little went a long way. The texture was soft, smooth, dense, and creamy, which made it easy to use on the lid as it blended out nicely and sat well on the skin. This shade stayed on for eight and a half hours before creasing faintly. Anastasia Anaconda (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Milani Bella Khaki (17) (P, $4.49) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Dusty Olive (LE) is less shimmery, more muted, less pigmented (90% similar). Makeup Geek Venom (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Mildew (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Malachite (Left) (P) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Color Field #4 (P) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Protest (-, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). L'Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I324 Bronze Khaki (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Right) (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Eureka (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Golden Olive (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Buxom Eyeshadow Silver Screen
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
Buxom Eyeshadow Made of Jade
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
Buxom Eyeshadow Rose Gold
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
97%
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MAC Anything But Demure, Fab Tested, Absolute Score, Smart Aleck Vamplify Lipglosses

MAC Anything But Demure Vamplify Lipgloss

MAC Anything But Demure Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium mauve-pink with warm undertones and a smattering of fine, gold pearl. It had good pigmentation that went on evenly, though I noticed some of the gloss welled up in lip lines. It wasn’t too noticeable from a normal viewing distance, though. The gloss was comfortable to wear and wore well for four and a half hours. The formula was hydrating for me. Tarte Double Tap (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Snap (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Vintage (P) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Earth & Fire (35) (P, $12.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). MAC Deelight (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, lower quality (85% similar). NARS Chelsea Girls (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Fab Tested Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. It applied really well with smooth, even coverage that didn’t settle into lip lines. The color payoff was mostly opaque, and I think it would be totally opaque with an additional half layer of gloss. This shade wore well for five hours and was lightly moisturizing over time. Anastasia Sepia (P) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Hyper-Fabulous (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Absolute Score (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Absolute Score Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark taupe-brown with neutral undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly and smoothly. The texture was lightweight, comfortable, and didn’t sink into lip lines. On me, the gloss lasted for five hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Fab Tested (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Smart Aleck Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a bold, bright, medium-dark pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a jelly-like finish. It had good pigmentation–not quite opaque–with a translucent quality to it that reminded me of a stain or jelly. The consistency was lightweight, smooth, and easy to wear over a six hour period, as the formula was moderately moisturizing. Anastasia Punchy Red (P) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Suggestive (LE, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Revlon HD Carnelian (545) (P, $8.99) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Red Corset (P, $52.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Strawberry Malt (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). MAC Hot/Cold (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is warmer (85% similar). Milani Photo Flash (DC, $6.49) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Vamplify Lipgloss Anything But Demure
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
92%
MAC Vamplify Lipgloss Fab Tested
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
97%
MAC Vamplify Lipgloss Absolute Score
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is cooler (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is brighter (95% similar). bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” The texture was soft, smooth, and very lightly dusty, but it still applied well to the skin without looking powdery or dry (I have normal-to-dry skin). It was easy to blend and diffuse the edges of the bronzer on the skin to get a soft, natural warmth. The color payoff was semi-sheer, but buildable, and should work for those who like barely-there bronzer and those who want more noticeable warmth on the skin. The bronzer stayed on well for just over eight hours before I noticed slight signs of fading.

There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

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Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (02)
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
96%