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Holiday 2016 Cheek Palettes/Sets | Laura Mercier Fall in Love, Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow, Stila Star Light, Star Bright

 

Laura Mercier Fall in Love Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier Fall in Love Face Illuminator Collection

Three new, limited edition cheek palettes for the holidays.

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The Details

Laura Mercier Fall in Love Face Illuminator Collection, $58.00 ($64.53 Value) (Limited Edition)

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powders highlight the skin with pure light-reflecting pigments for a color-true, multidimensional, and luminous finish that complements all skintones. Its non-dusting texture allows for a buildable layer of shine—from a subtle highlight to a more intense level of luminosity. Available exclusively at Sephora.

  • Addiction Gilded gold
  • Devotion Cool
  • Seduction Soft bronze
  • Indiscretion Warm rose gold

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette, $69.00 ($117.30 Value) (Limited Edition)

Bobbi To Glow Shimmer Brick Palette features Gold, Wild Rose, and Bronze shades for gorgeous radiance to the cheekbones and for an allover glow. Formulated with superfine, light-catching pearl pigments, each shade imparts soft brilliance with a hint of color. The Gold shade brightens and highlights, the Bronze hue adds warmth, and Wild Rose creates a flushed glow. Available exclusively at Sephora.

  • Gold Gold
  • Wild Rose Rose
  • Bronze Deep, bronzy glow

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette, $39.00 (Limited Edition)

Create starlet illumination with the Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette. Bouncy to the touch, these unique, radiance-enhancing highlighters melt into skin for a barely-there feel. Infused with ultra-fine, light-diffusing particles, they help skin look lit from within for a natural-looking glow. Layer these shades together or wear them alone and let your skin steal the spotlight this holiday season. Wear Transcendence’s opalescent pink for a bold, ethereal glow, sweep on Kitten, a shimmering pink nude that brightens and illuminates, or wear the Bronze highlighter for a radiant, sunkissed glow. Available exclusively at Sephora.

  • Transcendence Opalescent pink
  • Kitten Shimmering nude pink
  • Bronze Sunkissed radiance

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Sneak Peek: Laura Mercier Laura’s Leading Ladies Lip Set Photos & Swatches

Laura's Leading Ladies
Laura’s Leading Ladies

Laura’s Leading Ladies ($298.00 for 2.05 oz.) includes 15 full-sized lip products–five glosses, 10 lipsticks. There are five shades, which are then repeated across the Lip Glace, Creme Smooth Lip Colour, and Velour Lovers Lip Colour formulas. It’s a real whopper of a holiday mega set! The shades are held in a large, glossy jewelry box, and each of the velvet containers that hold the lipsticks are removable.

The brand also has three Iconic Leading Lady Lip Duos, which feature a Velour Lovers Lip Colour and Lip Glace set, that include shades featured below (Catherine, Sophia, and Vivien) — I wish they had more of these shades available individually or in smaller sets, though!

Laura's Leading Ladies

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Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is dark brown with warm, reddish tones and a satiny sheen. MAC Compassion (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Bronze) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Malibu Soleil (LE, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Bronzed Bondi (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Deep (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Burnished (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is lighter (80% 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 powder had an incredibly smooth, soft, and finely-milled feel to it that blended out beautifully on the skin–it didn’t look dry or totally matte, but it had a nice, natural finish that looked like skin but better. It had semi-sheer to opaque coverage, and the blendable texture made it forgiving and easy to diffuse the coverage if over-applied. The color lasted eight and a half hours on me, which is a bit longer than described!

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (04)

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Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Enamored (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Bronzer) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Bronze Light (LE, $50.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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.” It is more satiny than Bronze (01) and Bronze (02), and it has a stronger red undertone, but it isn’t too much darker overall. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable with a thinner consistency that kicked up very little excess powder in the pan. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation that applied well to the skin and didn’t look dry or powdery, while it blended out well and became more natural-looking in finish after it was diffused. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

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

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (03)

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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

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. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Bronzer) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Nude Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Capri Coast (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (-, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (02)

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Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a soft, medium yellowed brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Original (P, $50.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Nude Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunkissed (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Medium Deep (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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.” Now, this isn’t as luminous as Highlight (010), and I can see more of that “matte radiance” concept with the more bronzer-like shades. The texture was very smooth and finely-milled, thin but not dusty, and blended out nicely on the skin without skipping or turning patchy. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (closer to opaque after three layers on me). The bronzer lasted well for eight hours on me–exactly as marketed!–before 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.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (01)

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