Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with a luminous sheen. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is more shimmery. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, more muted. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and despite looking nearly metallic when swatched, the finish is really more of a luminous sheen or glow applied to the cheeks. The formula is supposed to be sheer, but my experience showed it to be more of a medium coverage product that could be applied more sheer if you used a feathery brush/light touch, but it tended to apply with semi-opaque or greater pigmentation with most brushes. It does an excellent job at illuminating and reflecting light on the high points of the face, and the highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

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Gilded Honey

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9/10

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8/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks (Bronzers)
ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks (Bronzers)

ColourPop Paradise Cove Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “golden beige in a satin finish.” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a lighter gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had nice pigmentation that applied really evenly and smoothly as the texture was creamy enough to make it apply well but still dry down and set to a powder finish. On me, the color stayed on well for eight hours. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is more shimmery. Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Poolside Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze in a satin finish.” It’s a lightly softened, medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a golden sheen. It had excellent color payoff, while the consistency was lightly creamy, blendable, and easy to work with. I definitely felt like the more shimmery bronzers were easier to sheer out and diffuse around the edges as they had a little more slip. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. NARS Craving (Right) (P, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is brighter, warmer. Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Skinny Dip Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm tan in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly smooth, velvety texture that blended out well, but it could have been creamier to work with on the skin. It lasted for eight hours on me. Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is darker. Illamasqua Disobey (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter, cooler. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Poolside

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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Skinny Dip

B+

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks (Bronzers)
ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks (Bronzers)

ColourPop Bon Voyage Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft tan in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, light-medium brown with subtle, warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly velvety texture–a little drier than the highlighter formula but on par with the matte blushes–that is easily blended on the skin. The color wore well for nine hours on me. Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is warmer. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $65.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #2 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter. Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Carry-on Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft bronze in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the texture had a velvety, smooth feel to it without really being “wet” to the touch. It applies more like a powder product and doesn’t lift any base products unless you really rub it on with fingertips. On me, the color wore well for nine hours before fading. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE, ) is lighter. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Vientiane (P, $39.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Altai (P, $39.00) is warmer. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Happy Hour Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deepened bronze in a matte finish.” It’s a rich, medium-dark, red-toned brown with a matte finish. The texture was slightly more emollient compared to the other two bronzers in this review, which made it easier to work with. It blends on nicely (more like a powder product), and it lasted for nine hours before fading slightly. NARS Vientiane (P, $39.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Swift (P, $8.00) is brighter, warmer. NARS Cappadoce (P, $39.00) is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is more shimmery. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Billionaire Bronze (LE, $29.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Bon Voyage

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9/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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4.5/5

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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4.5/5

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9.5/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Monday, May 25th, 2015

ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft copper with rosy gold highlights.” It’s a medium, orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a frosted pink and gold sheen.
Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) MAC Uplifting (LE, $27.00) MAC Highlighter (LE, $30.00) Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) (LE, $8.99) Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) MAC Trace Gold (P, $21.00) See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Here we are at last: the final highlighter! ColourPop’s highlighter formula is really just a different finish (“pearlized”) of the Super Shock Cheek formula (which initially came out with mostly matte shades). This particular shade could be used as a blush, bronzer, or highlighter, depending on your skin tone. The texture is shimmery enough that the sheen translates to the skin, but it isn’t as metallic as it looks heavily swatched once it is blended out on the cheeks. It doesn’t emphasize pores, but it’s not going to smooth them out either. The texture has a lightweight, lightly creamy consistency that’s thin but pigmented and easily blended on the skin. It can be applied with fingertips or a brush, though I prefer working with brushes (in general), so I’ve been reaching for a stippling brush to apply a lot of these for testing. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

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Most Necessary

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

ColourPop Smokin' Whistles Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Smokin’ Whistles Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Smokin’ Whistles Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned pink champagne with silver highlights.” It’s a light beige with a hint of pink and a metallic sheen. I think on cooler-toned skin with stronger pink undertones, this will actually look more pink-based. It’s only when I look at it against more distinctively warm-toned shades side-by-side that the pink comes through against my undertones. It had excellent color payoff that was easily sheered out if desired. This is one of the more metallic finishes in the range, but it didn’t emphasize pores (I was really surprised). It is a strong sheen, so it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $26.00) is more sparkly. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less metallic. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is a touch pinker. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less metallic, more beige. MAC Snowglobe (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Stole the Show Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “light cool-toned gold with luminous flashes of pink, silver, and gold.” It’s a cool-toned white with a light gold shimmer-sheen finish with pink and gold sparkle. This shade had a more noticeably sparkly finish, so there was some visible sparkle applied, but I didn’t notice actual emphasis of pores or the skin’s natural texture. The texture was a little drier compared to most shades in the line-up, though it was still lightly creamy and applied easily to the skin without being difficult to blend. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Tarte Champagne Pink (LE) is similar. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is whiter. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is a powder. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Stole the Show

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Make Up For Ever #20M Pro Bronze Fusion
Make Up For Ever #20M Pro Bronze Fusion

Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion ($36.00 for 0.38 oz.) is a recently released “gel-powder” bronzer available in six shades with M signifying “natural matte” and L signifying “iridescent” with respect to the finish. It’s supposed to have a “natural-looking, radiant finish” for “sunkissed radiance” that is also waterproof and long-lasting. The texture is fairly firm, and it’s difficult to get color payoff off of it, even though it feels very smooth and with a fingertip, color does come off the pan. I used a dense, kabuki-like brush (Make Up For Ever launched the 136 Pro Bronze Kabuki Brush alongside these, so I went for something similar) yielded semi-sheer, buildable coverage. The finish was luminous on the skin for both shades, with the L shade being slightly more noticeably shimmery, but it was hard to tell the difference in finish blended and applied to the skin. One shade ran yellow, the other ran orange, and both looked darker and warmer than they appeared in the pan. I think the wavy pattern makes it harder to get good, even color coverage. I’m not sure that many will need this to be waterproof, but it was, at best, water-resistant, but it did turn a little splotchy when I sprayed my face with water. These are the only two I purchased, so I don’t know how warm the other shades run.

Make Up For Ever #20M Pro Bronze Fusion ($36.00 for 0.38 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft sheen (it’s not what I would consider matte). It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage that was buildable. It lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, cream. Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is more matte, cooler-toned, matte. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less yellow. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is more matte. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is less yellow. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever #25I Pro Bronze Fusion ($36.00 for 0.38 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a luminous sheen. When swatched, I can detect very fine shimmer that #20M didn’t have, but the finish reads luminous for both. This had the same semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that you could build-up with a dense brush. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is darker, cream. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is brighter. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE) is more matte. Too Faced Spice (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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#20M

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8/10

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8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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#25L

B-

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8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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