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MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder

MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder
MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder

MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder ($28.00 for 0.29 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a gold, frosted shimmer. MAC Springsheen (P, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals The Natural High (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $30.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Laugh (LE, $28.00) is brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Snapdragon (P, $34.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Lotus (LE, $45.00) is brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). NYX Intuition (P, $6.50) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and neither too firm or too loose in the pan, so the powder had great color payoff with supreme blendability. As I buffed and blended the powder onto my skin, the shimmer diffused and become more luminous and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It is quite pigmented, so for those who prefer subtler color, I would recommend using a fan or highlighter brush for softer application. On me, the powder wore well for eight hours before fading.

MAC Magic Dust Powder Sweet Vision
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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NARS Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette
NARS Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes four cheek colors plus lip pencil. This palette is exclusive to Nordstrom and will be available November 1st. The palette includes three permanent shades–Albatross, Sex Appeal, and Golshan–and two new shades–Illusive and Make Believe. As was the case with True Story, the palette skewed lighter and will work better for fairer skin tones. I wish this was deeper overall (so that the offerings had something lighter and something deeper to cater to more skin tones). I also felt like the two center shades were a little closer, just warmer, than the two center shades in True Story as well. NARS’ Powder Blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented, natural, healthy-looking color” with a “blendable application.” The palette was decent; Albatross actually seemed more powdery and weaker than the permanent version, while the other four products were better.

Albatross is a very light, white gold with a more matte, powdery base that is white-based with lighter, warmer yellow shimmer. Albatross is a nice highlighter for someone who wants a very pale, ethereal base. On my skin tone, I find I have to be careful with application or else the white base is too prominent, but it mixes and layers well with a lot of blushes (which is how I tend to wear my highlighters). The texture of the version in the palette was more powdery and more prone to sheeringout–you can see how it looks chalkier overall than past iterations of the shade and less shimmery. It wore well for seven hours on me. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Stole the Show (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Divergent Gleaming Pearl (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #1 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Inner Light (LE) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sex Appeal is a light pinky-peach with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The texture was silky, finely-milled, and soft enough that it was a touch dusty in the pan, but it didn’t look dry or chalky on my skin tone., though the color doesn’t really show up on my complexion (I’m so sorry!) and will obviously be more visible on someone of a lighter skin tone. I tried to really pack it on, but as it was hard to see on me, I was only able to guess that it was still on after seven hours (I looked for a sheen coming through, since it did have a mattifying effect that I could detect). NARS Conquest (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Corol #1 (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Swept Away (-, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Stay By Me (P, $23.50) is darker (95% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Nancy (Light) (P) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Mallory (Light) (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Petunia (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Georgia (DC, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Illusive is a muted, medium pinky-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage, though not fully opaque, paired with a soft, lightly dusty texture that was easily blended on the skin. One nice thing is that it didn’t seem to darken on the skin like some matte blushes can, so what I saw in the pan is what I saw swatched and applied. This shade did show up more noticeably on my skin tone, but it is subtler, so it may not be in line with your needs or preferences, depending on your skin tone. It wore well for eight hours before fading on me. bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Buddy (Matte) (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is brighter (90% similar). NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Believe is a brighter, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. The blush had mostly opaque color payoff, while the consistency was soft, smooth, and not too firm or too soft, so it didn’t seem dusty or powdery to me. It applied and blended out well, and the flat matte finish did not appear dry on the skin. This shade started to fade after eight hours on me. Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $22.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golshan is a slightly muted, medium-dark brick red with warm undertones and a cream finish that had a light sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentaiton with a smooth, velvety texture that glided on effortlessly and delivered even coverage in one stroke. The texture was lightly creamy with some slip, but the product didn’t slide around while worn. This shade lasted for six hours, was lightly hydrating, and left a stain behind. Too Faced Melted Velvet (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $17.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). NARS Fire Down Below (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Maple (P, $26.00) is less glossy, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Lost (P, $6.00) is more muted (95% similar). Bite Beauty Braised Maple (LE, $24.00) is glossier, darker (95% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is less glossy, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (DC, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is glossier, cooler (95% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $25.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Project Chimps (LE, $20.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). MAC Rusty (LE, $20.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (P, $17.00) is glossier, cooler, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop TGIF (LE, $5.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Temper (DC, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $50.00) is glossier, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Cheek & Lip Palette Recurring Dare
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A-

Illusive

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A-

Make Believe

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Golshan

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NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette
NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes four cheek colors plus lip pencil. There are three permanentshades–Devotee, Outlaw, and Mysterious Red–and two new shades–Myth and Unwritten. This palette is going to work best for someone of a fairer complexion, as two of the cheek colors are rather light and matte, so they harder to distinguish on my skin tone. NARS’ Powder Blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented, natural, healthy-looking color” with a “blendable application.” The palette had good pigmentation, average to normal wear, and were blendable. I didn’t have any issues applying the blushes or the lip color, so if they are the kind of colors that appeal and would work for your skin tone, it might be a palette to check out this holiday season.

Devotee is a pink-tinged white with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that sat well on the skin and was easy to work with. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Luster (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Myth is a pale, light pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. If I pack it on, I can just barely see a tint of pink on my cheeks, but this will show up better on someone with a lighter skin tone, and it will be hard to overdo on even very fair skin. The texture was soft, silky, and just a touch dusty in the pan, but it didn’t look dry or chalky on the skin. It lasted for just over seven hours on me. Dior Intemporalle (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Poe (Light) (P) is darker (90% similar). NARS Conquest (LE, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Unwritten is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, a touch dusty, but it was smooth and blendable on the skin and did not appear dry or dusty once I started to blend it out. It had good pigmentation initially, but it did sheer out a bit more readily than most blushes. Like Myth, I can pack this on and get just a hint of color on my skin tone, so it’s going to be more ideal for someone of a lighter skin tone or someone who wants almost no visible blush color that is similar to my skin tone. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Zoeva CR020 (P) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $22.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek XOXO (P, $10.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Outlaw is a deep berry with subtle, cool undertones and warmer, golden shimmer. The version in the palette was actually better than the last standalone I tested! The version included in the palette was very pigmented, softer and smoother to the touch, and more blendable. I didn’t have any issues blending and diffusing the edges. The color wore well for nine hours on me before fading. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Plum #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Plumberry (P, $26.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). KIKO 104 Pastel Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Gentle (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is more pigmented, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay TMI (P, $26.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Easy (LE, $26.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (P, $26.00) is cooler, more muted (85% similar). NARS Seduction (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mysterious Red is a bright, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a lightly creamy, velvety texture that glided on easily and didn’t sink into lip lines. It wore well for six and a half hours on me, left behind a stain, and was a touch drying overall. MAC Feels So Grand (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Russian Red (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Maybelline Dynamite Red (P, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (DC, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is glossier (95% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $32.00) is glossier, more muted (95% similar). MAC Steam Heat (LE, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Kat Von D Outlaw (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Doubt (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Makeup Geek Beauty Queen (P, $12.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Experimente (154) (P, $37.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Lady Balls (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Raven (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Lost (P, $6.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Tijuana (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Cheek & Lip Palette True Story
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Devotee

Permanent
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Myth

Limited Edition
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Unwritten

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Outlaw

Permanent
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NARS Impudique Blush

NARS Impudique Blush
NARS Impudique Blush

NARS Impudique Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a bold, bright, medium-dark raspberry pink with subtle, warm undertones and warmer, gold pearl. Laura Geller Guava (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Pamplemousse (LE, $32.00) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Warmhearted (LE, $28.00) is more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses #1 (LE, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is more muted, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS’ Powder Blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented, natural, healthy-looking color” with a “blendable application.” It was intensely pigmented with a really soft, smooth, and almost velvety texture–it was denser and less thin compared to a lot of NARS’ blushes, especially as it wasn’t chocked full of shimmer (those tend to be denser). Even though it was incredibly pigmented, it still blended out beautifully on the skin, and the more I blended, the more luminous the finish became. This shade seemed like an amplified version of the brand’s signature Orgasm blush–just so, so much better–and is richer than Deep Throat. It wore well for almost nine hours on me.

NARS Powder Blush Impudique
Impudique

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NARS Isadora Blush

NARS Isadora Blush
NARS Isadora Blush

NARS Isadora Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with warm undertones and lighter pink shimmer. Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Scene to Be Seen (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is warmer, more shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $55.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (P, $55.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (90% similar). MAC Buddy (Shimmer) (LE, $22.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). KIKO 111 Classic Rose (P, $12.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Stila Berry Shimmer (LE) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Covet (P, $10.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is brighter, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Clinique Black Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS’ Powder Blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented, natural, healthy-looking color” with a “blendable application.” It had medium, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) with a slightly drier texture. It didn’t seem like it was going to be problematic, but I had trouble applying this one on my cheeks as the color looked patchy and applied unevenly (but didn’t want to blend or diffuse), so it ended up looking splotchy even after trying to buff it in with a clean buffer brush. I was dismayed by how it applied, but it applied similarly every time I used it (four times; including over foundation). The shimmer was fine enough and did not emphasize my pores or skin’s natural texture. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear.

NARS Powder Blush Isadora
Isadora

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Becca Blushed with Light Palette

Becca Blushed with Light Palette
Becca Blushed with Light Palette

Becca Blushed with Light Palette ($34.00 for 0.46 oz.) is a medium-size, plastic compact that contains three blushes–a neutral-to-warm pink, orange-brown, and pink-coral. One shade (Wisteria) is new and exclusive to the palette, while the other two shades are available in the Becca’s permanent range. If you don’t mind your blushes more pigmented, then I think you might like this palette–two shades were rated lower because they weren’t as subtle/buildable as described. I wish the texture of Snapdragon was smoother and softer, more like the full-size version, but it looked the same applied to the skin, so the difference isn’t as noticeable in practice.

Value

  • Mineral Blush: $32.00 for 0.20 oz., palette contains 0.33 oz., $52.80 worth of Mineral Blush
  • Luminous Blush: $34.00 for 0.21 oz., palette contains 0.13 oz., $21.05 worth of Luminous Blush
  • Value: $73.85

Wisteria is a muted, medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, lightly dusty but not dry-looking on the skin, and it was easily blended across the cheeks for even coverage. It had medium, buildable coverage–which is what the formula is supposed to have–that can be applied at near opaque coverage. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Tarte Empowering (LE, $28.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate Matte (LE, $22.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Love (LE, $30.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Impress (LE, $28.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Divergent Misty Rose (LE) is warmer, more pigmented, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is warmer, less pigmented, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $28.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Heart Throb (P, $10.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Songbird is a medium, orange-brown with warm undertones and a golden sheen. It was richly pigmented (not really buildable, as it is supposed to be!) with a more powdery texture. The good news was that it still applied easily and blended well on the skin, so the powderiness didn’t translate when applied and worked into the skin. On me, the color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Elegance (370) (P, $45.00) is cooler, more muted, lighter (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza (P, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is more muted, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is cooler, more muted (85% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is cooler, more muted (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Snapdragon is a bright, medium pink-coral with gold shimmer. The version in the palette is a lot pinker and brighter compared to my standalone, which looked warmer both in the pan as well as swatched. Though this formula is described as subtle and that it can be used as a “blush topper,” it was actually intensely pigmented and a little went a long way. You would need the barest amount to layer on top of a blush, otherwise the strength of the color in Snapdragon would overwhelm whatever blush you were wearing. The texture was firmer and stiffer in the pan, and it felt different compared to the other two shades well (and different from my standalone version of Snapdragon), though the blush looked fine applied and blended out without issue. It wore for just over eight hours on me before fading. Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $30.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). NARS Panic (Right) (P) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Left) (LE, $52.00) is warmer, brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). Zoeva CR030 (P) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Jelly Fish (DC, $8.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is more muted, less shimmery (85% similar). NYX Summer (P, $6.50) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Becca Holiday 2016 Blush Trio Blushed with Light
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
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