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MAC Love Thing Mineralize Blush

MAC Love Thing Mineralize Blush
MAC Love Thing Mineralize Blush

MAC Love Thing Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty burgundy with gold pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-berry with warm, golden shimmer. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (P, $55.00) is lighter (95% similar). Milani Red Vino (P, $8.49) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Becca Dahlia (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Biscotti (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula is supposed to be a “blush that builds lightly” that has a lightweight feel and “luminous colour.” Love Thing had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage that produced a luminous sheen when buffed and blended on the skin. I think this particular shade showcases the Mineralize Blush formula well, as you can achieve softer, sheerer color without much trouble, but you can just as easily build-up for true-to-pan intensity with two to three layers, which makes it something that many skin tones can wear. The texture was lightweight, smooth without being powdery, and it blended well on the skin. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours.

MAC Mineralize Blush Love Thing
Love Thing
Love Thing
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush

MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush
MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush

MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “raspberry with gold pearl.” It’s a muted, medium rosy pink with warmer, gold shimmer. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Plum Foolery (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Empowering (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Carnation (LE) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Black Opal Orchid (P, $8.95) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Giggly (LE, $27.00)(90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is less shimmery, brighter (95% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is lighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Ambition (P, $26.00) is more muted (85% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Birthday Suit (P, $8.00) is lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula is supposed to be a “blush that builds lightly” that has a lightweight feel and “luminous colour.” Gentle has a soft, lightly dusty consistency that blends easily and does “build lightly” as it tends to be sheerer but buildable. It’s an interesting hue as the base color is almost cool-toned, while the warmer gold sheen brightens and adds a lot of warmth to it. The finish has just enough shimmer to produce a luminous glow but stops short of emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture. I can see why this has been a long-time favorite (I picked it up to re-test after MAC updated the packaging). It lasted for seven hours on me before fading.

MAC Mineralize Blush Gentle
Gentle
Gentle
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC Pink Swoon Blush

MAC Pink Swoon Blush
MAC Pink Swoon Blush

MAC Pink Swoon Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “soft candy pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Blush (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC You've Got Me Feeling (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Surreal (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.49) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC I'm the One (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Rose #2 (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pixie Pink (P, $6.99) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Peony Pavillion (LE, $21.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir (P, $32.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Pink Swoon had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too dry or too powdery. It had more of a matte finish, and it was the kind of matte that seemed to darken slightly when applied to skin (if you have very dry skin, it may not darken at all, and if you have very oily skin, it may darken more noticeably). The blush started to fade after eight hours on me.

MAC Powder Blush Pink Swoon
Pink Swoon
Pink Swoon
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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ColourPop Medium-Dark/Deep Dark Strobing Kit

ColourPop Medium-Dark/Deep Dark Strobing Kit
ColourPop Medium-Dark/Deep Dark Strobing Kit

ColourPop Medium-Dark/Deep Dark Strobing Kit ($39.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes three Super Shock Cheek shades and three Lippie Stix shades. It is designed for darker skin, though two shades overlap with the kit for lighter skin tones (Parasol and Thistle) — I would have loved for them to have not repeated personally! The products are of good quality or better, and they’re easy to use, work well, and wear nicely.

Stryke is described as a “rusty red with copper and gold highlights.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark coppery–red with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer. It had good color payoff and a natural finish that didn’t emphasize pores or look too flat. The consistency was creamy without being too wet or tacky, and it blended easily on the skin. This shade wore well for ten hours on me. Giorgio Armani No. 18 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (95% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Hansel (Shade) (P) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Avalon is described as a “true golden bronze with golden pink duochrome finish.” It’s a medium-dark copper with warm, orange-red undertones and a frosted sheen that shifts from gold to pink subtly. It had great pigmentation and lasted nine hours on me. MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 14 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Parasol is described as a “soft peachy gold.” It’s a light-medium, golden copper with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had buildable coverage, up to mostly opaque, that goes on sheerer when applied with fluffier brushes and more opaque with denser brushes or fingertips. The texture was smooth, blendable, and never sticky on the skin, as it dries down quickly to more of a powder-like product (so it is still blendable). It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00)(90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Hot Sand (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Uplifting (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC This Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Toasty is described as a “dirty pink nude in a creme finish.” It’s a muted, medium plum with warm, orange undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a creamy, glide-on texture that applied even, smooth color and never dragged. This shade lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Scenario (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Chai (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Tarte Praise (LE, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte TBT (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Bite Beauty Verbena (P, $26.00) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Buxom Runaway (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Calypso (LE, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Forever Brown (305) (P, $37.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Amor Prohibido (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Promenade is described as a “deep red blackberry in a sheer finish.” It’s a muted, medium-dark berry with cooler undertones and a natural sheen. It had sheer coverage, which is by design, and lasted for four hours–it had a more stained-like appearance on me–with light hydration. Chanel Recit (212) (P, $37.00) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Emotion (92) (LE, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Rapture (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Guerlain Black Perfecto (007) (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Thistle is described as a “warm peachy nude in a creme finish.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a light-medium weight to it–thicker and more noticeable on than other shades, but I wouldn’t call it heavy or goopy by any means. The color wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating over time. Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $30.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Moka (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Liar (P, $17.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Strobing Kit Medium-Dark/Deep Dark
A

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Stryke

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Parasol

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Promenade

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Thistle

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ColourPop Fair/Medium Strobing Kit

ColourPop Fair/Medium Strobing Kit
ColourPop Fair/Medium Strobing Kit

ColourPop Fair/Medium Strobing Kit ($39.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes three Super Shock Cheek shades and three Lippie Stix. This is one of two kits (the other is for Medium Dark/Deep Dark skin tones).

Fanny Pack is described as a “silvery white pearl.” It’s a bright white with very subtle golden shimmer. I was surprised that it didn’t look chalky or powdery on my skin tone–it seemed workable–and I can only imagine how lovely it will be for those who are fairer and prefer shimmer without addition of color in their highlighters. The texture is smooth, lightly creamy, and blendable on the skin. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. It has good, buildable color coverage–pretty much in line with how it is marketed–that can be applied with fingertips for more opacity or applied with a synthetic or duo fiber brush for sheerer coverage. NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Glowing Pink (001) (LE, $58.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Glow (Tarteist) (LE) is less shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Right) (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Non-Fiction is described as a “warm pink with gold and copper highlights.” It’s a medium, reddish-copper with warm gold and pink shimmer. It had opaque coverage applied with fingertips and semi-opaque, buildable coverage applied with a flat, synthetic brush. It looks more shimmery in the pot/swatch than it does blended out on the cheek, where it ultimately has a natural finish–a skin-like glow but not overt shimmer. It wore well for nine hours. NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is darker (90% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 18 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Divergent Obscure Coral (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Parasol is described as a “soft peachy gold.” It’s a light-medium, golden copper with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had buildable coverage, up to mostly opaque, that goes on sheerer when applied with fluffier brushes and more opaque with denser brushes or fingertips. The texture was smooth, blendable, and never sticky on the skin, as it dries down quickly to more of a powder-like product (so it is still blendable). It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00)(90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Hot Sand (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Uplifting (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC This Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fame is described as a “pale warm nude in a creme sheer finish.” It is a light pink with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones with a soft shine. It looks peach in the tube, but it swatches pink, and it is absolutely maddening! It had semi-opaque color payoff with a creamy, moderately slippery consistency that glided on but looked a little streaky at times and showed “lines” if you pressed your lips together. It wore well for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Sublime Pleasure (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Catty (LE, $17.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Last Call (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC How Darling (LE, $17.00)(90% similar). Colour Pop Ace (LE, $5.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Woodrose (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Love Happens (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Soft Savour (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flynn (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Rose Ruban (211) (P, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Naked Dream (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Light English Red (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Littlestitious (P, $6.00) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Olga (422) (P, $37.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Angel (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Mischievous Rose (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Thistle is described as a “warm peachy nude in a creme finish.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a light-medium weight to it–thicker and more noticeable on than other shades, but I wouldn’t call it heavy or goopy by any means. The color wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating over time. Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $30.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Moka (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Liar (P, $17.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marmalade is described as a “warm rosy pink in a creme finish.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had nearly opaque coverage with a creamy, glide-on texture that sat well on lips and was comfortable to wear. This shade lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly moisturizing while worn. Chanel Ce Soir (DC, $34.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Hooligan (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Grande Dame (P, $23.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Inspiring (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Zin (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Garance (P, $55.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shush, Blush (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Hitch Hike (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Mystical (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Soft Berry (P, $35.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Shiseido Rose Crush (RD715) (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Cozy (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte TBT (P, $20.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Bite Beauty Verbena (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (80% similar). MAC Finally Free (LE, $17.00) is cooler, less glossy (80% similar). Chanel Message (214) (P, $37.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Strobing Kit Fair/Medium
Fair/Medium
Fair/Medium
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9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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MAC Shaft of Gold In Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Shaft of Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Shaft of Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Shaft of Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($35.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze.” It’s a medium, orange-brown with warm undertones and a frosted gold shimmer-sheen finish. NARS Craving (Right) (P) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC My Mimi (LE, $45.50) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Touch My Body (LE, $39.50) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Strange New Worlds (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The texture was incredibly soft, smooth, and finely-milled without being dry or powdery, which enabled it to apply with good intensity but still blend out easily along the edges for a diffused glow. The only downside was that it can emphasize pores if you aren’t careful, as the frost level is on the higher side. If you love more over-the-top highlighters that give a more metallic sheen to the skin, you may enjoy this formula, while if you prefer subtler highlighters, this might not be your cup of tea. The pigmentation was good, and you could easily apply less or sheer it out if desired. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Shaft of Gold
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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