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MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days Palette

MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit
MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit

MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit ($44.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes four Cream Colour Bases and one Blot Powder/Pressed. I am totally baffled by the inclusion of the Blot Powder, given that it is in shade “Medium Dark,” which will obviously not suit many skin tones. Why not a powder highlighter instead? Two of the Cream Colour Bases (Tint and Root) are part of the permanent range. If you’re unfamiliar with the Cream Colour Base formula, it’s pretty much a versatile cream-based product that can be sheer, buildable, creamy, or shimmery and can be used on the eyes, lips, or face (some shades have restricted usages). They can be used alone or over products (including powder) and are supposed to last for eight hours on face and body (with “lasting wear for hours on eyes”).

Medium Dark is a light-medium beige with a matte finish. It is similar to the color of my forearm, but it is lighter than face. The product itself is really, really chalky and looks powdery on my normal-to-dry skin. I’m not oily, so it was hard to determine if it was really helping combat that, but it seemed to extend the wear of my base by an hour or two.

Wished I Stayed is described as a “light cream pearl.” It’s a golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage with a lightweight, creamy consistency that glided on and blended out well. As a cheek highlighter, it lasted for seven hours on me. Stila Sending My Love Highlighter (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Moonstone (59M) (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tint is described as a “soft peachy brown with shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a soft pearl shimmer. It had semi-opaque to opaque coverage, though the creamy, emollient consistency makes it easy to apply less or really diffuse it for sheerer coverage. The color lasted for seven and a half hours as a blush. LORAC Pink Bronze (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Every Time You Go is described as a “creamy peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a creamy finish. It had semi-sheer to opaque pigmentation with a creamy, light-medium thick consistency–thicker than the other two–and has no shimmer. It blended out well on the skin and wore for seven and a half hours as a blush. Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Root is described as a “red taupey brown with shimmer.” It’s a dark, taupe brown with strong, gray shimmer with a warmer undertone. The more opaque it is applied, the grayer it appears, but the more it is sheered out, the browner it looks. It had semi-sheer to opaque pigmentation with a lightweight, emollient texture that glided and blended well on the skin without becoming patchy. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on my cheeks. MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Days
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Wished I Stayed

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Tint

Limited Edition
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Every Time You Go

Limited Edition
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Root

Permanent
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MAC x Ellie Goulding I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo

MAC I'll Hold My Breath Blush Duo
MAC I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo

MAC I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.) consists of a brown and pink, with the brown taking up about two-thirds of the space in the pan. Not bad, not out of this world. I wish they would have just kept it as true duo–half of each–as I think it would be more versatile that way. They are more dupable, particularly the coral (even within MAC’s range). It is a larger compact, and it’s nice to see that they put together special packaging for the collection.

I’ll Hold My Breath #1 is described as a “medium warm bronze.” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a dusting of gold shimmer. The texture was really smooth, but there was a firmness to it that made it a little harder to get the product to transfer onto a brush, even though it didn’t feel hard/stiff to the touch. It had semi-opaque pigmentation at best, but it was blendable on the skin and applied evenly overall. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Ganymede (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #6 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’ll Hold My Breath #2 is described as a “peachy pink pearl.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation with a smooth consistency that was a little dry, but it applied without issue and blended out nicely. The color started to fade after eight hours on me. MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00)(95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Impress (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Legendary (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ellie Goulding Powder Blush Duo I'll Hold My Breath
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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NYX Deep Plum HD Blush

NYX Deep Plum HD Blush
NYX Deep Plum HD Blush

NYX Deep Plum HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy copper with warm undertones and a satin finish. NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Stylish Me (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s an interesting shade, as it takes on a more plum-like colorinmg when applied heavily, but as it is blended and sheered out, the warmer, coppery tones come through. The finish also becomes more luminous the more the powder is buffed into the skin, but it is never too much so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It was nicely pigmented with a lightly dusty consistency, but it was very soft and easily blended on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Deep Plum
Deep Plum
Deep Plum
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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NYX Electro HD Blush

NYX Electro HD Blush
NYX Electro HD Blush

NYX Electro HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. Colour Pop Pegacorn (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Desire (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Heavenly (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, glossier (95% similar). LORAC Vivid (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Savage (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora I'm Shocked (09) (P, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Pie (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s so nice when you find a budget-friendly product that really performs well! That is the case with Electro. It was richly pigmented paired with a soft, smooth consistency that was easily blended out along the edges for a diffused application. If you prefer subtler blush, I’d recommend using a fan brush or duo-fiber brush, which will allow you to apply less product, and a lighter hand, as a little does go a long way. On me, the blush wore well for eight hours before fading along the edges.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Electro
Electro
Electro
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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NYX Summer HD Blush

NYX Summer HD Blush
NYX Summer HD Blush

NYX Summer HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and gold pearl. MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Lotus (LE, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.49) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Tweed Coralline (LE, $48.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Snapdragon (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This was one of the more shimmery shades in the HD Blush round-up that I’ve tried so far. It’s definitely not frosted, though, and it has a very luminous sheen on the skin as the shimmer is fine. The blush was richly pigmented with a soft, silky texture that applied well to the skin and blended out with ease. It was just a smidgen powdery, but it was so much better than a lot of the other shades in the range! When I tested it, the color stayed on well for eight hours before fading.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Summer
Summer
Summer
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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NYX Crimson HD Blush

NYX Crimson HD Blush
NYX Crimson HD Blush

NYX Crimson HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is bright, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a satin shimmer. MAC Contrary (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Oh My! (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Poppy Passion (P, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC News Flash! (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Erotic (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Adobe Brick (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Frankly Scarlet (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It had good pigmentation, and finally, a shade that wasn’t terribly powdery. The consistency was still soft, smooth, and fairly blendable (but it takes some patience and a light touch to get even application). Crimson is quite pigmented with a soft shimmer to it that becomes more pronounced as you buff it into the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Crimson
Crimson
Crimson
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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