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The Estee Edit Ember Glow (04) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Ember Glow (04) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit Ember Glow (04) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Ember Glow (04) The Barest Blush ($28.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a deepened, muted plum with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Viseart Bronze #3 (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Almeria (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Swift (P, $8.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be a “natural-looking blush” that blends to create “even” color. First, the shimmer is an overspray; it doesn’t seem to go all the way through, and a few back-and-forth sweeps with a large blush brush makes it disappear (which is what I do prior to swatching a product with an overspray), which leaves behind a mostly matte finish. Second, I purchased all four shades, and every single pan was extremely wobbly in the compact–at this price point and knowing it’s made by Estee Lauder Companies (which has plenty of manufacturing experience!), I was pretty disappointed. The texture felt soft to the touch, but it was a little dusty and thinner, which resulted in powder that applied unevenly and was harder to blend out on the skin as it would stick strongly in some places and not move (or diffuse) from there. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage, which seems in line with the type of formula it’s supposed to be (“natural” and “Barest Blush” as a name). It lasted for almost eight hours on me.

The Estee Edit The Barest Blush Ember Glow (04)
B-

Permanent

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

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MAC x Charlotte Olympia Cream Colour Bases

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “metallic antique bronze.” It’s a shimmering, golden bronze with warm undertones and a fine, pearly shimmer-sheen finish. Unless heavily layered, it had a much more subdued sheen than overtly shimmery. On eyes, it lasted for five hours before creasing, and on cheeks, it lasted for six and a half hours before migrating noticeably. The texture is creamy, highly emollient, and never fully sets, so it retains a dewier finish overall. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage, as described. There was something about the base color that seemed harder to even out on the skin, though. This shade did include a warning that it is “not for use in the lip area” (Cream Colour Bases are multi-tasking products). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “dirty chocolate-brown.” It’s a muted, dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a dewy sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable color payoff with a lightweight, emollient texture that never fully dries down, so it has a wetter finish on the skin but doesn’t look greasy. On eyes, this lasted for five and a half hours, and on cheeks (I used it as a contour), it lasted for six and a half hours. Tarte Contour Deep (Tarteist) (LE, ) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). LORAC Deep Contour (P, ) is less glossy (90% similar). NYX Hollow (P, $5.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is less glossy (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P, ) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Smashbox Contour (P, ) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The MAC x Charlotte Olympia collection arrives online on March 17th.

MAC Charlotte Olympia Cream Colour Base Golden Age
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Charlotte Olympia Cream Colour Base Sepia
Sepia
Sepia
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush ($28.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium-dark, orange-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. MAC Melba (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Lumieres de Kyoto (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $10.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tongue Tied (LE, $8.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Flush'd (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Desert (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Makeup Geek Heart Throb (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (DC, $9.99) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be a “natural-looking blush” that blends to create “even” color. First, the shimmer is an overspray; it doesn’t seem to go all the way through, and a few back-and-forth sweeps with a large blush brush makes it disappear (which is what I do prior to swatching a product with an overspray), which leaves behind a mostly matte finish. Second, I purchased all four shades, and every single pan was extremely wobbly in the compact–at this price point and knowing it’s made by Estee Lauder Companies (which has plenty of manufacturing experience!), I was pretty disappointed. The consistency was soft but powdery, and that powderiness was reflected on the skin and emphasized any dryness I had on my cheeks. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage. It blended out fairly well, and it lasted for seven and a half hours before noticeably fading.

The Estee Edit The Barest Blush Coy Coral (02)
C+

Permanent

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total

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Zoeva Gentle Touch Luxe Color Blush

Zoeva Gentle Touch Luxe Color Blush
Zoeva Gentle Touch Luxe Color Blush

Zoeva Gentle Touch Luxe Color Blush ($9.50 for 0.28 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. Guerlain Happy Glow (LE, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Impassioned (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pink Cult (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Burberry S/S15 Runway (LE, $65.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Rosy Outlook (P, $23.50) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Plum #1 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Poe (Light) (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Audacious Plum (P, $34.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Threesome (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $74.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Luxe Color Blush formula is supposed to be a “silky” powder that is “long-lasting and fade-proof.” The powder was soft, smooth, and finely-milled with a lightweight texture that sat well on the skin and didn’t look powdery or dry on. The consistency was a little thinner than Burning Up, for reference. It blended well and had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a finish that became had a natural bit of sheen to it as it was buffed into the skin. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

Zoeva Luxe Color Blush Gentle Touch
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush ($28.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. By Terry Tropical Sunset #6 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Mademoiselle (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Satisfy (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Burning Up (P, $11.80) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Rosée du Soir (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Ray (LE, ) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be a “natural-looking blush” that blends to create “even” color. First, the shimmer is an overspray; it doesn’t seem to go all the way through, and a few back-and-forth sweeps with a large blush brush makes it disappear (which is what I do prior to swatching a product with an overspray), which leaves behind a mostly matte finish. Second, I purchased all four shades, and every single pan was extremely wobbly in the compact–at this price point and knowing it’s made by Estee Lauder Companies (which has plenty of manufacturing experience!), I was pretty disappointed. Onto the product, though, things got better as it was soft, silky, and smooth while remaining blendable on the skin and had more of a “natural matte” finish that didn’t read flat on the skin. The blush had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that could be applied with a lighter hand for sheerer coverage or layered once or twice for true-to-pan color. It lasted for eight hours on me before starting to fade.

The Estee Edit The Barest Blush First Lover (01)
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Cheek Palette (2016) ($50.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and contour powder. There is little said about the formula or actual products at all, so I’m rating these as an average product of the type. The highlighter seems to be in the spirit of the brand’s Gelee formula, but the others, while similarly patterned, feel more like traditional powder products. The palette, on the whole, was disappointing and pretty dupable at that.

Bronze Goddess Highlighter is a soft beige with warm, golden undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too powdery in the pan. The powder highlighted the skin without emphasizing pores. On me, it wore for seven and a half hours before fading. Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) (LE, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $33.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Goddess Blush is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a fine, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a slightly drier texture that was somewhat stiff in the pan. I couldn’t really build-up the color much beyond what you see in the swatch, no matter how many layers. It was fairly blendable but could have been easier to work with. It lasted for seven hours on me. Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is darker, more pigmented (95% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Blush) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush III (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $27.00) is more muted (90% similar). Ciate Baby Doll (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). NARS Motu Tane (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Maui (P, $38.00) is brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Goddess Contour is a medium orange with hints of brown and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage and also had a firmer press to the pan like the blush (the highlighter is the easiest and most finely-milled powder of the three). It’s apparent that Estee Lauder has joined the bronzer = contour train, because this is an unlikely contour for many skin tones and looks more like a lighter version of most bronzers. It blends out decently and the finish is nice–a natural sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores or look overtly shimmery. It wore for seven and a half hours. Zoeva ND020 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #2 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Terre d'Ete (LE, $78.00) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Lo-Fi (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $33.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Fiji (25) (P, $14.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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