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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. Cle de Peau Cranberry (P, $60.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Plum Foolery (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Buddy (Shimmer) (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Black Opal Orchid (P, $8.95) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Carnation (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pale Fig (P, $60.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (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). MAC Giggly (LE, $27.00)(90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is less shimmery, brighter (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is lighter (85% similar). Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% 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. Urban Decay Native Blush (-) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Above & Beyond (LE) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Blush) (P) is more muted (95% similar). MAC You've Got Me Feeling (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pixie Pink (P, $6.99) is cooler (90% similar). MAC I'm the One (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (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). Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir (P, $32.00) is more muted, warmer (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). Tarte Surreal (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.49) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Dream (LE, $28.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NYX Flamingo (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter (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. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 18 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (95% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Maui Nights (P, $38.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Hansel (Shade) (P) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is lighter, more muted (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, $33.00) 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). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) 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). LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Bronzer) (P) is less shimmery, cooler (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). Giorgio Armani No. 14 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P) is lighter, 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, $26.00)(90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Uplifting (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Blow a Fuse Pearl (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Blow a Fuse Gold (P) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Sand (LE) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Crank It Up Gold (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Glo Getter (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% 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 Scenario (P, $37.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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). MAC Amor Prohibido (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Guerlain Forever Brown (305) (P, $37.00) is darker (80% similar). Hourglass Achiever (P, $32.00) is more muted, 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. Tom Ford Beauty La Piscine (LE, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Emotion (92) (LE, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Rapture (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Recit (212) (P, $37.00) is 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. Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $32.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $32.00) 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
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Avalon

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Parasol

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Toasty

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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 Liquid Prism (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). NYX Moon Glow (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Ever Glow Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $70.00) 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). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Right) (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (85% similar). Tarte Glow (Tarteist) (LE) is less shimmery (85% 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. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 18 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $29.00) 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). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is darker (90% similar). NYX Rose Quartz (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (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). Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Drop of a Hat (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). NARS Embruns (LE) is more muted, warmer (80% 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, $26.00)(90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Uplifting (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Blow a Fuse Pearl (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Blow a Fuse Gold (P) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Sand (LE) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Crank It Up Gold (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Glo Getter (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% 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 Flair for Finery (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Catty (LE, $17.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Sublime Pleasure (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Last Call (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Ace (LE, $5.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC How Darling (LE, $17.00)(90% similar). MAC Light English Red (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flynn (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Love Happens (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Woodrose (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Olga (422) (P, $37.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Naked Dream (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Rose Ruban (211) (P, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Soft Savour (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Littlestitious (P, $6.00) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). MAC Angel (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Mischievous Rose (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Foodie (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $32.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $32.00) 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). Buxom Hooligan (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Faded (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Estee Lauder Inspiring (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Grande Dame (P, $23.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Zin (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Bois de Rose (P, $32.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Cozy (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Soft Berry (P, $35.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shush, Blush (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Garance (P, $55.00) is lighter (85% similar). Shiseido Rose Crush (RD715) (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Hitch Hike (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Mystical (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte TBT (P, $20.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Finally Free (LE, $17.00) is cooler, less glossy (80% similar). Burberry Dark Rosewood (P, $34.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Bite Beauty Verbena (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Strobing Kit Fair/Medium
Fair/Medium
Fair/Medium
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Non-Fiction

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Parasol

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Fame

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Thistle

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Marmalade

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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 (-) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Soft Serve (LE, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $33.00) is darker (95% 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 Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC My Mimi (LE, $45.50) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Strange New Worlds (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $33.00) 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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NARS Despair Cheek Palette

NARS Despair Cheek Palette
NARS Despair Cheek Palette

NARS Despair Cheek Palette ($65.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes four blushes (three new, one part of the permanent line) and a travel-sized ITA kabuki brush. The palette contains $90 worth of blush, so it is a good deal for those who enjoy NARS’ blush formulas, and what’s nice is that three are totally new (though not without their dupes, of course!). I’m not a fan of the ITA in any shape or form, let alone the travel-sized version, which is just rougher and scratchier than the full-size. NARS’ blush palettes like this one seem bulkier than they need to be, but it should still travel well.

Nico is a light beige with a satin shimmer. It had good color coverage with a lightly powdery texture, but it was very smooth and blendable on the skin. This doesn’t show up much on me; it’s more like a very, very subtle highlighter on my skin tone, and I’m not sure if it’ll work at all on deeper skin tones, but it may be something you could mix with one of the other shades to lighten then. On me, it lasted for seven hours. This is part of the permanent range. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Star! (LE) is darker (95% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Savage is a medium, coral-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that applied without too much trouble, but it could have been easier to blend out on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before fading along the edges. Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is cooler (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Orange #3 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Sid (Shade) (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Boys Don't Cry (LE, $41.00) is brighter, more pigmented, better quality (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Coral #2 (P) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Esoteric is a soft, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and fine gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a very easily blended texture, though it was noticeable dusty and kicked-up excess in the pan. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Style Cast (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Synthetica (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Bright Response (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, better quality (90% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Tigerlily (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Daydream (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Freshen Up (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Minnie's Inner Glow (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ferocious is a muted, medium-dark plum with cooler undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture–it was the best shade in the palette–that lasted for eight hours on the skin. Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate (Shade) (LE) is less shimmery, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). MAC Plum Foolery (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Petulant (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, glossier (90% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC All Aflush (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry Silk and Bloom (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Easy (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Flash (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Cle de Peau Pale Fig (P, $60.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Right) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). CoverGirl Deep Mauve (P, $9.99) is cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Mauve Mystique (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). NARS Misconduct (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Holiday 2015 Cheek Palette Despair
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