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Dior Floral Pink (844) Diorblush

Dior Floral Pink (844) Diorblush
Dior Floral Pink (844) Diorblush

Dior Floral Pink (844) Diorblush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium pink with subtly warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Launch Away (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC First Waves (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is cooler (90% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is brighter (90% similar). Burberry S/S15 Runway (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Santa Baby (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Native Blush (-, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is cooler (85% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The DiorBlush formula is supposed to be a pigmented and blendable powder blush. The texture, while blendable on the skin, was powdery and looked somewhat powdery/dry against my skin (normal at the moment). It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage. There seemed to be the slightest bit of shimmer in the product, but it read as a traditional matte finish applied. On me, the blush started to fade after six and a half hours of wear.

Dior Glowing Gardens Diorblush Floral Pink (844)

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ColourPop Santos & New Lowes Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Santos Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Santos Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Santos Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft golden bronze.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, rosy undertones and a pearly sheen. There’s a plum/rosy vibe I get from it that makes it appear less bronzy, especially as I blended it out (even against my warmer undertones). The texture was smooth, soft, and blendable without being too dry or too emollient. It had buildable color coverage from semi-sheer to opaque, depending on how you applied it (which is how it is described). This shade wore well for ten hours before fading. Urban Decay Sesso (Bronzer) (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Ganymede (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Bronze) (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Stila Kitten (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 17 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented, cooler (85% similar). MAC Compassion (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop New Lowes Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned berry.” It’s a medium-dark berry with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to mostly opaque with a natural finish that wasn’t shimmery but not totally matte. The more this is blended out (and sheered out), the more it appears as a stain. The texture was smooth, thin, and a little drier compared to the more shimmery shades in the cheek color range. It was fairly blendable, but it wasn’t quite as effortless as Santos. It wore well for ten hours before starting to fade. NARS Chic (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Violet #2 (P, ) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Fantastic (66) (DC, $38.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Blind Score (LE, $22.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Black Up NBL 03 (P, $26.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Hot Nights (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fever (P, $23.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $26.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Santos
Santos
Santos
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek New Lowes
New Lowes
New Lowes
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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Too Faced Love Flush Blush Palette

Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe
Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe

Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe ($36.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes six, miniature-sized blushes–all six that exist in the Love Flush range. The palette contains $52 worth of blush, and it is a nice way to try six for less than the price of two full-sized ones. I love the concept, and I think the quality is on-par with or better than the permanent, individual pans that came out. The big takeaway is that I think the formula is better than it rates, as it primarily gets dinged for not lasting the 16-hours promised (wear is between eight and ten hours), so if getting half the stated wear-time isn’t a deal-breaker, the formula is well-worth a look, whether an individual shade or the palette. The shades were extremely consistent with the individual compacts I tested previously; I specifically tested the shades in the palette for quality and wear, but for the photos of the blushes on my face, those were taken from original reviews.

I know the most frequently asked question/made comment was with respect to the physical width/size of the pans, and they’re large enough for an average-sized blush brush to fit (I tried a Wayne Goss Blush Brush and MAC 159 Blush Brush), but even still, the reason why it works is there is enough space between each pan, so you do not have to worry about colors mixing. Also worth noting, the packaging is very long, so it is harder to store in an average-sized makeup bag.

Love Hangover is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation (more pigmented than the individual I have!) with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to apply and diffuse on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Laugh (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Pearlescent Pink (P, $2.99) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 103 Golden Peach (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Baby Love is a muted, medium rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily on the skin. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours. Tarte Empowering (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Elevated (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Cle de Peau Perfect Peach (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Black Opal Hibiscus (P, $8.95) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I Will Always Love You is a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a fine, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had nice color payoff with a very soft, finely-milled, and smooth texture. The color went on nicely and lasted for eight and a half hours. Colour Pop Bottomless (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Synthetica (P, $7.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Reflex (82) (LE, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tasty (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Sparkling Bellini (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Solar Ray (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC My Paradise (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Moon Beach (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

How Deep is Your Love is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation–not fully opaque–with a soft, smooth texture. I found the version in the palette to actually be easier to blend out than the individual compact version I have. This shade lasted for nine hours. Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Blush) (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Coral #2 (P, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Cote Basque (LE, $39.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B316 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Bottom) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Scorching (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Justify My Love is a brightened, light-medium bubblegum pink with cool, blue undertones and a dusting of gold sparkle over a semi-matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that was just a smidgen powdery, but it did not appear dry or powdery on the skin. The color wore well for almost nine hours. Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Babe (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido (500) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC I'm the One (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Robotic (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dream (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B204 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $23.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Your Love is King is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that applied well and wore for nine and a half hours on me. It was easier to blend out the palette version than the compact version I have, though the palette version didn’t seem quite as bright swatched (but more similar applied). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). NARS Impudique (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Warmhearted (LE, $28.00) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is more muted (90% similar). Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is more pigmented, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is supposed to be an exceptionally long-wearing (16 hours), pigmented, and “buttery soft” blush. It’s a nice blush, but unsurprisingly, it doesn’t last 16 hours. Some shades last eight hours, others last a little closer to ten hours–it is nice wear for powder blush generally, but you’ll find that many shades’ ratings took a hit because of the 16-hour wear claim. The blush has a soft texture that’s just firm enough not to kick up a lot of excess powder, but it’s not too firm where you can’t get good color payoff when you use it. Pigmentation varied from shade to shade and ranged from semi-opaque to totally opaque, while the blush tended to blend well on the skin with a satin to luminous finish. The compacts may be a little hard to open if you have larger fingers/hands (like me), and sometimes I felt like the pattern made it harder to get good pigmentation out of the blush if I used a more feathery brush.

Too Faced Blush Wardrobe Love Flush
Love Flush
Love Flush
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
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MAC Cheek Pollen & Spellbinder Blushes

MAC Cheek Pollen Blush
MAC Cheek Pollen Blush

MAC Cheek Pollen Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “warm nude [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin shimmer-sheen finish. It was richly pigmented with a really soft, smooth, almost buttery consistency that applied well to the skin. It blended out beautifully, while the satin finish gave the skin luminosity without emphasizing pores. On me, it lasted for eight hours. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Glow With It (P, $33.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Ganymede (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Amaretto (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio II (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Takeover (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Nude (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Spellbinder Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pastel yellow pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a slightly softened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color payoff and a soft, smooth texture that blended out easily on the skin. The sheen becomes more pronounced the more it is buffed into the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading. LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more muted (90% similar). CoverGirl Light Rose (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B302 (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Legendary (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blind Date (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P, ) is less shimmery (85% similar). Milani Berry Rays #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Powder Blush Cheek Pollen
Cheek Pollen
Cheek Pollen
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
MAC Powder Blush Spellbinder
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Nights Palette

MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit
MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit

MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit ($44.00 for 0.36 oz.) includes four powder eyeshadows and one Cream Colour Base (cream product), with the cream product housed underneath the powders, so you shouldn’t get too much cross-contamination from the powders. I liked it overall, though it is, of course, more dupable given it is a set of neutral shades. I think it would be an easier to sell if it was a quad of powder eyeshadows (it would also be more streamlined, as it wouldn’t have a second level to it) with the Cream Colour Base sold separately. It is priced pretty similarly to most limited edition, specially-packaged eyeshadow quads (which contain the same amount of powder product), so it’s almost like getting the CCB for free.

This Love is described as a “pinky orange-pearl.” It’s a light-medium, peachy copper with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a thin, lightly emollient consistency (I want to say greasy, but it’s not truly greasy!) that glides over the skin well and gives it a dewy finish. As a highlighter, it lasted for seven and a half hours (marketed for eight-hour wear, so not bad). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #3 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Summer Opal (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Forward March (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Stila Sending My Love Highlighter (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starry Eyed is described as a “cream high pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a sparkling, light white with warm undertones and a glittery finish. It appears darker and more peach-like in the pan, but it is much lighter and whiter when I swatched it, which may have been due to the drier, flakier texture where little powder came off but lots of sparkle did. It was a messy one to apply, and I think it would be best over a tacky base. I actually thought it was a Lustre when I tested it, and I was surprised to see it was a Frost. Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Alchemy (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Light Touch (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Stila Nude Shimmer (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #3 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Lancome My French #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #2 (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Diamond Butterfly (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Crystal Spark (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Tulle (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior Golden Reflections #3 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Makeup Geek I'm Peachless (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

You My Everything is described as a “mid-tone peachy brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was smooth and finely-milled with decent to good pigmentation, but I had some issues with it sticking to bare skin, though it should be fine over a primer–it’s probably a wee bit too dry to get along with bare skin (which is normal-to-dry). It lasted for seven hours on me. LORAC Hot Toddy (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Nectar (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Tuscan Sun (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Lantana (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Sweetheart (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop The News (LE, $5.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Sugarpill Suburbia (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Placebo (LE, ) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Saddle is described as a “golden orange brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a matte finish. It had an incredibly smooth, finely-milled, and silky consistency that applied well and blended out beautifully. This shade is part of MAC’s permanent range, so if it’s the only shade that catches your eye, you can purchase it individually. It wore well for eight hours on me. Makeup Geek Tan Lines (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Substitute for Love (P, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cookie (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Crenshaw (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Cognac (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Riff (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Morocco (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Stila Individual (P, ) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #4 (P, ) is lighter, more muted, less pigmented (85% similar). LORAC Unspoken (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Walnut (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Exposed (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, more muted (85% similar). MAC Uninterrupted (DC, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hanging On is described as a “muted plum-brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark, taupe brown with subtle, warmer undertones but a more pronounced gray tone on top paired with a satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation with a slightly firmer consistency, but it was blendable and easy enough to apply onto the lid. This shade wore for eight hours before fading. LORAC Black #5 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Fairfax (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Dark Sienna (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Aromatic (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). YSL Saharienne #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Vendome #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Nevermind (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Nights
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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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, $33.00) 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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