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Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, gold-shimmered rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted, luminous sheen. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is warmer. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is . Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer, lower quality. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It is exactly the same as last year’s Spellbound. I strongly would have rather the brand use the same name, because I didn’t know until I received the product and went, “This seems familiar.” It’s a lovely, moderately luminous highlighter otherwise. Laura Mercier describes it as “buildable long-wearing color” to highlight the face. The texture is soft, lightweight, very blendable, and very slightly emphasizes pores at times. I noticed if I used a fan brush, it was fine, but if I used a highlighting or blush brush, there was slight emphasis. The color lasted for eight hours on me.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Indiscretion
Indiscretion

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NYX Amber & Pink the Town HD Blushes

NYX Amber HD Blush
NYX Amber HD Blush

NYX Amber HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. The finish has a soft sheen to it that gives the a skin a nice glow without emphasizing pores or appearing overly shimmery. It had a soft, silky consistency that kicked up excess product in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery applied to the skin. The blush had mostly opaque coverage that was easily blended down or built to true-to-pan intensity in two layers. On me, it lasted seven and a half hours before fading. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is cooler. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is brighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Love (LE, $30.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Pink the Town HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and just a hint of pink. It had a softly luminous finish, so it gave the skin a nice glow without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. It was somewhat powdery to work with, though I didn’t notice it looking powdery or dry on the skin, but be careful of excess powder accumulating in the pan. The blush blended easily, and it wore for seven hours on me. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is darker. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is glossier. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is cooler. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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 Amber
Amber
Amber
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
NYX HD Blush Pink the Town
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple Vitality Cheek Flush

IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple Vitality Cheek Flush
IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple Vitality Cheek Flush

IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple Vitality Cheek Flush ($24.00 for 0.136 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with subtle, cooler undertones and a matte finish. MAC Hipness (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Amour (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is cooler. MAC P.S. I Like You (LE, $22.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is darker, brighter. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter. Milani Tea Rose (08) (LE, $7.99) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be long-wearing and give the “glow of of a stain.” This shade is the most matte out of the four shades available in the formula, and I found the texture to be a little thinner and more prone to powderiness (at least, in the pan) as a result, though it remained blendable on the skin and applied and looked even. On me, despite it leaning cool in the pan, it ended up looking warmer and more like a pinky-coral, so those who have cooler, pinker undertones may find it stays truer-to-pan on them. It has a more “natural matte” finish, where there isn’t really shimmer or a strong sheen, but it doesn’t look totally flat like a true matte would. The color wore well for nine and a half hours before fading.

IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Stain Matte Sweet Apple
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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ColourPop Swift, Thumper, Trickery Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Thumper Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Thumper Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Swift Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rich deep warm brown in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, when applied with a fingertip, while brush application yielded semi-sheer payoff. The texture was a little drier, which seemed to make it harder to get that really opaque, intense color out of it, but luckily, it didn’t impact the application, as it was still easily blended on the skin. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is brighter, warmer, less pigmented, more muted, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Formentera (P, $45.00) is darker. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Thumper Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone true blue pink in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, velvety texture that was blendable on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Gaiety (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, lighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker. Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is . Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Trickery Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft pastel true peach in a satin finish.” It’s a light-medium peach with faint gold shimmer and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color payoff when applied with fingertips with more semi-sheer, buildable coverage when used with a brush. The texture was lightweight, velvety, and smooth, which made it a cinch to apply as it blended out nicely. I didn’t notice the shimmer translate into a real sheen or frost on the skin, though in a magnifying mirror, I can see a few bits of the shimmer there. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Fun Ending (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Alpha Girl (LE, $26.00) is . See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Swift
Swift
Swift
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Thumper
Thumper
Thumper
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Trickery
Trickery
Trickery
B+

Discontinued

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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ColourPop Pegacorn, Prenup, Quarters Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Pegacorn Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Pegacorn Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Pegacorn Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep violet in a satin finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and lighter pink and fuchsia micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which is intense on most skin tones as-is, but if you want truly opaque coverage, it needs a few layers to build up to that. The texture has a slightly more emollient consistency than a lot of the other cheek shades (closer to the highlighter/pearlized finish feel), and it seemed a little harder to get even color when applied to the skin. The shimmer is hard to detect once applied as well. On me, it wore well for nine hours. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Prenup Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone plum pink in a satin finish.” It’s a muted, medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a lighter pink shimmer. It had good color coverage that was fully opaque when applied with fingertips and semi-sheer when applied with a brush. The texture was lightly creamy with slight slip, but it wasn’t wet or thick, so it was easily blended out. It wore well for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Sweet Sentiment (LE, $27.00) is darker. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Tarte Whimsy (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Blush (P, ) is less shimmery, brighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is brighter. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Quarters Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dusty coral in a satin finish.” It’s a muted, medium orange with a hint of brown and a subtle, golden satin shimmer that gives it a very, very soft sheen. It was intensely pigmented when used with a dense blush brush or fingertips, and a duo fiber brush yielded semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage (depending on how heavy handed you are). The texture was smooth and velvety with just enough slip to make getting color out of it easy, but it doesn’t over-apply or feel heavy on the skin. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading. NARS Liberte (, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Gilda (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Early Morning (LE, $27.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Tasty (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted. Tarte Fame (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Bonus (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter. Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Pegacorn
Pegacorn
Pegacorn
B+

Discontinued

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Prenup
Prenup
Prenup
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Quarters
Quarters
Quarters
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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ColourPop Holiday, Homie, Mochi Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Homie Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Homie Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Holiday Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true mid-tone peachy pink in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink-coral with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. There’s a very faint shimmer in the finish when swatched or looked at closely, but on the skin, it’s more of a natural matte finish–not flat but not shimmery. It had good, opaque coverage when applied with a fingertip and more buildable, medium coverage when applied with a duo-fiber brush. The texture was velvety and smooth with a thin, lightweight feel on the skin that was easily blended. On me, it lasted for eight hours. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE, ) is less shimmery. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is lighter. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Tarte Unleashed (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Homie Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “vivid magenta in a matte finish.” It is an intensely brightened, medium-dark magenta purple with cool, violet undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a fingertip, which was buildable to mostly true-to-pan color, if desired, while a duo-fiber brush will give semi-sheer coverage. The consistency is smooth, velvety, but a smidgen drier than other shades, though it doesn’t seem to impact the application/finish on the skin (but I think it is why it isn’t as opaque). On me, the color wore well for ten hours. NARS Desire (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Savage (P, ) is darker, warmer. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Unashamed (LE, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter. NARS Starscape (LE, $30.00) is cooler. Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Mochi Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “bright blue pink in a matte finish.” It’s a light-medium pink with moderate, blue undertones with a satin-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage when applied with a fingertip, which was somewhat buildable but never fully opaque (even after three layers). The texture had that smooth, velvety, spongy feel that felt like powder when it was applied and worked with on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is more muted. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, cooler. NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is warmer. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Quickie (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is lighter. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $30.00) is darker. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is cooler. Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier. Urban Decay Blush (P, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Holiday
Holiday
Holiday
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Homie
Homie
Homie
A-

Discontinued

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Mochi
Mochi
Mochi
B+

Discontinued

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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