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Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is dark brown with warm, reddish tones and a satiny sheen. MAC Compassion (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Bronze) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Malibu Soleil (LE, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Bronzed Bondi (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Deep (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Burnished (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” The powder had an incredibly smooth, soft, and finely-milled feel to it that blended out beautifully on the skin–it didn’t look dry or totally matte, but it had a nice, natural finish that looked like skin but better. It had semi-sheer to opaque coverage, and the blendable texture made it forgiving and easy to diffuse the coverage if over-applied. The color lasted eight and a half hours on me, which is a bit longer than described!

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (04)

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Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Enamored (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Bronzer) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Bronze Light (LE, $50.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Medium Deep (P, $58.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” It is more satiny than Bronze (01) and Bronze (02), and it has a stronger red undertone, but it isn’t too much darker overall. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable with a thinner consistency that kicked up very little excess powder in the pan. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation that applied well to the skin and didn’t look dry or powdery, while it blended out well and became more natural-looking in finish after it was diffused. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (03)

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Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmering, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Celestial Powder is supposed to give “an agenlic glow” that doesn’t look “glittery.” There are now three shades in the range (the other two are Candlelight and Starlight), and Sunlight is more comparable to Starlight, as it has more color oomph and stronger shimmer compared to Candlelight (which is particularly nice for those who like subtle to moderate highlighters). This is more of a highlighting bronzer, as it adds a lot of glow and luminosity to the skin, but it does add warmth. It is very pigmented, but the texture is soft, blendable, and forgiving, so it can easily be applied with a lighter hand for barely-there golden sheen or more intensely for true-to-pan bronzing. The consistency of the powder was smooth and finely-milled, and this didn’t emphasize my pores or skin texture. It wore well for almost nine hours on me before fading.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder Sunlight
Sunlight
Sunlight
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Bronzer) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Nude Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Capri Coast (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (-, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” The texture was soft, smooth, and very lightly dusty, but it still applied well to the skin without looking powdery or dry (I have normal-to-dry skin). It was easy to blend and diffuse the edges of the bronzer on the skin to get a soft, natural warmth. The color payoff was semi-sheer, but buildable, and should work for those who like barely-there bronzer and those who want more noticeable warmth on the skin. The bronzer stayed on well for just over eight hours before I noticed slight signs of fading.

There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (02)

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Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a soft, medium yellowed brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Original (P, $50.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Nude Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Medium Deep (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Melina (Highlight) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” Now, this isn’t as luminous as Highlight (010), and I can see more of that “matte radiance” concept with the more bronzer-like shades. The texture was very smooth and finely-milled, thin but not dusty, and blended out nicely on the skin without skipping or turning patchy. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (closer to opaque after three layers on me). The bronzer lasted well for eight hours on me–exactly as marketed!–before fading. There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (01)

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Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer
Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer ($58.00 for 0.74 oz.) contains a pink-peach highlighter, mid-tone rose pink blush, and reddish-brown bronzer that create a a muted, medium rosy mauve with warm undertones and a luminous finish when swirled together. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Baby Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Heart Throb (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s designed to be used individually or altogether for “the perfect sun-kissed look.” The powder is described as “finely-milled” and the finish is “natural-looking.” It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan, so it was easy to get color onto the brush while still being nearly effortless to diffuse and soften on the skin. The shimmer produced a smooth, luminous sheen that didn’t emphasize pores but wasn’t so subtle that it was hard to see. The only downside was that there was some excess product kicked up in the pan, which made it harder to use the shades individually as inevitably one shade’s powdery bits would wind up on another, so it is a product I think is better for someone who doesn’t require them to apply as three distinct shades. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before I noticed fading.

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Bronzer Capri
Capri
Capri
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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