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theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette
theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette ($28.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a slim, travel-friendly palette featuring three of theBalm’s famous highlighters. I’ve loved all three over the years, and to have them in a palette like this is awesome! The quality is exactly the same as the full-sized versions I have: rich, smooth, and buttery textured combined with great color payoff and luminous finishes. The full-sized versions retail for $24.00 and contain 0.30 oz. of product (or $80.00/oz.), so this palette contains $26.40 worth of product. You pay a tiny bit more to try three, but you get three for about the cost of one single shade, and the sizes provided will last quite awhile and are still large enough to get most blush brushes into them.

Mary-Lou Manizer is described as a “honey-hued.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen that gives the skin a luminous glow. The texture is soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and the shimmer toes the right side of the line where it doesn’t emphasize pores, but it is a noticeable highlighter. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Flexitarian (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Stroked) (LE, $55.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Craze (LE) is cooler (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lower quality (95% similar). Too Faced Inner Light (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (Original) (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (Lightness of Being) (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cindy-Lou Manizer is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a subdued, light-medium peach with a hint of pink in its undertone and pink shimmer. Of the three, this has the least shimmery finish, though it still produces a soft glow on the skin. It’s one of those products where the sheen becomes more pronounced as the product is blended and worked into the skin. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency. The texture is less dense (a little thinner) compared to the other two shades. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Lust (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Perles d'Etoiles (LE, $60.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). The Estee Edit Gleam (LE) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Betty-Lou Manizer is described as a “sun-kissed glow.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a golden, frosted sheen. It is intensely pigmented with a lush, buttery, dense texture that applies beautifully and blends out with ease. It has a strong sheen, but it doesn’t emphasize pores. The color wore well for almost nine hours on me. Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

theBalm The Luminizing Collection The Manizer Sisters
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 1.93 oz.) is a large, limited edition holiday set that has a little bit of everything, but it is primarily an eyeshadow and blush palette with a few extras thrown in. There are a lot of chunky, glittery eyeshadows included in the palette, which are difficult to use without a really good tacky primer (which is why I think they should have included their own Glitter Glue adhesive instead of their regular eyeshadow primer!). The packaging is very giftable, but it is bulky, so those who have a fair amount of palettes in their stash may find that a lot of the packaging ends up in the recycling bin. This review is focused only on the eyeshadows and cheek products and excludes the primer, mascara, and liquid lip color (that I’ve reviewed as a standalone product in the past).

The value is more complicated to calculate, as Too Faced’s eyeshadow formula is the one they use in palettes but seems quite different from their only available single formula (Exotic Color). They also don’t indicate that the blushes in the palette are anything more than their go-to blush formula in palettes (I don’t think they’re the new Love Flush formula). That being said, here is what I did calculate:

  • Eyeshadows: 1.11 oz. = $102.46 value (palette price per ounce) or $333.00 (single price per ounce)
    • I think the price per ounce of their eyeshadows in their 9-pan palettes, which are $36.00 for 0.39 oz. or $92.31/oz. is more comparable, but if you go with the price per ounce of their Exotic Color Eyeshadow singles, then it would be $300.00/oz.
  • Blushes: 0.16 oz. = $19.81 value
    • Even though the blushes don’t seem to be the Love Flush formula, the $26.00 for 0.21 oz. or $123.81 seems about right for an equivalent standalone blush formula.
  • Highlighter: 0.08 oz. = $6.86 value
    • Their Candlelight Glow highlighter duo is $30.00 for 0.35 oz. or $85.71/ oz.
  • Bronzer: 0.08 oz. = $6.86 value
    • Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer is $30.00 for 0.35 oz. or $85.71/oz.
  • Shadow Insurance: 0.17 oz. = $9.71 value
    • The full-size is $20.00 for 0.35 oz. or $57.14/oz.
  • Melted Peony: 0.16 fl. oz. = $8.40 value
    • The full-size is $21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz. or $52.50/oz.
  • Better Than Sex Mascara: 0.17 oz. = $14.48 value
    • The full-size is $23.00 for 0.27 oz. or $85.19/oz.
  • Total Value: $168.58 or $399.12

White Christmas is a cool-toned white with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, was lightly powdery, and lasted seven and a half hours. Makeup Geek White Lies (P, $6.00)(100% similar). Smashbox Snow (LE) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Linen (P, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pick Me Up (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Zoeva Stitch by Stitch (P) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Banshee (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC White (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Ivy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Satin Sheets is a pink-tinged peach with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It had so-so pigmentation with a slightly drier texture that was prone to sheering out when applied. It faded after seven and a half hours of wear. Anastasia Treasure (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Champagne Rose (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Nude Shimmer (LE, $18.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Fizz the Season (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #4 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek I'm Peachless (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Jardin Zen #2 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vintage Lace is a light-medium, pale yellow with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and was powdery to work with. It lasted for seven hours before fading. Tarte Summer Breeze (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Real Fantasy (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Entomology (P) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Tabby (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Undressed (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Glamour Light (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 4 (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Custard (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Pre-Game (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Delightful is a bright, pale pinky-white with a metallic sheen. It had decent color payoff with a fairly soft, blendable texture that lasted for eight hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I528 Pearl (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Let's Skate (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Ex-boyfriend (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Touch of Lilac (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Alabaster Starling (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Lily (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Coated (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moon on Their Wings is a glittery, light-medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. The glitter doesn’t bind with the eyeshadow, which is also on the more powdery side, so this shade has a ton of fall out during application as well as during wear, plus it sheers out too readily. The color started to crease after seven hours of wear. Divergent Choose (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Uninhibited (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pastelluxe #1 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Vivacious (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC 2x Dare #2 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Butter Pecan (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Natural Vigor #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Nude Beach (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cobblestone is a muted, medium brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was easily blended on the lid. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Sante (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Wanderer (LE) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Flirt in a Skirt (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Painkiller (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Jetsetter (P) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Clay (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Suede (58V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Lt. Brown (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Anaheim (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Lights is a brightened, medium-dark orange-toned brown with subtle, gold micro-shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It wasn’t glittery, but you’ll find this works more as a matte than a shade with shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wore for eight hours. Urban Decay Riff (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Frappe (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #2 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Dormouse (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Substitute for Love (P) is darker (95% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #4 (P) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia RTW (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Terracotta (62S) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Stinger (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop As If (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Melon (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Tout Suite (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Crenshaw (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dreamlight is a medium-dark, bronzyb rown with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fantastic color coverage with a rich, smooth, and buttery texture that applied beautifully to the skin. This shade started to crease after eight hours of wear. Hourglass Infinity #3 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay YDK (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Mocha (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Mosaic (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Don't Tell (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Metallic Bronze (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Lancome My French #6 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Rosewood (51M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #6 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Rose Quartz (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Moi (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Gingerbread Mansion (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

String of Lights is a glittery, silvery-white with iridescent glitter that flashes violet and blue. This seemed more like a shade you’d layer over something else for a pop of sparkle, but it functioned horribly as a standalone eyeshadow as it was chunky and got everywhere but where you wanted it. Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE) is more pigmented (95% similar). Colour Pop Swan (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Electric Illumination (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Opal Coast (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Cosmic (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Eau d'Argent (02) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lapisluxe #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Plumluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Filament (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Yule Log is a muted, dark brown with multi-colored shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a dusty texture that made it hard to blend out without looking patchy and uneven. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. Dior Exuberante #5 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). theBalm #1 (P, $6.50) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Jagged (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Gilded Ganache (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Gucci Beauty Fumé (Right) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Zagreb (LE, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Baby I'm a Star (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Low (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Night Golds #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Friendly (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wish List is a bright, orange-leaning gold with a metallic sheen. The texture is almost crumbly, as it is very soft but also quite dense, so it can “thicken” on itself on the lid, which can emphasize the texture of the lid. It wore for seven and a half hours before creasing. Too Faced Bonjour (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Vision (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Up to No Gold (LE) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Amber (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Stila Vitality (P) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Unlimited (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Golden Nugget (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Some Like It Dot (LE) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Arc de Triomphe is a muted, light-medium peachy beige with warm undertones, metallic sheen, and slight glitter. It had good pigmentation with a blendable, smooth texture, though there was fall out while it wore for seven and a half hours. Colour Pop Koosh (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome My French #4 (LE) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay High (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.49) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Champagne Buzz (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Crystal Spark (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Devotion (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Benefit RSVP (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Nude Beach (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Belle Femme is a muted, dark brown with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a silky, soft texture that ran a little powdery but blended out well on the skin. It started fade after eight hours of wear. LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00)(100% similar). Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is warmer (100% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE)(100% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Activist (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M620 Gray Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Pick Me Up at 8 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC How You Thrill Me (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Dim the Lights (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Don't Turn A-Brown (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Chocolate Espresso (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stiletto is a deep black with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was somewhat dusty and a little firm in the pan, but it was okay. The coverage was semi-opaque, while it didn’t fade until after eight hours of wear. Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00)(100% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Black Coffee (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Overnight (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte On a Good Notre Dame (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Point 'n' Shoot (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Cookies and Cream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Wanted (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Cinderblack (LE, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Scandal Eyes (Cream) (P) is glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eiffel is a glittering, warm-toned gray with gold and olive glitter. It was chunky, dry, and prone to fall out during wear. It was a real mess to work with. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Hazy Day (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Pistol (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Divergent Diverge (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Garden Roses #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop That Girl (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #4 (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Pastelluxe #5 (P) is darker (80% similar). Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Disco Ball (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Midnight in Paris is a glittery, navy blue with chunky sparkle. The texture was crumbly, almost like sand (not quite that bad), and virtually unusable without an adhesive base as none of it would stick. I could blow lightly at the swatch I did and watch the glitter fly. MAC Bleuluxe #2 (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Stormy Seas (113) (LE, $13.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #4 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Party Time (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Blueberry Swirl (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Sapphire (P)(90% similar). The Estee Edit Trip (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Heavy, Black and Pendulous (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champs Elysees is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a drier, slightly firm texture in the pan. It lasted for seven hours on me. Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Plumluxe #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Violet Sugar (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lunacy (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Campanule (107) (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Canberra (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Get Physical (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Iridescent Purple (P, $12.00) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Dance Party (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Party Dress is a bright, fuchsia pink with subtle, cool undertones and faint gold sparkle. It was dry, dusty, and prone to sheering out on the skin, plus the gold sparkle fell below the lid while worn over a seven hour period. Urban Decay Noise (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Available in Petite (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). CoverGirl Fired-up Pink (305) (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Infra-violet (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Backlash (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $13.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Party Girl (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.75) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stardust is a muted, light-medium coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was firm in the pan and had semi-sheer coverage that was hard to build-up on the skin. It lasted for seven hours before fading. Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00)(90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Every Time You Go (LE, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Skyline is a muted, light-meidum pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture with color that lasted for seven and a half hours. YSL Singuliere (1) (P, $47.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Valentine (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Audacious Plum (P, $34.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00)(90% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Bonnie (Shade) (P) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flush is a soft, light-medium yellow gold with a fine, pearly sheen. This illuminated the skin beautifully without emphasiznig pores, though it was a little thin in texture. It wore well for eight hours. MAC Bare End (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Spoon (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sun Bunny #1 is a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, but the texture was powdery and thinner. The standalone version (and past ones I’ve tried) had greater density, because I noticed with this palette’s version, a lot of the shimmer dusted away and didn’t remain on the face–it looked more like a satin finish applied, which was quite strange. It lasted for eight hours. Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Vientiane (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is darker (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Craving (Right) (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Holiday 2015 Christmas in Paris Palette Le Grand Palais
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.29 oz.) includes three Ambient Lighting Powders, two Ambient Lighting Blushes, and one Ambient Lighting Bronzer in a large, plastic palette with an interior mirror. If you don’t mind having to finagle your brushes just so or have no issues using two or three shades at a time, and you’re a fan of the Hourglass Ambient formulas, then it might be worth looking at. I think that with how out of line it is compared to their other palettes that it is hard to recommend, even if the quality is good, because I see more value in picking up one or two that you’d use often and love. I had some texture issues with Luminous Flush, which was much more powdery/dusty this time around. Otherwise, the blushes/bronzers were more or less of one shade due to the nature of it being a mixed composition (so they can vary from pan to pan quite a bit).

With respect to the size and quantity of the palette, here is what I wrote previously: One of the main concerns I saw from readers when the palette was announced was with respect to the size of the palette, both actual size as well as quantity. The pans are smaller than prior palettes, and the majority of blush brushes are too small (even my SUQQU/Chikuhodo Z brushes barely fit, and those are smaller cheek brushes). Here is how it breaks down for value:

  • Ambient Lighting Edit:  0.294 oz. for $80.00 = $272.11/oz.
    • Contains:  $18.90 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder; $22.87 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush; and $6.28 worth of Ambient Lighting Bronzer
    • Value:  $48.05
  • Ambient Lighting Blush Palette: 0.33 oz. for $58.00 = $175.76/oz.
    • Value:  $77.00 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush
  • Ambient Lighting Powder Palette: 0.35 oz. for $58.00 =$165.71/oz.
    • Value:  $45.00 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder
  • Ambient Lighting Powder: 0.35 oz. for $45.00 = $128.57/oz.
  • Ambient Lighting Blush: 0.15 oz. for $35.00 = $233.33/oz.
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer: 0.39 oz. for $50.00 = $128.21/oz.

It’s a real shame that Hourglass priced this year’s palette so high; the value is really out of sync compared to the past palette releases.  On one hand, you can justify spending more even if the quantity isn’t a great value to get six shades for the price of 2-3 products, but the difference in value of products to what you pay is so much more than most kits and palettes where a pesky thing like principles can come into play.  I also think that having the actual size of each pan being so small makes it very hard to use; you really can’t use a powder brush for all-over dusting with the Ambient Lighting Powders (which is how they’re often used) or a blush brush (and forget about a bronzer brush!).

Dim Light is described as a “neutral peach beige powder.” It’s a light, peachy beige with warm undertones and a fine, satiny shimmer. It’s very close to my skin tone, so it doesn’t add or take away from my natural coloring, but on fairer skin tones, it may warm up the skin. I find it works well as setting or finishing powder dusted all-over, and it does a nice job of making the skin appear smoother and more diffused without reading powdery or heavy.

Iridescent Light is a “sheer illuminating highlighter.” It is a very light, peach-hued beige with white shimmer. The texture is soft but dusty (more so than most Ambient Lighting products) and produces a light sheen. I imagine it will be appealing to anyone who finds the average highlighter too much. I’m not sure if this will work as well over deeper skin tones, as it has a whiter base against my skin tone, but it may work and it may also work if layered over a blush. It wore well for eight hours on me. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Diffused Light is described as a “soft, warm pale yellow.” It’s a very light, yellowed white with very subtle shimmer. This shade is supposed to “reduce redness and give skin clarity.” It should work as a finishing or setting powder on some skin tones, and then will likely be too light for deeper skin tones. The powder softens and gives skin a smoother appearance without making it look flat or totally matte. Though it is more of a finishing powder by design, Hourglass’ formula has enough powderiness to it that it also extends the wear of my base by an hour or two.

Mood Exposure is described as a “soft plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with warm undertones and a satin sheen. This performed just like the full-sized blush I have–soft, smooth, blendable–with eight hour wear. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Black Opal Hibiscus (P, $8.95) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Baby Love (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Strip Blush (P) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Luminous Flush is described as a “champagne rose.” It’s a soft, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color was similar to the full-sized version I have, but the texture was more powdery and prone to sheering out. It seemed drier, though it still sat well on the skin and didn’t look powdery applied.
Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Red Obsessed (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Newport Peach (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Luminous Bronze Light is described as a “medium tan shade infused with Luminous Light.” It’s a soft, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and soft shimmer. It had good color payoff with a glowing finish that didn’t emphasize pores but was still noticeable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $65.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is lighter, warmer, lower quality (90% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) (P, $64.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Lit (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Bronze (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hourglass Holiday 2015 Ambient Lighting Palette Ambient Lighting Edit
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated
Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft bronze shimmer with golden bronze sparkle.” It’s a muted, medium-dark tan brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and gold sparkle. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $65.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, brighter (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is a baked formula that is supposed to have “microfine shimmer” and the “color payoff of a loose powder, with the convenience of a pressed powder.” Urban Decay’s idea of “microfine” and “just-perfect shimmer” is much larger in particle size than what I think of when I think of finely-milled shimmer–these are more like sparkle; visible as individual particles on the skin. You can buff and brush away much of the more obvious particles, which gives the skin more of a luminous sheen, but there are still some sparkles that I can detect on the skin. The texture is thin, lightweight, and very blendable on the cheeks. The color lasted for seven hours on me before fading.

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder Lit
Lit
Lit
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Contour

Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush
Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush

Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a fine, gold shimmer-sheen. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Contour (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. As described, Fiji is a buildable shade from semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage (two to three layers, and it doesn’t look like you’ve over-applied powder) with a soft, very lightly powdery consistency, that is blendable on the skin without emphasizing pores. The shimmer is noticeable but flatters the skin by giving it a lovely sheen. If you like your contour to have some shimmer, it could certainly be used as a contour on some skin tones, but it seems more like a traditional bronzing shade. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Sephora Colorful Blush Fiji (25)
Fiji (25)
Fiji (25)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($68.00 for 0.52 oz.) is a new, permanent take on the often-raved about Filmstar Bronze & Glow that’s deeper and warmer. I think the texture is a bit more refined–smoother, more finely-milled, and forgiving on the skin–in the original, but this is still quite good. Both shades are good or better pigmentation that was buildable, while they were easily blended out on the skin. I had no problem wearing both powders all day long. I hope the brand will come out with an even darker version and/or cooler-toned varieties.

Medium/Dark Bronze is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted, gold sheen. The texture was slightly dry, though it blended out without issue on the skin, and I felt like it was just slightly emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. On, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Laguna (P) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Medium/Dark Glow is a brightened pop of orange with warm undertones and a soft, orange-gold shimmer-sheen finish. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable in two passes, if desired. The shimmer in the powder didn’t emphasize pores, as it was finer and combined with the powder better than the bronzer. On my medium complexion, it added color and luminosity, so for some skin tones it may be an additional bronzer and/or highlighting blush, while for darker skin tones, it may be more of a traditional highlighter. It lasted for eight and a half hours on my skin. Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Flamme (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Peach Nectar (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Tigerlily (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow Medium/Dark
Medium/Dark
Medium/Dark
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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