Make Up For Ever #20M and #25I Pro Bronze Fusion

Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion ($36.00 for 0.38 oz.) is a recently released “gel-powder” bronzer available in six shades with M signifying “natural matte” and L signifying “iridescent” with respect to the finish. It’s supposed to have a “natural-looking, radiant finish” for “sunkissed radiance” that is also waterproof and long-lasting. The texture is fairly firm, and it’s difficult to get color payoff off of it, even though it feels very smooth and with a fingertip, color does come off the pan. I used a dense, kabuki-like brush (Make Up For Ever launched the 136 Pro Bronze Kabuki Brush alongside these, so I went for something similar) yielded semi-sheer, buildable coverage. The finish was luminous on the skin for both shades, with the L shade being slightly more noticeably shimmery, but it was hard to tell the difference in finish blended and applied to the skin. One shade ran yellow, the other ran orange, and both looked darker and warmer than they appeared in the pan. I think the wavy pattern makes it harder to get good, even color coverage. I’m not sure that many will need this to be waterproof, but it was, at best, water-resistant, but it did turn a little splotchy when I sprayed my face with water. These are the only two I purchased, so I don’t know how warm the other shades run.

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Make Up For Ever #20M Pro Bronze Fusion
Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion #20M
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush ($21.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a luminous finish. Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Cheeky (79) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is more shimery. NARS Douceur (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Peachtwist (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
theBalm Bronzer/Blush Balm Desert
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%

ColourPop Avalon Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Avalon Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true golden bronze with a pink duochrome finish.” It’s a medium-dark copper with warm, orange-red undertones and a frosted sheen that shifts from gold to pink subtly. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is a powder, redder. LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is a powder, less shimmery. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is less shimmery. MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is a powder. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is a powder. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is yellower, powder. MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is slightly darker. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is less red-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Avalon Super Shock Cheek
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Avalon
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
98%
Limited Edition

Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder ($65.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “golden-bronze powder.” It’s a softened, medium-dark brown with lightly warm, yellow undertones and a luminous finish. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is pinker-toned. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is darker, redder. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is darker. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is warmer. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter. NARS Craving (Right) (P) is more shimmery, darker, redder. NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, warmer. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is very similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is slightly darker, browner. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is browner. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Chanel Lumiere d'Ete Illuminating Powder
Chanel Illuminating Powder Lumiere d'Ete
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%

MAC Wash & Dry Bronzers

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder ($27.50 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “bronze.” It’s a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture was drier, chalky, and powdery–but very thin–which made it difficult to get it to stick to the skin. It is better applied over still-damp foundation, but over bare skin, it is more difficult to use. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was buildable to semi-opaque coverage. On me, the color wore well for seven hours before fading. This shade is part of the permanent range. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is yellower. Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $65.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Bronzing Powder
MAC Bronzing Powder Matte Bronze
C-
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
70%
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MAC Wash & Dry Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powders

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder ($35.50 for 0.35 oz.) is a new product in the upcoming Wash & Dry collection. I wasn’t a fan of the Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows, and these aren’t winning me over, either. The texture is stiff, thin, and hardens incredibly easily; I had to jab at the pan’s surface with a metal spatula to get enough visible color for swatches. It’s this texture that is the real bane of this product, because I couldn’t get color out of this with a brush as a result. I don’t have any official descriptive information regarding the new formula, and I can only make some generalizations that it probably has the same type of technology behind it as the eyeshadows and the permanent Studio Sculpt Defining Powder. If I get more specific information, I may adjust the review (e.g. if these were intended to be ultra sheer). For now, I’m reviewing these based on the descriptions of the previously released eyeshadows and current Defining Powders and looked for these to have: “medium buildable coverage” that will “blend easily and comfortably” with a “silky and cream-like” texture.

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MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powders
MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder Delicates
F
Product
4
Pigmentation
3.5
Texture
1
Longevity
7.5
Application
3.5
Total
43%
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