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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. Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (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). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Nude Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunkissed (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Medium Deep (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Dame (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% 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.” 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, $23.00) 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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Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer
Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer ($58.00 for 0.74 oz.) consists of a gradient of light, peachy-beige; muted coral; and subdued brown with reddish undertones that swirls and creates a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a luminous finish. Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Style (P, $23.00) is brighter (85% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery (85% 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.” The powder was very soft, smooth, and blendable, while kicking up a bit of excess powder in the pan, but it didn’t look dusty or dry on the skin. It seemed denser and more refined compared to some of Kevyn Aucoin’s more matte blushes. The texture sat well on the skin and yielded a noticeable sheen but wasn’t overtly shimmery nor did it emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. It had good pigmentation that could easily be applied with a lighter hand for a more diffused, sheerer look, if desired. On me,
it wore well for eight hours before fading. It’s easier to use it two shades at a time, rather than one, but it is possible to use just one shade at a time with most highlighter brushes.

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

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Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette ($45.00 for 0.64 oz.) contains three cheek colors and nine eyeshadows. The formula on some of the more matte shades was very, very silky and soft, but they kicked up a lot of excess powder in the pan and often sheered out when blended–more so than some of Tarte’s past palettes. I noticed that some of the darker shades seemed to become more muted just a few minutes after applying, so it felt like I had to really pat and pack on some shades to get definition and depth out of them. I think the colors complement each other well, and I liked that there were some plummy hues thrown in with warmer, more orange-toned shades. I also felt like the cheek colors actually worked with the palette and its different color combinations, so the scheme is very cohesive. The palette is slated to be fully released on June 6th!

Sweet Tea is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish tones and a mostly matte finish, but there were a few gold sparkles in the product. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky feel in the pan, which was fairly blendable and lasted for eight hours on me. Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is lighter (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Does This Thing Really Work? is a muted, pinky-plum with subtle, cool undertones and gold sparkle that sits over a matte base. The sparkle doesn’t bind well with the color itself, so it doesn’t tend to stick well to the skin; the few bits that do migrate and move throughout the day or eventually fall off. The texture was smooth and soft, but it was somewhat powdery and looked a little dry on my normal-to-dry skin. It lasted for eight hours (not the 12-hours promised by the formula, though eight hours is similar to wear I get with most blush formulas). Estee Lauder Rebel Rose (P, $34.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Petulant (LE, $22.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Debbie Harry Blush (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay TMI (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). KIKO 112 Light Plum (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Rose (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Empowering (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Subtle Breeze (LE, $27.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Wrapped Candy (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals The Love Letter (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gator Wings is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic, glittery finish. There are large glitter particles in this one, and they show up on the face a lot, but they do not look even, so sometimes they catch the light and look sparkly, while other times they don’t and look more like specks of dirt on the skin. This emphasized my skin’s natural texture quite a bit, so if that’s a deal-breaker, I would recommend using a very light touch and a fan brush, then tapping powder over it to minimize the effect. It wore well for seven and a half hours before turning patchy. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (95% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 3 Gold Champagne (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Bloom (LE, $80.00) is darker (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

#SFS is a light-medium, muted, peachy-pink with warm, golden shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too dusty or too firm. It wore well for seven hours before fading on me. Too Faced Christmas Blend (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Future (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Kylie Cosmetics Seashell (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Codes Subtils #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Friendship File (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Custom Made (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Glitzy Blitzen (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Laura Mercier Pink Haze (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). Stila Metallic Peach (LE, $18.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Natural Peaches is a muted, medium orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but the consistency was so soft that it was dusty, which led to it sheering out when it was applied to the skin. This would benefit from a primer, as it would give it a better surface to adhere to. It wore well for seven hours. Sephora Biscotti (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Millennial (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Toffee (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S714 Bisque (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dunes (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Spread the Love (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Soft Peach (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S710 Peach (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dogman is a medium-dark red-brown with warm undertones and a dash of fine gold sparkle. The sparkles dust away almost immediately upon application, so I would consider this a matte brown overall. The formula was very smooth and finely-milled, but it kicks up excess product and sheers out on the skin. I noticed that it also faded after a few minutes to more of a muted brown, whereas initially it had more of a warm, burnt orange appearance. After that initial change, the color was good for seven hours. Zoeva Cheap Bar (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Top Notch (LE, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Popular Demand (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Persona Audacious (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Not For Sale (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Bitter (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Red Ochre (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Romance (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Coloured Raine Native (P, $6.99) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Self Portrait 3 #2 (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Extra Bitter (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Morphe Roxanne (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Realgar (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Whimsy (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Morphe Buns (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Summer Yum (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop French Kiss (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Big Baby is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and silky texture that was just a bit powdery but applied well and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Breakfast in Bed (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Banana Date (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P, ) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Shade I (2015) (LE, $25.00) is warmer, lower quality (95% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Queen's Lace (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Daydream (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #1 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Obscura #1 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Undressed (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Real Fantasy (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Summer Breeze (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sassy Bun is a medium copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had a looser consistency in the pan and was a bit drier to work with, so some of the shimmer seemed to separate from the base color when I blended it out. I think it would be better over a primer or with a slightly dampened brush. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Viseart Minx #4 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Olive Blend #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #7 (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #12 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Siros (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Gold Leaf (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Wanderin' Free (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Snakebite (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Medium (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Fit (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Bronze Casting (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Golden Copper (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sippy Sippy is a deep brown with subtle, warm undertones and gold sparkle over a matte finish. The sparkle separates from the base color, so applied, it looks mostly matte, if not entirely matte. The sparkles were trapped in the brush or fell out when I blended out the color. It had a really soft, silky, and finely-milled feel to the powder itself, but it did sheer out against bare skin. It lasted for eight hours on me. NARS Ithaca (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Rust (Define) (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Corduroy (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Strong Currant (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Cocoa Chili (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Pumped (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Flora (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Nude #7 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Violeta (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Leather (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Style (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S-60 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Natasha Denona Vulcano (125CM) (LE, ) is brighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haunting is a muted, light-medium mauve with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation, but the consistency was dusty and prone to sheering out on the skin. I don’t think this works well without a good primer, and then it should be patted in place but minimal blending should occur or else the shimmer pulls away from the base color. This shade wore well for seven hours before fading noticeably. Clarins Silver Pink (05) (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Aglow (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Free Hug (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Soft Plum (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Uncommon is a medium taupe-brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was excellent, while the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable without being too soft or too firm. It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Divine Rule (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Satin Taupe #2 (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Compliment (90) (LE, $6.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #16 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel City Lights #4 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Viseart Cashmere #5 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Morphe Hustle (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). MAC French Clay (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Clarins Nude #3 (P, ) is darker, more muted, less pigmented (85% similar). LORAC Light Pewter (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chantecaille Triton (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mancat is a deep plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though was not fully opaque, with a very soft, finely-milled texture that didn’t sheer out too much when I worked with it. This shade blended out fairly well and wore for eight hours. Chanel Pulsion (112) (P, $29.50) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Mulberry & Bright (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Editor (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cabernet (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Miss (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Plums Up (LE, ) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Sexy (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Fur Elise (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sugar Plum (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Define) (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte BFF (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #2 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Donut (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Aubergine (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Stila Plum (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Stiletto (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Summer 2016 Palette Swamp Queen
Swamp Queen
Swamp Queen
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Becca Champagne Collection Face Palette

Becca Champagne Collection Face Palette
Becca Champagne Collection Face Palette

Becca Champagne Collection Face Palette ($52.00 for 0.72 oz.) includes two highlighters and three blushes. Each highlighter contains 0.19 oz. of product ($51.57 worth), each Mineral blush contains 0.12 oz. ($38.40 worth), and the Luminous blush contains 0.10 oz. ($16.19 worth)–the palette has a total value of $106.16 or $10.40 per shade. I think there’s plenty of each product, and the size of each pan (even the smaller blushes) is appropriate and can be used with a slew of blush and highlighter brushes. Like other Becca palettes, the texture is noticeably drier and looser in the pan for the highlighters, compared to the standalone formula, which is something I notice more by feel and initial application, but it doesn’t seem to change the color, tone, or the way the product looks applied and blended on the skin (this is my only hesitation about the palette). Worth noting, Becca called out the Mineral Blushes as matte, but their interpretation of matte is more like true satin–there is a sheen to the skin but is not overly shimmery, and secondly, Becca seems to market their blushes as more buildable/medium in coverage but all three are very pigmented–this is, as a result, reflected in the rating but if you like your blushes pigmented, you should mentally bump up the ratings.

Overall, it is a nice cheek palette, though it leans very warm and coral-toned with three of five having higher-sheen finishes so it’ll be best for those who like their golds and pink-corals and more of a metallic finish than a subtle highlight. I think making either Rose Spritz or Pamplemousse more of a cooler-toned shade would have helped make the palette more versatile (maybe a mauve or plum). The packaging is heft, very solid, and some might even find it a little too heavy to carry in an everyday bag. It clicks closed, and the lid stays up, so it is usable–probably some of the nicest cheek/face palette packaging released in awhile. For me, personally, it’s very easy to wear on my coloring, and as they’re all blendable, they are easy to use as well. I could definitely see traveling with this one.

Champagne Pop is a pop of warm, peachy-orange gold with a strong, frosted finish. It is definitely the type of highlighter where a little goes a long way, and I think there is a small learning curve when using Becca’shighlights–a lighter, feathery brush and a lighter hand, as they are very pigmented, is recipe for great results. The texture felt a little drier and looser in the pan (to the touch) compared to my standalone version, which I found true in the Champagne Glow trio and the Afterglow palette. The standalone is just creamier and smoother; it feels more luxurious, but oddly, they really perform the same. They look the same applied, the color is within range between versions (especially once blended out/applied but the version in this palette seemed yellower to me but hard to distinguish the difference once applied to the face. It lasted eight hours on me. Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Precious Petals (LE, $4.99) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Bigger and Better (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, brighter (95% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Idol (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). J. Cat Beauty Twilight (-, $9.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Fearless (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Golden Flower Crown (P, $4.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Topaz Flashes Gilt (LE, $34.00)(90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #17 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Frosted (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Dior #001 (P, $56.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Prosecco Pop is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. Side-by-side, it’s darker and has a stronger yellow tone (compared to the more peach-orange of Champagne Pop), and then blended out, it’s marginally darker and doesn’t have as strong of a white base to it. I feel like if it was a bit darker and deeper (a little more brown in it), it would be more contrasting next to Champagne Pop, but they are more similar than they are different. The texture was very blendable, though a little dry to the touch, and did emphasize pores slightly, even when I used a lighter hand/less dense brush (what I normally use with Becca’s highlighters, as they are very pigmented!). The color lasted for eight hours on me. Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Golden Hour (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Huda Beauty Fiji (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 13 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Kiss (P, $9.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Spotlight (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Golden Dawn (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Gold Addict (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Daytime Halo (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Spritz is a bright pop of warmer pink with strong, golden frost that translated into a near-metallic sheen. I would say is too pink to be even a pink-coral but if you have very strong yellow undertones, it may end up looking more coral than pink once applied and blended out! The texture was blendable and fairly smooth, not quite as “dry” as the highlighters but not quite as creamy or as finely-milled as the standalone formula. It had rich pigmentation, which isn’t how the formula is billed (see more about that in my Luminous Blush reviews), so if you wanted a sheerer, buildable formula that really can be used as a “blush topper,” this might be a miss for you. On the other hand, if you like your blush very pigmented, this will be right up your alley. This shade wore well for eight hours and just stopped short of emphasizing pores on me. Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Rose Gold (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NYX Intuition (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Delight (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Becca Hibiscus Bloom (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). KIKO 103 Golden Peach (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sweets for My Sweet (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Hot Mama (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Culture (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Benefit GALifornia (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). Zoeva PK010 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). NARS Impudique (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Amaretto is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy brown with warm undertones and a smidgen of fine, gold pearl. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture–no dryness present at all–that was easy to apply and use. As it wasn’t as shimmery as the prior three shades, there was no issue about pores or being more light-handed. The problem is that Becca, for reasons I don’t understand, says it’s a buildable formula, when it’s quite pigmented. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading. theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #5 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Elegance (370) (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Stellar Beauty Eclipse (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Glow With It (P, $33.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #2 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Inhibition (P, $60.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #6 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Rosée du Soir (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Nectarine (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Essence Satin Love (P, $2.99) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S400 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pamplemousse is a bright pop of medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had very rich color payoff–a little went a long way–and I highly recommend using a light hand with this. The texture was smooth and blendable, but it had a slightly thinner feel to it compared to the other four shades in the palette. Again, the formula is supposed to have buildable coverage, but it is rather pigmented, so I think that if you prefer subtler, sheerer color, you are out of luck, and if you happen to prefer your blushes more pigmented, then it’s not a deal-breaker at all–it’s just contrary to what the brand claims. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Impudique (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Burberry Coral Pink (P, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Lady Rouge (06) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Becca Hibiscus Bloom (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Bite Beauty Papaya (P, $24.00) is more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Becca Face Palette Champagne Collection
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Chanel Duo N. 01 Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour

Chanel Duo No. 01 Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour
Chanel Duo No. 01 Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour

Chanel Duo No. 01 Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour ($65.00 for 0.39 oz.) is supposed to be used as a highlighting and contouring powder duo that gives a “sheer, natural finish.” As far as higher-end, luxury-level powders, I found these to be sadly lacking in silkiness and smoothness; they just had a firmer, stiffer texture that made getting color coverage out of the shades difficult and harder to apply for a blended, seamless look. The coverage is as described–sheer–and somewhat buildable but mostly sheer to semi-opaque with several layers. I think a key aspect of a great highlighter and/or contouring product (and most cheek/face products) is blendability, and both shades were lacking that.

No. 01 (Top) is a medium-dark peachy-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer to semi-sheer coverage paired with a stiff consistency that was hard to get product off of the pan. I used a really dense brush and jabbed at the half of the pan in order to get color to show up on my skin tone. With extra effort, it blends out for a diffused look, but it’s one of the more time-consuming Chanel powders I’ve used in awhile. The color lasted for seven hours on me. Make Up For Ever B304 (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Sensual (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

No. 01 (Bottom) is a dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer coverage and a drier, firmer texture that was harder to apply evenly. It does work well for contouring, and I liked how it wasn’t overly warm-toned as a lot of contouring products can be. The satin-to-matte finish also made it appear more shadowy on the skin, as it looked like skin. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Steal (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Hollow (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Duo N. 01
Duo N. 01
Duo N. 01
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3
Application
76%
Total
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