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By Terry Light & Tan Vibes Sun Designer Palette

By Terry Light & Tan Vibes Sun Designer Palette
By Terry Light & Tan Vibes Sun Designer Palette

By Terry Light & Tan Vibes Sun Designer Palette ($82.00 for 0.53 oz.) includes six shades that can be used as highlighters, blushes, and/or bronzers. As I mentioned in my review of Tan & Flash Cruise, there was a lighter/mote muted option, and this is it. I had the same experience with this palette as I did with the other: I was impressed by the softness, blendability, and finish of these on the skin–they’re very easy to use and diffuse, and the finish is glowing without emphasizing pores. Despite being very soft and finely-milled, they’re not really powdery or dusty; they seem to have a decent amount of binder so they adhere well and don’t get messy in the pan. The wear varied from eight to eight and a half hours across the six shades.

Light & Tan Vibes #1 is a medium, golden bronze with warm undertones and a fine, frosted shimmer. It had good color payoff paired with an incredibly smooth, silky texture that blended out effortlessly. The shimmer was just fine enough that it didn’t emphasize pores to my eye, but it gave a noticeable sheen. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Bronze (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze (LE, $45.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Light & Tan Vibes #2 is a softer, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and fine, gold frost that gives it a luminous finish. I think this is a shade that will look pinker and brighter on fairer and cooler skin tones, and then a bit warmer and more coral-like on warmer skin tones (like it does on me). The texture was soft, silky, and very lightly dusty, but it blended out beautifully on the skin and sat well without emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture. It lasted for just over eight hours on me before fading around the edges. This color is extremely dupable, though. Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals The Natural High (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Antigua (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Stila Peach Shimmer (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). theBalm Hot Mama (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Laugh (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Rose Gold (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). KIKO 103 Golden Peach (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Light & Tan Vibes #3 is a light, golden peach with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, though this is a color that tends to get lost on my skin tone as once blended out, it just adds a sheen without pronounced color–on lighter skin tones, you might get more warmth and on darker skin tones, it might highlight more obviously. The texture had the same smooth, silky, and finely-milled as the other shades, and it was easy to blend out on the skin. From what I could tell, the sheen was visible for a good eight hours before it started to breakdown. Tarte Moonlight (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Rosa Romantica (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Forever Young (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural Glow (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (95% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush II (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Light & Tan Vibes #4 is a light, golden beige with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. Again, it’s so close to my actual skin tone that it is hard to show it off in a full face photo–in the skin swatch, you can just barely see it. It doesn’t do much on my skin tone, but I could see it adding light warmth on very fair skin tones or helping to even out some complexions. The texture was finely-milled and soft, very blendable and sat well on the skin. It was hard to see the product on me, but based on what I could assess, it seemed to last eight hours. By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #4 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). NARS Nico (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Light & Tan Vibes #5 is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. I found it to have a more noticeable glow on the skin than the lighter tan (#4) shade. It ended up being a subdued, natural-looking bronzing element on my skin tone, and I can see why it would work a treat for fairer complexions (the palette is designed for lighter skin tones, while the other palette was designed for darker skin tones). The texture was a little dusty, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin and blended out without immediately sheering out. On me, the color wore well for eight hours. By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #6 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Optical (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Rosée du Soir (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Sensual (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva ND010 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Nude (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Light & Tan Vibes #6 is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff, though it was the least pigmented in the palette, paired with a fairly soft, smooth texture. Oddly, it was a little firm in the pan compared to the other shades. I wouldn’t describe it as hard to use or to blend out, just that it wasn’t as effortless as most shades in the palettes were, so the difference was more noticeable as a result. This shade wore for eight and a half hours on me before fading. Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

By Terry Sun Designer Palette Light & Tan Vibes
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise Sun Designer Palette

By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise Sun Designer Palette
By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise Sun Designer Palette

By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise Sun Designer Palette ($82.00 for 0.53 oz.) includes six shades that can be used as highlighters, blushes, and/or bronzers. There are two variations, this and a lighter version with more muted shades on the left side (which I expect to review as well). I was impressed by the softness, blendability, and finish of these on the skin–they’re very easy to use and diffuse, and the finish is glowing without emphasizing pores. Despite being very soft and finely-milled, they’re not really powdery or dusty; they seem to have a decent amount of binder so they adhere well and don’t get messy in the pan. The wear varied from eight to eight and a half hours across the six shades.

Tan & Flash Cruise #1 is a pop of bright, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had rich color payoff with a very smooth, soft, and blendable consistency that applied well to bare skin and lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Hibiscus Bloom (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (DC, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Papaya (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Black Opal Tulip (P, $8.95) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). NARS Impudique (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Guava (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tan & Flash Cruise #2 is a bright, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The pigmentation was intense and true-to-pan–a little went a good way. The powder had a very soft, silky feel to it, but it wasn’t dusty or powdery. It was easy to diffuse and blend out on the skin, and the color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Telling Glow (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Rhea (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Left) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bits (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Zoeva CR010 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Panic (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Alice (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tan & Flash Cruise #3 is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff paired with a soft, blendable texture that was silky and finely-milled and just a smidgen dusty. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading noticeably. Too Faced Better Together (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Peony Petal (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Gaiety (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Mykonos (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Robotic (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Vivid (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Young at Heart (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Bloom (LE, $80.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Lazy Sunday (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido (500) (P, $42.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Covered Strawberry (LE, ) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tan & Flash Cruise #4 is a light beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque color coverage, but it blends in with my skin tone, so it may be hard to tell. On my skin tone, it tends to subtly highlight without adding a lot of color. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #4 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Nico (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tan & Flash Cruise #5 is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellowy undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that blended fairly easily on the skin but wasn’t as foolproof as the other shades. It lasted for eight hours on me. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Lo-Fi (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). KIKO 100 Cookie (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is warmer, better quality (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronze Age (P, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tan & Flash Cruise #6 is a muted, medium peachy-brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, while the texture was soft, lightly dense, and smooth, so it applied well to the skin, sat nicely, and blended out easily. The blush wore well for eight hours on me. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #5 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S310 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Milani Luminoso (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Oh My, Passion! (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (80% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $23.00) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

By Terry Sun Designer Palette Tan & Flash Cruise
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Givenchy Moonlight Saison & Ambre Saison Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powders

Givenchy Moonlight Saison Healthy Glow Powder
Givenchy Moonlight Saison Healthy Glow Powder

Givenchy Healthy Glow Powder ($52.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a new “baked” powder that comes in five shades; one is a highlighter and four are in various bronzing hues. Some retailers have the highlighter/bronzer separated out, though they seem to be part of the same formula otherwise. I bought the highlighter and one of the bronzer shades to check out. The formula is decent with a very smooth texture, which has a firmer press and requires a dense brush or a heavy hand to get coverage out of it. The powder blends out fairly easily, wears eight hours, and neither shade emphasized pores/skin texture for me.

Givenchy Moonlight Saison Healthy Glow Powder ($52.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a very, very light white with subtle, warm tones and a satin finish. To the naked eye, I could just barely see a sheen on my skin, but it is very, very subtle. I don’t expect that the highlighter will work on that many skin tones, as it is very white-based and has little sheen, but very fair skin types who like subtler finishes may like it. It seemed to last about eight hours on me (harder for me to tell, given the color paired with my skin tone). It is actually described as “radiant” and for “strobing,” and it could function more as a finishing powder or setting powder for similarly-hued skin tones than it does as a highlighter. The shimmer/sheen is actually much less than the bronzer I picked up! Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Releve (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Soft Light (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever H100 (P, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Glow (Tarteist) (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever H104 (P, $23.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Ever Glow Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Ambre Saison Healthy Glow Powder ($52.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. The texture was smooth, slightly firm (but not dry/stiff), and sat well on the skin. It produced a soft, lit-from-within kind of glow that didn’t look shimmery or emphasize the skin’s natural texture. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Chanel Original (P, $50.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Bronzer (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Terre d'Ete (LE, $78.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Sunkissed (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Bronzer) (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Light Bronze (P, $14.99) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronze Age (P, $110.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Medium (P, $58.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Laguna (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Becca Capri Coast (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Melina (Highlight) (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronze Age (P, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Natural Sandstone (LE, $16.50) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Highlighting Powder Moonlight Saison
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total
Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder Ambre Saison
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze Beach Shimmer Powder

Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze Beach Shimmer Powder
Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze Beach Shimmer Powder

Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze Beach Shimmer Powder ($45.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark bronzy brown with subtle grayish tones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bahama (LE, $38.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition formula/product for summer, which is supposed to give the “warmth and radiance of a natural tan.” It is heavily scented (and on purpose) with Bobbi Brown’s Beach scent, described as “notes of jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin.” There’s a lot of powderiness to the scent, which isn’t prevalent in the Beach fragrance I have from a few years ago. Unknown to me when I originally swatched it, the product is intended for decolletage, shoulders, and body, though for a body product, it is actually smaller than I would have expected–it is more in line with a typical face bronzer. The texture is firmer with a high amount of sparkle, so I can definitely see why it is more suitable to body bronzing than on the face. Nevertheless, it’s easier to show the result/coloring on the face, but rest assured I tested it on face and body, and once blended out, it doesn’t read nearly as sparkly as I anticipated–probably has to do with that stiffer texture. It blended out decently but could have been easier to work with. It lasted for eight hours before it started to fade, and if I had clothes that rubbed against the powder at all, it was much quicker to fade and isn’t transfer-proof at all.

The packaging might be the worst I’ve seen from Bobbi Brown; it is very, very thin, flimsy plastic–it felt more like the kind of temporary packaging you’d get when buying a refill pan or the like. There’s just no substance to it, and I was quite taken aback by it since it’s not an issue I’ve encountered with Bobbi Brown in the past.

Bobbi Brown Beach Shimmer Powder Bikini Bronze

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Guerlain Pause d’Ete Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo

Guerlain Pause d'Ete Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo
Guerlain Pause d’Ete Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo

Guerlain Pause d’Ete Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo ($82.00 for 0.60 oz.) swirls together to create a warmer, medium orange-brown hue with a frosted shimmer. The gold is an overspray (which I tried to remove, but a bit of it lingered), while the browner shade is a medium-dark, golden brown, and the center shade was a light-medium coral-orange. Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Esoteric (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Clinique Golden Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It is housed in a wooden compact where the top lifts off completely and is held on by magnets. If you have a very small, tapered face brush, you could use the two shades separately, but it will be hard to avoid dipping into the other shade if you use an average-sized cheek brush. The powder is fragranced with “notes of orange blossom, tonka bean, vanilla, and white musk,” and it is heavily scented, but it wasn’t that noticeable applied. The texture of the bronzer was a little firmer but smooth, while the center shade softer and looser, so I felt like when I swirled my brush in the pan, I always got more of the center shade on the brush than the bronzing component. The powder applied well, blended nicely, and was easy to use; the shimmer didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. On me, it wore for eight hours.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo 2016 Pause d'Ete
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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MAC Yellow Topaz CCB & Firebrush Bronzer

MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base
MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base

MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, yellow gold with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had sheer color payoff that was somewhat buildable to semi-sheer coverage. The texture of this shade was less emollient than other Cream Colour Bases, so it had less shine and a subtle shimmered effect on the skin. I think the finish is more apparent in person than in photos, but it is a subtler effect. It lasted for seven hours on me (of the eight hours it is marketed as having). Chanel Bronze Antique (32) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Cumin (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Firebrush Bronzing Powder ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a smattering of gold micro-sparkle (it’s mostly matte, though). The texture was a little dry and chalky, where the powder seemed to clump together as it was dislodged from the surface. Applied, I didn’t notice the texture issues as much, as it applied relatively easily and blended out without too much work. It isn’t the best or most blendable bronzer, but it isn’t the worst. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, which is apparently as intended, as MAC describes their Bronzing Powder as a “powder that gives skin sheer, antural colour.” It lasted for eight hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is more shimmery, cooler, better quality (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Clinique Bronze Glow (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (-, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is cooler, better quality (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Editor’s Note: MAC’s newest collection–Vibe Tribe–has generated some controversy over the last couple weeks for cultural appropriation and/or cultural insensitivity. Both Refinery29 and The Huffington Post posted earlier this week with an official statement from the brand, which stated that: “The collection, including the visuals, product lineup, and naming, is inspired by art, outdoor music festivals, and the colors of the desert. The collection has absolutely no connection to nor was it inspired by the Native American cultures.”

Outdoor festivals are rife with instances of cultural appropriation in the form and manner many dress and accessorize (one of the more egregious examples is the wearing of headdresses–something some festivals have actually banned to avoid future instances of cultural appropriation). I don’t think it’s a surprise that between the pattern on the packaging, some of the shade names, promotional imagery, and a collection name with “tribe” in it that it is making some consumers at least question the inspiration/connection. I wish MAC would consider partnering with a Native designer or artist to create a collection that could truly pay homage to that person’s culture, roots, and inspiration of their craft. They have done this in the past where we have seen the collaborator’s inspiration in the forms of shade names and packaging, so it is a disappointment that they didn’t go that route here. I hope the brand will consider doing more research into their themes going forward.

MAC Cream Colour Base Yellow Topaz
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Bronzing Powder Firebrush
Firebrush
Firebrush
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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