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Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer
Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer ($28.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $110.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $110.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Sunkissed (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Baiana Bronze (LE, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronze Age (P, $110.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronze Age (P, $68.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Falaises (LE, $40.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Beached Bronzer formula is supposed to be “super-soft”, blendable, and have “sheer, natural-looking coverage” with a matte finish. There is a blurb about “HPP (Highlighter performing Pigments) Technology [that] provides rich color, long-lasting elements, and the perfect level of coverage” (which is a little confusing, but it seems to suggest perhaps more of a true-to-color concept, where color stays true for awhile–that is how I’m interpreting it). It had a very soft, smooth, and finely-milled texture that blended easily on the skin without issue and didn’t look dry on (but there’s no real sheen to this either). The coverage was sheer, as described, and somewhat buildable to more medium coverage. It lasted for eight hours before fading on me. This is the darker of the two shades released, and again, I’d love Urban Decay to come out with at least one deeper shade.

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer Bronzed
Bronzed
Bronzed
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer
Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer ($28.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Bronzer) (P, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Capri Coast (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Bronze Light (LE, $50.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #4 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Bronzer) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tan-tastic (LE, $49.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Getting Handsy (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Beached Bronzer formula is supposed to be “super-soft”, blendable, and have “sheer, natural-looking coverage” with a matte finish. There is a blurb about “HPP (Highlighter performing Pigments) Technology [that] provides rich color, long-lasting elements, and the perfect level of coverage” (which is a little confusing, but it seems to suggest perhaps more of a true-to-color concept, where color stays true for awhile–that is how I’m interpreting it). The consistency is very smooth and finely-milled–almost creamy in that respect, but it is a little thinner and feels distinctly powder-like. It had sheer coverage that was buildable to medium coverage or so when applied with three layers. The silky consistency made blending effortless, and the matte finish didn’t seem to accentuate my skin’s natural texture. The powder lasted for eight hours on me. The two presently in the range are more light-to-medium, though the sheerer formula seems like it should work on very fair complexions. This is the pinker-toned of the two, with Bronzed having stronger yellow tones. I do wish there was at least one richer, darker shade here for deeper skin tones.

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer Sun-Kissed
Sun-Kissed
Sun-Kissed
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color

Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color
Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color

Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color ($68.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a light-medium, golden copper with warm undertones and a frosted shimmer paired with a natural sheen. Stila Bronze (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (P, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Cream Cheek Color formula is supposed to “instantly brighten” the face for a “healthy glow and a natural burst of color.” It had a thin, emollient texture that had a light tackiness to it overall, but it applied well to the skin and went on evenly. The cream blush (bronzer?) worked well over bare skin as well as was workable when patted over liquid foundation (I used Tarte’s Rainforest as my base), but that light tackiness made it easier to work with over bare skin. The formula is comparable to the one in Pink Sand (released last year, and it was also re-released in this year’s summer launch). It had semi-opaque to opaque coverage with a natural sheen and finer shimmer than you’d think, going off of the swatch, once applied. It lasted for seven hours on me before turning patchy.

Tom Ford Beauty Cream Cheek Color Pieno Sole
Pieno Sole
Pieno Sole
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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MAC Sunny Side Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Sunny Side Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Sunny Side Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Sunny Side Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of a sunny yellow, peachy yellow, yellowed brown, and coral-orange. They blend together and create a hue of muted, medium orange within hints of brown and a pearly sheen. Guerlain Terre d'Ete (LE, $78.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Haute Contour (Bronzer) (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Contour (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $70.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva ND020 (P, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Guerlain Orange Blush (LE, ) is darker, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is described as a “velvety soft” face powder with a “radiant finish” that can be used to “add highlights to the high points of the face.” The Mineralize Skinfinish Collection for spring features five new, limited edition shades — the collection debuts on March 31st online. Sunny Side had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth, and easily blended consistency that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. The texture sat well on the skin without emphasizing the natural texture or the look of pores. It looks more like a very warm, yellow-orange based bronzer, so it can certainly add warmth to several skin tones. I liked the soft glow it yielded as the powder was buffed into the skin. On me, the color wore for seven and a half hours before fading.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Sunny Side
Sunny Side
Sunny Side
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer

CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer
CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer

CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer ($9.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a golden, medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. MAC Global Glow (P, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The TruBlend Bronzer formula is supposed to be blendable and create a “perfect bronze glow.” It had great color payoff with a very smooth, blendable texture that was just a tiny bit powdery, but it was noticeably denser than the TruBlend Blush formula. The one thing I was caught off guard by was how the shimmer didn’t translate nearly as strongly on the cheeks once blended as it did just swatched on my arm–it was much more subdued, and as a result, there was no emphasis of pores either. On me, the bronzer wore well for seven hours before fading.

CoverGirl TruBlend Bronzer Bronze (200)
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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MAC x Charlotte Olympia Cream Colour Bases

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “metallic antique bronze.” It’s a shimmering, golden bronze with warm undertones and a fine, pearly shimmer-sheen finish. Unless heavily layered, it had a much more subdued sheen than overtly shimmery. On eyes, it lasted for five hours before creasing, and on cheeks, it lasted for six and a half hours before migrating noticeably. The texture is creamy, highly emollient, and never fully sets, so it retains a dewier finish overall. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage, as described. There was something about the base color that seemed harder to even out on the skin, though. This shade did include a warning that it is “not for use in the lip area” (Cream Colour Bases are multi-tasking products). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “dirty chocolate-brown.” It’s a muted, dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a dewy sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable color payoff with a lightweight, emollient texture that never fully dries down, so it has a wetter finish on the skin but doesn’t look greasy. On eyes, this lasted for five and a half hours, and on cheeks (I used it as a contour), it lasted for six and a half hours. Tarte Contour Deep (Tarteist) (LE, ) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). LORAC Deep Contour (P, ) is less glossy (90% similar). NYX Hollow (P, $5.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is less glossy (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P, ) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Smashbox Contour (P, ) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The MAC x Charlotte Olympia collection arrives online on March 17th.

MAC Charlotte Olympia Cream Colour Base Golden Age
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Charlotte Olympia Cream Colour Base Sepia
Sepia
Sepia
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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