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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, $36.00) 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, $36.00) 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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ColourPop Bronze Me, Flush’d, Glo Up Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm bronze in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish–there’s a light sheen and very, very fine shimmer. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, blendable consistency that sat well on the skin and played well with bare skin as well as liquid foundation. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Compassion (LE, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Semi-Sweet (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Honeywheat (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE, ) is cooler, lower quality (85% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Clinique Bronze Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (80% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $29.00) is lighter (80% similar). The Estee Edit Beachy (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Flush’d Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rusty deepened peach in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-coral with hints of warm, red undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that was fairly blendable but one of the less easily blended-out shades that I’ve tried in the formula. It’s best patted on with fingertips and lightly swept with the side of the finger for blending, but it didn’t apply well with a stippling brush for me. It wore for eight hours. Chanel Lumieres de Kyoto (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Tongue Tied (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $10.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Melba (P, $23.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Makeup Geek Covet (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Glo Up Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rich gold with flashes of golden copper.” It’s a muted, medium-dark bronze with warm, copper undertones and a frosted, golden sheen. There was something in it that was almost mauve-like applied. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly emollient consistency that was smooth and easily blended on the skin. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Bronzer) (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Firework (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is warmer (85% similar). Stila Kitten (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Bronze Me
Bronze Me
Bronze Me
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Flush'd
Flush'd
Flush'd
B

Limited Edition

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Glo Up
Glo Up
Glo Up
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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MAC x Zac Posen Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo

MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo
MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo

MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a split-pan product with one shade being more of your traditional bronzer and the other being a pink-coral. Neither shade performed well, but the more blush-like shade had a really firm, hard press that required jabbing at the powder’s surface to get decent color out of it. This is at least the third time in recent memory that MAC has released a mid-tone brown/pink-coral blush duo, and I wonder why they haven’t been able to jump out of the box–it’s becoming like NARS Laguna/Orgasm over here.

Haute Contour (Bronzer) is a muted, medium brown with warm, orange-yellow tones and a satin finish. It was firmly packed in the pan, which made getting color out of it a little more challenging, and when I did, some of it came away in larger chunks–almost like sand. The consistency was fairly blendable on the skin, and the harder chunks dusted away (didn’t notice them applied). It lasted for seven hours before fading. MAC Sunny Side (LE, $33.00) is brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) (P, $53.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (-, ) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haute Contour (Blush) is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a golden shimmer. You wouldn’t know what the color was by going off the swatch, but with enough jabbing and prodding of the powder, I was able to get enough powder to loosen to apply to cheeks to show it in a photo. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores, and the color itself lasted for six and a half hours before fading on me. NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $33.00) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Zac Posen Powder Blush Duo Haute Contour
5
Product
6
Pigmentation
4.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
59%
Total
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NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette (Spring 2016)

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette
NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette ($65.00 for 1.01 oz.) includes a highlighting/contour duo, bronzer, and four blushes. Three of the blushes are exclusive to the palette with one blush being part of an exclusive offering for Sephora VIB Rouge members (as a single). Strangely, the Paloma duo, which is available in the permanent range (see my original review here), was very chalky and clumpy in the palette–it felt smooth and soft to the touch, but it looked dry and chalky on the skin. I wish NARS (and other brands guilty of it) wouldn’t include one-size-fits-all contouring products; matte highlighters are also difficult to make inclusive (without the shimmer, it is hard to salvage one that really doesn’t work for one’s skin tone).

Paloma Highlight is a pale beige with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was sheer, chalky, powdery, and looked all those things on the skin. It’s harder to tell the wear on a shade like this on my skin tone, but based on how powdery the skin looked in the area I applied it, it seemed to wear about six hours. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Mythic (P, $59.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is darker (90% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever H104 (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Light (P, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Nico (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Highlight (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Paloma Contour is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm rosy tones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer consistency that was hard to blend out or build-up in coverage. It wore for six and a half hours on me. NARS Gienah Highlight (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Sculpting #2 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Sculpt (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Sombre (P, ) is cooler (80% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, better quality (80% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Contour (P, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Zoeva Unfinished (P, )(80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. This version was firmer, sheerer, and harder to blend on the skin than many others that I have tried. It is similar in color, but the performance is sub-par. It lasted for seven hours on me. Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Ultra Shine (LE, $61.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $70.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Bronzer (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Bronze (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio I is a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a dusting of gold shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It looks primarily like a matte blush on the skin as the shimmer is fine, and as it is buffed into the skin, the finish is less flat-looking. The texture was lightly powdery but blendable, and the color lasted for seven hours. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Promise Ring (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $60.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio II is a light-medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too loose in the pan. The color applied well and lasted for eight hours. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Left) (LE, ) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne (P, $2.99) is lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio III is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dry texture that applied decently but needed some extra love to blend the color out evenly. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Peachtwist (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Golden Hour (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Hushed Tone (P, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $23.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Embruns (-, ) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Faux Sure (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Goulue is a medium-dark, berry rose with subtle, cooler undertones and warmer gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to use. The color wore well for almost eight hours on me. This shade was released previously, and it is presently available as an individual shade for VIB Rouges at Sephora. NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Milani Red Vino (P, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). KIKO 104 Pastel Pink (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Exotic (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Black Up NBL 03 (P, $26.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Morticia (Shade) (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Becca Dahlia (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Cheek Studio Palette Spring 2016
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B

Laguna

Permanent
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B

Cheek Studio I

Limited Edition
Read Review
B+

Cheek Studio II

Limited Edition
Read Review
B-

Cheek Studio III

Limited Edition
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B+

Goulue

Limited Edition
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MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days Palette

MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit
MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit

MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit ($44.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes four Cream Colour Bases and one Blot Powder/Pressed. I am totally baffled by the inclusion of the Blot Powder, given that it is in shade “Medium Dark,” which will obviously not suit many skin tones. Why not a powder highlighter instead? Two of the Cream Colour Bases (Tint and Root) are part of the permanent range. If you’re unfamiliar with the Cream Colour Base formula, it’s pretty much a versatile cream-based product that can be sheer, buildable, creamy, or shimmery and can be used on the eyes, lips, or face (some shades have restricted usages). They can be used alone or over products (including powder) and are supposed to last for eight hours on face and body (with “lasting wear for hours on eyes”).

Medium Dark is a light-medium beige with a matte finish. It is similar to the color of my forearm, but it is lighter than face. The product itself is really, really chalky and looks powdery on my normal-to-dry skin. I’m not oily, so it was hard to determine if it was really helping combat that, but it seemed to extend the wear of my base by an hour or two.

Wished I Stayed is described as a “light cream pearl.” It’s a golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage with a lightweight, creamy consistency that glided on and blended out well. As a cheek highlighter, it lasted for seven hours on me. Stila Sending My Love Highlighter (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Moonstone (59M) (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tint is described as a “soft peachy brown with shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a soft pearl shimmer. It had semi-opaque to opaque coverage, though the creamy, emollient consistency makes it easy to apply less or really diffuse it for sheerer coverage. The color lasted for seven and a half hours as a blush. LORAC Pink Bronze (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Every Time You Go is described as a “creamy peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a creamy finish. It had semi-sheer to opaque pigmentation with a creamy, light-medium thick consistency–thicker than the other two–and has no shimmer. It blended out well on the skin and wore for seven and a half hours as a blush. Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE, ) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE, ) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Root is described as a “red taupey brown with shimmer.” It’s a dark, taupe brown with strong, gray shimmer with a warmer undertone. The more opaque it is applied, the grayer it appears, but the more it is sheered out, the browner it looks. It had semi-sheer to opaque pigmentation with a lightweight, emollient texture that glided and blended well on the skin without becoming patchy. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on my cheeks. MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Days
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
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