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

Make Up For Ever #20M Pro Bronze Fusion
Make Up For Ever #20M Pro Bronze Fusion

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

Make Up For Ever #20M Pro Bronze Fusion ($36.00 for 0.38 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft sheen (it’s not what I would consider matte). It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage that was buildable. It lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, cream. Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is more matte, cooler-toned, matte. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less yellow. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is more matte. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is less yellow. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever #25I Pro Bronze Fusion ($36.00 for 0.38 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a luminous sheen. When swatched, I can detect very fine shimmer that #20M didn’t have, but the finish reads luminous for both. This had the same semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that you could build-up with a dense brush. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is darker, cream. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is brighter. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE) is more matte. Too Faced Spice (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion #20M
#20M
#20M
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion #25I
#25I
#25I
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

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

The texture was lightweight, silky, and smooth to the touch, though it felt thinner than many of theBalm’s other cheek products. It had good color payoff that could be easily worn sheer or at richer, true-to-pan color. The finish is extraordinary, as it looks beautiful on the skin with a natural-level luminosity that gives the skin a real glow but doesn’t look frosted, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. The silky texture made blending a cinch, and I felt like I barely had to do any work to apply it evenly. On me, the product stayed on well for nine hours before fading slightly.

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

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ColourPop Avalon Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Avalon Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Avalon Super Shock Cheek

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

This shade was richly pigmented and could easily be worn as a blush or bronzer, not just as a highlighter. If you apply it with a feathery or duo-fiber brush and a moderate hand, you can get subtle color out of it with a stronger sheen. It had a pearly sheen when blended out on the cheeks and only looks really metallic if left at full coverage; the more it gets buffed and blended, it becomes more luminous. It didn’t emphasize pores (it’s not going to camouflage them, though!), and the consistency was lightly creamy, smooth, and blendable. The color wore well for nine hours on me before fading.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Avalon
Avalon
Avalon
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d'Ete Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder

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

For summer, Chanel’s released a limited edition bronzing version of their Illuminating Powder. This version feels like those gel-powder hybrids like MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual-Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, etc., where the texture is soft, smooth but firm, and the color payoff is more buildable from medium to full coverage. Here, Chanel’s powder had mostly opaque pigmentation that was easily sheered out or built up to fully opaque coverage. The powder was smooth and silky to the touch, but I had no trouble getting product onto my brush (the included brush is usable in a pinch, but it’s not my preference). The texture is satiny with a luminous sheen that gives a real glow to the skin without emphasizing pores. It blends effortlessly on the skin, and on me, the bronzer wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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

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MAC Wash & Dry Bronzers

MAC Bronzing Powder
MAC Bronzing Powder

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

MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder ($27.50 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “finely spun golden with soft pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-brown with warm undertones and fine gold shimmer. The shimmer tends to act like larger sparkle here, which means a lot of it doesn’t adhere to the skin and either gets dispersed in the air or trapped in your brush’s bristles. It had good color payoff, though the texture had a dryness to it that made it feel almost chalky to me. Despite the dryness, the powder was fairly blendable when I applied it to my cheeks, and it didn’t look too dry on. This bronzer lasted for seven and a half hours. This shade is part of the permanent range. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is more muted. Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is slightly less red. Guerlain Bronzer (LE, $53.00) is more orange. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is more matte. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is more shimmery. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Bronzing Powder Matte Bronze
Matte Bronze
Matte Bronze
6.5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
70%
Total
MAC Bronzing Powder Refined Golden
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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MAC Wash & Dry Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powders

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powders
MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powders

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

I’m not sure if it these are limited edition or permanent (most likely limited edition), and as soon as I find out, I’ll be sure to update this post (for now, I’m marking them as limited edition).

MAC Delicates Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder ($35.50 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “neutral deep bronze with fine gold shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. In order get color payoff for a swatch, I had to scrape off a layer of product with a metal spatula. The surface hardened noticeably after using it three times (once to swatch, twice to apply to the face). The texture is very thin and stiff, which made it difficult to dislodge color from the pan. Applied, it doesn’t look bad, and it has a nice, satin-matte finish that doesn’t look flat but isn’t luminous, but unless you’re very fair, you’ll need to pack it on with five or six layers (I used eight just to get it to show up in photos). The powder that I did manage to apply lasted for seven hours before fading. It’s actually blendable once you get it on the brush, so it’s such a shame that it is pressed so firmly. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is warmer, yellower. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Spice (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is more matte, cooler-toned. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Golden Rinse Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder ($35.50 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light brick reddish bronze with fine shimmer.” It’s a light-medium tan brown with subtle, warm undertones and a barely-there, satiny sheen. The texture felt smooth to the touch, but it was extremely stiff and firmly packed into the pan, so it was a challenge to grab pigment from the powder without scraping off layers or jabbing a rough brush against the surface. The powder itself, once loosened, has a very silky feel that is blendable and sits beautifully on the skin–but getting it on the skin is frustrating. With how firm the powder is, coverage is very sheer, but turned into a loose powder, it is more medium to full coverage depending on application. Applied, this shade wore well for seven hours on me. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is darker. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is slightly darker. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker, matte. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is darker, matte. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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

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