Guerlain Terre d’Ete Terracotta Bronzer

Guerlain Terre d’Ete Terracotta Bronzer ($78.00 for 0.70 oz.) is a brightened, medium orange with warm undertones and a golden sheen. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is darker, cooler. Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE, ) is more shimmery. Too Faced Sun Bunny #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Guerlain Terre d'Ete Terracotta Bronzer
Guerlain Summer 2015 Terracotta Bronzer Terre d'Ete
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%

Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzers

Last year, Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) launched in Sun Kiss (100), which I really loved as a formula. It was limited edition, but this summer, it’s back along with two more shades (one lighter and one darker) and seems to be permanent. I remember last year that I wished for a rosier and deeper shade for darker skin tones, and now we have one lighter and darker! The formula is thin, almost watery, with a velvety feel that has a more satin finish to it–if you’ve tried the Maestro line at all, the texture is very in line with the rest of the range. It sits extremely well on the skin, whether bare or over/under foundation, and it blends out easily and lasts for nine to ten hours. The only thing I’m not keen on is the packaging, which uses a dropper to dispense the product. One bottle contains a mega-ton of bronzer, so it’ll take a long time to get through a bottle, and I’d rather a half-size option for $40 or so instead (same with the brand’s Fluid Sheers).

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Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer
Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15 Sun Glow (90)
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%
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Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette

Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette ($65.00 for 1.06 oz.) includes a brow wax, two brow powders, four face powders, nine eyeshadows, and a double-ended brush. The palette is neutral-to-warm in tone overall, with the contour powder leaning neutral, almost cool in tone. All of the products in the palette had fairly soft, finely-milled textures that were blendable and easy enough to use. The eyeshadows can be a little powdery to work with when applying without a primer for the powder to adhere to, so that would be my bit of advice when working with them: use a primer, though they are workable on bare skin. The more matte highlight shade may look chalky on medium and darker skin tones, and the more shimmery highlight powder has a strong white base and can be stark when not buffed out.

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Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette
Smashbox Eye & Contour Palette #SHAPEMATTERS
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days The Matte Bronzing Veil Review, Photo, Swatches

Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights The Matte Bronzing Veil ($48.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium-dark tan brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. MAC Tan Tint (LE, $29.50) is darker. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter. Burberry Copper Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights The Matte Bronzing Veil
Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Bronzing Veil Desert Nights
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%

Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days The Matte Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Design Days The Matte Bronzing Veil ($48.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, peachy-brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery. Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) (P, $53.00) is yellower, lighter. Guerlain Clair / Brunettes (01) (P, $53.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is more shimmery, yellower. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker, less peach. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Kevyn Aucoin Design Days The Matte Bronzing Veil
Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Bronzing Veil Desert Days
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%

bareMinerals The Color Compatibles Palette

bareMinerals The Color Compatibles Palette ($39.00 for 0.51 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and three cheek products. If you’re a long-time bareMinerals Ready palette collector, you’ll probably find this has too many repeats in it to justify, but if you haven’t tried the Ready line and like warmer neutrals, it’s well worth some consideration. Ready eyeshadow is one of my favorite eyeshadow formulas, and it shines in this palette. The formula is supposed to have twelve-hour wear, be pigmented, and have “seamless blendability.” The Ready blush and bronzer formula is supposed to have an eight-hour wear time with “stay-true, buildable color.”

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bareMinerals The Color Compatibles Palette
bareMinerals Spring 2015 Eye & Cheek Palette The Color Compatibles
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
93%
Limited Edition
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