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Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty / Dolce Vita Instant Look Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette
Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette ($75.00 for 0.77 oz.) is a neutral-hued eye and cheek palette that features three eyeshadows and four cheek/face products. I think if you have a good arsenal of neutrals, this will be dupable for you, but they are still a nice set of neutrals that work well together and would be travel-friendly. If you prefer more mattes or less shimmery eyeshadows, though, this one may be limiting. All in all, the palette was easy to use; there was no real fuss, and the more quality-related issue I had was how soft the bronzer was, but it looked great applied, which is where it counts the most.

It is currently listed as unavailable online, but some physical stores may still have stock (really not sure, you’d have to check with your local store!). I actually think that the brand’s Instant Look palettes would be excellent permanent items – I feel like they’re a good value, travel-friendly, and seem to be a good introduction to what the brand has to offer.

Seductive Beauty (Brighten) is a light peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had a really soft, finely-milled consistency that was a bit loose in the pan, but it applied well to the skin and had an almost “melted” appearance on (a sort of lived-in shimmer look) that was very reflective. The pigmentation was fully opaque, and the color wore well for eight hours before creasing. YSL Scandal #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Precious (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is cooler (95% similar). The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is lighter (95% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Dream Boat (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). The Estee Edit Riff (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (P) is cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #15 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Dainty (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). City Color Bubble Bath (P, $6.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Enhance) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that sat well on the skin and was easy to work with. The color started to crease after eight hours of wear on me. LORAC Chrome (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Divergent Abnegation Stone (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Happy Place (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Charged Up (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Satin Taupe #2 (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Ciate Happy (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Magnetism (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clinique Hazy (P, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #4 (P, $2.29) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Pale Barley (102) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Amethyst (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Yes Please (P) is warmer (85% similar). Burberry Pale Barley (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Grand-Palais (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #6 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #2 (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Sidecar (P, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Smoke) is a medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, reddish undertones and fine golden shimmer. The color payoff was rich and fully opaque, while the texture was perfectly balanced between soft and firm, dense and blendable–it was extremely easy to apply and blend out without losing intensity. On me, it wore well for eight hours. Chanel Promesse #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #4 (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #4 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Bronze (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #1 (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Gravitational (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Synergy (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Pretty (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Mulch (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Tout Suite (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Whiskey (LE, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Bronze) is a medium, reddish tan with warm undertones and gold shimmer. The texture was very, very soft and prone to kicking up excess in the pan, and the looser consistency made it easy to get plenty of color payoff out of the powder as well. I’d recommend using a lighter hand and then applying, and if you feel like you may have gotten too much on your brush, lightly tap off the excess. It was very blendable on the skin and diffused nicely without a lot of work. I noticed subtle fading along the edges of the bronzer after eight hours of wear. LORAC Spotlight (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Days (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Cheek Swish) is a light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer that gave it a luminous sheen. It had medium, buildable pigmentation (which is as described) with a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. It lasted for just over seven and a half hours on me before fading. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Miss Cupcake (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Legendary (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) is a pop of light-medium, rosy coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque to opaque color coverage paired with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that blended out with ease and didn’t read dry or powdery on the skin. I was able to wear this shade for almost eight hours before it started to break down. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Swish) (LE, $40.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Highlight) is a very light, golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that ran slightly dusty in the pan, but I didn’t notice any dryness on the skin. The highlighter wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Summer Opal (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Apricot (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Lit (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Seductive Beauty
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is dark brown with warm, reddish tones and a satiny sheen. Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Bronze) (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #2 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” The powder had an incredibly smooth, soft, and finely-milled feel to it that blended out beautifully on the skin–it didn’t look dry or totally matte, but it had a nice, natural finish that looked like skin but better. It had semi-sheer to opaque coverage, and the blendable texture made it forgiving and easy to diffuse the coverage if over-applied. The color lasted eight and a half hours on me, which is a bit longer than described!

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (04)

Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Bronze Light (LE, $50.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Melina (Highlight) (P) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” It is more satiny than Bronze (01) and Bronze (02), and it has a stronger red undertone, but it isn’t too much darker overall. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable with a thinner consistency that kicked up very little excess powder in the pan. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation that applied well to the skin and didn’t look dry or powdery, while it blended out well and became more natural-looking in finish after it was diffused. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (03)

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Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmering, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Celestial Powder is supposed to give “an agenlic glow” that doesn’t look “glittery.” There are now three shades in the range (the other two are Candlelight and Starlight), and Sunlight is more comparable to Starlight, as it has more color oomph and stronger shimmer compared to Candlelight (which is particularly nice for those who like subtle to moderate highlighters). This is more of a highlighting bronzer, as it adds a lot of glow and luminosity to the skin, but it does add warmth. It is very pigmented, but the texture is soft, blendable, and forgiving, so it can easily be applied with a lighter hand for barely-there golden sheen or more intensely for true-to-pan bronzing. The consistency of the powder was smooth and finely-milled, and this didn’t emphasize my pores or skin texture. It wore well for almost nine hours on me before fading.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder Sunlight
Sunlight
Sunlight
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is cooler (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is brighter (95% similar). bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” The texture was soft, smooth, and very lightly dusty, but it still applied well to the skin without looking powdery or dry (I have normal-to-dry skin). It was easy to blend and diffuse the edges of the bronzer on the skin to get a soft, natural warmth. The color payoff was semi-sheer, but buildable, and should work for those who like barely-there bronzer and those who want more noticeable warmth on the skin. The bronzer stayed on well for just over eight hours before I noticed slight signs of fading.

There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (02)

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Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a soft, medium yellowed brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Melina (Highlight) (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” Now, this isn’t as luminous as Highlight (010), and I can see more of that “matte radiance” concept with the more bronzer-like shades. The texture was very smooth and finely-milled, thin but not dusty, and blended out nicely on the skin without skipping or turning patchy. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (closer to opaque after three layers on me). The bronzer lasted well for eight hours on me–exactly as marketed!–before fading. There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (01)

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