MAC x Charlotte Olympia Cream Colour Bases

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). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Laguna (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Charlotte Olympia Cream Colour Base Golden Age
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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ColourPop Bronze Me, Flush’d, Glo Up Super Shock Cheeks

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). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE) is cooler, lower quality (85% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is lighter (80% similar). Clinique Bronze Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Bronze Me
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%
Limited Edition
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MAC x Zac Posen 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.

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

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).

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NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette
NARS Cheek Studio Palette Spring 2016
C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
76%
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MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days Palette

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”).

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MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit
MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Days
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%
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Too Faced Le Grand Chateau

Too Faced Le Grand Chateau Holiday Set ($49.00 for 1.46 oz.) includes three palettes, plus a travel-sized Better Than Sex Mascara. Each palette contains six eyeshadows and a face product (either a blush or bronzer). It’s a decent set with some hits and misses, and in general, there was just a dustiness/powderiness to some shades that resulted in either slightly sheerer color payoff or shorter wear time (things that a decent primer should fix quite well).

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Too Faced Le Grand Chateau Holiday Set
Too Faced Holiday 2015 Collector’s Set Le Grand Chateau
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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