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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. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P) is more shimmery (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 Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (-) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Bronzer (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). NARS Melina (Highlight) (P) is warmer, 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.” 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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Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer
Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer ($58.00 for 0.74 oz.) contains a pink-peach highlighter, mid-tone rose pink blush, and reddish-brown bronzer that create a a muted, medium rosy mauve with warm undertones and a luminous finish when swirled together. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Baby Love (P, $26.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $5.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Heart Throb (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is brighter, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (LE, $28.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s designed to be used individually or altogether for “the perfect sun-kissed look.” The powder is described as “finely-milled” and the finish is “natural-looking.” It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan, so it was easy to get color onto the brush while still being nearly effortless to diffuse and soften on the skin. The shimmer produced a smooth, luminous sheen that didn’t emphasize pores but wasn’t so subtle that it was hard to see. The only downside was that there was some excess product kicked up in the pan, which made it harder to use the shades individually as inevitably one shade’s powdery bits would wind up on another, so it is a product I think is better for someone who doesn’t require them to apply as three distinct shades. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before I noticed fading.

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Bronzer Capri
Capri
Capri
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer
Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer ($58.00 for 0.74 oz.) consists of a gradient of light, peachy-beige; muted coral; and subdued brown with reddish undertones that swirls and creates a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a luminous finish. Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is cooler, brighter, darker (90% similar). MAC Style (P, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s designed to be used individually or altogether for “the perfect sun-kissed look.” The powder is described as “finely-milled” and the finish is “natural-looking.” The powder was very soft, smooth, and blendable, while kicking up a bit of excess powder in the pan, but it didn’t look dusty or dry on the skin. It seemed denser and more refined compared to some of Kevyn Aucoin’s more matte blushes. The texture sat well on the skin and yielded a noticeable sheen but wasn’t overtly shimmery nor did it emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. It had good pigmentation that could easily be applied with a lighter hand for a more diffused, sheerer look, if desired. On me,
it wore well for eight hours before fading. It’s easier to use it two shades at a time, rather than one, but it is possible to use just one shade at a time with most highlighter brushes.

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Bronzer Siena
Siena
Siena
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette ($45.00 for 0.64 oz.) contains three cheek colors and nine eyeshadows. The formula on some of the more matte shades was very, very silky and soft, but they kicked up a lot of excess powder in the pan and often sheered out when blended–more so than some of Tarte’s past palettes. I noticed that some of the darker shades seemed to become more muted just a few minutes after applying, so it felt like I had to really pat and pack on some shades to get definition and depth out of them. I think the colors complement each other well, and I liked that there were some plummy hues thrown in with warmer, more orange-toned shades. I also felt like the cheek colors actually worked with the palette and its different color combinations, so the scheme is very cohesive. The palette is slated to be fully released on June 6th!

Sweet Tea is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish tones and a mostly matte finish, but there were a few gold sparkles in the product. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky feel in the pan, which was fairly blendable and lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is lighter (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Does This Thing Really Work? is a muted, pinky-plum with subtle, cool undertones and gold sparkle that sits over a matte base. The sparkle doesn’t bind well with the color itself, so it doesn’t tend to stick well to the skin; the few bits that do migrate and move throughout the day or eventually fall off. The texture was smooth and soft, but it was somewhat powdery and looked a little dry on my normal-to-dry skin. It lasted for eight hours (not the 12-hours promised by the formula, though eight hours is similar to wear I get with most blush formulas). Estee Lauder Rebel Rose (P, $34.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Rose (P, $26.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Petulant (LE, $22.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Debbie Harry Blush (LE, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay TMI (P, $26.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). KIKO 112 Light Plum (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Love Letter (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Empowering (LE, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Subtle Breeze (LE, $27.00) is brighter (85% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gator Wings is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic, glittery finish. There are large glitter particles in this one, and they show up on the face a lot, but they do not look even, so sometimes they catch the light and look sparkly, while other times they don’t and look more like specks of dirt on the skin. This emphasized my skin’s natural texture quite a bit, so if that’s a deal-breaker, I would recommend using a very light touch and a fan brush, then tapping powder over it to minimize the effect. It wore well for seven and a half hours before turning patchy. MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less pigmented, less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 3 Gold Champagne (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $23.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Bloom (LE, $80.00) is darker (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

#SFS is a light-medium, muted, peachy-pink with warm, golden shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too dusty or too firm. It wore well for seven hours before fading on me. Too Faced Christmas Blend (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Future (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kylie Cosmetics Seashell (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Codes Subtils #1 (LE) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Friendship File (LE, $5.00) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P) is lighter (90% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Glitzy Blitzen (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Laura Mercier Pink Haze (LE, $23.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). Stila Metallic Peach (LE, $18.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Natural Peaches is a muted, medium orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but the consistency was so soft that it was dusty, which led to it sheering out when it was applied to the skin. This would benefit from a primer, as it would give it a better surface to adhere to. It wore well for seven hours. Too Faced Millennial (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Toffee (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Spread the Love (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S714 Bisque (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Soft Peach (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S710 Peach (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dogman is a medium-dark red-brown with warm undertones and a dash of fine gold sparkle. The sparkles dust away almost immediately upon application, so I would consider this a matte brown overall. The formula was very smooth and finely-milled, but it kicks up excess product and sheers out on the skin. I noticed that it also faded after a few minutes to more of a muted brown, whereas initially it had more of a warm, burnt orange appearance. After that initial change, the color was good for seven hours. Zoeva Cheap Bar (P) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Top Notch (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Popular Demand (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Bitter (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Realgar (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Red Ochre (P, $12.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Coloured Raine Native (P, $6.99) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Extra Bitter (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Self Portrait 3 #2 (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Whimsy (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #4 (P) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Summer Yum (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Throwback (P) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Huda Beauty Henna (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S604 Teak (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 05 (LE) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Coloured Raine Moments (P, $6.99) is cooler, darker (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Big Baby is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and silky texture that was just a bit powdery but applied well and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Breakfast in Bed (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Banana Date (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Summer Breeze (LE) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Damned (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Lancome Queen's Lace (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade I (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lower quality, warmer (95% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Daydream (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Obscura #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Real Fantasy (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Undressed (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sassy Bun is a medium copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had a looser consistency in the pan and was a bit drier to work with, so some of the shimmer seemed to separate from the base color when I blended it out. I think it would be better over a primer or with a slightly dampened brush. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Viseart Minx #4 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Olive Blend #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #7 (P) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Wanderin' Free (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Snakebite (LE, $5.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Fit (P, $16.00) is cooler, more muted, lighter (85% similar). NARS Siros (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Gold Leaf (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Medium (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Bronze Casting (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Ciate Shine Bright (LE) is darker (85% similar). Smashbox Moccasin (P) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sippy Sippy is a deep brown with subtle, warm undertones and gold sparkle over a matte finish. The sparkle separates from the base color, so applied, it looks mostly matte, if not entirely matte. The sparkles were trapped in the brush or fell out when I blended out the color. It had a really soft, silky, and finely-milled feel to the powder itself, but it did sheer out against bare skin. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Ithaca (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Rust (Define) (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Corduroy (P, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Flora (P, $9.99) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Strong Currant (P, $25.00) is more muted, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Cocoa Chili (P, $16.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Pumped (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE) is more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Nude #7 (LE, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Violeta (LE, $12.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #3 (P) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Leather (LE) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Style (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Abyss (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Make Up For Ever S-60 (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haunting is a muted, light-medium mauve with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation, but the consistency was dusty and prone to sheering out on the skin. I don’t think this works well without a good primer, and then it should be patted in place but minimal blending should occur or else the shimmer pulls away from the base color. This shade wore well for seven hours before fading noticeably. Clarins Silver Pink (05) (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Aglow (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Free Hug (P, $10.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Soft Plum (LE, $19.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Uncommon is a medium taupe-brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was excellent, while the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable without being too soft or too firm. It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Divine Rule (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Satin Taupe #2 (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Compliment (90) (LE, $6.99) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Steel the Scene (LE) is cooler, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #16 (P) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Light Pewter (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Clarins Nude #3 (P) is less pigmented, more muted, darker (85% similar). Viseart Cashmere #5 (P) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Chantecaille Triton (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC French Clay (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mancat is a deep plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though was not fully opaque, with a very soft, finely-milled texture that didn’t sheer out too much when I worked with it. This shade blended out fairly well and wore for eight hours. Chanel Pulsion (112) (P, $29.50) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Mulberry & Bright (LE) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Editor (P) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cabernet (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Define) (P) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte BFF (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Plums Up (LE) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). theBalm Sexy (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sugar Plum (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Fur Elise (P) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #2 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Donut (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Stiletto (LE) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Laura Mercier Aubergine (P, $28.00) is glossier, more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Plum (LE, $18.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Summer 2016 Palette Swamp Queen
Swamp Queen
Swamp Queen
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Becca Champagne Collection Face Palette

Becca Champagne Collection Face Palette
Becca Champagne Collection Face Palette

Becca Champagne Collection Face Palette ($52.00 for 0.72 oz.) includes two highlighters and three blushes. Each highlighter contains 0.19 oz. of product ($51.57 worth), each Mineral blush contains 0.12 oz. ($38.40 worth), and the Luminous blush contains 0.10 oz. ($16.19 worth)–the palette has a total value of $106.16 or $10.40 per shade. I think there’s plenty of each product, and the size of each pan (even the smaller blushes) is appropriate and can be used with a slew of blush and highlighter brushes. Like other Becca palettes, the texture is noticeably drier and looser in the pan for the highlighters, compared to the standalone formula, which is something I notice more by feel and initial application, but it doesn’t seem to change the color, tone, or the way the product looks applied and blended on the skin (this is my only hesitation about the palette). Worth noting, Becca called out the Mineral Blushes as matte, but their interpretation of matte is more like true satin–there is a sheen to the skin but is not overly shimmery, and secondly, Becca seems to market their blushes as more buildable/medium in coverage but all three are very pigmented–this is, as a result, reflected in the rating but if you like your blushes pigmented, you should mentally bump up the ratings.

Overall, it is a nice cheek palette, though it leans very warm and coral-toned with three of five having higher-sheen finishes so it’ll be best for those who like their golds and pink-corals and more of a metallic finish than a subtle highlight. I think making either Rose Spritz or Pamplemousse more of a cooler-toned shade would have helped make the palette more versatile (maybe a mauve or plum). The packaging is heft, very solid, and some might even find it a little too heavy to carry in an everyday bag. It clicks closed, and the lid stays up, so it is usable–probably some of the nicest cheek/face palette packaging released in awhile. For me, personally, it’s very easy to wear on my coloring, and as they’re all blendable, they are easy to use as well. I could definitely see traveling with this one.

Champagne Pop is a pop of warm, peachy-orange gold with a strong, frosted finish. It is definitely the type of highlighter where a little goes a long way, and I think there is a small learning curve when using Becca’shighlights–a lighter, feathery brush and a lighter hand, as they are very pigmented, is recipe for great results. The texture felt a little drier and looser in the pan (to the touch) compared to my standalone version, which I found true in the Champagne Glow trio and the Afterglow palette. The standalone is just creamier and smoother; it feels more luxurious, but oddly, they really perform the same. They look the same applied, the color is within range between versions (especially once blended out/applied but the version in this palette seemed yellower to me but hard to distinguish the difference once applied to the face. It lasted eight hours on me. Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is brighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Idol (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior #001 (P, $56.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Prosecco Pop is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. Side-by-side, it’s darker and has a stronger yellow tone (compared to the more peach-orange of Champagne Pop), and then blended out, it’s marginally darker and doesn’t have as strong of a white base to it. I feel like if it was a bit darker and deeper (a little more brown in it), it would be more contrasting next to Champagne Pop, but they are more similar than they are different. The texture was very blendable, though a little dry to the touch, and did emphasize pores slightly, even when I used a lighter hand/less dense brush (what I normally use with Becca’s highlighters, as they are very pigmented!). The color lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Dior #003 (P, $56.00)(90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Golden Dawn (LE) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $46.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Spritz is a bright pop of warmer pink with strong, golden frost that translated into a near-metallic sheen. I would say is too pink to be even a pink-coral but if you have very strong yellow undertones, it may end up looking more coral than pink once applied and blended out! The texture was blendable and fairly smooth, not quite as “dry” as the highlighters but not quite as creamy or as finely-milled as the standalone formula. It had rich pigmentation, which isn’t how the formula is billed (see more about that in my Luminous Blush reviews), so if you wanted a sheerer, buildable formula that really can be used as a “blush topper,” this might be a miss for you. On the other hand, if you like your blush very pigmented, this will be right up your alley. This shade wore well for eight hours and just stopped short of emphasizing pores on me. NYX Intuition (P, $6.50) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Rose Gold (P, $6.99) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). KIKO 103 Golden Peach (P, $12.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Delight (P, $28.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Culture (LE, $28.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (80% similar). Zoeva PK010 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (80% similar). NARS Impudique (LE, $30.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Amaretto is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy brown with warm undertones and a smidgen of fine, gold pearl. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture–no dryness present at all–that was easy to apply and use. As it wasn’t as shimmery as the prior three shades, there was no issue about pores or being more light-handed. The problem is that Becca, for reasons I don’t understand, says it’s a buildable formula, when it’s quite pigmented. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading. theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Elegance (370) (P, $45.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Inhibition (P, $60.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Rosée du Soir (P, $32.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Swift (P, $8.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pamplemousse is a bright pop of medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had very rich color payoff–a little went a long way–and I highly recommend using a light hand with this. The texture was smooth and blendable, but it had a slightly thinner feel to it compared to the other four shades in the palette. Again, the formula is supposed to have buildable coverage, but it is rather pigmented, so I think that if you prefer subtler, sheerer color, you are out of luck, and if you happen to prefer your blushes more pigmented, then it’s not a deal-breaker at all–it’s just contrary to what the brand claims. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Impudique (LE, $30.00) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). Burberry Coral Pink (P, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Lady Rouge (06) (P, $8.99) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is cooler, more muted (85% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is cooler, more muted, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Papaya (P, $24.00) is cooler, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Becca Face Palette Champagne Collection
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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