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MAC Yellow Topaz CCB & Firebrush Bronzer

MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base
MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base

MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, yellow gold with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had sheer color payoff that was somewhat buildable to semi-sheer coverage. The texture of this shade was less emollient than other Cream Colour Bases, so it had less shine and a subtle shimmered effect on the skin. I think the finish is more apparent in person than in photos, but it is a subtler effect. It lasted for seven hours on me (of the eight hours it is marketed as having). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Cumin (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Firebrush Bronzing Powder ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a smattering of gold micro-sparkle (it’s mostly matte, though). The texture was a little dry and chalky, where the powder seemed to clump together as it was dislodged from the surface. Applied, I didn’t notice the texture issues as much, as it applied relatively easily and blended out without too much work. It isn’t the best or most blendable bronzer, but it isn’t the worst. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, which is apparently as intended, as MAC describes their Bronzing Powder as a “powder that gives skin sheer, antural colour.” It lasted for eight hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is better quality, cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is warmer, more shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Bronze Glow (P, $27.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (-) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is better quality, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Editor’s Note: MAC’s newest collection–Vibe Tribe–has generated some controversy over the last couple weeks for cultural appropriation and/or cultural insensitivity. Both Refinery29 and The Huffington Post posted earlier this week with an official statement from the brand, which stated that: “The collection, including the visuals, product lineup, and naming, is inspired by art, outdoor music festivals, and the colors of the desert. The collection has absolutely no connection to nor was it inspired by the Native American cultures.”

Outdoor festivals are rife with instances of cultural appropriation in the form and manner many dress and accessorize (one of the more egregious examples is the wearing of headdresses–something some festivals have actually banned to avoid future instances of cultural appropriation). I don’t think it’s a surprise that between the pattern on the packaging, some of the shade names, promotional imagery, and a collection name with “tribe” in it that it is making some consumers at least question the inspiration/connection. I wish MAC would consider partnering with a Native designer or artist to create a collection that could truly pay homage to that person’s culture, roots, and inspiration of their craft. They have done this in the past where we have seen the collaborator’s inspiration in the forms of shade names and packaging, so it is a disappointment that they didn’t go that route here. I hope the brand will consider doing more research into their themes going forward.

MAC Cream Colour Base Yellow Topaz
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Bronzing Powder Firebrush
Firebrush
Firebrush
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Burberry London With Love Illuminating Bronzer

Burberry London With Love Illuminating Bronzer
Burberry London With Love Illuminating Bronzer

Burberry London With Love Illuminating Bronzer ($68.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium, slightly yellow-tinged brown with warm, golden shimmer. MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Laguna (P) is darker (85% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Bronzer (P) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is darker (80% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s supposed to give “an illuminating, sun-touched complexion with a subtle glow.” The heart is the darker, more bronze-hued shade, while the surrounding area is a more golden highlighting shade. While you can, in theory, use them separately, neither is large enough to accommodate an average-sized powder blush brush without getting some of the secondary shade on the brush. You’d need to use a small cheek or larger eye brush to use them separately. It’s more usable swirled together or leaning to one shade more than the other (so more illuminating vs. more bronzing). The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable, while the finish was glowing without emphasizing pores. It had good color payoff that could be diffused easily or applied heavily (without a lot of layers). The color wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Burberry Illuminating Bronzer London With Love
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Tom Ford Bronze Age Bronzing Powder

Tom Ford Bronze Age Bronzing Powder
Tom Ford Bronze Age Bronzing Powder

Tom Ford Bronze Age Bronzing Powder ($68.00 for 0.29 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark caramel brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Chisel (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is cooler, more muted, lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (-) is lighter (85% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is a new addition to the Tom Ford Bronzing Powder range. Similarly, it is available in the smaller size (which is what is shown in the review) as well as a larger size. It is more subdued and more yellow-based than the other two shades. The texture was a little drier and didn’t blend out easily as the other shades, which was a disappointment. It had a thinner feel that seemed smooth, but there was a dryness present that made it prone to sticking in certain places but not wanting to diffuse or stretch across the skin for even coverage. It had decent color payoff and wore for eight hours on me.

Tom Ford Beauty Bronzing Powder Bronze Age
Bronze Age
Bronze Age
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer
Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer ($28.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Sunkissed (P, $38.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronze Age (P, $68.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P) is cooler, darker (80% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Beached Bronzer formula is supposed to be “super-soft”, blendable, and have “sheer, natural-looking coverage” with a matte finish. There is a blurb about “HPP (Highlighter performing Pigments) Technology [that] provides rich color, long-lasting elements, and the perfect level of coverage” (which is a little confusing, but it seems to suggest perhaps more of a true-to-color concept, where color stays true for awhile–that is how I’m interpreting it). It had a very soft, smooth, and finely-milled texture that blended easily on the skin without issue and didn’t look dry on (but there’s no real sheen to this either). The coverage was sheer, as described, and somewhat buildable to more medium coverage. It lasted for eight hours before fading on me. This is the darker of the two shades released, and again, I’d love Urban Decay to come out with at least one deeper shade.

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer Bronzed
Bronzed
Bronzed
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer
Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer ($28.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Bronzer) (P) is cooler, darker (95% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Bronze Light (LE, $50.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Tarte Sweet Tea (LE) is darker (80% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Beached Bronzer formula is supposed to be “super-soft”, blendable, and have “sheer, natural-looking coverage” with a matte finish. There is a blurb about “HPP (Highlighter performing Pigments) Technology [that] provides rich color, long-lasting elements, and the perfect level of coverage” (which is a little confusing, but it seems to suggest perhaps more of a true-to-color concept, where color stays true for awhile–that is how I’m interpreting it). The consistency is very smooth and finely-milled–almost creamy in that respect, but it is a little thinner and feels distinctly powder-like. It had sheer coverage that was buildable to medium coverage or so when applied with three layers. The silky consistency made blending effortless, and the matte finish didn’t seem to accentuate my skin’s natural texture. The powder lasted for eight hours on me. The two presently in the range are more light-to-medium, though the sheerer formula seems like it should work on very fair complexions. This is the pinker-toned of the two, with Bronzed having stronger yellow tones. I do wish there was at least one richer, darker shade here for deeper skin tones.

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer Sun-Kissed
Sun-Kissed
Sun-Kissed
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color

Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color
Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color

Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color ($68.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a light-medium, golden copper with warm undertones and a frosted shimmer paired with a natural sheen. Stila Bronze (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Cream Cheek Color formula is supposed to “instantly brighten” the face for a “healthy glow and a natural burst of color.” It had a thin, emollient texture that had a light tackiness to it overall, but it applied well to the skin and went on evenly. The cream blush (bronzer?) worked well over bare skin as well as was workable when patted over liquid foundation (I used Tarte’s Rainforest as my base), but that light tackiness made it easier to work with over bare skin. The formula is comparable to the one in Pink Sand (released last year, and it was also re-released in this year’s summer launch). It had semi-opaque to opaque coverage with a natural sheen and finer shimmer than you’d think, going off of the swatch, once applied. It lasted for seven hours on me before turning patchy.

Tom Ford Beauty Cream Cheek Color Pieno Sole
Pieno Sole
Pieno Sole
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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