Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Contour

Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly muted, coppery brown with a soft satin finish. theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. Too Faced I Will Always Love You (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. MAC Linda (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush (Contour)
Sephora Colorful Blush Passionate (23)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%

Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a rich, medium-dark coppery red with lighter gold sparkle. It had sheer coverage, which gives the skin a tint of color and a dewy sheen. A little went a long way, so you can achieve a stronger tint if desired. The sparkle in this shade made it harder to blend over foundation, as it seemed prone to disturbing anything underneath it, but it worked without issue on bare skin. I noticed a few bits of sparkle migrated over night as well, which isn’t a problem I’ve had with other shades in the range. The color itself wore for nine hours. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is more muted, more pigmented. NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is darker, more pigmented. NARS Mauritanie (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 18
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%

Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a coppery bronze with lighter gold shimmer. It had finer shimmer, but it had a lot of shimmer, so the overall effect was dewy and frosted on the skin. The sheerer nature of the coverage made it less prone to emphasizing the skin’s natural texture, but if you build up the color, it can emphasize pores. The consistency was lightweight, thin, and blendable on the skin without disturbing base products but also could be worn alone. It may be a little too shimmery for some if mixed in with a base product, but it will add a general warmth, sheen, and shimmer when mixed. On me, this shade wore for ten hours before fading slightly. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted, cooler. Colour Pop Avalon (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is cooler. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 14
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%

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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