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YSL Rosy Contouring Couture Contouring Palette

YSL Rosy Contouring (2) Couture Contouring Palette
YSL Rosy Contouring (2) Couture Contouring Palette

YSL Rosy Contouring (2) Couture Contouring Palette ($47.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains two powders–one for contouring, one for highlighting–in a slim, gold-hued (plastic) palette. The contouring shade is slightly larger in size compared to the highlighting shade. Like the Golden Contouring (1) Palette, I suspect this will be better suited and show more nicely on fairer complexions. The quality of this palette, however, is lower as the texture of the Contour shade is firmer and has less payoff while being harder to diffuse.

Rosy Contouring Contour is a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which was somewhat buildable, so this is going to be a product that is better suited for someone who likes sheerer coverage overall. The texture was firmer, a little stiffer to work with, which was likely part of why the pigmentation was lower. It lasted well on the skin for seven and a half hours on me. NARS Contour (P) is warmer (90% similar). Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NARS Paloma Contour (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rosy Contouring Highlight is a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty consistency that blended well. Despite the dustiness, it didn’t emphasize my skin’s texture or appear dry or powdery applied to my skin. This shade seemed to wear for eight hours, but on my skin tone, it was hard to determine as it doesn’t register easily. YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). NYX Soft Light (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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YSL Golden Contouring Couture Contouring Palette

YSL Golden Contouring (1) Couture Contouring Palette
YSL Golden Contouring (1) Couture Contouring Palette

YSL Golden Contouring (1) Couture Contouring Palette ($47.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains two powders–one for contouring, one for highlighting–in a slim, gold-hued (plastic) palette. The contouring shade is slightly larger in size compared to the highlighting shade. I expect this to work best on light-medium and lighter skin tones; it is just barely noticeable on me as a more subtle contouring pick, and I am light-medium to medium in coloring. Though this is dubbed Golden, it is not overly warm and seems like suitable shades for neutral-to-warm skin tones. It’s a decent to good palette overall, though there are certainly a lot of options in this category across price points.

Golden Contouring Contour is a muted, mid-tone taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was slightly dusty, though soft, smooth, and finely-milled, that blended easily underneath the cheekbones and along the jaw line without leaving sharp lines. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was easy to apply with a lighter hand or build up with an additional layer for truer-to-pan color. On me, it wore well for just over seven and a half hours. Kevyn Aucoin Light (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Contour (P) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Sombre (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Contouring Highlight is a light beige with warm, golden undertones and a satiny shimmer-sheen finish. The pigmentation was rich, while the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable without being dusty or powdery. It gave a very subtle luminance to the skin, where it seemed to emphasize the natural sheen of skin, but it wasn’t enough to show up well in photos (it is one of those products that is better suited for real life than photography). I also suspect it will do more for lighter skin tones than mine. This shade seemed to wear well for eight hours (it’s not really visible on my skin color, so that makes it harder to judge wear). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (P) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). NYX Soft Light (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer
Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer ($56.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Teasecake (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Looxi Beauty La Belle (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is warmer (95% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to Dior, the formula is “highly concentrated with illuminating pigments” that gives you a “radiantly luminous complexion.” There’s not a lot to infer either way about pigmentation, but in general, the Diorskin Nude Air products are touted for natural, lighter looks, which tends to be code for sheerer. #001 has medium coverage, which is somewhat buildable, but it is such a close color to my actual skin tone that it’s hard to distinguish coverage when I’ve applied it as a highlighter (as it is blended out)! The texture was firm in the pan, smooth to the touch with a slight dryness on the brush (liked baked and hybrid gel-powder formulas), but it sat on the skin well and did not emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. I liked it, but it’s very dupable (even within past Dior releases), so whether it’s a must-have or not will depend on your stash. I really think it’s just a re-release of the Nude (002) from earlier this year; it’s at most, slightly more golden than #001. On me, the powder wore well for eight hours.

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer #001
#001

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NARS Talia Contour Blush Duo

NARS Talia Contour Blush
NARS Talia Contour Blush

NARS Talia Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is one of two new, permanent highlighting/contour duos for fall. The highlighting shade in the duos tends to be mostly matte, so it is not your typical shimmery, glowy highlighter. Talia adds a solid choice for medium and medium-dark skin tones looking for skin-like contouring. I also think it can work for lighter skin tones as well, particularly if you like a more dramatic contour or like being able to use a light hand and build-up.

Talia (Highlight) is a medium brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and effortless when it came to blending and applying it to the skin. It had good color payoff that could still be sheered out and/or applied with a lighter hand. For reference, it adds some noticeable color on me (like a very subtle bronzer) on my skin tone. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Bronzer (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #5 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Talia (Contour) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was firmer and less forgiving, so it took extra work to blend out. On me, this shade started to fade after eight hours. LORAC Light Contour (P) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Deep (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Bronze (P) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Contour Blush Talia
Talia
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Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder
Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a very light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a shimmery, lightly sparkly finish. NARS Devotee (P) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (LE, $75.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” It has a warmer base color, while the shimmer seemed cooler and icier (particularly noticeable when I applied it to the face and blended out). The texture was fairly soft, not as smooth as the other two shades in the range, but it remained blendable and easy to apply to the skin. The texture didn’t emphasize pores on me, and it had buildable, medium coverage. While this had the most noticeable shimmer, it actually seemed to have the least amount of sheen between the three shades in the line; it yields a noticeable glow–somewhere between subtle and moderate. This shade stayed on well for seven hours on me.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder Peach Lights
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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MAC x Star Trek Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder ($34.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “sheer wash of soft rose shimmer.” The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Enigmatic (P, $9.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Highlight) (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition formula for the brand’s collaboration for Star Trek. I have next to no specific information regarding the formula, so I’m assessing it as a typical highlighting powder as they seem designed to impart luminosity over strong color (all three shades are described as sheer and have shimmer/pearl). This shade had sheer to semi-sheer coverage with a fairly soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily on the skin and sat well without emphasizing pores or the skin’s texture. I believe this is the lightest of the three shades that will be available, and it gives a soft glow to my skin tone (light-medium to medium, for reference) but may add a little bit of color on very fair complexions. This wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

The Star Trek collection will be available online on August 25th and in-stores September 1st (North America). There are two more shades–Strange New Worlds (sheer wash of golden coral pearl) and Highly Illogical (sheer wash of golden plum with fine pearl) also released.

MAC Trip the Light Fantastic Powder Luna Luster
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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