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Clinique Golden Glow Uplighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Golden Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder
Clinique Golden Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Golden Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder ($27.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a sparkling, gold shimmer-sheen finish. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Miss Liberty (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Peaceful (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder is supposed to be a “sheer illuminating powder” that gives skin a “candle-lit, radiant glow” that can be used alone, as a finishing powder, or as a highlighter. While Nude Glow was subtle and sheer, this shade was not; it had semi-opaque coverage, which was buildable to full coverage with two layers, and it was noticeably shimmery on the skin–I can’t really imagine most wanting to use this as an all-over powder. If you’re looking for a soft, warming highlighter (or highlighting bronzer, perhaps) and like some sparkle, this might work on fair to medium-dark skin tones. The texture was soft enough that it was blendable on the skin, and it didn’t emphasize pores, but it is a little drier overall where some of the sparkle separates from the color itself. On my normal-to-dry skin, the color lasted just over eight hours before fading.

Clinique Uplighting Illuminating Powder Golden Glow

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Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a very pale yellow with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Burst (P) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give a “natural, seamless luminescence” to the skin with “natural-looking color.” I think it can be really lovely on the skin and yield a beautiful sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It’s not what I’d consider to be subtle glow, but it’s not a brilliant, high-shine highlighter either. The texture was smooth, but it ran a little dry and kicked up excess powder in the pan with ease. Luckily, it did not look dry or powdery on the skin, which is where it counts the most. The highlighter wore well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.

Sephora Microsmooth Baked Luminizer Stardust (01)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit

Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit
Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit

Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four sparkling, metallic highlighters in a cardboard palette. It’s new and limited edition, and it is also exclusive to the brand’s website. As you might expect with the Glow Kit, it’s not for someone who only likes a subtle highlighter; it is most suitable for someone who likes bright, bold, sparkling, and/or metallic highlighters. For some skin tones, three of the four shades may also work as luminous blushes. Sassy Grape and Butterscotch have larger sparkle/glittery flecks in them, while Marshmallow and Taffy are smoother and have a finer shimmer overall. All four shades were pretty pigmented, wore for eight to nine hours, and were blendable on the skin, but all four did emphasize the texture of my skin; Marshmallow I could apply without emphasis if I was careful, but the other three still added texture to the skin even when applied sheer.

As a note, two shades–Sassy Grape and Butterscotch–showed part of the powder lifting away from the edges. I dropped my palette a few times onto hardwood from 2-3 feet, and it didn’t seem to get any worse; then I pressed the powder together with my fingers and repeated dropping it, and they didn’t re-separate. However, I have seen almost a dozen photos of people receiving their Sweets kit with shades entirely broken (often Butterscotch, sometimes Sassy Grape or both). From what I have read, nobody has had an issue with Anastasia replacing and resending a palette.

Marshmallow is a bright, white gold with a cooler, whitish base and warmer, pale gold shimmer. It had good color payoff with a smooth, blendable texture that was soft without being too loose in the pan. It worked well with feathery brushes like a fan brush as well as more traditional blush or highlighter brushes. The color wore well for eight hours on me. Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is darker, more muted, less pigmented (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Stole the Show (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sassy Grape is a medium, pinky-plum with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the texture was metallic and highly reflective on the skin. It did emphasize my skin’s natural texture noticeably when worn all-over the cheeks, and when I tried it as a barely-there highlighter, I still had a little bit of emphasis, but it was not as noticeable. The powder itself was looser in the pan, though soft and blendable. It wore well for eight hours on me. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $11.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Adoration (Left) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Blonde (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution All I Think About is You (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $46.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is warmer (80% similar). Makeup Revolution Loved Me the Best (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Butterscotch is a bright, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. This shade has a very intense, reflective finish on the skin with barely any product as it is very pigmented. It has some noticeable sparkle that sits on the skin, and the more metallic finish paired with the denser, thicker consistency overall did result in emphasis of pores/skin texture for me. I think that it does reflect so much light that the emphasis wasn’t as noticeable as you might expect it to be. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. Anastasia White Sand (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Bloom (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Taffy is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich color payoff with a smooth, blendable texture that felt almost cream-like to the touch. Though it wasn’t as sparkly as Butterscotch, it had a high-shine finish that reflected a lot of light and had some mild emphasis of skin texture/pores on my skin. This shade lated for almost nine hours before fading. MAC Light Year (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Valley Girl (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #2 (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Glow Kit Sweets
Sweets
Sweets
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
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Marshmallow

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Sassy Grape

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Taffy

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Clinique Nude Glow Uplighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Nude Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder
Clinique Nude Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Nude Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder ($27.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. NARS Give In Take Blush II (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder is supposed to be a “sheer illuminating powder” that gives skin a “candle-lit, radiant glow” that can be used alone, as a finishing powder, or as a highlighter. It had sheer, buildable coverage that could get up to semi-opaque (three layers) with a very soft, smooth, and blendable texture that felt almost cream-like to the touch. There are three shades available, and this is the lightest of the three (they get progressively darker). On my light-medium complexion, it gives just a hint of warmth that evens out the natural redness in my cheeks and gives a low-key sheen–enough that my skin looks awake and brightened but not metallic or shiny. I think fans of subtler highlighters will like this finish, whereas if you tend to gravitate towards more frosted and metallic highlighters, you’ll find this too subtle. This shade lasted for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

Clinique Uplighting Illuminating Powder Nude Glow
Nude Glow

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Anastasia Moonchild Glow Kit

Anastasia Moonchild Glow Kit
Anastasia Moonchild Glow Kit

Anastasia Moonchild Glow Kit ($40.00 for 0.90 oz.) includes six, shimmering, sparkling highlighters. Three of the shades have a slight duochrome (very subtle–I think it works on cheeks, but it’s hard to capture in a still photo), while the other three are more consistent in color all the way through. I think it’s a really intriguing, versatile palette for those who like to experiment with color and layering with various blushes and bronzers. Anastasia does indicate this palette can be used on eyes as well (the other Glow Kits mention face and body but not eyes), so that may be an alternative use for some. The biggest issue I had with the palette was that some shades were a little drier/looser in the pan, and of course, these are sparkly and metallic, so they can emphasize pores, depending on how much you apply.

As a note, it does contain slightly less product than the 4-pan Glow Kits (which have 1.04 oz. of product) but is not significantly less (the upside is you get more shades, and if you rarely pan your products, it’s a better value to have the additional shades).

Blue Ice is an icy white base with blue sparkle and shimmer. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that was sparkling and lightly metallic on the skin. The texture is a smidgen loose in the pan, but it didn’t create a mess in the pan and did not look dry or sheer out too easily on the skin. It can emphasize pores if worn at semi-opaque or greater coverage, but when I used it as a highlight over another blush, it didn’t emphasize my skin’s texture. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Sugarpill Ice Angel (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Frostbite (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Roadstripe (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin' (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Cosmic (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Blue Rhythm (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Moon Phase (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Honeymoon (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Star is a light silver with subtle, cool undertones paired with a metallic sheen. The amount of shine and reflectiveness in this shade is insane–it is very, very metallic and looks brighter on as it catches the light than viewed straight-on. The texture was soft and blendable, but it was also a little dry. It did emphasize my pores/skin texture noticeably. Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #1 (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Flowers 3 #1 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Blue Moon (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Purple Horseshoe is a bright, light pinky-lavender with iridescent purple and pink shimmer. This shade had a drier, looser texture–almost gritty with the way the larger sparkles separated from the powder–that applied better to the skin than it looks as a heavier swatch. The highlighter blended out well, but even at sheerer coverage, it did emphasize pores and my skin’s natural texture (which is something that isn’t always a deal-breaker, but it is worth noting). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blacklight (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Hemisphere (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Over the Moon (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Tonic (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luna (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $31.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Violator (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pink Heart is a dirty, light beige with hints of green in its base that shifts from light pink to cooler violet. This was the least metallic in the palette, though it had more noticeable sparkly bits that sat on the skin. The texture was smooth, soft, and blendable without a hint of dryness. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. Dior Trafalgar #2 (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Honeymoon (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Psychedelic (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Iridescent (112) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rockstar (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Blush (Self-Made) (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Zoeva Sheers & Voiles (P) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Vex (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Prism (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lucky Clover is a very light, warm white that flits between yellowy gold and greenish gold with a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft, blendable texture (just a touch dry). It only emphasized pores if I wore it at near opaque coverage. The color started to break down after eight and a half hours of wear. Looxi Beauty Voodoo (P, $7.50) is cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Posh (P, $7.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Flame (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Dulcinee #2 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Voltage (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Zestful (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Left) (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Room Service (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blue Moon is an icy, bluish-silver with strong, cool undertones and a metallic sheen. There’s enough shimmer and pigmentation in this shade that it doesn’t look chalky or ashy against my skin tone, despite seeming to be white-based. The texture was very soft and a little went a long way, so I’d highly recommend using a light hand when applying this one and building up. It blended out fairly easily and lasted for eight hours on me. Viseart Blue Diamond (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Blue Rhythm (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Dark Energy #3 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Star (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Flowers 2 #1 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Glow Kit Moonchild
Moonchild
Moonchild
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Blue Ice

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Star

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Purple Horseshoe

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Pink Heart

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Lucky Clover

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Blue Moon

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MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder
MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “pastel soft pink with sparkles.” It’s a very light pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a satiny sheen. bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Dose of Colors Pearl Dust (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Benefit 10 (Highlighter) (DC, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is less pigmented (95% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Pandora (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beauty Powders “can be applied as a highlight, soft blush, or overall finish,” according to MAC. The way you might use a particular shade of Beauty Powder very often depends on what your skin tone is. This particular shade is very, very light, so it will work as a highlighter on most complexions and on very fair skin tones as a barely-there highlighting blush. The texture was firmer without being stiff or chalky, while the powder was smooth, blendable, and easy to apply to the skin. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that gave a subtle glow to the skin without emphasizing pores. It wore well for eight hours on me.

MAC Beauty Powder Play It Proper
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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