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MAC Glow Rida Beauty Powder

MAC Glow Rida Beauty Powder
MAC Glow Rida Beauty Powder

MAC Glow Rida Beauty Powder ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “beige.” It’s a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a fine pearl, plus larger sparkle. Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush II (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Honeychild (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC How Beautiful (LE, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% 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. The powder’s consistency was a little firmer with a slight chalkiness, and with the larger sparkly bits, it just wasn’t as smooth or as finely-milled in feel. It blended out fairly well on the skin and yielded a soft sheen, but there are sparkles that sit on the skin, so if you aren’t a fan of that, you might want to look elsewhere. The color lasted for eight hours before fading along the edges.

MAC Beauty Powder Glow Rida
Glow Rida
Glow Rida
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Catrice Champagne Campaign Highlighting Powder

Catrice Champagne Campaign Highlighting Powder
Catrice Champagne Campaign Highlighting Powder

Catrice Champagne Campaign Highlighting Powder ($5.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a very light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft sheen. MAC Climax (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Releve (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00)(90% similar). Tarte Glow (Tarteist) (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Smokin' Whistles (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Catrice’s Highlighting Powder is supposed to be “soft and velvety” that gives a “soft glow” to the skin and is available in two shades (I reviewed Stardust previously). The texture was soft, lightly powdery, and blendable on the skin. It kicked up excess product in the pan easily, so I would recommend using a lighter touch than usual to avoid creating too much of a mess each time you use the product. The powder sat well on the skin and didn’t emphasize the texture of mine at all, and the sheen is noticeable but subtle overall. If you like more metallic highlighters, this one is going to leave you wanting more, but if you find a lot of highlighters to be too much, then this might be your cup of tea. This shade lasted for seven hours before fading on me. There was a stronger, more powdery scent coming from the powder, in case you’re sensitive to scents.

Catrice Highlighting Powder Champagne Campaign
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Catrice Stardust Highlighting Powder

Catrice Stardust Highlighting Powder
Catrice Stardust Highlighting Powder

Catrice Stardust Highlighting Powder ($5.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a very light, pinkish-white with cool undertones and a soft, shimmery finish. MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dose of Colors Pearl Dust (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Pandora (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Hemisphere (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Catrice’s Highlighting Powder is supposed to be “soft and velvety” that gives a “soft glow” to the skin and is available in two shades (I will review the other shade as well). The powder was soft and blendable with a lightly powdery consistency that kicked up excess product in the pan but did not look dry applied to the skin. It imparted a faint glowing finish that wasn’t metallic or shiny, so there were no issues with it emphasizing pores or my skin’s natural texture. It had good pigmentation that could easily be diffused or sheered out, if desired. The highlighter wore well for seven hours before fading on me. One thing I noticed is that it has a stronger, powdery smell to it.

Catrice Highlighting Powder Stardust
Stardust
Stardust
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Palette

NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette
NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette

NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette ($59.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes four, limited edition powder blushes (one is more of a highlighter shade for most skin tones). The three blushes shades are richer shades, and two of the shades are quite deep, so I can see this working on a variety of skin tones. When working with the formula dry, I find it easy to apply and blend out, and they perform well overall. Damp application is harder to work with on my skin, as it doesn’t blend out as easily; it is better patted on with a damp fingertip or on bare skin (something about the damp brush/powder seems to disturb any base products more often than not for me). The wear ranged from seven to nine hours for me with damp application lasting longer overall.

I reached out to NARS recently for clarification with respect to the formula, because summer’s duos had contrary claims compared to the permanent duos. So, per that conversation: the Dual Intensity Blush formula is a wet/dry formulation that yields a “natural looking glow” with a dry application, whereas as damp application gives a “high-impact finish,” and the more water you have on your brush, the more “watercolor-like” the pigment will appear and with less water, it is “more saturated.” It seems like 1) the finish is more metallic/frosted with damp/wet application, and 2) the color will sheer out with a lot of water but appear more intense if just used with a damp brush. The best I can interpret is that there is just more leeway now with damp application not being specifically sheer/translucent from the get-go. I tried, and you really have to have a near-sopping wet brush before the blushes start resembling watercolors. My experience remains: it really is just medium to full coverage with a more frosted/shimmery finish applied dry, and then richer, deeper, and often more opaque color with a smoother sheen applied damp.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush I is a pale, silvery pink with cool, iridescent shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry, and semi-opaque applied damp, while the finish goes from frosted to metallic. It wore well for seven and a half hours dry, eight and a half hours damp. I think the lighter color and sheerer nature of this shade made it easy to apply even damp. NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Where the Dreamers Go (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is cooler (95% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Pandora (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush II is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and gold, frosted shimmer. It is like a deeper, richer take on the brand’s signature Orgasm blush (but it is warmer, less pink-based). It had opaque coverage both wet and dry, but damp application had a stronger metallic finish and appeared darker. It wore well for eight hours dry and nine hours damp. MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Berry Shimmer (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Snapdragon (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). NARS Panic (Right) (P) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush III is a deep, fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and a frosted sheen with slight sparkle. It is slightly sheerer and more muted applied dry than it is damp, though I find they look similar once blended on the cheeks. The texture of this shade was firmer and denser, and it seemed to make blending it out harder, so this one took some effort to even out on the skin, even dry. It wore well for eight hours dry, nine hours damp. NARS Panic (Left) (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Plumberry (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was richly pigmented both dry and damp, but the damp application made the color appear a few shades darker and more metallic. The consistency was very smooth and blendable dry, and it was fairly blendable damp, but it did need extra effort/patience. This shade lasted for eight hours applied dry and closer to nine hours applied damp. MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Alezane (260) (P, $45.00) is more muted (85% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Also In This Review

Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter
Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rose with warm, golden shimmer. Bobbi Brown Telluride (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is brighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is brighter, cooler (80% similar). NYX Deep Plum (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). KIKO 111 Classic Rose (P, $12.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter is a “buildable cream highlighter” that gives a “soft-focused glow.” The texture is dense, lightly spongy, and very emollient to the touch–it feels quite wet initially–but it goes on smoothly and dries down to a powder-like finish, so it doesn’t look wet or glossy (nor does it slide right off the face, either!). If you thought, “Hey, that looks like ColourPop!” — you’re right on the money; the texture is very much in that vein, and to my knowledge, I’ve really only seen ColourPop use that cream formula in a cheek product (but they were not the first to use it in eyeshadows–Chanel, BUXOM, Dior, and MAC have also used it). I find Lancome’s formula to be more slippery to the touch, but they perform largely the same otherwise. Rosegold Lights had semi-sheer, buildable color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to apply to the skin with a synthetic brush or fingertips (I prefer fingertips myself). The color lasted for nine hours before fading very slightly.

Also, a note: the interior plastic pan that product actually sits in was offset in both of mine, so that it could pop out, which I do not think was intentional, and I was able to pop it fully in and haven’t had them lift out on their own since.

Lancome Glow Subtil Silky Crème Highlighter Rosegold Lights

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Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter
Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Cover FX Sunlight (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Jouer Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $46.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Wisp (P, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Kitten (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Glint (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00) is cooler (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter is a “buildable cream highlighter” that gives a “soft-focused glow.” It’s available in five shades, and I purchased two to review (the other will be reviewed shortly!). The texture is dense, lightly spongy, and very emollient to the touch–it feels quite wet initially–but it goes on smoothly and dries down to a powder-like finish, so it doesn’t look wet or glossy (nor does it slide right off the face, either!). If you thought, “Hey, that looks like ColourPop!” — you’re right on the money; the texture is very much in that vein, and to my knowledge, I’ve really only seen ColourPop use that cream formula in a cheek product (but they were not the first to use it in eyeshadows–Chanel, BUXOM, Dior, and MAC have also used it). I find Lancome’s formula to be more slippery to the touch, but they perform largely the same otherwise. Glowing Lights had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that applied evenly, blended out easily, and lasted for over nine hours.

Also, a note: the interior plastic pan that product actually sits in was offset in both of mine, so that it could pop out, which I do not think was intentional, and I was able to pop it fully in and haven’t had them lift out on their own since.

Lancome Glow Subtil Silky Crème Highlighter Glowing Lights

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