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ColourPop Candyman & Do Not Disturb Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Candy Man Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Candy Man Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Candy Man Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is deep, coppery bronze with warm, red undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was smooth, lightly wet to the touch, creamy, and seemingly blendable, but despite blending and building the color up, it looked a little patchy with some color dotting my cheeks almost like freckles. It was richly pigmented when applied with fingertips and more buildable with a brush. This shade lasted for over ten hours on me. Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is lighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Golden Age (LE, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $39.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Dior #004 (P, $56.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Gilty Bronze (LE, $29.50) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is cooler, more muted (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Do Not Disturb (P, $8.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Do Not Disturb Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It’s a darker, less shimmery version of Candy Man, but the two are quite similar applied lightly. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and spread easily but looked a little patchy on my skin. This shade wore well for nine hours. NARS Laguna (P, $39.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Gilty Bronze (LE, $29.50) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior #004 (P, $56.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to have buildable coverage–sheerer coverage when applied with a brush and intense coverage when applied with fingertips–that is long-wearing. It is a cream-to-powder formula that has a very dense, pliable texture in the pot, so it doesn’t have the same wet, emollient consistency of traditional cream blushes–this is more spongy. The texture remains very blendable on the skin, whether using fingertips or synthetic brushes, and sets to a more powder-like consistency. The pigmentation is usually buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque with a more subdued sheen, even when more metallic, on the skin. I get anywhere from eight to ten hours of wear with this formula

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Candyman
Candyman
Candyman
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Do Not Disturb
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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ColourPop Flexitarian & Might Be Disturb Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Flexitarian Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Flexitarian Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Flexitarian Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was very smooth, moderately emollient, and blendable on bare skin or over my base products. It had medium, buildable coverage when applied with a brush and intense, opaque coverage when I used my fingertips. While it looked very metallic in the pot and swatched, once blended, it had more of a medium shimmer finish. This shade stayed in place for ten hours. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer, more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Highlighter) (P) is lighter (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Ever After (P, $7.50) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Highlighter) (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Spoon (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Might Be Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation with opaque coverage easily achieved if applied with fingertips rather than a brush. The texture was more emollient and wetter to the touch compared to the majority of shades in this formula (I would say it is comparable to the equally metallic shades in the eyeshadow formula). It blended out easily and wore well for nine hours. Make Up For Ever 15 Golden Pink (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Highly Illogical (LE, $34.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Amber Gold (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Lancome Glowing Lights (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Rekindle (P, $20.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Jouer Topaz (P, $24.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to have buildable coverage–sheerer coverage when applied with a brush and intense coverage when applied with fingertips–that is long-wearing. It is a cream-to-powder formula that has a very dense, pliable texture in the pot, so it doesn’t have the same wet, emollient consistency of traditional cream blushes–this is more spongy. The texture remains very blendable on the skin, whether using fingertips or synthetic brushes, before it sets to a more powder-like consistency. The pigmentation is usually buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque with a more subdued sheen, even when more metallic, on the skin. I get anywhere from eight to ten hours of wear with this formula

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Flexitarian
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Might Be
Might Be
Might Be
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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MAC Highlight the Truth & Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinishes

MAC Highlight the Truth Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Highlight the Truth Mineralize Skinfinish

Highlight the Truth

MAC Highlight the Truth Mineralize Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft bronze coral with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Highly Illogical (LE, $34.00) is warmer, more muted (85% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $22.00) is lower quality, warmer (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Strange New Worlds (LE, $34.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Margin (P, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is supposed to have a “velvety soft” feel and a “radiant finish” with “sheer coverage” — it is a powder highlighter. In my experience, Mineralize Skinfinishes come in a lot of hues and vary from shade to shade with respect to color payoff, though they all tend to be more shimmery/bordering on metallic with so-so wear at six to eight hours. The texture has gotten smoother and silkier over the years with today’s more recent releases having a slightly drier texture that is characteristic of baked formulas, but the powder is finer and sits better on the skin. Highlight the Truth had a smooth, blendable consistency was a smidgen dusty but did not look dry or apply unevenly to my cheeks. On lighter skin tones, it will function more as a highlighting blush, while on deeper skin tones, it will be a warmer highlighter. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that was just shy of pore-emphasizing territory. On my cheeks, the color lasted for seven and a half hours.

Taraji Glow

MAC Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ($33.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “reddish brown.” It’s a rich, medium-dark reddish copper with warm undertones and a satin sheen. Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (P, $60.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Savage (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is warmer, more muted (80% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $22.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). NARS Taos (P, $30.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish Natural formula is supposed to have “medium coverage” with a “natural finish,” and it’s a line that has many flesh-toned shades and is often used as a foundation but can also be used as a highlighter/contouring powder. Taraji Glow is one of the few shades I’ve come across in the formula that is so pigmented as well as more blush-like in coloring. The texture was smooth without being dusty, and it blended out very well on the skin, which is an essential given the pigmentation level. This shade wore well for nine hours on me–one of the longer wearing baked powders. The “downside” is that the coverage is full, not at all medium; just a tap of the brush on the domed powder yielded more than medium coverage. I think this will be a happy accident for many, but it’s not quite as described.

These shades will be released online on September 6th.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlight the Truth
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Taraji Glow
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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YSL Lumiere Divine Highlighting Finishing Powder

YSL Lumiere Divine Highlighting Finishing Powder
YSL Lumiere Divine Highlighting Finishing Powder

YSL Lumiere Divine Highlighting Finishing Powder ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. Colour Pop Releve (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Tarte Glow (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s supposed to have a “lightweight” and “silky” feel that can be applied to the “cheekbones, on the bridge of the nose, under the eyebrows, and on the Cupid’s bow” for a “luminous glow.” As it has more of a satin sheen than overt shimmer, it can be used all-over, dusted across the face as a finishing powder (which is less about setting and more about adding luminosity back to the face, after applying setting powder). I suspect this will be best for very fair to light-medium skin tones for all-over use, as it lightens me skin tone just slightly if I use it all over. (For my skin tone, it worked better on the high planes like a traditional highlighter.) The texture was soft, smooth, finely-milled, and easy to diffuse and dust on the skin. It is a subtle highlighter if used on specific areas, and when I used it with a larger powder brush for all-over, it just made my skin look less dull and matte but not dewy or shiny. It didn’t impact the wear of my base products when used all over, and when I wore it as a highlighter on cheekbones, it lasted for eight hours.

YSL Highlighting Finishing Powder Lumiere Divine

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MAC x Star Trek Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder ($34.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a subdued, medium-dark copper-brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Ready to Go (P, $6.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $32.00) is cooler, brighter (85% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to add “sheer luminosity” to the skin with a “creamy” texture that “blends easily.” The powder felt very flat and smooth, but there was a dryness that made it feel a little chalky to the touch–the curiosity was that it didn’t look dry or chalky when applied to the skin, but it was a noisy powder if I rubbed my finger against the surface (that’s unusual). It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that yielded a soft sheen that didn’t emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. This particular shade added noticeable color to my skin, so those fairer or slightly darker may find this works as a highlighting blush/bronzer as well. On my normal-to-dry skin, the powder highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading.

MAC Trip the Light Fantastic Powder Highly Illogical
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC x Star Trek Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder ($34.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a medium, orange-copper with warm undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. MAC A Latte Sheen (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunlit Nude (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Shaft of Gold (LE, $30.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Margin (P, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to add “sheer luminosity” to the skin with a “creamy” texture that “blends easily.” It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that was easy to work with on the skin, as the powder was very blendable and sat well on my skin without emphasizing my pores or my skin’s natural texture. I noticed the powder, while smooth, had a slightly drier, chalkier texture in the pan, which was not apparent on the skin at all, but it’s one of those products that is more impressive applied as intended than merely felt with a fingertip. It had noticeable color on my complexion, so it may work as a highlighting blush or bronzer on similarly-hued skin tones as well as being a highlighter for deeper skin tones. This shade wore well for just under eight hours before fading on me.

MAC Trip the Light Fantastic Powder Strange New Worlds
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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