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Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette

Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette
Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette

Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette ($14.99 for 0.32 oz.) consists of four highlighters–three powder, one cream. They’re designed as “highly pigmented metallic finishes” that give a “luminous sheen” on the “face and body.” It’s a fun palette for highlighting that doesn’t break the bank, and I think that the biggest issue is that not all shades were “highly pigmented” but imagine for many, that’s not a deal-breaker when it comes to highlighters.

Ecliptic is a subdued, light-medium rose pink with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer coverage, which was somewhat buildable but never to more than medium coverage. The creamier consistency made it prone to sheering out as it was blended onto the skin, though I think that works well for the type of product it is as it is hard to overdo. On me, the cream highlighter wore for seven hours before becoming patchy. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is lighter (90% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is lighter (85% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $38.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hemisphere is a cooler, pinky lavender with a luminous sheen. The consistency was soft and blendable, but it was a touch drier and looser in the pan, so it didn’t have the same finely-milled feel as some highlighters/powders can. I don’t think this is something really seen on the skin (at least not for me), as it imparted a nice, glowy finish that didn’t emphasize pores or look dry on. It had good pigmentation and lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Make Up For Ever 5 Frozen Purple (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Monster (P, $8.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Transcendence (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Purple Horseshoe (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Celestial (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dose of Colors Pearl Dust (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Amethyst (P) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Hippo (P, $8.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Over the Moon (LE, $8.00) is less pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soft Frost (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Subsolar is a very light yellow with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It doesn’t seem warm enough to be your traditional take on a gold highlighter–it almost has a green cast to it at some angles. The texture was smooth but had a firmer press to it compared to the right two highlighters, which resulted in more semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage. It gave my skin a subtle glow without adding warmth to it (I am warm-toned, though) and did not emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. The highlighter wore nicely for seven and a half hours. NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is warmer, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Equinox is a bright, light-medium coppery peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. This shade was richly pigmented with a very soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen dry in the pan but didn’t look that way on the skin. On the skin, it had more of a metallic finish, which made it the most reflective of the four shades in the palette, and it was just shy of emphasizing pores on my skin if wore at medium coverage (or sheerer). This shade lasted for just over seven and a half hours for me. Dior #001 (P, $56.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is darker (95% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Tarte Lit (P) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Essence Be My Highlight (P, $4.49) is less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 4 Golden Peach (P, $24.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $46.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is darker (80% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sleek MakeUP Highlighting Palette Solstice
Solstice
Solstice
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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C+

Ecliptic

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Subsolar

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Equinox

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Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder
Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light, pinky-beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Tarte Gleam (P) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Crafty (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (LE, $75.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty La Belle (P, $7.50) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Smokin' Whistles (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% 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.” The texture of this shade was much smoother and more finely-milled compared to Golden Lights, and as a result, it didn’t feel dry or powdery, though it was very blendable and easy to work with. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. The shimmer seemed a little more refined as well, so it had more of a light-medium level of sheen that didn’t appear metallic or shiny. On my warmer complexion, it’s a highlighter hue that can work well with many blushes, as it doesn’t alter the color of them much when paired with my skin tone, but very fair and/or cooler skin tones may find it adds some warmth when used. The highlighter lasted seven hours on me before fading noticeably.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder Radiant Lights
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty / Dolce Vita Instant Look Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette
Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette ($75.00 for 0.77 oz.) is a neutral-hued eye and cheek palette that features three eyeshadows and four cheek/face products. I think if you have a good arsenal of neutrals, this will be dupable for you, but they are still a nice set of neutrals that work well together and would be travel-friendly. If you prefer more mattes or less shimmery eyeshadows, though, this one may be limiting. All in all, the palette was easy to use; there was no real fuss, and the more quality-related issue I had was how soft the bronzer was, but it looked great applied, which is where it counts the most.

It is currently listed as unavailable online, but some physical stores may still have stock (really not sure, you’d have to check with your local store!). I actually think that the brand’s Instant Look palettes would be excellent permanent items – I feel like they’re a good value, travel-friendly, and seem to be a good introduction to what the brand has to offer.

Seductive Beauty (Brighten) is a light peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had a really soft, finely-milled consistency that was a bit loose in the pan, but it applied well to the skin and had an almost “melted” appearance on (a sort of lived-in shimmer look) that was very reflective. The pigmentation was fully opaque, and the color wore well for eight hours before creasing. YSL Indie Jasper #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). YSL Scandal #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit Riff (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Precious (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Dream Boat (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). City Color Bubble Bath (P, $6.99) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Left) (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (P) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Enhance) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that sat well on the skin and was easy to work with. The color started to crease after eight hours of wear on me. Divergent Abnegation Stone (LE) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Chrome (P, $19.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Burberry Pale Barley (102) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #4 (P, $2.29) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Charged Up (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Happy Place (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Amethyst (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Hazy (P, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Magnetism (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Ciate Happy (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Satin Taupe #2 (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Yes Please (P) is warmer (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #2 (P) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #6 (LE) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Grand-Palais (P) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Burberry Pale Barley (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Reef (LE) is darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Smoke) is a medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, reddish undertones and fine golden shimmer. The color payoff was rich and fully opaque, while the texture was perfectly balanced between soft and firm, dense and blendable–it was extremely easy to apply and blend out without losing intensity. On me, it wore well for eight hours. Dior Contraste Horizon #4 (LE) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bronze (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #4 (P) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Promesse #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Mulch (P, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Synergy (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #1 (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Tout Suite (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Pretty (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Gravitational (LE, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Whiskey (LE, $14.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Bronze) is a medium, reddish tan with warm undertones and gold shimmer. The texture was very, very soft and prone to kicking up excess in the pan, and the looser consistency made it easy to get plenty of color payoff out of the powder as well. I’d recommend using a lighter hand and then applying, and if you feel like you may have gotten too much on your brush, lightly tap off the excess. It was very blendable on the skin and diffused nicely without a lot of work. I noticed subtle fading along the edges of the bronzer after eight hours of wear. LORAC Spotlight (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Days (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Cheek Swish) is a light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer that gave it a luminous sheen. It had medium, buildable pigmentation (which is as described) with a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. It lasted for just over seven and a half hours on me before fading. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Blush (P) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Miss Cupcake (LE) is glossier, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $22.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Legendary (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) is a pop of light-medium, rosy coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque to opaque color coverage paired with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that blended out with ease and didn’t read dry or powdery on the skin. I was able to wear this shade for almost eight hours before it started to break down. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is warmer, more shimmery (95% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $55.00) is warmer, more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Swish) (LE, $40.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $22.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE) is lighter (85% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Highlight) is a very light, golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that ran slightly dusty in the pan, but I didn’t notice any dryness on the skin. The highlighter wore well for eight hours on me. LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Summer Opal (LE, $22.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Apricot (P, $55.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Lit (P) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Seductive Beauty
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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NARS Melina Contour Blush Duo

NARS Melina Contour Blush
NARS Melina Contour Blush

NARS Melina 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. This is one of the deeper duos, so it should be good for someone who wants a more dramatic contour or for someone with a medium or darker skin tone.

Melina (Highlight) is a muted, medium tan with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that was fairly blendable and soft on the skin without looking dry or powdery. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker (85% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is cooler, darker (80% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Melina (Contour) is a deep, dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while it had really rich color payoff. This should work on medium-dark and darker skin tones (I’ll be curious to hear if this works on very deep skin tones–do let me know if you’ve tried it!) better than other contours. On me, a little went a long way, but it was blendable enough that I could use it as a more dramatic contour. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. MAC Galaxite (LE, $16.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Billionaire Bronze (LE, $29.50) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Contour Blush Melina
Melina
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Clinique Bronze Glow Uplighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Bronze Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder
Clinique Bronze Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Bronze Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder ($27.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $22.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $25.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P) is warmer (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Bronzer (P) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (80% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter (80% 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. Like Golden Glow, it is far from sheer–in fact, it is pretty opaque! If you like your highlighters/bronzers pigmented, that might be a happy “con.” The texture was soft, smooth, and easy to blend and work with on my cheeks. It didn’t emphasize pores and gave a soft sheen. I think this one could be used as a finishing powder on deeper skin tones as well. This shade lasted for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Clinique Uplighting Illuminating Powder Bronze Glow

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Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder
Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a white gold with strong, yellow-gold shimmer. NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is less pigmented, more muted, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). The Estee Edit Snowlit (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Sun Ceremony (LE, $2.99) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Stole the Show (P, $8.00) is lighter (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 stronger, more dramatic golden sheen compared to some versions of this shade (probably the most well-known is NARS’ Albatross) that pulls yellower on me rather than white, which should make it more versatile for a greater number of skin tones. However, the white base is visible and almost appears grayish against my warmer skin tone, which may or may not be something that you’re looking for. The shimmer gives a noticeable sheen and glow to the skin, not quite metallic or frosted, but it is a medium-level highlighter overall. The texture was blendable but felt a little soft, powdery, and a smidgen dry in the pan, but I didn’t find it looked that way on the skin. On me, the highlighter lasted just over six and a half hours.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder Golden Lights
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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