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MAC Yellow Topaz CCB & Firebrush Bronzer

MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base
MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base

MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, yellow gold with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had sheer color payoff that was somewhat buildable to semi-sheer coverage. The texture of this shade was less emollient than other Cream Colour Bases, so it had less shine and a subtle shimmered effect on the skin. I think the finish is more apparent in person than in photos, but it is a subtler effect. It lasted for seven hours on me (of the eight hours it is marketed as having). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Cumin (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Firebrush Bronzing Powder ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a smattering of gold micro-sparkle (it’s mostly matte, though). The texture was a little dry and chalky, where the powder seemed to clump together as it was dislodged from the surface. Applied, I didn’t notice the texture issues as much, as it applied relatively easily and blended out without too much work. It isn’t the best or most blendable bronzer, but it isn’t the worst. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, which is apparently as intended, as MAC describes their Bronzing Powder as a “powder that gives skin sheer, antural colour.” It lasted for eight hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is more shimmery, cooler, better quality (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Clinique Bronze Glow (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is cooler, better quality (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Editor’s Note: MAC’s newest collection–Vibe Tribe–has generated some controversy over the last couple weeks for cultural appropriation and/or cultural insensitivity. Both Refinery29 and The Huffington Post posted earlier this week with an official statement from the brand, which stated that: “The collection, including the visuals, product lineup, and naming, is inspired by art, outdoor music festivals, and the colors of the desert. The collection has absolutely no connection to nor was it inspired by the Native American cultures.”

Outdoor festivals are rife with instances of cultural appropriation in the form and manner many dress and accessorize (one of the more egregious examples is the wearing of headdresses–something some festivals have actually banned to avoid future instances of cultural appropriation). I don’t think it’s a surprise that between the pattern on the packaging, some of the shade names, promotional imagery, and a collection name with “tribe” in it that it is making some consumers at least question the inspiration/connection. I wish MAC would consider partnering with a Native designer or artist to create a collection that could truly pay homage to that person’s culture, roots, and inspiration of their craft. They have done this in the past where we have seen the collaborator’s inspiration in the forms of shade names and packaging, so it is a disappointment that they didn’t go that route here. I hope the brand will consider doing more research into their themes going forward.

MAC Cream Colour Base Yellow Topaz
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Bronzing Powder Firebrush
Firebrush
Firebrush
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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LORAC Twilight Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Twilight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Twilight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Twilight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is darker (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Essence Be My Highlight (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

New for summer, LORAC has released their Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in four shades (reviews to come for all shades). The formula is supposed to be buildable for both a “soft, natural sheen” or “layered for a high-shine, dramatic effect.” Twilight had semi-opaque to fully opaque coverage–it was the most pigmented of the four–with a fair amount of shimmer. This shade was the most shimmery/metallic of the four as well. The texture was very soft and a little loose in the pan, so it tended to sheer out a bit more readily on the skin (which I think works for a highlighter formulation) but is easily diffused beyond where one might have intended so use smaller, more precise movements/strokes when applying and blending. It emphasized pores just slightly, but it tended to be so metallic and glow-y that it was hard to notice. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before breaking down.

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter Twilight
Twilight
Twilight
B+

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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LORAC Daylight Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Daylight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Daylight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Daylight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P)(95% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Burst (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Algenist Champagne (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Sun Ceremony (LE, $2.99) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

New for summer, LORAC has released their Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in four shades (reviews to come for all shades). The formula is supposed to be buildable for both a “soft, natural sheen” or “layered for a high-shine, dramatic effect.” Daylight was one of the more shimmery shades in the range, though it never became so metallic or frosted that it emphasized pores. The color payoff was medium and buildable, so true-to-pan color payoff was achievable in two to three layers, but it was just as easy to apply and diffuse for a sheer sheen. It had a smooth, moderately dense, and silky feel that was easy to work with. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours.

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter Daylight
Daylight
Daylight
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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LORAC Starlight Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Starlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Starlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Starlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a pale gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

New for summer, LORAC has released their Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in four shades (reviews to come for all shades). The formula is supposed to be buildable for both a “soft, natural sheen” or “layered for a high-shine, dramatic effect.” Starlight had medium, buildable pigmentation that didn’t require a lot of layers to intensify, but it was also to apply as a sheerer layer without having to be very, very light-handed. The powder had a very smooth, silky consistency in the pan, and it wasn’t too powdery nor was it too firm. It was easy to apply, blend and diffuse along the edges, and the finish didn’t emphasize pores. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before breaking down.

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter Starlight
Starlight
Starlight
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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LORAC Moonlight Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. NARS Devotee (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Gleam (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Luster (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Ecliptic (P) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

New for summer, LORAC has released their Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in four shades (reviews to come for all shades). The formula is supposed to be buildable for both a “soft, natural sheen” or “layered for a high-shine, dramatic effect.” Moonlight had medium, buildable coverage that could easily be sheered out or built-up for more intense coverage/shimmer, just as described. The texture was very smooth, finely-milled, and blendable; it felt denser and more buttery compared to the blushes (which are a little thin). The shimmer/finish didn’t emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. On me, the highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter Moonlight
Moonlight
Moonlight
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder
Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery-brown with warm undertones and a gold, frosted sheen. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Golden Age (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque color coverage (once built up). The texture was just like the others in the line: smooth, soft, blendable, but there was that slight dryness to it if you put your finger against the surface–it just didn’t seem to translate in a negative way on the skin. It was easy to diffuse the color along the cheek bones, and the more shimmery nature didn’t emphasize my pores. Of all four shades, this one had the most metallic sheen applied, so if pore emphasis is a big concern, you might want to test-drive this prior to purchasing. The color was a bit of a chameleon on me; there is a rosier undertone that became more present the more it was blended out, which made it look like bronze/copper against my skin tone. I will be curious to hear how it works on other skin tones and undertones.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Seduction
Seduction

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