Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as “golden nude.” Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Crafty (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Oasis (LE) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Pretty Bonnes (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Highlight 01
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%

Cle de Peau Bal Masque Body Powder

Cle de Peau Bal Masque Body Powder ($120.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a very pale, pink-tinged beige with fine golden shimmer-sheen. MAC Climax (LE)(95% similar). Colour Pop Pretty Bonnes (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Crushed Pearl (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Right) (P) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Oasis (LE) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Universal (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Cle de Peau Bal Masque Body Powder
Cle de Peau Body Powder Bal Masque
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%

bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe Palette

bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe Palette ($39.00 for 0.65 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows, two blushes, one highlighter, and one bronzer. The palette has $56.47 worth of eyeshadow, $15.33 worth of blush, $7.20 worth of highlighter, and $8.00 worth of bronzer for a total value of $87.00. I liked it, though it’s not quite as impressive as most of the Ready palettes are (they are nearly perfect), and one aspect that I really appreciated was that one row of eyeshadows was warmer and one row was cooler (though not truly cool-toned). The palette is also slim, so it doesn’t take up a lot of space.

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bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe Palette
bareMinerals Holiday 2015 Eye & Cheek Palette The Regal Wardrobe
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%
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bareMinerals The Royal Court Ready Face Color Trio

bareMinerals The Royal Court Ready Face Color Trio ($29.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a limited edition, slim set of cheek colors–highlighter, blush, and bronzer–for the holidays. I tried to calculate the value, but I’m not sure if these products are sold individually, so for the highlighter and bronzer, I used the Ready Luminizer Duo and the Ready Bronzer for calculations. There is $11.20 worth of highlighter, $15.33 worth of blush, and $11.20 worth of bronzer, which is a total of $37.73 (bareMinerals lists it as $49.50 value, which it may very well be, given the formulas aren’t quite translating).

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bareMinerals The Royal Court Ready Face Color Trio
bareMinerals Ready Face Color Trio The Royal Court
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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Becca Champagne Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Palette

Becca Champagne Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Palette ($34.00 for 0.26 oz.) includes three highlighters in white, peach-orange, and copper. The latter two have been released in full-sized, individual compacts previously, but this is the first time for the white highlighter (Pearl). If you like Becca’s highlighters, I don’t see why you wouldn’t like this palette, other than that you may already own two of the three shades. Like the Afterglow palette, the texture of the three powders seemed drier here, not quite as creamy or as finely-milled as the full-sized versions. It doesn’t seem to impact the overall appearance of them on the skin, and they’re still blendable and easy to apply. Becca’s highlighter formula is what I’d call a strong highlighter–intense, obvious, over-the-top–and a little goes a long way, so I recommend using a very feathery highlighting or fan brush to get a luminous sheen to avoid emphasizing pores.

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Becca Champagne Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Palette
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Palette Champagne Glow
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Master Class Holiday 2015 Palette

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Master Class Holiday 2015 Palette ($65.00 for 1.24 oz.) includes 32 eyeshadows, six blushes, and two highlighters. It’s a disappointing palette as the majority of the shades were somewhere between dry, powdery, and dusty (or some combination thereof) with sheerer coverage and a short-wearing formula.

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Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Master Class Holiday 2015 Palette
Smashbox Master Class Holiday 2015 Palette Art. Love. Color.
C-
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
70%
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