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Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator Powder
Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator Powder ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a very light, rosy pink with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. NARS Devotee (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Gleam (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Luster (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Sleek MakeUP Ecliptic (P) is darker (80% similar). 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, buildable coverage (to mostly opaque) with a texture that was slightly dry to the touch, but it still had a very smooth, blendable consistency that sat well on the skin. I really expected this to emphasize the natural texture of the skin, but once blended, it produced an illuminating sheen that was moderate rather than metallic. I think this would work really well paired with a slew of blushes to brighten and add sheen. I noticed signs of the powder fading on my skin after eight hours of wearing it.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Devotion
Devotion

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Laura Mercier Addiction Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Addiction Face Illuminator Powder
Laura Mercier Addiction Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Addiction Face Illuminator Powder ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a lightly sparkly, metallic finish. Anastasia Sunray (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Idol (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Yellow Topaz (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% 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 coverage–so buildable, as billed–that was easy to apply and build-up without it becoming too intense with respect to the finish. The texture was fairly smooth, soft, and blendable on the skin, but there was a slight dryness present (something common to this type of formula, from my experience) that doesn’t impact the way it looks or wears from what I can tell. It didn’t emphasize pores, though it is a more obvious highlighter, so if you prefer something subtle, I would recommend using a feathery brush and a lighter hand. On me, it wore well for eight hours.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Addiction
Addiction

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Laura Geller Peach Glow Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Peach Glow Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Peach Glow Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Peach Glow Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peachy champagne shimmer.” It’s a light peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Pink Champagne (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Crafty (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Teasecake (DC, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator formula is supposed to give a “translucent wash of luminous color” that can be used all-over or as a highlighter with a powder-cream hybrid texture. Long-time readers will know I have a fondness for this formula, so I was happy to see shade extensions! The biggest “downside” to the formula is that they’re really more pigmented than described, so if you really, really want something barely-there, then I’d say to look elsewhere; otherwise, they’re easy to use as a semi-sheer product or applied at more opaque coverage. To me, the formula would be better described as having medium, buildable coverage. Peach Glow is one of the more metallic, lightly sparkly shades in the range–it did emphasize the texture of my skin slightly when I applied it as I have done with the other three shades in the range. It can be applied without emphasizing pores, but it’s not as foolproof as the other shades. That being said, on my skin tone, it looks almost the same as Charming Pink (I triple-checked photos, because they were so similar) as they’re both light and slightly warm (which makes it worth pointing out that the range could really use medium-to-dark options for darker complexions). The texture was soft, blendable, and a smidgen dry. This shade lasted for eight hours on me.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Peach Glow
Peach Glow
Peach Glow
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Laura Geller Charming Pink Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Charming Pink Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Charming Pink Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Charming Pink Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “soft pink pearl.” It’s a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous shimmer-sheen finish. NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush I (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Hemisphere (P) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). NARS New Order (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator formula is supposed to give a “translucent wash of luminous color” that can be used all-over or as a highlighter with a powder-cream hybrid texture. Long-time readers will know I have a fondness for this formula, so I was happy to see shade extensions! The biggest “downside” to the formula is that they’re really more pigmented than described, so if you really, really want something barely-there, then I’d say to look elsewhere; otherwise, they’re easy to use as a semi-sheer product or applied at more opaque coverage. To me, the formula would be better described as having medium, buildable coverage. Charming Pink is soft, smooth, and easily blended on the skin. There’s enough shimmer to highlight the skin, but it is just shy of pore-emphasizing-territory. This one lightens and brightens on my skin tone, but it may show a little color on much fairer complexions. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque color payoff. On my normal-to-dry skin, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Charming Pink
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Urban Decay Sin Afterglow Highlighter

Urban Decay Sin Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter
Urban Decay Sin Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Sin Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic finish. Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Craze (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is darker (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Make a Sheen (LE) is darker (85% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The new Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter formula is supposed to be “finely-milled” with “sheer,” buildable payoff that “blends in easily” and eight-hour wear. This was the most pigmented–more semi-opaque to opaque–shade in the range and most shimmery. I found that the texture could emphasize pores depending on application style/coverage, so it’s not as foolproof as the other shades. I recommend using a lighter touch and a buffing brush to get the best finish out of the product. It is also significantly different in color to Sin eyeshadow, which is more pink-based (I compared to a split-pan I have of Sin as well as one in the Naked palette). The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while the highlighter wore for eight hours on me before fading.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter Sin
Sin
Sin
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Nuanced Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Nuanced Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Nuanced Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Nuanced Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of a light gold, peach, copper, and rose gold. Together, they create a light-medium, peachy copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Zoeva Palace Door (P) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Daybreak (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Left) (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Highlighter (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Otherearthly (LE, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is described as a “velvety soft” face powder with a “radiant finish” that can be used to “add highlights to the high points of the face.” The Mineralize Skinfinish Collection for spring features five new, limited edition shades — the collection debuts on March 31st online. Nuanced had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and lightly dusty consistency that was incredibly easy to blend out on the skin. I was surprised the texture didn’t emphasize pores, but it applied in such a way that it gave a good sheen instead. On me, the color started to break down after seven hours of wear.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Nuanced
Nuanced
Nuanced
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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