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Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact
Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact ($108.00 for 0.70 oz.) is a mega-sized compact that features three products: a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. It’s limited edition for summer and features the brand’s signature white packaging they often used for the summer collections. I was dismayed at the price point when pre-ordering, but it is massive; it is the size of their large-sized bronzing compacts, but the content weight is really the equivalent of three full-sized cheek colors. Though I’m not sure about ever hitting pan on something like this, the upside is that each shade is contained inside its own well and each well is large enough to use the shades individually. Small to medium brushes worked best; large brushes were too big for individual use. The brand states that the compact can be used individually or together for “sheer to medium coverage” and “both matte and radiant.” All three shades were smooth, while the blush and bronzer were a little firmer in the pan, fairly blendable, had medium coverage, and lasted for at least eight hours. The colors are more dupable, and the pigmentation is medium–which is as described–but may not be what you’re looking for.

The Afternooner (Highlighter) is a light, peachy-gold with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It read as a subtle highlighter on the skin; enough that it’s more than a finishing powder but was not overtly shimmery or metallic in the least bit. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was easy to apply and never emphasized pores. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior #001 (LE, $65.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Afternooner (Blush) is a slightly muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, though it could be layered another time or two for nearly opaque coverage, I think. The texture was smooth and blendable, but it was a little firmer in the pan so you might want to use a denser brush to apply this shade unless you want a very sheer wash of color. It wore well for eight hours.
Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is darker, brighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Vibrant (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $22.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Afternooner (Bronzer) is a subdued, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a smooth, blendable texture that was a little firm in the pan. I actually thought it was a contour powder (given that it’s a “Contouring Compact”), but Tom Ford’s website calls it out as a bronzer–but this is why in the swatch photo, I’m wearing it as a contour. There’s enough rosiness to the color that it could work as a contour for some skin tones. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Unique (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Sculpting #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P) is cooler (85% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Contouring Compact The Afternooner
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Urban Decay Fireball Afterglow Highlighter

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

Urban Decay Fireball Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “peach with pink shift.” It’s a muted, medium peachy-orange with strong yellow tones paired with a pearly shimmer that shifts from cooler pink to warmer, pinky-copper. Urban Decay Twilight (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Anastasia Hard Candy (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay OC (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is darker, warmer (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. It had sheer to semi-opaque coverage with a smooth, finely-milled texture that was blendable on the skin. It seemed to have a low-level sheen than an overtly shimmery finish applied; it was the least shimmery of the three shades in the highlighter range released for summer. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. I would consider this to be more of a highlighting blush on several skin tones. It is a sheerer, less dense, and slightly less shimmery take on the same Fireball eyeshadow–their colors are similar, but the texture and payoff make the blush look much more subdued. If you already own the eyeshadow, you might consider trying out the color as a blush to see if it’s something you’d use often; assuming you don’t mind a softer, sheerer version for a blush, the blush is a better value if you use it as such ($113/oz. vs. $380/oz.)

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter Fireball
Fireball
Fireball
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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MAC Naturally Enhanced Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Naturally Enhanced Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Naturally Enhanced Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Naturally Enhanced Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of yellowed brown, reddish-copper, deep plummy brown, and dark yellowed brown. The four shades unite to create a dark, chocolaty brown with subtle, warm red undertones and a satin finish. Chanel Duo N. 01 (Bottom) (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Melina (Contour) (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $22.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $22.00) is brighter, warmer (85% 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. Naturally Enhanced had semi-opaque color payoff–one of the less pigmented shades in the range–with a noticeably drier, loose texture that was almost sandy, though much less gritty. It was difficult to apply the color evenly, as it didn’t seem to adhere as well to bare skin. I was really bummed that the texture of this was significantly drier and less usable compared to the other four shades in the collection, particularly because it’s rarer to find a darker, less metallic hue in the Mineralize Skinfinish range to begin with. It lasted for seven hours before fading.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Naturally Enhanced
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
72%
Total

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MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of buttery yellow, peachy beige, muted medium orange, and light-medium warm pink. Together, they come together and create a muted, light-medium peachy-orange with warm, yellowy undertones and a frosted sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (85% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is more 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. Faintly Fabulous had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and lightly dusty texture that was easy to apply to the skin and blend out. The finish was luminous without being metallic or too sparkly on the skin, so I didn’t have any issues with the powder emphasizing the skin’s natural texture or the look of pores. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours on me.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Faintly Fabulous
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Urban Decay Aura Afterglow Highlighter

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

Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as an “iridescent light pink.” It’s a light, icy pink with a luminous shimmer-sheen finish and cooler undertones. Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Hemisphere (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush I (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Highlighter) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% 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. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture, even when more heavily applied, so it is pretty easy to use and doesn’t require a light hand or any finagling to get it to look just right. The texture was soft, smooth, and lightly dusty–a looser press than the blushes, I would say–but a cinch to blend out on the skin. It wore for eight hours exactly on me, as described. I’m so thrilled that there’s a reasonably priced, permanent, cooler-pink highlighter on the market!

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter Aura
Aura
Aura
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft pink champagne.” It’s a very light, pinky-beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NYX Soft Light (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is darker, warmer (85% 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 Future MAC collection features two new, limited edition shades; this one and Warm Rose — the collection debuts on March 31st online. This is one of the few variations of Mineralize Skinfinish that I think could be used all-over on certain skin tones, as it has much, much less shimmer than the majority of shades I’ve come across in the range. On me, it appears chalky, so I would expect this to resonate more with fair to light complexions. It would add a very subtle sheen to the skin if buffed in without adding overt color. The texture was soft, smoioth, and just a smidgen dusty. On me, it lasted for six and a half hours before fading.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Warm Rose
Warm Rose
Warm Rose
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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