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NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Palette

NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette
NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette

NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette ($59.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes four, limited edition powder blushes (one is more of a highlighter shade for most skin tones). The three blushes shades are richer shades, and two of the shades are quite deep, so I can see this working on a variety of skin tones. When working with the formula dry, I find it easy to apply and blend out, and they perform well overall. Damp application is harder to work with on my skin, as it doesn’t blend out as easily; it is better patted on with a damp fingertip or on bare skin (something about the damp brush/powder seems to disturb any base products more often than not for me). The wear ranged from seven to nine hours for me with damp application lasting longer overall.

I reached out to NARS recently for clarification with respect to the formula, because summer’s duos had contrary claims compared to the permanent duos. So, per that conversation: the Dual Intensity Blush formula is a wet/dry formulation that yields a “natural looking glow” with a dry application, whereas as damp application gives a “high-impact finish,” and the more water you have on your brush, the more “watercolor-like” the pigment will appear and with less water, it is “more saturated.” It seems like 1) the finish is more metallic/frosted with damp/wet application, and 2) the color will sheer out with a lot of water but appear more intense if just used with a damp brush. The best I can interpret is that there is just more leeway now with damp application not being specifically sheer/translucent from the get-go. I tried, and you really have to have a near-sopping wet brush before the blushes start resembling watercolors. My experience remains: it really is just medium to full coverage with a more frosted/shimmery finish applied dry, and then richer, deeper, and often more opaque color with a smoother sheen applied damp.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush I is a pale, silvery pink with cool, iridescent shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry, and semi-opaque applied damp, while the finish goes from frosted to metallic. It wore well for seven and a half hours dry, eight and a half hours damp. I think the lighter color and sheerer nature of this shade made it easy to apply even damp. NYX Snow Rose (P, $7.99) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Where the Dreamers Go (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Pandora (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush II is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and gold, frosted shimmer. It is like a deeper, richer take on the brand’s signature Orgasm blush (but it is warmer, less pink-based). It had opaque coverage both wet and dry, but damp application had a stronger metallic finish and appeared darker. It wore well for eight hours dry and nine hours damp. MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Berry Shimmer (LE) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $30.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Panic (Right) (P) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is warmer, more muted (85% similar). Becca Snapdragon (P, $34.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush III is a deep, fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and a frosted sheen with slight sparkle. It is slightly sheerer and more muted applied dry than it is damp, though I find they look similar once blended on the cheeks. The texture of this shade was firmer and denser, and it seemed to make blending it out harder, so this one took some effort to even out on the skin, even dry. It wore well for eight hours dry, nine hours damp. NARS Panic (Left) (P) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Plumberry (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was richly pigmented both dry and damp, but the damp application made the color appear a few shades darker and more metallic. The consistency was very smooth and blendable dry, and it was fairly blendable damp, but it did need extra effort/patience. This shade lasted for eight hours applied dry and closer to nine hours applied damp. MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Alezane (260) (P, $45.00) is more muted (85% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Palette Summer 2016
Summer 2016
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Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter
Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rose with warm, golden shimmer. Bobbi Brown Telluride (LE, $46.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). KIKO 111 Classic Rose (P, $12.00) is warmer, brighter (80% similar). NYX Deep Plum (P, $6.50) is warmer, brighter, darker (80% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is cooler, brighter (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is warmer, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter is a “buildable cream highlighter” that gives a “soft-focused glow.” The texture is dense, lightly spongy, and very emollient to the touch–it feels quite wet initially–but it goes on smoothly and dries down to a powder-like finish, so it doesn’t look wet or glossy (nor does it slide right off the face, either!). If you thought, “Hey, that looks like ColourPop!” — you’re right on the money; the texture is very much in that vein, and to my knowledge, I’ve really only seen ColourPop use that cream formula in a cheek product (but they were not the first to use it in eyeshadows–Chanel, BUXOM, Dior, and MAC have also used it). I find Lancome’s formula to be more slippery to the touch, but they perform largely the same otherwise. Rosegold Lights had semi-sheer, buildable color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to apply to the skin with a synthetic brush or fingertips (I prefer fingertips myself). The color lasted for nine hours before fading very slightly.

Also, a note: the interior plastic pan that product actually sits in was offset in both of mine, so that it could pop out, which I do not think was intentional, and I was able to pop it fully in and haven’t had them lift out on their own since.

Lancome Glow Subtil Silky Crème Highlighter Rosegold Lights

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Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter
Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Cover FX Sunlight (P, $38.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Wisp (P, $8.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Jouer Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Kitten (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $46.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Glint (-) is cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is darker, more shimmery (80% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter is a “buildable cream highlighter” that gives a “soft-focused glow.” It’s available in five shades, and I purchased two to review (the other will be reviewed shortly!). The texture is dense, lightly spongy, and very emollient to the touch–it feels quite wet initially–but it goes on smoothly and dries down to a powder-like finish, so it doesn’t look wet or glossy (nor does it slide right off the face, either!). If you thought, “Hey, that looks like ColourPop!” — you’re right on the money; the texture is very much in that vein, and to my knowledge, I’ve really only seen ColourPop use that cream formula in a cheek product (but they were not the first to use it in eyeshadows–Chanel, BUXOM, Dior, and MAC have also used it). I find Lancome’s formula to be more slippery to the touch, but they perform largely the same otherwise. Glowing Lights had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that applied evenly, blended out easily, and lasted for over nine hours.

Also, a note: the interior plastic pan that product actually sits in was offset in both of mine, so that it could pop out, which I do not think was intentional, and I was able to pop it fully in and haven’t had them lift out on their own since.

Lancome Glow Subtil Silky Crème Highlighter Glowing Lights

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Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmering, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Celestial Powder is supposed to give “an agenlic glow” that doesn’t look “glittery.” There are now three shades in the range (the other two are Candlelight and Starlight), and Sunlight is more comparable to Starlight, as it has more color oomph and stronger shimmer compared to Candlelight (which is particularly nice for those who like subtle to moderate highlighters). This is more of a highlighting bronzer, as it adds a lot of glow and luminosity to the skin, but it does add warmth. It is very pigmented, but the texture is soft, blendable, and forgiving, so it can easily be applied with a lighter hand for barely-there golden sheen or more intensely for true-to-pan bronzing. The consistency of the powder was smooth and finely-milled, and this didn’t emphasize my pores or skin texture. It wore well for almost nine hours on me before fading.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder Sunlight
Sunlight
Sunlight
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Telluride Highlighting Powder

Bobbi Brown Telluride Highlighting Powder
Bobbi Brown Telluride Highlighting Powder

Bobbi Brown Telluride Highlighting Powder ($46.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a muted, medium-drark rosy plum with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $30.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $46.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (80% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (80% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition highlighting powder designed to give “high-impact, buildable radiance.” This is the third (and last!) shade that was released, and it seemed to be the most shimmery and deepest in color (this is likely to be more of a highlighting blush on very fair to medium skin tones but work particularly well as a highlighter on darker complexions). It had medium, buildable coverage paired with a soft, smooth, but denser, consistency that blended out effortlessly. I did not feel like this emphasized my pores, but I think it might if you feel like your pores are larger/more noticeable in general. The highlighter wore well for eight hours on my normal-to-dry skin.

Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder Telluride
Telluride

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Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow Highlighting Powder

Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow Highlighting Powder
Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow Highlighting Powder

Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow Highlighting Powder ($46.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with warm undertones and a lighter, peachy gold shimmer-sheen finish. Viseart Highlight #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rekindle (P, $20.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (-) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Enigmatic (P, $9.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $30.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Sassy Grape (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). Looxi Beauty Goddess (P, $7.50) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition highlighting powder designed to give “high-impact, buildable radiance.” The texture was very soft and smooth, while it had a firmer feel to it overall, so it seems like a product that would take awhile to get through, but the firmness didn’t make it hard to apply or get color payoff out of the powder. It had medium, buildable coverage, which is in line with the brand’s description of the formula. Sunset Glow applied easily to the skin as it was quite blendable, while it wore well for eight hours before I noticed it fading along the edges.

Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder Sunset Glow
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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