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Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls ($62.00 for 0.80 oz.) is supposed to be a mix of “fuchsia,” “soft mauve,” “sunny yellow,” and “pearlescent white” that can be dusted all-over the face. It’s a light, pastel-ish pink with fine gold and champagne micro-shimmer. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is more pigmented (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Zoeva Gentle Touch (P, $11.80) is darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P) is less shimmery, more pigmented (85% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I wasn’t able to wear this all-over, because as soon as I did, it looked like I had applied pink blush all-over my face–and I absolutely used a finishing brush with this and lightly swept everything on. It worked better as a subtler blusher on my skin tone (light-medium with light yellow undertones), so I’ll be curious to hear from others on how they’re using it and what their complexion is. If you have more naturally pink-toned skin, it might work better all-over for your complexion than it did on me. It seemed more pigmented, which may be why the pink tone was more obvious when dusted all-over. The consistency is soft, smooth, and silky, as other Meteorite Pearls have been. Meteorite Pearls are usually intended to be used as a finishing, all-over powder, though this edition says it can be used as a setting powder (to improve hold) as well. It extended the wear of my base by maybe a half hour, but it didn’t have major impact on longevity. It does, however, produce a soft glow that looks very natural without being shimmery or metallic on the skin for eight hours.

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Carousel
Carousel
Carousel
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft brown, soft pink, and silver.” Swirled together, the three shades create a light, peachy hue subdued by hints of beige paired with a silvery sheen. L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) 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. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and very blendable on the skin, but the silvery portion of the compact does have a more sparkly texture. I wasn’t a believer until I tried this on, but the three shades come together well. It had good color payoff and didn’t emphasize pores on my skin. It was more of a highlighter on my skin tone, but on fairer complexions, it may impart more noticeable color. The highlighter wore well for seven hours on me before breaking down.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Otherearthly
Otherearthly
Otherearthly
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Cheek Palette (2016) ($50.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and contour powder. There is little said about the formula or actual products at all, so I’m rating these as an average product of the type. The highlighter seems to be in the spirit of the brand’s Gelee formula, but the others, while similarly patterned, feel more like traditional powder products. The palette, on the whole, was disappointing and pretty dupable at that.

Bronze Goddess Highlighter is a soft beige with warm, golden undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too powdery in the pan. The powder highlighted the skin without emphasizing pores. On me, it wore for seven and a half hours before fading. Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) (LE, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Goddess Blush is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a fine, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a slightly drier texture that was somewhat stiff in the pan. I couldn’t really build-up the color much beyond what you see in the swatch, no matter how many layers. It was fairly blendable but could have been easier to work with. It lasted for seven hours on me. Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is darker, more pigmented (95% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Blush) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush III (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $25.00) is more muted (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE) is darker (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Goddess Contour is a medium orange with hints of brown and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage and also had a firmer press to the pan like the blush (the highlighter is the easiest and most finely-milled powder of the three). It’s apparent that Estee Lauder has joined the bronzer = contour train, because this is an unlikely contour for many skin tones and looks more like a lighter version of most bronzers. It blends out decently and the finish is nice–a natural sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores or look overtly shimmery. It wore for seven and a half hours. Guerlain Terre d'Ete (LE, $78.00) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Zoeva ND020 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Lo-Fi (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Fiji (25) (P, $14.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette

Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette
Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette

Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette ($20.83 for 0.36 oz.) includes a contouring powder, highlighter, and blush. It comes in a slim, “rose gold” cardboard palette where each shade is a good-size for travel but still large enough to accommodate many different-sized face brushes. The quality of the palette is nice, and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more aptly named highlighter, though this isn’t going to be the most universally-applicable palette, so I would have loved to have seen iterations of “rose gold” for darker skin tones, too.

Heavy Crown is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable, but the consistency was thinner and firmer in the pan (whereas the other shades were softer), so it was a little harder to grab color onto the brush as well as harder to blend on the skin. On me, this shade wore for seven and a half hours. MAC Crevasse (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is darker (90% similar). NARS Talia (Contour) (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Light (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Sculpting #1 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Shade (P) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glowing Still is a bright, creamy white with a yellow sheen. It was richly pigmented with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that seemingly glows in the dark it’s so bright and white. I thought it would look ashy or chalky on me skin tone, but I was surprised at how much the sheen came through after blending and buffing the product into the skin–but it did lighten the area slightly, so it may suit lighter skin tones better. The highlighter started to fade after eight hours of wear. Anastasia Marshmallow (LE) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). The Estee Edit Snowlit (LE) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is less pigmented, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Palace Door is a light-medium, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and dense with a moderate creaminess (though it is a powder!) that blends and diffuses nicely on the skin. I thought the amount of shimmer was going to be prove problematic on the skin, but it didn’t emphasize pores at all. It’s more of a highlighting blush on my skin tone, so it makes me think the palette might be better for those lighter than I. The blush wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Strapped (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) (LE, $8.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Daybreak (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Zoeva Blush Palette Rose Golden
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette ($42.00 for 0.20 oz.) features two shimmery highlighters and one setting powder (center shade). According to Tarte, that setting powder is a “universal matte sand that brightens and corrects any darkness under the eyes.” I doubt that it is universally workable, as it is a pretty light shade. As I mentioned in the sneak peek, I had tremendous issues with the consistency of the center shade to the point where even I–a skeptic–think that there’s a manufacturing error in its creation, because when I try swatching it, it sounds like sandpaper as it is so dry. It just seems like someone forgot an ingredient or double-salted the batch; I don’t know if I’ve ever had a powder feel like this one does. Short of jabbing at it with a metal spatula, not much product comes off the surface. At $42, a center shade that is faulty at best, horrible at worst is just difficult to justify.

I would also have liked to see Tarte releasing two or three versions of this, because I don’t think they’re truly considering all skin tones with this palette at all. I like the highlighters, though they aren’t out-of-this-world. I will also note that this seemed unusually expensive for Tarte, given that their Park Ave. Princess palette is $34 and contains a lot more product as well as their Contouring Palette at $45 (which has over double the amount of product).

Sunlight is a light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a lightly frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage with a lightly dusty, but blendable, consistency that didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin — there was just a slight dryness to the texture where the powder came off the surface easily but seemed to have less binder. The color lasted for seven hours before fading on me. Colour Pop Flexitarian (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is darker (95% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Filtered Light is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s incredibly dry, stiff, and chalky in the pan. The only way I was able to get enough product out of the pan to show up in a swatch was by scraping the surface with a metal spatula. It doesn’t sit well on the skin and can make areas look caky; I tried it as an under eye setting powder as well as all over. It did not seem to improve the wear of my base products, but that could very well be that it’s so difficult to actually apply and get enough product to stick to the skin. Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Lyric (P) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Light (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moonlight is a light-medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It is more shimmery than Sunlight, and it has more color to it. I think it looks almost rosy-beige at times, particularly in more shadowy lighting, but filtered sunlight (not direct sunlight) makes it appear peachy. The consistency was fairly soft and smooth, and it blendd out easily on the skin without emphasizing pores. It wore well for seven and a half hours. Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Faintly Fabulous (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Show Gold (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Nectar (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is darker (85% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Lighting Palette Skin Twinkle
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
64%
Total
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ColourPop Bronze Me, Flush’d, Glo Up Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm bronze in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish–there’s a light sheen and very, very fine shimmer. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, blendable consistency that sat well on the skin and played well with bare skin as well as liquid foundation. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Semi-Sweet (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bite Beauty Honeywheat (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE) is cooler, lower quality (85% similar). The Estee Edit Beachy (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Clinique Bronze Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (80% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Flush’d Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rusty deepened peach in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-coral with hints of warm, red undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that was fairly blendable but one of the less easily blended-out shades that I’ve tried in the formula. It’s best patted on with fingertips and lightly swept with the side of the finger for blending, but it didn’t apply well with a stippling brush for me. It wore for eight hours. The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Tongue Tied (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $10.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Covet (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Melba (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Glo Up Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rich gold with flashes of golden copper.” It’s a muted, medium-dark bronze with warm, copper undertones and a frosted, golden sheen. There was something in it that was almost mauve-like applied. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly emollient consistency that was smooth and easily blended on the skin. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Firework (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Do Not Disturb (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Bronze Me
Bronze Me
Bronze Me
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Flush'd
Flush'd
Flush'd
B

Limited Edition

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Glo Up
Glo Up
Glo Up
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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