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Wet ‘n’ Wild Geometric Highlighting Powders

Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations Geometric Highlighting Powder
Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Explorations Geometric Highlighting Powder

Wet ‘n’ Wild Geometric Highlighting Powder ($4.99 for 0.20 oz.) is a new, limited edition highlighting formula for spring that will be available at local drugstores and mass retailers while supplies last. The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with a “silky-smooth texture that is easy to blend.” The texture of the three powders is soft, slightly looser in the pan than ideal (some excess gets kicked up), with medium, buildable coverage and a pearly shimmer. All three shades lasted right around the seven-hour mark for me. They’re nice, and at the price point, some of the more flattering highlighters I’ve tried from the drugstore (often, they are too sparkly/metallic!). I wish Wet ‘n’ Wild would add these or something like it to their permanent range. Good luck hunting these down!

Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Explorations Geometric Highlighting Powder ($4.99 for 0.20 oz.) is a light, pastel pink with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a luminous sheen that didn’t emphasize pores. The texture is slightly powdery to work with, but it didn’t look powdery when I applied it to my cheeks. It may add a hint of color on very fair skin tones. This shade wore for seven hours on me. NARS Devotee (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $65.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Crushed Pearl (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Adoration (Left) (P) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Sun Ceremony Geometric Highlighting Powder ($4.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a light-medium, yellow gold with strong yellow tones (but no orange tones, so it looks almost like a “cool” gold) and a smooth, frosted shimmer. It blended out easily and applied with semi-opaque coverage that could be diffused or built-up for lesser or greater coverage as desired. The powder is a little powdery to work with, and it just made the skin look ever-so-slightly powdery when applied. A little extra buffing helped to work the powder into the skin and leave a pearly sheen behind instead (that didn’t emphasize pores). It wore for seven hours on me. Tarte Burst (P) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Noctum (LE) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00)(90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Bloom (LE, $80.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Where the Dreamers Go Geometric Highlighting Powder ($4.99 for 0.20 oz.) is a pink-tinged white with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted sheen. This was the most shimmery/metallic of the three. It had medium coverage that was buildable to opaque payoff if desired, but the lightly powdery, smooth texture made it easy to diffuse and blend on the skin. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores either, which is always nice. This shade lasted for seven hours before fading. NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush I (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Dior Glowing Pink (001) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Pink (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Delice (78) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Trophy (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wet 'n' Wild Geometric Highlighting Powder Desert Explorations
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Wet 'n' Wild Geometric Highlighting Powder Sun Ceremony
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Wet 'n' Wild Geometric Highlighting Powder Where the Dreamers Go
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit

Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit
Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit

Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four warm-toned shades that range from pale, buttery gold to copper. Each shade is 0.26 oz. and can be removed from the palette, if desired, but they are currently only sold together (not sure if they will eventually be available as pans only). Presently, it is exclusive to Macy’s and the brand’s website. According to Anastasia, these are supposed to be “metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity” that can also be worn on the eyes. They are softer and silkier with a more finely-milled consistency compared to the Illuminators released a couple of months ago. These also have a finer shimmer and overall sheen that is less emphasizing of pores on the skin.

Sunburst is a light, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It applied easily to the skin without emphasizing pores but giving a high shine finish. The color lasted for eight hours before fading on me. Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Bloom (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Burst (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Bronze is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. This shade was intensely pigmented with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blended out nicely. It didn’t emphasize pores for me, but it had a very metallic sheen, so it is by no means a subtle highlighter! On me, this highlighting bronzer wore for eight hours. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 14 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Stila Bronze (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Sand (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bubblyis a muted, light-medium golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was slightly drier with a looser consistency, though it still blended well and luckily, it didn’t look dry or powdery applied. Again, the finish was quite metallic but did not emphasize pores (almost that “so reflective it looks smooth” effect). It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Jouer Topaz (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Essence Be My Highlight (P, $4.49) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dripping in Gold is a light-medium, yellow gold with strong, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had great color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency. The powder was easy to apply to the skin and diffuse along the edges. It didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture, though it is a very high-shine finish where a little goes a long way. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Fire (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Glow Kit That Glow
That Glow
That Glow
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palettes

Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palette
Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palettes

Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palette ($68.00 for 0.10 oz.) came out in two shades, and they have, apparently, sold out through Burberry’s website (that’s where I bought mine). I’m hopeful that it will–eventually!–make its way to other retailers that carry Burberry, but I’m not positive. They are both limited edition, though. The formula is supposed to be buildable and luminous. Both shades performed well with medium, buildable coverage with a luminous finish that was just shy of emphasizing the skin’s texture (for me). They wore for eight hours on me before fading.

Burberry No. 01 White Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palette ($68.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a crisp, cool-toned white with a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and just a smidgen “dry” but didn’t look dry on the skin. It was blendable and easy to apply. The color lasted for eight hours on me. NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush I (LE) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Snow (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Glowing Pink (001) (LE, $58.00) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Where the Dreamers Go (LE, $2.99) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Pink (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Psychedelic (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Trophy (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palette ($68.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a slightly muted, light-medium gold with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had medium, buildable pigmentation that applied well, blended out easily, and stayed on the skin for eight hours before fading. Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Make a Sheen (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palette No. 01 White
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palette No. 02 Nude Gold
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette (Spring 2016)

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette
NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette ($65.00 for 1.01 oz.) includes a highlighting/contour duo, bronzer, and four blushes. Three of the blushes are exclusive to the palette with one blush being part of an exclusive offering for Sephora VIB Rouge members (as a single). Strangely, the Paloma duo, which is available in the permanent range (see my original review here), was very chalky and clumpy in the palette–it felt smooth and soft to the touch, but it looked dry and chalky on the skin. I wish NARS (and other brands guilty of it) wouldn’t include one-size-fits-all contouring products; matte highlighters are also difficult to make inclusive (without the shimmer, it is hard to salvage one that really doesn’t work for one’s skin tone).

Paloma Highlight is a pale beige with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was sheer, chalky, powdery, and looked all those things on the skin. It’s harder to tell the wear on a shade like this on my skin tone, but based on how powdery the skin looked in the area I applied it, it seemed to wear about six hours. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Mythic (P, $59.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is darker (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Light (P, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Nico (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Paloma Contour is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm rosy tones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer consistency that was hard to blend out or build-up in coverage. It wore for six and a half hours on me. NARS Gienah Highlight (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Sculpting #2 (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Sculpt (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Sombre (P) is cooler (80% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is more shimmery, lighter, better quality (80% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Contour (P) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. This version was firmer, sheerer, and harder to blend on the skin than many others that I have tried. It is similar in color, but the performance is sub-par. It lasted for seven hours on me. Too Faced Spice (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is darker (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #2 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio I is a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a dusting of gold shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It looks primarily like a matte blush on the skin as the shimmer is fine, and as it is buffed into the skin, the finish is less flat-looking. The texture was lightly powdery but blendable, and the color lasted for seven hours. Makeup Geek Promise Ring (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $62.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio II is a light-medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too loose in the pan. The color applied well and lasted for eight hours. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Left) (LE) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio III is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dry texture that applied decently but needed some extra love to blend the color out evenly. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Taffy (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Goulue is a medium-dark, berry rose with subtle, cooler undertones and warmer gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to use. The color wore well for almost eight hours on me. This shade was released previously, and it is presently available as an individual shade for VIB Rouges at Sephora. NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Milani Red Vino (P, $8.49) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). KIKO 104 Pastel Pink (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $55.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Morticia (Shade) (P) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Becca Dahlia (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Cheek Studio Palette Spring 2016
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
76%
Total
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Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit

Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit
Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit

Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four highlighters that range from a light champagne to a darker copper. Each shade is 0.26 oz. and can be removed from the palette, if desired, but they are currently only sold together (not sure if they will eventually be available as pans only). Presently, it is exclusive to Macy’s and the brand’s website. According to Anastasia, these are supposed to be “metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity” that can also be worn on the eyes. They are softer and silkier with a more finely-milled consistency compared to the Illuminators released a couple of months ago. These also have a finer shimmer and overall sheen that is less emphasizing of pores on the skin.

Hard Candy is described as a “mood-changing golden peach with pink pearl.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with an iridescent pink-to-peach shift paired with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that blends out well and doesn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.
Urban Decay OC (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Twilight (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $55.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Daybreak (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mimosa is described as a “radiant golden peach.” It’s a medium, gold-shimmered brown with a smooth, pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a very silky texture that diffused easily over the skin. I felt like the reflective quality was high enough that it didn’t emphasize pores or texture, but it is very metallic and is an intense highlight (as described). On me, this is more like a highlighter/blush duo. The color stayed on well for eight hours. Viseart Highlight #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). Stila Bronze (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Touch My Body (LE, $39.50) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Sand (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC My Mimi (LE, $45.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starburst is described as a “rush of cool pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a metallic finish. I don’t get cool pink at all, and I can’t find the cool pink aspect no matter the room or lighting; even in the pan, it is warm-toned. It was intensely pigmented with a lightweight, silky feel that blended out easily on the skin. This one shouldn’t add a lot of color on most skin tones, but it will yield a very strong sheen. It didn’t emphasize pores for me, and the highlighter lasted for eight hours. Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Pink Champagne (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Luster (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Ecliptic (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler (80% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Crushed Pearl is described as a “glimmering pink and silver.” It’s a light champagne with subtle, warm and golden undertones and a metallic finish. This shade slightly emphasize pores, and it was actually the most metallic on the skin. It had good color payoff, though it wasn’t as smooth to work with as the other three shades–slightly powdery. I didn’t have any trouble blending or diffusing it out on the skin, and it didn’t give an ashy or chalky result either. The powder lasted for eight hours. Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Craze (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Stunner (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Glow Kit Gleam
Gleam
Gleam
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Chanel Perles et Fantaisies Illuminating Powder

Chanel Perles et Fantaisies Illuminating Powder
Chanel Perles et Fantaisies Illuminating Powder

Chanel Perles et Fantaisies Illuminating Powder ($70.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a two-tone highlighter with a pale white matched with a light-medium, warm pink. The white shade is softer and seemed more pigmented, so it tended to dominate even when the two were mixed. I wish both shades were equally high in quality, but the pink shade leaves something to be desired. If you expect to only use it blended and prefer a lighter color overall, you may still enjoy the product. Both shades yield a smooth, luminous sheen that didn’t emphasize pores.

Perles ete Fantaisies (Left) is a very light white with subtle, cool undertones and a finer, golden sheen. It had good, buildable coverage that was easily applied more intensely or sheered out for a softer glow. It didn’t look as stark on my skin tone (about medium, yellow undertones) as I would have thought it would, though it is definitely going to be easier and more suitable for lighter skin tones to use as a standalone product. For other skin tones, it may be easier to wear when layered over a blush to lighten it. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Psychedelic (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Pink (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Trophy (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Where the Dreamers Go (LE, $2.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Glowing Pink (001) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy Moonlight Saison (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Perles ete Fantaisies (Right) is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a luminous sheen. The texture on this one was firmer and thinner, which resulted in having to really wear down the top layer and get through some of the embossing in order to get decent color payoff and blendabilty. For the price point, this is obviously not ideal. The deficiency in this shade is less noticeable if you swirl the two shades together, but you’ll find that the color is lighter than you’d expect if the two were mixing equally. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Gleam (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Porcelain Pink (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Luster (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Illuminating Powder Duo Perles et Fantaisies
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
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