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YSL Golden Contouring Couture Contouring Palette

YSL Golden Contouring (1) Couture Contouring Palette
YSL Golden Contouring (1) Couture Contouring Palette

YSL Golden Contouring (1) Couture Contouring Palette ($47.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains two powders–one for contouring, one for highlighting–in a slim, gold-hued (plastic) palette. The contouring shade is slightly larger in size compared to the highlighting shade. I expect this to work best on light-medium and lighter skin tones; it is just barely noticeable on me as a more subtle contouring pick, and I am light-medium to medium in coloring. Though this is dubbed Golden, it is not overly warm and seems like suitable shades for neutral-to-warm skin tones. It’s a decent to good palette overall, though there are certainly a lot of options in this category across price points.

Golden Contouring Contour is a muted, mid-tone taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was slightly dusty, though soft, smooth, and finely-milled, that blended easily underneath the cheekbones and along the jaw line without leaving sharp lines. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was easy to apply with a lighter hand or build up with an additional layer for truer-to-pan color. On me, it wore well for just over seven and a half hours. Kevyn Aucoin Light (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Contour (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Sombre (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Contouring Highlight is a light beige with warm, golden undertones and a satiny shimmer-sheen finish. The pigmentation was rich, while the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable without being dusty or powdery. It gave a very subtle luminance to the skin, where it seemed to emphasize the natural sheen of skin, but it wasn’t enough to show up well in photos (it is one of those products that is better suited for real life than photography). I also suspect it will do more for lighter skin tones than mine. This shade seemed to wear well for eight hours (it’s not really visible on my skin color, so that makes it harder to judge wear). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Glazed (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (P) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). NYX Soft Light (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer
Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer ($56.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Teasecake (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is warmer (90% similar). Looxi Beauty La Belle (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to Dior, the formula is “highly concentrated with illuminating pigments” that gives you a “radiantly luminous complexion.” There’s not a lot to infer either way about pigmentation, but in general, the Diorskin Nude Air products are touted for natural, lighter looks, which tends to be code for sheerer. #001 has medium coverage, which is somewhat buildable, but it is such a close color to my actual skin tone that it’s hard to distinguish coverage when I’ve applied it as a highlighter (as it is blended out)! The texture was firm in the pan, smooth to the touch with a slight dryness on the brush (liked baked and hybrid gel-powder formulas), but it sat on the skin well and did not emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. I liked it, but it’s very dupable (even within past Dior releases), so whether it’s a must-have or not will depend on your stash. I really think it’s just a re-release of the Nude (002) from earlier this year; it’s at most, slightly more golden than #001. On me, the powder wore well for eight hours.

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer #001
#001

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NARS Talia Contour Blush Duo

NARS Talia Contour Blush
NARS Talia Contour Blush

NARS Talia Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is one of two new, permanent highlighting/contour duos for fall. The highlighting shade in the duos tends to be mostly matte, so it is not your typical shimmery, glowy highlighter. Talia adds a solid choice for medium and medium-dark skin tones looking for skin-like contouring. I also think it can work for lighter skin tones as well, particularly if you like a more dramatic contour or like being able to use a light hand and build-up.

Talia (Highlight) is a medium brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and effortless when it came to blending and applying it to the skin. It had good color payoff that could still be sheered out and/or applied with a lighter hand. For reference, it adds some noticeable color on me (like a very subtle bronzer) on my skin tone. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Bronzer (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #5 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Talia (Contour) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was firmer and less forgiving, so it took extra work to blend out. On me, this shade started to fade after eight hours. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Deep (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Bronze (P) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Contour Blush Talia
Talia
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Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder
Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a very light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a shimmery, lightly sparkly finish. NARS Devotee (P) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (LE, $75.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Becca Prismatic Amethyst (LE, $38.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” It has a warmer base color, while the shimmer seemed cooler and icier (particularly noticeable when I applied it to the face and blended out). The texture was fairly soft, not as smooth as the other two shades in the range, but it remained blendable and easy to apply to the skin. The texture didn’t emphasize pores on me, and it had buildable, medium coverage. While this had the most noticeable shimmer, it actually seemed to have the least amount of sheen between the three shades in the line; it yields a noticeable glow–somewhere between subtle and moderate. This shade stayed on well for seven hours on me.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder Peach Lights
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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MAC x Star Trek Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder ($34.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “sheer wash of soft rose shimmer.” The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Enigmatic (P, $9.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Highlight) (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Cover FX Blossom (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition formula for the brand’s collaboration for Star Trek. I have next to no specific information regarding the formula, so I’m assessing it as a typical highlighting powder as they seem designed to impart luminosity over strong color (all three shades are described as sheer and have shimmer/pearl). This shade had sheer to semi-sheer coverage with a fairly soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily on the skin and sat well without emphasizing pores or the skin’s texture. I believe this is the lightest of the three shades that will be available, and it gives a soft glow to my skin tone (light-medium to medium, for reference) but may add a little bit of color on very fair complexions. This wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

The Star Trek collection will be available online on August 25th and in-stores September 1st (North America). There are two more shades–Strange New Worlds (sheer wash of golden coral pearl) and Highly Illogical (sheer wash of golden plum with fine pearl) also released.

MAC Trip the Light Fantastic Powder Luna Luster
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette

Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette
Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette

Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette ($14.99 for 0.32 oz.) consists of four highlighters–three powder, one cream. They’re designed as “highly pigmented metallic finishes” that give a “luminous sheen” on the “face and body.” It’s a fun palette for highlighting that doesn’t break the bank, and I think that the biggest issue is that not all shades were “highly pigmented” but imagine for many, that’s not a deal-breaker when it comes to highlighters.

Ecliptic is a subdued, light-medium rose pink with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer coverage, which was somewhat buildable but never to more than medium coverage. The creamier consistency made it prone to sheering out as it was blended onto the skin, though I think that works well for the type of product it is as it is hard to overdo. On me, the cream highlighter wore for seven hours before becoming patchy. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is lighter (90% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is lighter (85% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hemisphere is a cooler, pinky lavender with a luminous sheen. The consistency was soft and blendable, but it was a touch drier and looser in the pan, so it didn’t have the same finely-milled feel as some highlighters/powders can. I don’t think this is something really seen on the skin (at least not for me), as it imparted a nice, glowy finish that didn’t emphasize pores or look dry on. It had good pigmentation and lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (P, $54.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 5 Frozen Purple (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Monster (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Transcendence (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Purple Horseshoe (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Center) (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Celestial (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dose of Colors Pearl Dust (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Amethyst (P) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Hippo (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Over the Moon (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Lavender Steel (P, $7.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Prismatic Amethyst (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Soft Frost (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Subsolar is a very light yellow with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It doesn’t seem warm enough to be your traditional take on a gold highlighter–it almost has a green cast to it at some angles. The texture was smooth but had a firmer press to it compared to the right two highlighters, which resulted in more semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage. It gave my skin a subtle glow without adding warmth to it (I am warm-toned, though) and did not emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. The highlighter wore nicely for seven and a half hours. Makeup Revolution Holographic Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Rivage (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Equinox is a bright, light-medium coppery peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. This shade was richly pigmented with a very soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen dry in the pan but didn’t look that way on the skin. On the skin, it had more of a metallic finish, which made it the most reflective of the four shades in the palette, and it was just shy of emphasizing pores on my skin if wore at medium coverage (or sheerer). This shade lasted for just over seven and a half hours for me. Dior #001 (P, $56.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Forever Young (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Lit (P) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Essence Be My Highlight (P, $4.49) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). LORAC Sunlight (LE, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $46.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 4 Golden Peach (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sleek MakeUP Highlighting Palette Solstice
Solstice
Solstice
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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Ecliptic

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Subsolar

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Equinox

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