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Becca Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as a “soft luminescent white.” It’s a pale, cool-toned white with a frosted sheen. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Where the Dreamers Go (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Glowing Pink (001) (LE, $58.00) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Trophy (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Psychedelic (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Delice (78) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Pink (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Snow (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I reviewed this previously when it was released in the Champagne Glow palette, but I had noticed (or felt) that the consistency of the powders in the palette was slightly drier compared to the permanent versions I had (of the existing two shades in the palette). I know that a lot of readers have been eagerly awaiting Pearl in powder form, so I figured I would check it out. I do think the standalone version is smoother, but the standalone version is also slightly more shimmery (just slightly, though!). The texture was still softer than the majority of the Pressed range, and worth noting, it is 0.25 oz. compared to the 0.28 oz. size of the other shades. It can emphasize pores if I am not careful with the application–the palette version was more forgiving in that aspect. On me, the highlighter wore for eight hours.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Pearl
Pearl
Pearl
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Too Faced Warm Glow Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo

Too Faced Warm Glow Candelight Glow
Too Faced Warm Glow Candelight Glow

Too Faced Warm Glow Candelight Glow ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a new addition to the Candlelight Glow range (the other is Rosy Glow) in a warmer tone; Too Faced also indicates that they’ve changed the formula (“We’ve revamped our bestselling highlighter by popular demand”)–I didn’t notice that bit until writing up this review, so I’ll be looking to purchase Rosy Glow in the future as well. The formula is supposed to have sheer coverage that highlights the skin. The duo is nice; they coordinate together and both have a similar warmth, and the wear is good, while the formula is consistent with how it is described. I wish there was a little more contrast between the two, because it would make the product more versatile overall (because you could always mix to lighten the darker one); on my skin tone, they look similar on, though fairer skin tones and cooler skin tones should see a stronger difference applied.

Warm Glow (Left) is a light, golden champagne with warm undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer. The finish reads more shimmery than just a glowing, luminous one, but it isn’t frosty or metallic. It adds glow and shimmer without emphasizing pores. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply, while the coverage is sheer. It is buildable to semi-sheer with a few layers. On me, the highlighter wore well for eight hours. LORAC Daylight (P, $22.00)(95% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit Snowlit (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE) is darker (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Flexitarian (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Warm Glow (Right) is a light-medium, golden peach with warm, orange-y undertones and a frosted finish. The texture on this shade was a little drier compared to the left side, though not so dry that it read that way on the skin. Once blended and buffed into the skin, it also produces a strong sheen that just slightly emphasizes pores for me. This shade also lasted for eight hours before fading. Too Faced Flush (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Show Gold (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo Warm Glow
Warm Glow
Warm Glow
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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NYX Enigmatic Illuminator

NYX Enigmatic Illuminator
NYX Enigmatic Illuminator

NYX Enigmatic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium peachy-pink with warm, golden shimmer that gives it a frosted sheen. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Blonde (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is the last of the five shades in the NYX Illuminator range. The formula is supposed to have “radiant shimmer” that gives skin a “subtle glow.” The texture of this shade was slightly dry, but it applied without a fuss on the skin and didn’t look powdery, though it did emphasize pores slightly. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage. The highlighter blended out well and lasted for six and a half hours on me.

NYX Illuminator Enigmatic
Enigmatic
Enigmatic
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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MAC Sparkling Rose Iridescent Pressed Powder

MAC Sparkling Rose Iridescent Pressed Powder
MAC Sparkling Rose Iridescent Pressed Powder

MAC Sparkling Rose Iridescent Pressed Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “champagne with pearl.” It’s a light, golden peach with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Dior #001 (LE, $65.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Glint (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00)(90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Miss Liberty (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Highlighter (LE) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Teasecake (DC, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Highlighter (P) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It had semi-sheer, buildable color coverage with a frosted sheen that didn’t emphasize pores, but it is a more noticeable highlighter on. The texture of the powder was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin and never looked cakey or powdery. The version in this standalone compact was less sparkly/metallic compared to the one in a previous holiday palette. On my skin, I wore it as a highlighter, and it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading along the edges.

MAC Iridescent Pressed Powder Sparkling Rose
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder
MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with pink pearl.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a subtle, pink iridescent sheen. Urban Decay Hush (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Firework (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Bronzed Amber (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Summer Opal (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Highlight #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Lancome Glowing Lights (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Long-time MAC fans will recognize this name, as it was released with the MAC Loves Barbie collections many years ago. I remember wearing the life out of this product when I bought it then; it was one of my favorite MAC cheek products. This version is slightly darker with a warmer tone (less pink) compared to the one I have from before; they have a similar sheen, and the color difference is only notable when applied more heavily. The bigger difference is my original has a softer, more buttery consistency, but I didn’t have any issues with the texture of this year’s version practically speaking (the original felt more luxurious). Beauty Powders “can be applied as a highlight, soft blush, or overall finish,” according to MAC. The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled, while it had semi-sheer, buildable coverage, which is line with how the product is marketed (“veil of colour”). It adds glowing sheen to the skin without emphasizing pores. This shade lasted for eight hours on me before fading.

MAC Beauty Powder Pearl Sunshine
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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NYX Magnetic & Ritualistic Illuminators

NYX Magnetic Illuminator
NYX Magnetic Illuminator

NYX Magnetic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a frosted, golden sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, slightly dry consistency in the pan, but it applied well to the skin without looking caked on. The shimmer was just shy of pore-emphasizing-territory, so that was nice! I think this one is a more versatile shade that can be worn as a subtler highlighter or layered for greater glow. It wore well for seven hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Ritualistic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, white gold with a lighter, ivory base and stronger, darker gold shimmer. It had nice color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too dry or too stiff. The white base is strong enough that it may show through and look chalky on darker skin tones, but it shouldn’t impart much color on fair skin tones. It lasted for six and a half hours for me. MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Auréole (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is supposed to have “radiant shimmer” that gives skin a “subtle glow.” Most of the shades in the range (there are five) are moderately shimmery/frosty; only one is on the truly subtle side. The texture tended to be on the drier side, though I didn’t find them to appear dry on my skin (which is normal-to-dry). There is slight emphasis of pores, and the wear time varies from six to seven hours.

NYX Illuminator Magnetic
Magnetic
Magnetic
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
NYX Illuminator Ritualistic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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