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LORAC Starlight Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Starlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Starlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Starlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a pale gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less pigmented, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

New for summer, LORAC has released their Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in four shades (reviews to come for all shades). The formula is supposed to be buildable for both a “soft, natural sheen” or “layered for a high-shine, dramatic effect.” Starlight had medium, buildable pigmentation that didn’t require a lot of layers to intensify, but it was also to apply as a sheerer layer without having to be very, very light-handed. The powder had a very smooth, silky consistency in the pan, and it wasn’t too powdery nor was it too firm. It was easy to apply, blend and diffuse along the edges, and the finish didn’t emphasize pores. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before breaking down.

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter Starlight
Starlight
Starlight
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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LORAC Moonlight Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter) (P) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Devotee (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is lighter (90% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Gleam (P) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is cooler, less pigmented, darker (90% similar). MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $38.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Luster (P, $20.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Ecliptic (P) is cooler, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

New for summer, LORAC has released their Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in four shades (reviews to come for all shades). The formula is supposed to be buildable for both a “soft, natural sheen” or “layered for a high-shine, dramatic effect.” Moonlight had medium, buildable coverage that could easily be sheered out or built-up for more intense coverage/shimmer, just as described. The texture was very smooth, finely-milled, and blendable; it felt denser and more buttery compared to the blushes (which are a little thin). The shimmer/finish didn’t emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. On me, the highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter Moonlight
Moonlight
Moonlight
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder
Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery-brown with warm undertones and a gold, frosted sheen. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $28.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Golden Age (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Dior #004 (P, $56.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque color coverage (once built up). The texture was just like the others in the line: smooth, soft, blendable, but there was that slight dryness to it if you put your finger against the surface–it just didn’t seem to translate in a negative way on the skin. It was easy to diffuse the color along the cheek bones, and the more shimmery nature didn’t emphasize my pores. Of all four shades, this one had the most metallic sheen applied, so if pore emphasis is a big concern, you might want to test-drive this prior to purchasing. The color was a bit of a chameleon on me; there is a rosier undertone that became more present the more it was blended out, which made it look like bronze/copper against my skin tone. I will be curious to hear how it works on other skin tones and undertones.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Seduction
Seduction

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Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator Powder
Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator Powder ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a very light, rosy pink with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Gleam (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Devotee (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter) (P) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $70.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Luster (P, $20.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Sleek MakeUP Ecliptic (P) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (to mostly opaque) with a texture that was slightly dry to the touch, but it still had a very smooth, blendable consistency that sat well on the skin. I really expected this to emphasize the natural texture of the skin, but once blended, it produced an illuminating sheen that was moderate rather than metallic. I think this would work really well paired with a slew of blushes to brighten and add sheen. I noticed signs of the powder fading on my skin after eight hours of wearing it.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Devotion
Devotion

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Laura Mercier Addiction Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Addiction Face Illuminator Powder
Laura Mercier Addiction Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Addiction Face Illuminator Powder ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a lightly sparkly, metallic finish. Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior #003 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Idol (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Daytime Halo (P, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Spotlight (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Yellow Topaz (LE, $21.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage–so buildable, as billed–that was easy to apply and build-up without it becoming too intense with respect to the finish. The texture was fairly smooth, soft, and blendable on the skin, but there was a slight dryness present (something common to this type of formula, from my experience) that doesn’t impact the way it looks or wears from what I can tell. It didn’t emphasize pores, though it is a more obvious highlighter, so if you prefer something subtle, I would recommend using a feathery brush and a lighter hand. On me, it wore well for eight hours.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Addiction
Addiction

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Laura Geller Peach Glow Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Peach Glow Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Peach Glow Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Peach Glow Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peachy champagne shimmer.” It’s a light peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Crafty (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Pink Champagne (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Teasecake (DC, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $46.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) (LE, $45.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (-) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator formula is supposed to give a “translucent wash of luminous color” that can be used all-over or as a highlighter with a powder-cream hybrid texture. Long-time readers will know I have a fondness for this formula, so I was happy to see shade extensions! The biggest “downside” to the formula is that they’re really more pigmented than described, so if you really, really want something barely-there, then I’d say to look elsewhere; otherwise, they’re easy to use as a semi-sheer product or applied at more opaque coverage. To me, the formula would be better described as having medium, buildable coverage. Peach Glow is one of the more metallic, lightly sparkly shades in the range–it did emphasize the texture of my skin slightly when I applied it as I have done with the other three shades in the range. It can be applied without emphasizing pores, but it’s not as foolproof as the other shades. That being said, on my skin tone, it looks almost the same as Charming Pink (I triple-checked photos, because they were so similar) as they’re both light and slightly warm (which makes it worth pointing out that the range could really use medium-to-dark options for darker complexions). The texture was soft, blendable, and a smidgen dry. This shade lasted for eight hours on me.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Peach Glow
Peach Glow
Peach Glow
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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