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MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft pink champagne.” It’s a very light, pinky-beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Highlight (P) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Soft Light (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is warmer, darker (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. This is one of the few variations of Mineralize Skinfinish that I think could be used all-over on certain skin tones, as it has much, much less shimmer than the majority of shades I’ve come across in the range. On me, it appears chalky, so I would expect this to resonate more with fair to light complexions. It would add a very subtle sheen to the skin if buffed in without adding overt color. The texture was soft, smoioth, and just a smidgen dusty. On me, it lasted for six and a half hours before fading.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Warm Rose
Warm Rose
Warm Rose
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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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. Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls (LE, $74.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is more pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is more pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is warmer, more pigmented, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is warmer, more pigmented, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is more pigmented (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more pigmented, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P) is more pigmented, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is cooler, more pigmented (85% similar). Zoeva Gentle Touch (P, $11.80) is more pigmented, darker (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 warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) (LE, $45.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is warmer, darker (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 cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) (LE, $45.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $32.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (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 more pigmented, darker (95% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush III (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $25.00) is more muted (90% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Blush) (P, $30.00) is brighter, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (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 brighter, darker (95% similar). Zoeva ND020 (P) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Lo-Fi (LE, $26.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Sephora Fiji (25) (P, $14.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Summer Glow Multi-Palette Bronze Goddess
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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 Taupe (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P) is cooler, darker (90% similar). NARS Talia (Contour) (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Crevasse (LE) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Light (P, $44.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Shade (P) is darker (85% similar). Viseart Sculpting #1 (P) is lighter (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). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). The Estee Edit Snowlit (LE) is cooler, more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is more muted, darker, more shimmery (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 cooler, less pigmented (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is darker, more shimmery (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). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) (LE, $8.99) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $60.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Strapped (LE, $8.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Daybreak (P, $20.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $10.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is darker (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 0.49 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.

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). Urban Decay Nooner (Highlighter) (P) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Daylight (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Highlighter) (P) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is lighter (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). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Skylight (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (80% 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 lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Lyric (P) is warmer, brighter, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Light (LE, $45.00) is darker (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). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Nectar (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Show Gold (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P) is darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is darker (85% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is darker, less shimmery (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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