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ColourPop Fair/Medium Strobing Kit

ColourPop Fair/Medium Strobing Kit
ColourPop Fair/Medium Strobing Kit

ColourPop Fair/Medium Strobing Kit ($39.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes three Super Shock Cheek shades and three Lippie Stix. This is one of two kits (the other is for Medium Dark/Deep Dark skin tones).

Fanny Pack is described as a “silvery white pearl.” It’s a bright white with very subtle golden shimmer. I was surprised that it didn’t look chalky or powdery on my skin tone–it seemed workable–and I can only imagine how lovely it will be for those who are fairer and prefer shimmer without addition of color in their highlighters. The texture is smooth, lightly creamy, and blendable on the skin. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. It has good, buildable color coverage–pretty much in line with how it is marketed–that can be applied with fingertips for more opacity or applied with a synthetic or duo fiber brush for sheerer coverage. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Glowing Pink (001) (LE, $58.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Glow (Tarteist) (LE) is less shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Right) (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Non-Fiction is described as a “warm pink with gold and copper highlights.” It’s a medium, reddish-copper with warm gold and pink shimmer. It had opaque coverage applied with fingertips and semi-opaque, buildable coverage applied with a flat, synthetic brush. It looks more shimmery in the pot/swatch than it does blended out on the cheek, where it ultimately has a natural finish–a skin-like glow but not overt shimmer. It wore well for nine hours. NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is darker (90% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 18 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Divergent Obscure Coral (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Parasol is described as a “soft peachy gold.” It’s a light-medium, golden copper with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had buildable coverage, up to mostly opaque, that goes on sheerer when applied with fluffier brushes and more opaque with denser brushes or fingertips. The texture was smooth, blendable, and never sticky on the skin, as it dries down quickly to more of a powder-like product (so it is still blendable). It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00)(90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Hot Sand (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Uplifting (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC This Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fame is described as a “pale warm nude in a creme sheer finish.” It is a light pink with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones with a soft shine. It looks peach in the tube, but it swatches pink, and it is absolutely maddening! It had semi-opaque color payoff with a creamy, moderately slippery consistency that glided on but looked a little streaky at times and showed “lines” if you pressed your lips together. It wore well for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Sublime Pleasure (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Catty (LE, $17.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Last Call (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC How Darling (LE, $17.00)(90% similar). Colour Pop Ace (LE, $5.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Woodrose (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Love Happens (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Soft Savour (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flynn (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Rose Ruban (211) (P, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Naked Dream (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Light English Red (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Littlestitious (P, $6.00) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Olga (422) (P, $37.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Angel (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Mischievous Rose (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Thistle is described as a “warm peachy nude in a creme finish.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a light-medium weight to it–thicker and more noticeable on than other shades, but I wouldn’t call it heavy or goopy by any means. The color wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating over time. Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $30.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Moka (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Liar (P, $17.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marmalade is described as a “warm rosy pink in a creme finish.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had nearly opaque coverage with a creamy, glide-on texture that sat well on lips and was comfortable to wear. This shade lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly moisturizing while worn. Chanel Ce Soir (DC, $34.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Hooligan (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Grande Dame (P, $23.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Inspiring (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Zin (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Garance (P, $55.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shush, Blush (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Hitch Hike (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Mystical (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Soft Berry (P, $35.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Shiseido Rose Crush (RD715) (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Cozy (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte TBT (P, $20.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Bite Beauty Verbena (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (80% similar). MAC Finally Free (LE, $17.00) is cooler, less glossy (80% similar). Chanel Message (214) (P, $37.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Strobing Kit Fair/Medium
Fair/Medium
Fair/Medium
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Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Non-Fiction

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Parasol

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Fame

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MAC Oh, Darling! In Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($35.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “metallic gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with warm, orange-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Left) (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pieno Sole (LE, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are for those who like their highlights reflective and metallic rather than subtle and barely-there. With a fan brush, you can tamp down some of the metallic sheen, but I’d recommend looking at another formula if you want something subtle. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that felt a smidgen dry in the pan, but it didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. It was almost so metallic that it doesn’t appear to emphasize pores quite as much as you might expect. The highlighter lasted for eight hours on me before fading.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Oh, Darling!
Oh, Darling!
Oh, Darling!
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Chanel Coups de Minuit Joues Contraste Lumiere

Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) Joues Contraste Lumiere
Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) Joues Contraste Lumiere

Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) Joues Contraste Lumiere ($45.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “peach beige.” It’s a light, muted peachy-beige with warm undertones and a slight rosiness paired with a soft sheen. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Highlighter (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Otherearthly (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition highlighter version of their blush formula, which “can be worn alone or over any Joues Contraste blush.” Worth noting is that while it appears to be in the same-sized compact as the blushes, it contains less at 0.09 oz. (while the blushes contain 0.21 oz.). The texture of the highlighting powder is incredibly soft, silky, and smooth to the touch and blends effortlessly on the skin. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage that gave the skin a soft glow without emphasizing pores. It doesn’t add color on my skin tone, though much fairer complexions may find it adds a little color. The powder lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

Chanel Joues Contraste Lumiere Highlighting Blush Coups de Minuit (12)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Becca Afterglow Cheek Palette

Becca Afterglow Palette
Becca Afterglow Palette

Becca Afterglow Palette ($39.50 for 0.26 oz.) is a cheek palette that features three of the brand’s pressed highlighters and two of their blushes. I think it’s a great concept, and it is a nice way to try their famous cheek products, but I do wish the pans were on the larger side; they are the size of your typical eyeshadow (the palette itself is the same size as Becca’s eyeshadow palettes), like MAC, Urban Decay, etc. There is a little space between each pan, so it is possible to use some blush brushes without issue, but it’s something to consider if you tend to use medium or large-sized blush brushes. If you use a highlight brush to apply the pressed highlighters, I think you’ll be just fine, though. The quality of the palette’s contents is fairly comparable to the standalone versions, but I noticed all five seemed ever-so-slightly drier here, as if there was less binder, which actually made the highlighters more forgiving on the skin (Becca’s highlighters have a fine line between gorgeous glow and pore-emphasizing). This palette contains $20.36 worth of highlighters and $17.92 worth of blush for a total value of $38.28, so you’re paying just over a $1 for the “for the price of about one, I get to try five” point of view. (Becca’s highlighters cost $38 each, while the blush comes in at $32 a pop). This particular palette is VERY warm-toned, and I wish they had done a cooler-toned option or else mixed up the shades more to make it more versatile across skin tones. If I could have chosen the shades (assuming only one edition), I would have gone for Pearl (yes, creating a pressed version just for the palette!), Moonstone, Blushed Copper, Hyacinth, and Nightingale–which is really proof that Becca needs to consider adding cooler and more neutral-toned shades into the ranges.

Moonstone is a pale, golden champagne with warm undertones and a luminous shimmer. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture–it was a little drier than my full-size version–that gives the skin a lovely glow. It wore well for eight hours. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Flexitarian (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Craze (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (Lightness of Being) (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Gold is a soft, light-medium copper with warm undertones and a frosted, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty, but blendable, consistency that sat well on the skin. The shimmer seemed a little larger in the palette than in my full-size version. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Hush (LE, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Stila Kitten (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 11 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Guerlain Perles d'Etoiles (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC A Latte Sheen (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Bronzed Amber (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Topaz is a medium, bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a strong, golden sheen. The version in the palette is noticeably lighter–more subdued–than my standalone compact, which was surprising. The consistency was still quite smooth, blendable, and illuminating on the skin, though, and it didn’t seem less pigmented, just lighter in overall color–not as an intense. Unless applying more heavily, they still looked quite similar applied. This shade wore for eight hours on me. Anastasia Golden Bronze (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 14 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 03 (P, $62.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is darker (85% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wild Honey is a soft, medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture–it seemed more pigmented than my individual (though Becca’s blushes are supposed to be buildable, actually)! This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Zoeva ND030 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). KIKO 100 Cookie (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #6 (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva ND020 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Unique (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). NARS Craving (Right) (P) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flowerchild is a pop of light-medium pink with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer. It was very similar in color to the standalone version I have, though the texture of the shade in the palette is just a smidgen drier. The blush wore for eight hours before fading. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.49) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Chaotic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Culture (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Becca Holiday 2015 Palette Afterglow Palette
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
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theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette
theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette ($28.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a slim, travel-friendly palette featuring three of theBalm’s famous highlighters. I’ve loved all three over the years, and to have them in a palette like this is awesome! The quality is exactly the same as the full-sized versions I have: rich, smooth, and buttery textured combined with great color payoff and luminous finishes. The full-sized versions retail for $24.00 and contain 0.30 oz. of product (or $80.00/oz.), so this palette contains $26.40 worth of product. You pay a tiny bit more to try three, but you get three for about the cost of one single shade, and the sizes provided will last quite awhile and are still large enough to get most blush brushes into them.

Mary-Lou Manizer is described as a “honey-hued.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen that gives the skin a luminous glow. The texture is soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and the shimmer toes the right side of the line where it doesn’t emphasize pores, but it is a noticeable highlighter. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Flexitarian (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Stroked) (LE, $55.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Craze (LE) is cooler (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lower quality (95% similar). Too Faced Inner Light (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (Original) (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (Lightness of Being) (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cindy-Lou Manizer is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a subdued, light-medium peach with a hint of pink in its undertone and pink shimmer. Of the three, this has the least shimmery finish, though it still produces a soft glow on the skin. It’s one of those products where the sheen becomes more pronounced as the product is blended and worked into the skin. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency. The texture is less dense (a little thinner) compared to the other two shades. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Lust (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Perles d'Etoiles (LE, $60.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). The Estee Edit Gleam (LE) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Betty-Lou Manizer is described as a “sun-kissed glow.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a golden, frosted sheen. It is intensely pigmented with a lush, buttery, dense texture that applies beautifully and blends out with ease. It has a strong sheen, but it doesn’t emphasize pores. The color wore well for almost nine hours on me. Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

theBalm The Luminizing Collection The Manizer Sisters
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites

Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites
Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites

Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites ($80.00 for 1.00 oz.) is described as a “frosted light, radiance, and iridescence.” It’s a translucent, gold-shimmered beige with a luminous sheen. Guerlain Teint Beige (DC, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Perles de Nuit (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Mythic (P, $59.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Teint Rose (DC, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles du Dragon (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Snowglobe (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Teint Dore (DC, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Parure de Nuit (LE, $67.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Meteorites is a cult-favorite, and I fully expect this one to fly off the shelves–despite its wallet-crushing price tag–because it’s one of the better ones released in the last few years. It’s packaged well with a plastic, snowglobe-like container that has a flattened bottom, so it will sit without rolling, but the top of the lid has a lightly frosted, translucent covering that shows the metallic gold design through it. It’s not cheap cardboard like a more recent release, and the amount of product you get is more in line with the Meteorites of years past. That being said, Meteorites are one of those products that some can’t live without and others apply and can’t figure out why anyone likes them at all. They’re best described as a finishing powder; if you think of them as an overt cheek highlighter, you’ll likely be disappointed. This year’s holiday edition has fine shimmer that creates a luminous glow when dusted all-over the face, but it can be built-up slightly for a more targeted highlight (it’s still not over-the-top). As you might expected, the effect on the skin is not substantially different between versions of the Meteorites except slightly in tone (often only visible on some skin tones). The powder adds enough luminosity to breathe life back into very matte foundations while blurring the skin slightly. The pearls give off product without having to jab at them, and they do just fine with even softer brushes and don’t kick up a lot of excess product. When I applied more heavily on my cheek bones (easier to see how it degrades over time that way), it lasted well for eight hours.

Guerlain Holiday 2015 Meteorites Perles des Neiges
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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