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MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days Palette

MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit
MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit

MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit ($44.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes four Cream Colour Bases and one Blot Powder/Pressed. I am totally baffled by the inclusion of the Blot Powder, given that it is in shade “Medium Dark,” which will obviously not suit many skin tones. Why not a powder highlighter instead? Two of the Cream Colour Bases (Tint and Root) are part of the permanent range. If you’re unfamiliar with the Cream Colour Base formula, it’s pretty much a versatile cream-based product that can be sheer, buildable, creamy, or shimmery and can be used on the eyes, lips, or face (some shades have restricted usages). They can be used alone or over products (including powder) and are supposed to last for eight hours on face and body (with “lasting wear for hours on eyes”).

Medium Dark is a light-medium beige with a matte finish. It is similar to the color of my forearm, but it is lighter than face. The product itself is really, really chalky and looks powdery on my normal-to-dry skin. I’m not oily, so it was hard to determine if it was really helping combat that, but it seemed to extend the wear of my base by an hour or two.

Wished I Stayed is described as a “light cream pearl.” It’s a golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage with a lightweight, creamy consistency that glided on and blended out well. As a cheek highlighter, it lasted for seven hours on me. Stila Sending My Love Highlighter (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Moonstone (59M) (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tint is described as a “soft peachy brown with shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a soft pearl shimmer. It had semi-opaque to opaque coverage, though the creamy, emollient consistency makes it easy to apply less or really diffuse it for sheerer coverage. The color lasted for seven and a half hours as a blush. LORAC Pink Bronze (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is less glossy, cooler, darker (90% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is less glossy, cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Every Time You Go is described as a “creamy peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a creamy finish. It had semi-sheer to opaque pigmentation with a creamy, light-medium thick consistency–thicker than the other two–and has no shimmer. It blended out well on the skin and wore for seven and a half hours as a blush. Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is less glossy, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Root is described as a “red taupey brown with shimmer.” It’s a dark, taupe brown with strong, gray shimmer with a warmer undertone. The more opaque it is applied, the grayer it appears, but the more it is sheered out, the browner it looks. It had semi-sheer to opaque pigmentation with a lightweight, emollient texture that glided and blended well on the skin without becoming patchy. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on my cheeks. MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Days
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Wished I Stayed

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Every Time You Go

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Root

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Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette
Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette ($45.00 for 0.87 oz.) includes two highlighters, a yellow correcting powder (which could be used as a highlighter, depending on your skin tone), two contour powders, and one blush. The quality is disappointing, depending on the shade, but the biggest downside is that it’s one-size-fits-all mentality. Obviously, this will flatter some and not work at all for others. I think the powders are a little on the chalky side, so I don’t know if they would work well on drier skin (I am normal right now, so I didn’t notice it overly much on my skin). The powders also seemed to have a little sweet smell, which was unusual.

Highlight (Tarteist) is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It is a very subtle highlighter that gets more noticeable as it is buffed and blended into the skin, but it is never emphasizing or even shimmery enough to rise to the level of a moderate highlighter. The texture was smooth and silky without being powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me, but as a heads up, it looks chalky on my skin tone (medium). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is brighter (95% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (P) is brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Correct (Tarteist) is a pale, light-medium yellow with a matte finish. It is designed to correct, though I also think that yellow powders can be used as a “matte highlight” on yellower skin tones as well. The texture is quite powdery, and it was harder to blend out without losing all of the effect. It started to fade after seven hours on me. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is more muted (90% similar). LORAC Yellow Highlight (P) is warmer, darker (90% similar). NYX Cream (P, $5.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Cirrus (P) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Contour Soft (Tarteist) is a light-medium brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a firmer consistency, so it wasn’t as powdery to work with and blended better without sheering out, though it doesn’t build up intensity either. The color wore well for seven hours. MAC Taupe (LE, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Talia (Contour) (P) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Crevasse (LE) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Light (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Contour (P) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Smashbox Bronze (P) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Illamasqua Steal (P) is darker (80% similar). NARS Melina (Highlight) (P) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). Tarte Shade (P) is glossier, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Contour Deep (Tarteist) is a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty consistency. The color blended out fairly well and lasted for seven and a half hours. MAC Sepia (LE, $23.00) is glossier, brighter, darker (90% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Contour (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Subconscious (P) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P) is glossier (85% similar). NYX Hollow (P, $5.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Accentuate (Tarteist) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had medium, buildable coverage with a lightly dusty texture. This faded really fast on me–six hours of wear–and I wasn’t expecting that at all. Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is brighter, darker (95% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Elevated (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glow (Tarteist) is a light, ivory white with a pearly shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer consistency in the pan, which made getting product on a brush more challenging–I would recommend a flatter, denser brush to achieve visible coverage. This shade wore well for seven hours on me. Givenchy Moonlight Saison (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Delice (78) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE) is darker (90% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Contour Palette Tarteist
Tarteist
Tarteist
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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Stila Sending My Love Set

Stila Sending My Love Set
Stila Sending My Love Set

Stila Sending My Love Set ($49.00 for 0.69 oz.) includes three cheek colors, five eyeshadows, an eyeliner, and a lipgloss. I was pleasantly surprised by this set! It’s not particularly unique, but it’s well-done and high quality.

Bark is a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that blended out well and wore nicely for eight hours. MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 (P) is darker (95% similar). NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #6 (P) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #6 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Belle Femme (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Obscura #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bitter Clove (LE, $22.00)(90% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Earthy Scent (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Chocolate Kisses (LE) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Two Spicy #2 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Viseart Chocolat (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cinnmaon is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery with excellent color payoff. This shade applied beautifully, blended out easily, and wore for eight hours. MAC Tempting (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Paris (LE, $12.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (90% similar). MAC Enchanted Forest (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Showgirl (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Rose Gold (LE, $18.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #3 (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Isolde #2 (P, $25.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Caramelized (P, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Malted Milk Ball (LE, $16.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Baked (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Fallen (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Zoeva Pure Ganache (P) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Brown Sugar (LE, $19.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Mosaic (LE) is cooler, darker (80% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #6 (LE, $19.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sandstone is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had great pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that did kick up excess product in the pan, but it wasn’t truly powdery (didn’t sheer out or look dry on). The color started to crease after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Devotion (P) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Fizz the Season (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Galore (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Natasha Denona Moonstone (59M) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop XO (DC, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #4 (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Cava (LE, $19.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Viseart Kifu (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Crystal Spark (LE) is darker (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sangria is a medium-dark, plummy berry with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, dense, and smooth texture that blended and adhered well to the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours. Colour Pop Babykins (LE, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Last Call (P, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P) is warmer (90% similar). Coloured Raine Queen Mother (LE, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Underhand (LE, $19.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Backfire (Afterdark) (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #8 (LE) is cooler, darker (90% similar). LORAC Merlot (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #10 (LE) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). City Color Gypsy (P, $6.99) is cooler (85% similar). Sephora Girlish Appeal (LE) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). MAC Serenade (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Rosette (P, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). City Color U Jelly? (P, $6.99) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Dominate (P) is warmer, more muted, darker (80% similar). Ciate Fierce (LE) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pale Pink is a light pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was thinner compared to the other shades, but it wasn’t stiff nor was it powdery. It had good color payoff and lasted for eight hours. Tarte Popcorn Strand (LE)(100% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Pink Cream (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Wink (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Pale, Please (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Amour (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) (P) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Baby Cakes (P, $12.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Vintage (P) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sending My Love Bronzer is a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color payoff with a soft, silky consistency that blended out easily on the skin. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $25.00) is lower quality, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Disobey (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Compassion (LE, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #6 (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Bronze) (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Sweet Tea (LE) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). KIKO 100 Cookie (P, $12.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pink Rose Blush is a light-medium, rosy pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a smooth texture that was just slightly stiff in the pan. It blended out without too much work (but it could have been better) and lasted for nine hours. Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Rose (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is cooler, less pigmented (90% similar). Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Bonnie (Shade) (P) is cooler, more muted (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Chanel Hyperfresh (360) (LE, $45.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sending My Love Highlighter is a light-medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was incredibly soft and smooth, though it was also a little loose as it was so soft. It blended out well on the skin, and it was richly pigmented. I found it to be just shy of getting into pore-emphasizing territory. This shade wore well for eight hours. MAC Wished I Stayed (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Teasecake (DC, $8.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $32.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Wisp (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC This Love (LE, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stingray is a deep black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was intensely pigmented in a single stroke, and it lasted for ten hours without thinning. Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Black Moon (P, $24.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Hourglass Obsidian (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Smolder (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Definitely Black (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (P, $21.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Graphblack (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Squid (P, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Chanel Noir Petrole (931) (LE, $33.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Cat's Meow (P, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Black (P, $20.00) is less glossy, warmer (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet (P, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Blackjack (P, $31.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Swerve (P, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Swerve (P, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (P) is less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Legend (P, $20.00) is less glossy (90% similar). bareMinerals Absolute Black (P) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guava is a light-medium, pinky-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had sheer coverage with a creamy, tacky consistency that wore for three hours and was lightly hydrating. It had a sweet, fruity scent. Too Faced Pure Peach (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Goodness Gracious (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto (P, $22.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Some Girls (328) (P, $28.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Chanel Bliss (181) (LE, $30.00) is more pigmented, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Goals (P, $20.00) is more pigmented, darker (90% similar). NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Artful (LE, $15.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is more pigmented, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Nebulous (LE, $26.00) is more pigmented, brighter, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose (P, $19.00) is more pigmented, darker (80% similar). Dior Pink Excess (663) (LE, $29.50) is warmer, more pigmented, darker (80% similar). Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) (P, $8.99) is more pigmented, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). Revlon Pango Peach (P, $7.99) is darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stila Holiday 2015 Sending My Love Set Sending My Love
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
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Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Makeup Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette ($165.00 for 0.79 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows, one highlighter, and one contour powder. My favorite products are the highlighter and contour powders, which will come as no surprise, as I have reviewed them favorably in the past as standalones. You actually get more of each product in the palette than in the individual compact, but for $65 you could purchase the Contour Book Volume II, which also contains 0.17 oz. worth of the Celestial Powder and 0.14 oz. of the Sculpting Powder (plus other standout product sin the brand’s line, like a small version of Starlight and larger sizes of the cream versions of the highlight/contour found in this palette). I don’t think the eyeshadows are worth the additional expense; the shades themselves are dupable, but the formula feels dusty, dry, and sometimes powdery and other times stiffer. They blended out better than I expected, and they lasted seven to eight hours (so not too shabby), but they were more semi-sheer to semi-opaque and prone to sheering out when applied.

According to my calculations, the palette contains a total value of $263.20 worth of product. Here’s how the value breaks down:

  • $68 worth of The Celestial Powder
  • $56 worth of The Sculpting Powder
  • $139.20 worth of The Essential Eyeshadow (going off of The Essential Eyeshadow Set price per ounce)

Candlelight is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. The texture is soft, smooth, finely-milled, and it blends beautifully on the skin without emphasizing pores. The color wore well for just over nine hours before it started to fade. MAC Pearl (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Pretty Bonnes (LE, $8.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Pink Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Light (LE, $45.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Auréole (P, $32.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Light (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (85% similar). NARS Reckless (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Smokin' Whistles (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Medium is a muted, medium-dark shadowy brown with hints of gray and a matte finish. The powder is incredibly silky and finely-milled, which helps it blend out well on the skin. It had good pigmentation and lasted for eight and a half hours. MAC Crevasse (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P) is glossier, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Contour Deep (Tarteist) (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Deep Contour (P) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Omega (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). MAC Sepia (LE, $23.00) is glossier, darker (85% similar). MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P) is warmer (85% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Contour (P) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Iced Gold is a cool-toned white base with slightly warm-toned gold with a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation and was a little dry and dusty. It lasted for seven hours on me. LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Snow (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). YSL Golden Glow #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #3 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Soft Gold (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #2 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Nylon (P, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #5 (LE, $25.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Eyeshadow #2 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). The Estee Edit Snowlit (LE) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Becca Chardonnay (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Photosphere (LE, $22.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Pin-up (LE, $14.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne is a light-medium, beige-brown with warm undertones and a soft pearl shimmer. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that was just a smidgen powdery. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours. MAC Sax Appeal (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bamboo (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Era (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S642 Sahara (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Smash (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wheat is a muted, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and was powdery to work with. The color started to fade after seven hours. Sephora Sandcastle (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Toffee (LE, $19.00) is more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M408 Mustard (P, $21.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Camel is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty consistency that made it prone to sheering out. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Wedge (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Delicate #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Cove (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Givenchy Delicate #2 (P) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #2 (P) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Desert (LE, $5.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Cool Taupe (P, $19.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). MAC Nano Nude #4 (LE, $21.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coco is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was slightly drier in the pan, which made it stiffer to work with, and it turned patchy when I tried to blend it out. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation and lasted for seven hours. Tarte Jetsetter (P) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Warm Taupe (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #342 (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Lockout (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Samael (P) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Heartbreaker (LE) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Taupe (P, $19.00) is better quality, cooler (90% similar). Becca Cognac (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Beware (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Charmed, I'm Sure (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Walnut (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Picnic Basket (LE) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Chai (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dune (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Chocolate is a smoky, taupe brown with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones and a soft shimmer. It had semi-opaque coverage, but it was thinner and dusty in texture, which resulted in it sheering out on the lid. This shade lasted for seven hours before noticeably fading. Kat Von D Saleos (P) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Defy (LE, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 20 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Truffle (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Licorice Lane (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Thunderbolt (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Keep Your Cool (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sleigh Watch (LE) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Persuade (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Images of Rapture (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Fuze (LE)(90% similar). Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #5 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) (P, $29.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Burberry Graphite (No. 28) (P, $29.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). MAC Permanent Press #3 (LE) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beige is a light beige with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin shimmer. It had good color payoff and was very soft and blendable, but it was dusty to work with, so it tended to sheer out on the lid and faded after seven hours. Sephora Flagstone (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Ulta Bone (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Wipe Out (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Rust (Highlight) (P) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Crosses (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Divinity (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sugar Cookie (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Broken (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Oh, Rocky! (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sand (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Peach is a light-medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a powdery consistency that sheered out when I went to blend it. On me, this shade wore well for seven hours. theBalm Dream Boat (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Valhalla (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Desert Rose (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Blue Garden #1 (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (P) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P) is cooler, darker (90% similar). LORAC Beige (P, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Light Grey is a light-medium, gray taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage with a very thin, dusty consistency that just wouldn’t build up no matter what. This shade started to fade after six hours of wear. Buxom Designer or Die (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $19.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Frisk (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Lazarus (P) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pewter is a muted, mauve plum with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dusty, powdery texture that sheered out readily. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #3 (P) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #20 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Joy & Laughter #2 (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Plum Grand (LE, $16.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #4 (P) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals Violet Spell (LE, $14.00) is warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). theBalm A1 (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Espresso is a dark, taupe gray with cool undertones and a plummy vibe paired with a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was just a little dusty but easy enough to work with. This shade wore well for eight hours. Milani Bella Taupe (05) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Eclipse Eagle (P, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Meow (DC, $5.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Electroplate (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Cherie (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S556 Taupe Gray (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #4 (P) is darker (85% similar). NARS Lhasa (P, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Mixed Tape (LE, $5.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Maybelline Black Orchid (130) (LE, $6.99) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Darkside (P, $19.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE) is more muted, darker (80% similar). Anastasia Antique (LE, $12.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black is a medium-dark black with cool undertones and a smattering of fine shimmer over a mostly matte base. It had sheer coverage, and it was incredibly powdery, which made it prone to sheering out and turning patchy on the lid when blended. It wore well for seven hours before fading on me. MAC Dark Energy #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Indigo (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Star (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 19 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Black Tied (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Penthouse (LE) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kevyn Aucoin Holiday 2015 Makeup Palette The Legacy
The Legacy
The Legacy
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
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ColourPop Electric Slide Super Shock Cheek & Leopard Pressed Pigment

ColourPop Electric Slide Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Electric Slide Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Electric Slide Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish–pretty much just as the brand described it. The texture was smooth, creamy, and a cinch to blend out on the skin. I love that the formula can be used over foundation without disturbing your base products. The coverage is semi-sheer to opaque, depending on how much you apply initially or with what, which is in line with what the formula is supposed to be. The color was going strong after ten hours of wear. NARS Jubilation (Left) (P) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pieno Sole (LE, $68.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Leopard Super Shock Pressed Pigment ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “vivid violet blue.” It’s a meidum-dark purple with cool, blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage, and it was blendable along the edges, but the texture was dry and prone to crumbling when I applied too much pressure on it. Pressed Pigments are “not intended for the eye area,” so keep that in mind đŸ™‚ I wore it as a blush, and it lasted for nine hours. Colour Pop Liaison (LE, $5.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). LORAC Ultraviolet (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Urban (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Daddy (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Electric Slide
A+

Discontinued

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Pressed Pigments Leopard
Leopard
Leopard
C-

Limited Edition

6
Product
7
Pigmentation
6
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
72%
Total

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Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as “golden nude.” Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Strobe (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Oasis (LE) is less pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Crafty (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Pretty Bonnes (LE, $8.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as an “ultra smooth baked face powder” that gives a “natural colour with a radiant healthy glow” with “sheer, buildable coverage” and “eight hour” wear. There are four shades, and this is the lightest one, and the other three appear to be more bronze-like. The texture is incredibly soft, silky, and smooth; it’s thin but not dusty or dry, and it’s this thinner, silkier consistency that makes it easily blended on the skin. The finely-milled powder paired with fine shimmer keeps the finish from emphasizing pores (even when applied more heavily). It had buildable coverage, as described, and it actually lasted for closer to nine hours on me. I can definitely see why this has been raved about over the years–glad I picked it up, as I see it finding its way into my go-to drawer (a great permanent highlighter? always room for one more!).

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Highlight 01
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