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Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated
Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft bronze shimmer with golden bronze sparkle.” It’s a muted, medium-dark tan brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and gold sparkle. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $65.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, brighter (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is a baked formula that is supposed to have “microfine shimmer” and the “color payoff of a loose powder, with the convenience of a pressed powder.” Urban Decay’s idea of “microfine” and “just-perfect shimmer” is much larger in particle size than what I think of when I think of finely-milled shimmer–these are more like sparkle; visible as individual particles on the skin. You can buff and brush away much of the more obvious particles, which gives the skin more of a luminous sheen, but there are still some sparkles that I can detect on the skin. The texture is thin, lightweight, and very blendable on the cheeks. The color lasted for seven hours on me before fading.

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder Lit
Lit
Lit
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Sephora Jubilant (21) Colorful Highlighter

Sephora Jubilant (21) Colorful Blush
Sephora Jubilant (21) Colorful Blush

Sephora Jubilant (21) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pieno Sole (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker (85% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Jubilant had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff that illuminated the skin with a luminous sheen that didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture or enlarge pores. For farier skin tones, this may work as a blushing highlighter, while darker skin tones may see more highlighting and light brightening. The powder had a smooth, soft-to-the-touch consistency that didn’t run powdery or dry, so it was nicely balanced and blended out beautifully. When I tested it for longevity, the blush/highlighter lasted for eight hours on me.

Sephora Colorful Blush Jubilant (21)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Becca Backlight Primer Filter

Becca Backlight Primer Filter
Becca Backlight Primer Filter

Becca Backlight Primer Filter ($38.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “makeup primer to help blur imperfections and impart a radiant glow.” It’s a sheer, golden beige with a luminous sheen and fine pearl. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’ve been testing this for a few days under various liquid foundations, and it has worked well with light, medium, and full coverage foundations on my normal-to-dry skin. Even with medium-to-full coverage, the added luminosity of the primer comes through slightly. It can be applied to bare skin for an all-over dewy finish or used under your base of choice. For the photos in the post, I applied it on bare skin and applied a semi-matte finish foundation on top (Guerlain Parure Gold, discontinued) as well as showed it set with loose powder. It extends the wear of my foundation by an hour or so and gives the skin a soft glow while diffusing the skin’s natural texture. I also noticed it helped my foundation spread more smoothly across my face during application. I think the texture of this is thicker, more like a light cream, and less water-like compared to Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors, and it does seem to do more for longevity, but the visual effect is more similar. On my skin tone, when I wear it alone over bare skin, it does noticeably lighten my overall complexion by half a shade. There is a moderately strong, soapy perfume-like scent to it when initially applied, but I don’t notice it much during wear.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter Backlight
Backlight
Backlight
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo

Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo
Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo

Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo ($80.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a limited edition duo of highlighters (I got confirmation yesterday). You can still pre-order from Saks or place a back-order at Nordstrom. If you liked formulas like MAC In Extra Dimension Skinfiishes, Estee Lauder Gelee, or NARS Dual Intensity, you’ll like this one. It has that same baked-gel-powder type of powder. I think this could have been an excellent permanent addition to the Tom Ford range, so I hope the brand will reconsider making this permanent (and also coming out with a few more combinations!). The texture of both shades was incredibly soft, smooth, and finely-milled, while the product provides a noticeable sheen that stops just before it emphasizes the skni’s natural texture.

Moodlight (Daylight) is a soft, pale gold with a luminous sheen. It semi-opaque color coverage that was easily blended out for sheerer coverage or built-up for a more distinct sheen. If you use it wet, you can get a really metallic finish out of it, as well (though note, the brand doesn’t mention damp usage). It wore well for eight and a half hours before I noticed fading. LORAC Starlight (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit Snowlit (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moodlight (Candlelight) is a softened, medium rose gold with a metallic sheen. On my skin tone, it leans browner and warmer, but in the pan, it seems a little rosier, so those with pink undertones may find it pulls less brown on them as a result. It was richly pigmented with a very soft, silky consistency that was a tiny bit powdery in the pan, but it didn’t look dry applied to the skin. The finish on this was significantly stronger with respect to sheen compared to the top shade. It didn’t emphasize pores when I applied it, even heavily, though I don’t consider my pores to be huge (personally, someone may disagree with me) so if emphasis of pores is a major concern, you may want to use a more feathery brush (I used a light-to-moderately dense brush) or apply more sheerly. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on before fading. Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is cooler (95% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Beauty Skin Illuminating Duo Moodlight
Moodlight
Moodlight
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder

Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder
Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder

Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder ($45.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “universal powder” that gives a “glowy finish.” It’s a light, gold-shimmered beige with a soft sheen. Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Light (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’m not sure about this shade being universally applicable (it’s rare for a product like this to work across all skin tones), as I could see the base color possibly becoming chalky on darker skin tones, so you might want to check it out on-counter if you can. On very fair skin tones, it may add slight warmth and color, while fair to medium-dark will likely see more of a golden sheen without much color. On my medium skin tone, I get a golden glow that makes my cheekbones pop without any noticeable color. It’s a very fine shimmer, so it doesn’t emphasize pores, and the powder’s texture was soft without being powdery. It was one of the better Dior face powders I’ve tested in the last couple of years, so it was a pleasant surprise to try. The highlighter wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

Dior DiorSkin Nude Illuminating Face Powder Cosmopolite
Cosmopolite

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Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Highlighter

Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Blush
Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Blush

Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened, light-medium gold-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a luminous finish. Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Ginger Spiked (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC This Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold Shimmer (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Style Cast (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is lighter (80% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. For fairer skin tones, this is going to work more as a highlighting blush, while medium and darker skin tones will find it more of a true highlighter that adds slight warmth but not a lot of noticeable color. The sheen it yields is lovely–glowing, luminous but never emphasizing. The texture was soft, blendable, and just a smidgen on the powdery side. On my normal-to-dry skin, it wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.

Sephora Colorful Blush Secretive (19)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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