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bareMinerals Be Beautiful Holiday 2016 Face & Eye Palette

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette
bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, three cheek colors, and a finishing powder. It is most bizarre that there’s a finishing powder, and it is, frankly, an odd color choice–it is very, very yellowy orange with no real sheen or satiny quality to it, so it is drier, powdery, and sits poorly on the skin while adding a yellow tint. Of all the inclusions in the palette, that was the most odd, and then of course, bareMinerals is a multiple-time offender of putting out an endless slew of neutral palettes so once you have a few, the rest start having less appeal.

I wasn’t particularly impressed by the cheek colors in the palette, as they had a firmer press that made it harder to get color payoff out of them. The eyeshadows were good and consistent with the Ready formula, but they seem unbalanced in depth–there are two very light shades and then two browns that are just a shade or two different; even sticking with neutrals, the composition could be more versatile. The palette itself is housed in a plastic compact this year, which is new, and for some, I imagine they’ll consider it an upgrade from cardboard, but it did feel bulkier as a result.

Value

  • Cheek Colors: $24.00 for 0.21 oz.; palette contains 0.27 oz. or $30.86 worth of cheek color
  • Finishing Powder: $23.00 for 0.30 oz. (using pricing for the Touch Up Veil, closest available product); palette contains 0.09 oz. or $6.90 worth of finishing
  • Eyeshadows: $21.00 for 0.09 oz.; palette contains 0.30 oz. or $70.00 worth of eyeshadow
  • Total Value: $107.76

Formula Overview

Ready Eyeshadow is supposed to have 12-hour wear, “vivid, pure, provocative color” that “looks like a powder, feels like a cream” and blends seamlessly. In general, I quite enjoy this formula, and it’s one of my favorites, as it is typically soft without being too powdery or dusty and more shimmery shades have a real creaminess to them. They wear between eight and twelve hours on me (without primer), blend well, and sit nicely on the skin. The majority of the shades I’ve tested in the past have been mostly opaque to opaque, but there have been a few misses over the years (not too many, though). Ready Blush is supposed to have “buildable color” with eight-hour wear, and those things are both true: they tend to be medium in coverage, somewhat to moderately buildable, and wear around eight hours.

Presence is a pale beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, creamy texture that was a smidgen dusty. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Viseart Petit Pro #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Compassionate (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Let It Snow (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P, ) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Charmer (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Whenever (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #1 (P, ) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Thirteen (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Powder (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P, ) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Graceful is a soft, light-medium taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. This shade seemed to wear well for nine hours on me before it started to fade. Tarte Mud Mask (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Trendsetter (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lazarus (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Coffee (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Stone (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Ever (P, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Exhale is a dark taupe with subtle, brown undertones and a grayer overtone paired with a matte finish. It had opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty texture that remained blendable and did not look dry or powdery applied to the skin. This shade wore for just over nine hours on me. Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Cool Gray (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Revelry (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Graphite (Mountain Sunset) (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #5 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Haze (P, ) is cooler, lower quality (95% similar). Too Faced Be You (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Suspend (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Persona Maverick (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Password (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Fuze (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Soot #2 (DC, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Promise is a pale pinky-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage that applied easily as the texture was soft, blendable, and not too dusty or too firm in the pan. I was able to wear this shade for nine hours. Tarte Popcorn Strand (LE, )(100% similar). Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Cheers (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Fancy Dress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Pale Pink (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Wink (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cream (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lithe Spirit (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pale, Please (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Smashbox Naked (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Toasted Marshmallow (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Orb (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Pastel (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Morning Dew (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beautiful is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dustier, thinner texture, which resulted in the product sheering out on the lid and not applying as evenly as the other shades. It wore for seven hours before fading on me. LORAC Tan (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Missing My Baby (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Base) (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Wood Pink #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #8 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC For Your Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Desire (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Dreamboat (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Rose (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Huda Beauty Shy (LE, ) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Confident is a dark burgundy with subtle, warm reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, while the consistency had a firmer feel to it, though it was more buildable on the lid in practice. I noticed that this one had a tendency to stick unevenly to bare skin, so it would benefit from a primer. It wore well for ten hours on me. theBalm Friendly (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Beauty Mark (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Hell in Heels (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Ensemble (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Gate Matte is a subdued, medium rose pink with warmer undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was firm, which made it difficult to really get color out of the pan, and when it did, it seemed to be chalkier and powdery. It lasted for eight hours, which is all the product promises, but the texture and way it looked on the skin left something to be desired. Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rose Bronze (P, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Limelight (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). theBalm Balm Beach (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 102 Natural Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Inner Beauty is a soft, peachy brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It’s supposed to be all-over color for face (which seem to be what the brand uses for highlighters), but there’s no real sheen to it this when it is on the skin–possibly because it’s so firm that hardly any product comes off to begin with. It also had a chalkiness to it that just didn’t sit well on skin–it looked like it was just on top but not seamlessly blended. It wore for seven hours on me. By Terry Savannah Love #4 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne (P, $2.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Ciate Summer Love (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Highlighter) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Moment (LE, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Faux Tan Matte is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a satin finish. It had medium, buildable coverage with a fairly soft texture that ran a little dusty. It applied well and blended easily along the edges while lasting for seven hours on me. Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tan-tastic (LE, $49.00) is darker (95% similar). Becca Capri Coast (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Bronzer) (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Bronzer) (P, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Seaside (LE, $40.00) is brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Falaises (LE, $40.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Be Beautiful Finishing Powder is a light-medium yellow with warm, yellowy orange undertones and a matte finish. The texture was powdery and clumpy–where the powder would come off in chunks, but they would blend out if you worked at it. This was such a strange inclusion to begin with, and the quality is just terrible–it does nothing but make skin look worse: dry, powdery, and noticeably yellower. It seemed to wear fine; it seemed to even prolong the wear of my base products by an hour or so.

bareMinerals Holiday 2016 READY Face & Eye Palette Be Beautiful
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette ($58.00 for 0.44 oz.) includes four, miniature-sized versions of the permanent Face Illuminators. It’s pretty neat, as they have the same swirled, raised design, but everything is on a smaller scale. For someone who likes different highlighter shades (or highlighting blushes/bronzers) and would use two or three of them, it’s handy to have and would be good for traveling. Since the individual Illuminators are pricey, this is a good way to try them all for less than the cost of two full-sized shades. I think that the palette versions are fairly comparable to the permanent versions I have, though there are a few differences that I noticed. I don’t think that those differences really impact the overall look of the products applied, but they are there. This formula (and thus palette) is most suitable for someone who likes moderate highlights and some sparkle but not over-the-top metallic highlighters.

Formula Overview

According to the brand, Laura Mercier Face Illuminator ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. The formula is typically more buildable from medium to opaque coverage with a noticeable sheen that can get more frosted/metallic if applied heavily but doesn’t emphasize my pores. The texture is smooth and blendable, but there is a bit of dryness to it that seems common to this type of formula (think MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual-Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, etc.). On my normal-to-dry skin, the highlighter tends to last around eight hours.

Indiscretion is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a soft, golden sheen. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, lightly dry texture that was dry to the touch but did appear dry or dusty applied to the skin. The sheen became more refined as I buffed and worked the product on my skin, and while the full-size version seemed to be more likely to emphasize my pores a bit, this one didn’t. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00)(100% similar). Burberry No. 04 Rose Gold (P, $68.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Amber Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess (-, $9.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Whipped (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Stride of Pride (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Hush (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Jouer Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Daygleam (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Crown of my Canopy (LE, $4.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $33.00) is darker, warmer, lower quality (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Jouer Skinny Dip (LE, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Must Have It (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Addiction is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a lightly sparkly, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage, and it was easy to blend on the skin. The texture wasn’t too soft or too firm, and it didn’t emphasize my pores when applied. The color lasted for almost eight hours on me. Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior #003 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Idol (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Sunglow (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Precious Petals (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #17 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NYX Daytime Halo (P, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia 143 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dose of Colors Gold is the New Black (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Devotion is a light pink with warmer undertones and cooler, violet and light pink shimmer. It had sheer to medium coverage, so it was buildable to some degree, but it was never intense. The powder was a little dry, but it didn’t look dry and blended well in practice, so I don’t think I would have even noticed it had I not felt the powder with my fingertips. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Make Up For Ever H102 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Love This Bitch (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Burberry No. 03 Pink Pearl (P, $68.00) is cooler (95% similar). Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Gleam (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Upgrade (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Devotee (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Dusk (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seduction is a medium-dark bronze with warm, golden undertones and a frosted sheen. It was buildable from semi-sheer to fully opaque color payoff, if desired, and it had a soft, lightly dusty consistency. It was very easy to blend and diffuse across the skin, and it wore well for eight hours. Of the four shades, this one had the strongest sheen (and most pigmentation to begin with), so while I didn’t have issues with it emphasizing my skin’s natural texture, if there was a shade prone to it, my guess would be this is the potential troublemaker. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Golden Age (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #21 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior #004 (P, $56.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $48.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette
Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette ($69.00 for 0.52 oz.) includes three Shimmer Bricks, which are very shimmery powders. Each Shimmer Brick has five shades, so the color that you get can vary depending on where you concentrate your brush. All three shades have been released before, though only Bronze is part of the permanent range from what I could tell! It’s a powder highlight that features five colors, which are designed to be used together (though you can concentrate your brush in areas as well, or if you have an eye brush, you can use them individually) and applied to the face to highlight.

The three included in the palette all highlight the skin and add noticeable color on my light-medium complexion, so they be even more blush-like on fairer complexion and will likely show up on deeper skin tones with subtler tints. The texture of Gold and Bronze was smoother and more finely-milled with less overt sparkle, whereas Wild Rose was drier and seemed to have larger chunks of sparkle, which were more prone to emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. They were easy to apply, wore for about eight hours, and are well-worth a look for someone who likes a more intense, noticeable highlight. They’re the type of highlighter where a little can go a long way to adding luminosity, so they can definitely be too intense for some people’s preferences.

Value

  • Cost of full-size: $46.00 for 0.40 oz., $115.00/oz.
  • Cost of palette: $69.00 for 0.52 oz., $132.69/oz.
  • Value: $59.80

Gold is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones paired with a frosted, lightly metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that blended out easily on the skin. I did not find that it emphasized my skin’s natural texture, but it does have a strong sheen to its finish. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, warmer, lower quality (95% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Golden Dawn (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt (Top) (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a softer, light-medium golden bronze shimmer. The pigmentation was rich, but the texture was soft and blendable, so it could easily be applied in sheerer layers or diffused for less intense coverage if desired–a little did go a long way, though, and I’d recommend using a lighter hand initially. On me, the powder lasted eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Glow (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Do Not Disturb (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #21 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Dior #004 (P, $56.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Stila Kitten (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wild Rose is a slightly muted, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and cooler, frosty pink shimmer. The shimmer particles in this shade seemed larger with both finer and more obvious flecks of sparkle used, which gave it a bit of a drier, looser consistency that was sheerer in coverage. The texture and shimmer in this one did emphasize my pores a bit, making them seem larger than they were. I didn’t have any trouble blending out the color, though, and it still wore for eight hours like the other two. Makeup Revolution Peach Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sassy Grape (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Botanic Dream (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunrise Glow (P, $48.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 10 Peach (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Amethyst Flashes Geode (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose (LE, $46.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Full Service (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Ibiza (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Zanzibar (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Huda Beauty Copacabana (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Product
9.5
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9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
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Application
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Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Coor Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette ($44.00 for 0.84 oz.) includes 10 blushes housed in a circular compact that opens and reveals five blushes on each side (there is no mirror as a result). Each pan is a decent size at 0.084 oz. a pop with a wide enough diameter that most blush brushes fit easily in them. The pans did not appear removable (I tried three pans with tweezers, and I didn’t feel any give). It would be a travel-friendly way to take so many blushes with you without taking up a lot of space.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. There’s a lot to like about Tarte’s formula, as it is softer (sometimes dusty), blendable, and fairly smooth with good pigmentation, but for me, I rarely get 12-hour wear–I do get between 8 and 10-hour wear, though. Overall, the quality was consistent with the full-sized Tarte blushes I’ve tried with only one shade having a firmer, stiffer texture. I think they could have varied the colors used in the palette a bit more, but at least there is some variety in undertones and finishes. If you have a few blush palettes from Tarte, you may find that there is a lot of overlap, even if shades are not exact dupes, as the brand is prone to repeating itself each holiday! I think this a wish list worthy option for someone who is a big fan of Tarte’s formula or needs to have an instant blush stash.

Value

  • Full-size cost: $28.00 for 0.20 oz., $140.00/oz.
  • Palette cost: $44.00 for 0.84 oz., $52.38/oz.
  • Value: $117.60 worth of blush / $4.40 per shade

Crafty is a light peach with warm undertones and gold shimmer. This will work more as a highlighter than a blush for most skin tones, though it has a whiter base, so deeper skin tones may want to layer it over another cheek color. The texture was soft, blendable, and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture when applied. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Blossom Glow (P, $4.99) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Goddess (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Coloured Raine Luxurious Bling (P, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Concept is a muted, medium-dark rosy coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation paired with a soft, blendable texture that was a bit thin and dusty, so it sheered out noticeably when applied to the cheeks. Luckily, it could be built up to greater intensity. This shade wore for nine hours before starting to fade on me. MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #7 (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Between the Sheets (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Essence Satin Love (P, $2.99) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Icon is a muted, medium rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had the type of finish that seemed matte initially, but it had a more natural matte finish when blended and buffed on the skin–it didn’t look dry or flat. This shade had a soft, lightly dusty texture that was very blendable and easy to use, and it did not sheer out unduly like Concept did, so the dustiness wasn’t noticeable when I used it on the cheeks. I was able to wear this one for nine hours before it started to show signs of wear. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Formal (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Blush (Original) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Montage is a deep raspberry pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was good, while the consistency was smooth but too firm in the pan, so it was harder to blend out on the skin. It had more of a natural finish as it was blended on the skin. On me, this shade wore well for nine hours. MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ironic is a medium-dark, pinky plum with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. This blush had excellent color payoff, while the texture was soft, just a smidgen powdery, and blended easily on the skin. I noticed the finish looked less matte and flat as I blended the product on my cheeks. The wear came in closer to nine hours on this particular color. Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Plum #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Black Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Fever (P, $23.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Idol is a light-medium, yellowed gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty texture–this one was prone to sheering out, but I imagine that for most this will be used as a highlighter and that sheerness will be more appreciated than not. The sheen is subtle on my skin, and the color didn’t seem to translate as noticeably as I had anticipated, but as always, this will likely have more color impact on fairer complexions. It wore well for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Culture is a bright pop of peony pink with warmer undertones (though not strongly warm) paired with warmer, golden shimmer. It had good color coverage with a powdery texture, though it was soft, finely-milled, and remained blendable on the skin. There seemed to be pigmentation to spare, as it did not sheer out noticeably in practice. This shade lasted for almost nine hours on me. Becca Hibiscus Bloom (LE, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). Benefit GALifornia (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00)(95% similar). Milani Bella Bellini (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sweets for My Sweet (P, $27.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Delight (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Laugh (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Maui (P, $38.00) is cooler (85% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal is a bright, medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It was nicely pigmented, and I felt like a little went a long way, possibly due to the general brightness of it as well as the richness in pigment. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a bit on the dusty side, but it did not appear dry or chalky applied to my skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. Tarte Pop (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Above & Beyond (LE, ) is more muted, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Temper (-, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Native Blush (-, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Shadore (P, $37.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Pink Explosion (LE, $45.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Pink Play #2 (P, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Blush) (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Milani Pink Play #3 (P, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deco is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder felt soft, smooth, and neither dusty nor too firm in the pan. This shade applied and blended out without trouble and lasted for nine hours. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is brighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Mistress (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disclosure (P, $60.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Revelation (63) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mod is a brightened, medium peachy-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. The blush was richly pigmented and applied true-to-color on my skin. It had a soft, smooth consistency, and wasn’t dusty or powdery. This shade lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Desert (P, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Torrid (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dolline (P, $37.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Vibrant (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Oh You Pretty Things (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Holiday 2016 Blush Palette Color Wheel
Color Wheel
Color Wheel
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter ($65.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and soft pink and gold shimmer. Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Whipped (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Dame (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 15 Golden Pink (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Tawny Glow (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Tourmaline (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is cooler (90% similar). J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess (-, $9.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Rekindle (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Amber Gold (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a powder highlighter that features the brand’s Gelee formula, and it was released many years ago, though I do not have the original to compare this to. I can see why so many were longing for a rerelease of this one; it’s absolutely dazzling. There’s a really intricate play of sparkle and light reflecting when this is on the skin. You have to imagine that after so many years of swatching highlighters that it’s rare for a product to make me go, “Oooh, that’s incredible” but that is exactly what I did with this shade.

The texture is incredibly soft, smooth, and blendable with excellent color payoff that can be as intense or as soft as you desire. I found the formula very forgiving when it came to diffusing and blending; it worked with all types of brushes and could be worn as a subtle sheen when used with a fan brush or applied for a full, metallic glow with a denser cheek brush. On my skin tone, it adds a bit of noticeable color but not much and doesn’t run overly warm, so it reads as more neutral even with the visible color. I did not notice any emphasis of my pores or my skin’s natural texture with this on (but it doesn’t smooth the skin either). When I wore it, the color lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

Of all the products in the Victoria Beckham collection, this was the one first to sell out, and I saw that it launched this morning on Neiman Marcus (a week before it was supposed to), so happy hauling if this is the item you’ve been waiting for! 🙂 (As a FYI, Selfridges seems to have the majority of the collection in stock.)

Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Highlighter Modern Mercury

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Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Trio

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette
Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes three highlighters that seem to be a hybrid between cream and powder. The formula is supposed to have “ultra-fine, light-diffusing particles” that make the skin look “naturally luminous.” The formula is very interesting, because to the touch, it is one of the smoothest powders I’ve ever come across–it feels so smooth that there’s almost a cooling, wet feel to the powder, but it is definitely a powder product. However, I noticed that airy, less dense highlighting brushes tended to have poor pick up with the product, whereas more traditional blush brushes or flatter highlighter brushes (I had no trouble using softer bristles like squirrel with it, but the shape mattered).

Transcendence is a light, pinky lavender with cool undertones and an icy, opal shimmer. This was the sheerer shade of the three, with semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to–at most–semi-opaque coverage when packed on. On me, I found it was more noticeable as I moved, as the undertone was more contrasting against my warmer undertones, but it was subtle when I looked straight on. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading a bit.

Kitten is a medium, coppery bronze with warm, orange undertones and soft pink and light copper shimmer. It had medium, buildable coverage paired with an incredibly smooth texture. It had a very lightweight feel on the skin, and despite it having a higher shine finish, it did not emphasize my pores or my skin’s natural texture. On my skin tone, it did had noticeable warmth and a bit of color, so I imagine it will appear more as a highlighting blush/bronzer on fairer skin tones and work well on deeper complexions as a truer highlighter. It lasted well for eight hours on me.

Bronze is a medium, golden copper with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had medium, buildable coverage that had visible color, warmth, and shine on my skin tone. The texture was smooth, almost wet in feel, and it was blendable on the skin, but more feathery brushes did not pick up product well. This one also had a few noticeable bits of actual sparkle, not just fine shimmer, on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Stila Highlighting Palette Star Light, Star Bright
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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