Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls ($62.00 for 0.80 oz.) is supposed to be a mix of “fuchsia,” “soft mauve,” “sunny yellow,” and “pearlescent white” that can be dusted all-over the face. It’s a light, pastel-ish pink with fine gold and champagne micro-shimmer. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is more pigmented (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Zoeva Gentle Touch (P, $9.50) is darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P) is less shimmery, more pigmented (85% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Carousel
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
88%

MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft brown, soft pink, and silver.” Swirled together, the three shades create a light, peachy hue subdued by hints of beige paired with a silvery sheen. L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Otherearthly
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Cheek Palette (2016) ($50.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and contour powder. There is little said about the formula or actual products at all, so I’m rating these as an average product of the type. The highlighter seems to be in the spirit of the brand’s Gelee formula, but the others, while similarly patterned, feel more like traditional powder products. The palette, on the whole, was disappointing and pretty dupable at that.

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette
Estee Lauder Summer Glow Multi-Palette Bronze Goddess
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette

Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette ($20.83 for 0.36 oz.) includes a contouring powder, highlighter, and blush. It comes in a slim, “rose gold” cardboard palette where each shade is a good-size for travel but still large enough to accommodate many different-sized face brushes. The quality of the palette is nice, and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more aptly named highlighter, though this isn’t going to be the most universally-applicable palette, so I would have loved to have seen iterations of “rose gold” for darker skin tones, too.

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Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette
Zoeva Blush Palette Rose Golden
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette ($42.00 for 0.20 oz.) features two shimmery highlighters and one setting powder (center shade). According to Tarte, that setting powder is a “universal matte sand that brightens and corrects any darkness under the eyes.” I doubt that it is universally workable, as it is a pretty light shade. As I mentioned in the sneak peek, I had tremendous issues with the consistency of the center shade to the point where even I–a skeptic–think that there’s a manufacturing error in its creation, because when I try swatching it, it sounds like sandpaper as it is so dry. It just seems like someone forgot an ingredient or double-salted the batch; I don’t know if I’ve ever had a powder feel like this one does. Short of jabbing at it with a metal spatula, not much product comes off the surface. At $42, a center shade that is faulty at best, horrible at worst is just difficult to justify.

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Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
Tarte Lighting Palette Skin Twinkle
D
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
5.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
64%
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ColourPop Bronze Me, Flush’d, Glo Up Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm bronze in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish–there’s a light sheen and very, very fine shimmer. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, blendable consistency that sat well on the skin and played well with bare skin as well as liquid foundation. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Bronze Me
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%
Limited Edition
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