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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. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Let It Snow (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Thirteen (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #1 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Compassionate (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Charmer (P) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P) is more muted (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. Kat Von D Lazarus (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Mud Mask (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Buxom Trendsetter (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Stone (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% 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. Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Revelry (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Suspend (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Haze (P) is cooler, lower quality (95% similar). Too Faced Be You (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #5 (P) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cool Gray (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Password (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is cooler (90% 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). Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Bust (P, $19.00) is cooler, more shimmery (80% similar). Kat Von D Night Crawler (LE) is lighter (80% 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). Smashbox Naked (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Wink (LE) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pale, Please (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Lithe Spirit (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Cream (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Pale Pink (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Fancy Dress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Cheers (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Pastel (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Orb (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Nude (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Toasted Marshmallow (LE) is cooler (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). Kat Von D Plum (Base) (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Missing My Baby (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Wood Pink #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Desire (P) is brighter (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. Anastasia Beauty Mark (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Friendly (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Ensemble (LE) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is lighter (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 Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Balm Beach (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rose Bronze (P, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Limelight (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is brighter (85% similar). KIKO 102 Natural Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (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. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Highlighter) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Moment (LE, $28.00) is 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. Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is lighter, 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). Anastasia Amber Gold (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Jouer Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer, lower quality (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). 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. Anastasia Sunray (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Idol (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Yellow Topaz (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% 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. NARS Devotee (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Gleam (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Luster (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Sleek MakeUP Ecliptic (P) is darker (80% similar). 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). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Golden Age (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) 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.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Collection (Holiday 2016) Fall In Love
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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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. Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, warmer, lower quality (95% similar). Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Golden Dawn (LE) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (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. Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Do Not Disturb (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Stila Kitten (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter, brighter (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. Anastasia Sassy Grape (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose (LE, $46.00) is cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Palette (Holiday 2016) Bobbi to Glow
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
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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). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P) is less shimmery (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). Looxi Beauty Goddess (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $24.00) is cooler (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). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter, 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). 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). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% 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). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE) is lighter, more muted (90% 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). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Plum #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (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). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (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). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE) is darker (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) 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. Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00)(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). Tarte Laugh (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Delight (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) 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). Urban Decay Temper (LE) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Blush (P) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Pink Explosion (LE, $45.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Shadore (P, $37.00) is more muted (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% 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. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is brighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Revelation (63) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Life's a Picnic (LE, $22.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). 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. Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Vibrant (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dolline (P, $37.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
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Application
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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, $46.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Dame (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Tourmaline (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rekindle (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE) is warmer (95% 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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