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Laura Geller Charming Pink Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Charming Pink Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Charming Pink Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Charming Pink Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “soft pink pearl.” It’s a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous shimmer-sheen finish. Burberry No. 03 Pink Pearl (P, $68.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush I (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Maybelline Iridescent (100) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Viseart Enamored (Highlight) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NYX State of Flux (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #19 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Hemisphere (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Prismatic Amethyst (LE, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator formula is supposed to give a “translucent wash of luminous color” that can be used all-over or as a highlighter with a powder-cream hybrid texture. Long-time readers will know I have a fondness for this formula, so I was happy to see shade extensions! The biggest “downside” to the formula is that they’re really more pigmented than described, so if you really, really want something barely-there, then I’d say to look elsewhere; otherwise, they’re easy to use as a semi-sheer product or applied at more opaque coverage. To me, the formula would be better described as having medium, buildable coverage. Charming Pink is soft, smooth, and easily blended on the skin. There’s enough shimmer to highlight the skin, but it is just shy of pore-emphasizing-territory. This one lightens and brightens on my skin tone, but it may show a little color on much fairer complexions. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque color payoff. On my normal-to-dry skin, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Charming Pink
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer
Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Bronzed Beached Bronzer ($28.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronze Age (P, $68.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $110.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $110.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Sunkissed (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Baiana Bronze (LE, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronze Age (P, $110.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Falaises (LE, $40.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Beached Bronzer formula is supposed to be “super-soft”, blendable, and have “sheer, natural-looking coverage” with a matte finish. There is a blurb about “HPP (Highlighter performing Pigments) Technology [that] provides rich color, long-lasting elements, and the perfect level of coverage” (which is a little confusing, but it seems to suggest perhaps more of a true-to-color concept, where color stays true for awhile–that is how I’m interpreting it). It had a very soft, smooth, and finely-milled texture that blended easily on the skin without issue and didn’t look dry on (but there’s no real sheen to this either). The coverage was sheer, as described, and somewhat buildable to more medium coverage. It lasted for eight hours before fading on me. This is the darker of the two shades released, and again, I’d love Urban Decay to come out with at least one deeper shade.

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer Bronzed
Bronzed
Bronzed
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer
Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer

Urban Decay Sun-Kissed Beached Bronzer ($28.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Capri Coast (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #4 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Bronzer) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Bronzer) (P, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tan-tastic (LE, $49.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Getting Handsy (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Surreal Bronze Light (LE, $50.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Beached Bronzer formula is supposed to be “super-soft”, blendable, and have “sheer, natural-looking coverage” with a matte finish. There is a blurb about “HPP (Highlighter performing Pigments) Technology [that] provides rich color, long-lasting elements, and the perfect level of coverage” (which is a little confusing, but it seems to suggest perhaps more of a true-to-color concept, where color stays true for awhile–that is how I’m interpreting it). The consistency is very smooth and finely-milled–almost creamy in that respect, but it is a little thinner and feels distinctly powder-like. It had sheer coverage that was buildable to medium coverage or so when applied with three layers. The silky consistency made blending effortless, and the matte finish didn’t seem to accentuate my skin’s natural texture. The powder lasted for eight hours on me. The two presently in the range are more light-to-medium, though the sheerer formula seems like it should work on very fair complexions. This is the pinker-toned of the two, with Bronzed having stronger yellow tones. I do wish there was at least one richer, darker shade here for deeper skin tones.

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer Sun-Kissed
Sun-Kissed
Sun-Kissed
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color

Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color
Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color

Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color ($68.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a light-medium, golden copper with warm undertones and a frosted shimmer paired with a natural sheen. Stila Bronze (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (P, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Cream Cheek Color formula is supposed to “instantly brighten” the face for a “healthy glow and a natural burst of color.” It had a thin, emollient texture that had a light tackiness to it overall, but it applied well to the skin and went on evenly. The cream blush (bronzer?) worked well over bare skin as well as was workable when patted over liquid foundation (I used Tarte’s Rainforest as my base), but that light tackiness made it easier to work with over bare skin. The formula is comparable to the one in Pink Sand (released last year, and it was also re-released in this year’s summer launch). It had semi-opaque to opaque coverage with a natural sheen and finer shimmer than you’d think, going off of the swatch, once applied. It lasted for seven hours on me before turning patchy.

Tom Ford Beauty Cream Cheek Color Pieno Sole
Pieno Sole
Pieno Sole
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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MAC Perfectly Lit Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfectly Lit Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfectly Lit Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfectly Lit Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of a light copper, medium copper, coppery-brown, and lighter coppery brown. They swirled together and created a medium-dark, rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Stride of Pride (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Embruns (-, ) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Golden Hour (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever H312 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Total Package (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is described as a “velvety soft” face powder with a “radiant finish” that can be used to “add highlights to the high points of the face.” The Mineralize Skinfinish Collection for spring features five new, limited edition shades — the collection debuts on March 31st online. Perfectly Lit had good pigmentation with a very soft, smooth consistency that blended out beautifully on the skin with even, diffused edges. The texture was more shimmery on the skin than it was with other shades, and it just slightly emphasized pores on my skin. This was the least versatile shade, as the four hues in the compact were less contrasting than in the other compacts. When I tested this shade, the color wore well for seven hours before breaking down.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Perfectly Lit
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Urban Decay Sin Afterglow Highlighter

Urban Decay Sin Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter
Urban Decay Sin Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Sin Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic finish. Urban Decay Sesso (Highlighter) (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $33.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Highlighter) (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Skylight (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Craze (-, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NYX Moonbeam (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Make a Sheen (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Holographic Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Rivage (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The new Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter formula is supposed to be “finely-milled” with “sheer,” buildable payoff that “blends in easily” and eight-hour wear. This was the most pigmented–more semi-opaque to opaque–shade in the range and most shimmery. I found that the texture could emphasize pores depending on application style/coverage, so it’s not as foolproof as the other shades. I recommend using a lighter touch and a buffing brush to get the best finish out of the product. It is also significantly different in color to Sin eyeshadow, which is more pink-based (I compared to a split-pan I have of Sin as well as one in the Naked palette). The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while the highlighter wore for eight hours on me before fading.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter Sin
Sin
Sin
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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