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MAC Sunny Surprise Beauty Powder

MAC Sunny Surprise Beauty Powder
MAC Sunny Surprise Beauty Powder

MAC Sunny Surprise Beauty Powder ($22.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as “soft peach.” It’s a soft, light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) 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 lighter (90% similar). Tarte Beaming (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Apricot (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Nude Pink (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Infiniment Chanel (P, $70.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Gretel (Light) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is brighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Cantaloupe (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Summer Opal (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Shy One (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beauty Powders “can be applied as a highlight, soft blush, or overall finish,” according to MAC. The texture of the powder feels smooth to the touch, and it’s not rock solid, but it is more firmly pressed in the pan than the last few Beauty Powders, which gave it a slightly chalky, drier consistency that just didn’t sit or blend out as nicely on the skin. The lighter shade made it more forgiving overall, and the light sheen saves it from looking powdery on the skin. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (up to medium), which is in line with how the product is marketed, and it did have a slight brightening/warming effect on my skin (I’m about NC25/NC30, medium in color). On my skin, the powder lasted seven and a half hours before fading.

MAC Beauty Powder Sunny Surprise
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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MAC Life’s a Picnic & Oh My! Blushes

MAC Life's a Picnic Blush
MAC Life’s a Picnic Blush

MAC Life’s a Picnic Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “hot reddish pink.” It’s a bold, bright medium coral-pink with very subtle undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented with a really soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily on the skin and had a natural finish that didn’t emphasize pores but didn’t look too flat or powdery either. I actually found it looked linker and less coral the more I blended it out–I can see this one’s tone changing from person to person a little more than your average blush shade. It lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Oh My! (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Peep Show (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is lighter (85% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). theBalm Toile (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Milani Lady Rouge (06) (P, $8.99) is warmer (85% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter (80% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Bottom) (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Oh My! Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “reddish mid-tone coral.” It’s a bright, medium coral-red with warm undertones and slight hints of pink paired with a semi-matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation (and buildable for sure) with a fairly soft and blendable texture. It wasn’t quite as easily blended and diffused as Life’s a Picnic, and when blended down, they both look very similar on me but those with cooler undertones will likely see more warmth out of Oh My!. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading was apparent. MAC Frankly Scarlet (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Toile (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Never Say Never (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Life's a Picnic (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Poppy Passion (P, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Quiver (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is more muted, more pigmented (85% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is lighter (80% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average.

MAC Powder Blush Life's a Picnic
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
MAC Powder Blush Oh My!
Oh My!
Oh My!
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Kat Von D Morticia + Gomez Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Morticia + Gomez Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Morticia + Gomez Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Morticia + Gomez Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) contains a pinky-plum and a light pink, both with a matte finish. The lighter shade performs better than the dark shade (which is pretty terrible), and if you mix the two together, the more powdery light pink goes a long way to making the darker shade less frustrating to you use. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” Neither shade is highly pigmented nor do they wear any longer than most blushes (seven to eight hours) in my experience.

Morticia (Shade) is described as a “rich fig.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark pink-plum with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It was sheer with a dry, chalky consistency; it’s like the powder comes off of the surface but clumps together without adhering to the skin well, which resulted in a very patchy, uneven application. It’s very subtle on me after three passes of product applied to the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). MAC Hot Nights (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $10.00) is cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $26.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is darker, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gomez (Light) is described as a “orchid petal.” It’s a muted, light pink with cool, lavender tones and a matte finish. It was semi-sheer and buildable to semi-opaque coverage after three to four layers. The texture was softer and smoother, which made it easier to work with. It was moderately blendable and didn’t look powdery on the skin, though it sheers out. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. When mixed with the darker shade, it at least makes it somewhat usable. Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Promise Ring (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Threesome (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $74.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (85% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Mistinguette (LE, $30.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Morticia + Gomez
3.5
Product
4.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
3
Longevity
3
Application
44%
Total
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Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a muted, rosy pink set of shades, one lighter and one darker. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” I think that this particular duo was one of the better-applying shades and required slightly less effort to apply, but it still had a drier, chalkier consistency that made it hard to get more than semi-sheer color out of it. That drier texture seemed to give me trouble when blending, as the color would stick on some places more noticeably than others, but it would be hard to diffuse or blend, even when I reached for a really dense, buffing brush. The blush is actually easier to use when mixed, because the more powdery (but less chalky) consistency of the light shade helps the darker shade to blend out, while the darker color gives a little more oomph to the color overall such that it is easier to see on more complexions.

From previous review(s): The packaging had issues (across all seven): 1) two of seven compacts had pans that fell out of the plastic compact; 2) the remaining five had loose pans that wobbled and moved (some more than others) within the compact; and 3) all seven were covered in blush residue (not sure why, nothing was broken).

Piaf (Shade) is described as a “chestnut rose.” It’s a soft, medium coral-rose with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage, which was buildable to semi-sheer after three layers. The texture was moderately dry and a little chalky, as the powder came off the surface but felt firm, and the loose powder seemed to clump together in a way. It could have been easier to work with and blend, and it was hard to eliminate all patchiness both times I applied (once for photos, once to wear). It started to fade noticeably after seven and a half hours. Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate Matte (LE, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Love (LE, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE, ) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (-, ) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Poe (Light) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a light, pastel pink with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer pigmentation that was buildable to semi-sheer. It was softer in the pan with less chalkiness (it is interesting how the lighter shades are easier to use, while the darker shades have a drier, chalkier feel) that made it easier to apply to the skin. I had only a little trouble getting this one to blend out, though it is one of the harder-to-apply blushes I’ve tried in this color family. The color started to disappear after seven and a half hours. MAC What I Fancy (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Gentle Touch (P, $11.80) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Myth (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Intemporalle (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Kat Von D Mallory (Light) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Piaf + Poe
Piaf + Poe
Piaf + Poe
5.5
Product
5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
3
Longevity
4
Application
54%
Total
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Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) features a cool-toned set of shades in a very light pink and a darker pink. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The texture of both shades left something to be desired as they were thin, chalky, and difficult to blend. The pigmentation is sheer and only buildable to semi-sheer after three to six layers of product. The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” These are some of the worst powders I’ve have ever tested from Kat Von D, and it’s a real disappointment–and a surprise–after the success of the Shade + Light palettes as well as her recent eyeshadows. Both shades lasted no longer than seven hours; not even in the realm of “full 24 hours of wear.”

Oh, and if being a spectacular miss of a product wasn’t enough frustration, the packaging had issues (across all seven): 1) two of seven compacts had pans that fell out of the plastic compact; 2) the remaining five had loose pans that wobbled and moved (some more than others) within the compact; and 3) all seven were covered in blush residue (not sure why, nothing was broken).

Bonnie (Shade) is described as an “ultra violet.” It’s a soft, medium-dark raspberry pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was thin, chalky, and difficult to blend out on the skin as the consistency of the blush would stick in one place but not the other (and wouldn’t want to budge). Trying to build it up at all was extremely difficult; I was almost scraping the product off of the top in order to get enough color to show up on my skin tone. Please note, I am wearing FIVE layers of this product to get it to show up on my face. It was faded and even patchier in appearance after seven hours of wear. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Pink Explosion (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (-, ) is brighter (85% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Clyde (Light) is described as a “lilac.” It’s a light lavender with pink tones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a thin, powdery consistency that wasn’t quite as dry or as chalky as the darker shade (this is true of most of the duos). It was easier to blend as well, though it wasn’t foolproof. The matte finish and light color seems to make it the kind of blush that does darken slightly on the skin compared to how light it appears in the pan. It was noticeably faded after seven hours. Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Threesome (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Promise Ring (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $74.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Bonnie + Clyde
4.5
Product
4
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
3
Longevity
3.5
Application
46%
Total
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Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light peach with a hint of rose tones and a luminous sheen. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Highlighter (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | According to Hourglass, the Strobe Lighting Powders have a “sheer base” paired with “ultra-fine pearl particles” that give a “naturally luminescent highlight … without a heavy metallic finish.” They are wet/dry powders with dry application for less of a highlight and damp application for a stronger highlight. If you find most highlighters “too much” for your tastes but find the Ambient Lighting Powders not enough, then you may enjoy the Strobe Lighting Powders. Hourglass also launched a slanted, sponge applicator designed to be used with this product, which is what I used to apply the highlight in the photos below, but I prefer regular brushes for more even application and easier blending. The powder definitely intensifies with damp application–you can see how it gets brighter, lighter, and more shimmery.

This is supposed to be the same as shade in the holiday palette (it is confirmed on Hourglass’ website), so if you were after the new-but-exclusive shade, it can now be had individually, though I found the standalone to be more shimmery. It was the most shimmery out of the four shades, but I would still classify it as a subtler highlighter than your average highlighter formula. It definitely highlights with a luminous sheen that catches and reflects the light beautifully without emphasizing pores, and I find it is hard to “overdo” it, which makes it easier to work with and can be used on better and worse skin days. The texture was soft and silky, blendable and sat well on the skin without looking powdery. It is more pigmented and keeps its coverage/intensity when applied damp than dry, which is as intended, and the level of highlight is more reflective with damp application. The highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder Iridescent Strobe Light
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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