Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up (302) Lightshow Luminizing Powder

Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up (302) Lightshow Luminizing Powder ($59.00 for 0.38 oz.) is described as a “multidimensional powder [that] flatters all skin tones by diffusing light and minimizing imperfections.” There are three colors within the palette, though you could certainly use them in any combination. Practically, it’s easier to use the highlighter on its own, and then using the two more contour-hued shades together, as an average-sized blush brush doesn’t fit well into a single stripe without getting a little of what was next to it as well. The palette comes with a gold overspray, which will last a use or less, so I brushed it off entirely before swatching or using the powder. I wore the lightest shade as more of a highlighter with the less shimmery, more brown-ish shades as a blush and contour, respectively, and the highlighter seemed to fade faster than the others–at around seven hours–while the other two lasted a bit longer but not for a full eight hours. The powder is quite generously-sized, though, at 0.38 oz., but the performance could be better across the board.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up (302) Lightshow Luminizing Powder
Marc Jacobs Beauty Lightshow Luminizing Powder Close-Up (302)
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
79%
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Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy Cheek to Chic Blusher (£30.00 for 0.28 oz.) consists of an exterior shade that’s a warm, coral-orange with a soft, frosted finish, and then an interior shade that’s a pink-coral with gold shimmer. Tilbury recommends applying the exterior shade across the cheeks in a larger sweep while concentrating the interior shade more on the apples of the cheek. Together, they create a warm, coral-orange with a satiny finish. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Blush (LE, $21.00) is sheerer. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is very similar. Aveda Hibiscus (LE, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is darker. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches.

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Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy Cheek to Chic Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher Ecstasy
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%

Charlotte Tilbury First Love Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury First Love Cheek to Chic Blusher (£30.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, peachy brown with a satin finish and warm undertones–when blended together. The outer shade is a lighter, peachy-beige with a pearly sheen, while the interior shade is a muted, rosy brown with a mostly matte finish. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is browner. NARS Luster (P, $29.00) is warmer, more golden, more shimmery. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, slightly warmer. MAC Seasonal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Margin (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, rosier. MAC Barefaced (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Charlotte Tilbury First Love Cheek to Chic Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher First Love
B
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
86%

Tarte Off the Cuff Blush Palette (Quick)

Tarte Off the Cuff Blush Palette ($42.00 for 0.79 oz.) includes four blushes and one bronzer. It just sold out sometime between yesterday and today (last I checked, it was still available) online, so your only bet is to find it at a local store. Three of the five shades are part of the permanent range (Dazzled, Dollface, and Park Ave. Princess). Tarte’s blushes are normally 0.20 oz. each, and these are 0.158 oz., which is close. The set contains $81 worth of blush and $14 worth of bronzer, plus a faux leather cuff with a bow on top, but it contains $95 worth of makeup in it. Overall, all five products are nicely pigmented, and though a few are a little powdery at times, they sit well on the skin and blend out beautifully. If you can find the set, it is worth checking out. Tarte’s blushes, to be sure, though, do not wear the full 12-hours as promised, but they wear nicely at eight to nine hours, on average.

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Tarte Off the Cuff Blush Palette
Tarte Blush Palette Off the Cuff
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
90%
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Clarins Graphic Expression Face & Blush Powder Palette

Clarins Graphic Expression Face & Blush Powder Palette ($35.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a series of “tinted powders,” and according to the brand, they’re applied “over entire face to softly highlight” and “the coral pink shade [can be applied] to cheeks to create a healthy-looking glow.”

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Clarins Graphic Expression Face & Blush Powder Palette
Clarins Face & Blush Powder Palette Graphic Expression
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
92%

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Pink Lip & Cheek Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Pink Lip & Cheek Bag ($59.50) includes a travel-sized Beauty Powder Blush (0.09 oz. vs. 0.21 oz.), full-sized Lipglass (0.17 fl. oz.), full-sized Lipstick (0.10 oz.), travel-sized #129 brush, and a slim mirror. The set contains $9 worth of blush, $15 worth of gloss, and $15 worth of lipstick for a total of $39 in color products; then there is some value for the #129SE, mirror, and bag–all of which are hard to value. The #129SE brush felt really floppy; the brush head seemed a lot longer than the full-sized #129, and it was also somewhat scratchy. The mirror works as it should, but it’s all mirror, so it’s easy to smudge and get fingerprints on it when removing it from its pouch. The bag is a good size and will fit several products easily.

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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Pink Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight Lip & Cheek Bag Stroke of Midnight/Pink
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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