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Anastasia Riviera Illuminator

Anastasia Riviera Illuminator
Anastasia Riviera Illuminator

Anastasia Riviera Illuminator ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “sun-kissed coppery hue.” It’s a medium-dark, taupe brown with warm, rosy undertones and a metallic sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Tourmaline (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Just in time for fall, Anastasia has a powder highlighter available in four shades (I will review all of them). The formula is supposed to “impart a lit-from-within glow,” and they are a pressed, powder highlighter that is similar to products like MAC In Extra Dimension, NARS Dual Intensity Blush, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth. Riviera was richly pigmented, and it could easily be applied as full intensity or sheered out for less color coverage, though the finish was pretty shiny. It stopped just short of emphasizing pores on my skin, but it you are more conscious of your pores, you may want to see if you can try it before you buy it. The texture was smooth, soft, and finely-milled and just blended beautifully over the skin. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

Anastasia Illuminator Riviera
Riviera

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MAC A Little Lusty Blush

MAC A Little Lusty Blush
MAC A Little Lusty Blush

MAC A Little Lusty Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as an “intense red berry.” It’s a medium-dark red with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $33.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Taos (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Infrared (P, $23.00) is cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Poppy Passion (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition blush in the MAC MACnificent collection, which launches at counters and stores on October 1st. It had good color payoff, and it is very pigmented–it is more pigmented in practice than it appears swatched, even. I felt like a little went a long way, and I had to be careful not to get too much on the brush to avoid over-applying! I would recommend a feathery brush and/or a fan brush if you prefer subtler coverage. The texture was a little dry, almost powdery but not the so-silky-it’s-powdery texture, but I was surprised that it blended quite nicely on the skin with just a brush (but no tricks!). The finish has a slight sheen to it, which gives it a natural look on the skin but isn’t overtly shimmery. On me, the blush lasted for eight and a half hours.

MAC Powder Blush A Little Lusty
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Anastasia So Hollywood Illuminator

Anastasia So Hollywood Illuminator
Anastasia So Hollywood Illuminator

Anastasia So Hollywood Illuminator ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “shimmery bronze hue.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Makeup Revolution Gold Addict (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Salé (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Frosted (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Heat Wave (LE, $45.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt (Top) (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (P, $33.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P, )(95% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior #003 (P, $56.00) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Spotlight (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia 143 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Lancome Gold Lights (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Just in time for fall, Anastasia has a powder highlighter available in four shades (I will review all of them). The formula is supposed to “impart a lit-from-within glow,” and they are a pressed, powder highlighter that is similar to products like MAC In Extra Dimension, NARS Dual Intensity Blush, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth. So Hollywood had good color payoff that was mostly opaque but could be applied with a lighter hand for sheerer coverage or blended out for less intense color/finish. It has a high-shine finish that looks nearly metallic on the skin, so this is a formula best suited for someone who likes a bold highlight. I was surprised, but it didn’t emphasize pores for me; almost like it was so reflective that the pores appeared smoother as a result. The texture was soft, smooth, and didn’t feel dry or dusty, while the wear was eight hours for me.

Anastasia Illuminator So Hollywood
So Hollywood
So Hollywood
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Anastasia Starlight Illuminator

Anastasia Starlight Illuminator
Anastasia Starlight Illuminator

Anastasia Starlight Illuminator ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “sheer, luminescent white.” It’s a light, white gold with warm undertones and a luminous, almost metallic, sheen. NARS Rivage (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Climax (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Crushed Pearl (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Fortune (LE, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Auréole (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Divergent Gleaming Pearl (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Just in time for fall, Anastasia has a powder highlighter available in four shades (I will review all of them). The formula is supposed to “impart a lit-from-within glow,” and they are a pressed, powder highlighter that is similar to products like MAC In Extra Dimension, NARS Dual Intensity Blush, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth. Starlight is the lightest of the four, and it is supposed to “flatter all skin tones.” It’s not at all sheer; if you want a truly sheer application, you’ll need to use a light touch and a more feathery brush (like a fan brush), otherwise it will be noticeable and more semi-opaque. It can be buffed and blended out for a less intense sheen, if desired. I think for those who like their highlighters more pearly and frosted, this might be a formula worth checking out, while if you prefer subtle, barely-there highlighters, I think this will be too shimmery and shiny. This particular shade didn’t emphasize pores, and it did work on my medium complexion but would be better paired with a blush or bronzer (I’ll be eager to hear from darker beauties on how it works on theirs). The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and the highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading.

Anastasia Illuminator Starlight
Starlight
Starlight
9
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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MAC Swiss Chocolate Blush

MAC Swiss Chocolate Blush
MAC Swiss Chocolate Blush

MAC Swiss Chocolate Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “soft cocoa [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $33.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 01 (Bottom) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Anise (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cocoa (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is cooler (85% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Melina (Contour) (P, ) is darker, cooler (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. Swiss Chocolate had good pigmentation, though not fully opaque unless layered, with a slightly dry, noticeably powder consistency that did make it a bit harder to work with. A lot of the color gets on the brush but seems to disperse in a wider arc than intended, so I would recommend using a denser, more tapered blush brush and tapping excess off, prior to applying to the skin. It blended out decently, but there was a slight unevenness to it overall. The blush lasted for eight hours on me before I noticed fading. It’s nowhere near as silky as the eyeshadow by the same name.

MAC Powder Blush Swiss Chocolate
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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MAC Sketch Blush

MAC Sketch Blush
MAC Sketch Blush

MAC Sketch Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “rich plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Viseart Sculpting #3 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Film Noir (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (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. Sketch is one of the hardest blushes to blend out that I’ve ever encountered: it does not want to diffuse, even out, or otherwise look half-decent on the skin. Perhaps it is due to the incredibly dry, powdery consistency that drags across the skin’s surface and has that patchy, uneven coverage even as a swatch that results in an absolutely disastrous application. It seems quite pigmented, but it just doesn’t seem to go on well–even when I tried it over primer and with various brushes, I really couldn’t get decent results at all. The mess that I did make, however, seemed to wear for eight hours, so there’s that.

MAC Powder Blush Sketch
Sketch
Sketch
4
Product
9
Pigmentation
2
Texture
8.5
Longevity
1.5
Application
56%
Total

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