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Becca Backlight Primer Filter

Becca Backlight Primer Filter
Becca Backlight Primer Filter

Becca Backlight Primer Filter ($38.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “makeup primer to help blur imperfections and impart a radiant glow.” It’s a sheer, golden beige with a luminous sheen and fine pearl. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’ve been testing this for a few days under various liquid foundations, and it has worked well with light, medium, and full coverage foundations on my normal-to-dry skin. Even with medium-to-full coverage, the added luminosity of the primer comes through slightly. It can be applied to bare skin for an all-over dewy finish or used under your base of choice. For the photos in the post, I applied it on bare skin and applied a semi-matte finish foundation on top (Guerlain Parure Gold, discontinued) as well as showed it set with loose powder. It extends the wear of my foundation by an hour or so and gives the skin a soft glow while diffusing the skin’s natural texture. I also noticed it helped my foundation spread more smoothly across my face during application. I think the texture of this is thicker, more like a light cream, and less water-like compared to Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors, and it does seem to do more for longevity, but the visual effect is more similar. On my skin tone, when I wear it alone over bare skin, it does noticeably lighten my overall complexion by half a shade. There is a moderately strong, soapy perfume-like scent to it when initially applied, but I don’t notice it much during wear.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter Backlight
Backlight
Backlight
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo

Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo
Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo

Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo ($80.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a limited edition duo of highlighters (I got confirmation yesterday). You can still pre-order from Saks or place a back-order at Nordstrom. If you liked formulas like MAC In Extra Dimension Skinfiishes, Estee Lauder Gelee, or NARS Dual Intensity, you’ll like this one. It has that same baked-gel-powder type of powder. I think this could have been an excellent permanent addition to the Tom Ford range, so I hope the brand will reconsider making this permanent (and also coming out with a few more combinations!). The texture of both shades was incredibly soft, smooth, and finely-milled, while the product provides a noticeable sheen that stops just before it emphasizes the skni’s natural texture.

Moodlight (Daylight) is a soft, pale gold with a luminous sheen. It semi-opaque color coverage that was easily blended out for sheerer coverage or built-up for a more distinct sheen. If you use it wet, you can get a really metallic finish out of it, as well (though note, the brand doesn’t mention damp usage). It wore well for eight and a half hours before I noticed fading. The Estee Edit Snowlit (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Rivage (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Fortune (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moodlight (Candlelight) is a softened, medium rose gold with a metallic sheen. On my skin tone, it leans browner and warmer, but in the pan, it seems a little rosier, so those with pink undertones may find it pulls less brown on them as a result. It was richly pigmented with a very soft, silky consistency that was a tiny bit powdery in the pan, but it didn’t look dry applied to the skin. The finish on this was significantly stronger with respect to sheen compared to the top shade. It didn’t emphasize pores when I applied it, even heavily, though I don’t consider my pores to be huge (personally, someone may disagree with me) so if emphasis of pores is a major concern, you may want to use a more feathery brush (I used a light-to-moderately dense brush) or apply more sheerly. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on before fading. Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Tawny Glow (P, $48.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess (-, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $42.00) is warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (-, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Burberry No. 04 Rose Gold (P, $68.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Jouer Skinny Dip (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Beauty Skin Illuminating Duo Moodlight
Moodlight
Moodlight
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Sephora Love Sick (22) Colorful Blush

Sephora Love Sick (22) Colorful Blush
Sephora Love Sick (22) Colorful Blush

Sephora Love Sick (22) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is slightly muted, medium-dark pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is brighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Rose (P, $26.00) is more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Love Sick leans slightly cooler-toned, but on my warmer skin tone, it looks a lot warmer applied to my face as blush, but I fully expect it to be truer-to-color on those with neutral or cooler undertones. The texture was soft, smooth, fairly blendable while having buildable coverage that went from semi-sheer to mostly opaque with two to three layers. There’s a very subtle sheen to the finish, especially as it is worked into the skin, but it doesn’t look shimmery–more like a natural finish that looks like skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on my normal-to-dry skin.

Sephora Colorful Blush Love Sick (22)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Contour

Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush
Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush

Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a fine, gold shimmer-sheen. Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Contour (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. As described, Fiji is a buildable shade from semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage (two to three layers, and it doesn’t look like you’ve over-applied powder) with a soft, very lightly powdery consistency, that is blendable on the skin without emphasizing pores. The shimmer is noticeable but flatters the skin by giving it a lovely sheen. If you like your contour to have some shimmer, it could certainly be used as a contour on some skin tones, but it seems more like a traditional bronzing shade. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Sephora Colorful Blush Fiji (25)
Fiji (25)
Fiji (25)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Guerlain Pink Me Up Rose Aux Joues Blush

Guerlain Pink Me Up Rose Aux Joues / Blush
Guerlain Pink Me Up Rose Aux Joues / Blush

Guerlain Pink Me Up Rose Aux Joues / Blush ($52.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a lightly brightened, medium pink-coral with very fine gold pearl. MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stellar Beauty Beam (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fun with Friends (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Bellini (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For fall, Guerlain has revamped their powder blush formula, and the new formula is supposed to create a “veil of ultralight texture that’s buildable and easy to apply for a subtle wash of color.” There are six shades available, and this is other of two shades that I received to test (I reviewed Morning Rose yesterday). It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, so it seemed true-to-description with some buildable coverage, but it was a “wash of color” in one layer. The texture was soft, smooth, and a little dusty, but it sat well on the skin and didn’t look dry. It’s not overtly shimmery, and I’m unable to detect any particles of shimmer, just a delicate sheen. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably around the edges. The only thing to keep in mind is that this is designed to be sheerer and buildable, so if you prefer one-pass opacity, this may not be the right formula for your preferences.

Guerlain Rose Aux Joues (2015) Pink Me Up
Pink Me Up
Pink Me Up
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder

Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder
Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder

Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder ($45.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “universal powder” that gives a “glowy finish.” It’s a light, gold-shimmered beige with a soft sheen. Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Light (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’m not sure about this shade being universally applicable (it’s rare for a product like this to work across all skin tones), as I could see the base color possibly becoming chalky on darker skin tones, so you might want to check it out on-counter if you can. On very fair skin tones, it may add slight warmth and color, while fair to medium-dark will likely see more of a golden sheen without much color. On my medium skin tone, I get a golden glow that makes my cheekbones pop without any noticeable color. It’s a very fine shimmer, so it doesn’t emphasize pores, and the powder’s texture was soft without being powdery. It was one of the better Dior face powders I’ve tested in the last couple of years, so it was a pleasant surprise to try. The highlighter wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

Dior DiorSkin Nude Illuminating Face Powder Cosmopolite
Cosmopolite

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