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Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug Cheek to Chic Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug Cheek to Chic Blusher ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is brighter, less golden. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, less golden. Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is less golden. Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is warmer. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is darker, less golden. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is less golden, cooler-toned. MAC Divine Desire (LE, $21.00) is less golden. MAC Star Wonder (LE, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Gentle (P, $27.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I think what makes this different from your standard gold-shimmered pink blushes is that the pink is rather cool-toned, which may make it more flattering on those with cooler complexions who have tried the warmer options and found them lacking. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t powdery. The color applied evenly to the skin and blended out well without trouble. The finish is more frosted, so there was slight emphasis of pores, which is the one downside to this shade. You could tamp down some of that sheen by lightly applying a setting or finishing powder over it. On me, Love is the Drug lasted for eight hours before fading.

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher Love is the Drug
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Chanel Caresse (180) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Caresse (180) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Caresse (180) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Caresse (180) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a soft, peach-orange with white sparkle over a satin finish. YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Style Cast (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is slightly pinker. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is similar. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is pinker. NARS Realm of the Senses #3 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Bareness (LE, $25.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

For fairer complexions, I could see this being a nice, easy-to-wear, everyday shade that’s nearly impossible to overdo. It had more buildable coverage ranging from sheer to semi-opaque. Sometimes, with lighter shades like this, they don’t always show up as well on camera as they do in person, but I could barely detect where I had applied it, so for those with medium or darker skin tones, I’d recommend trying it in-store first. The texture was soft and silky–a smidgen powdery but didn’t look that way applied to the skin. If you were leery because of the sparkle, I honestly couldn’t see any transfer onto the skin, though I definitely saw it in the pan! On me, it seemed to wear for about seven and a half hours.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Caresse (180)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Make Up For Ever S900 Marshmallow Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever S900 Marshmallow Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever S900 Marshmallow Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever S900 Marshmallow Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, pink-lavender with cool undertones and a soft, satin finish. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is darker, pinker, more matte. MAC Fizzy Rose (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay X-Rated (LE, $18.00) is a touch darker. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Feather Pink (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Full of Joy (P, $21.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Lazy Sunday (LE, $20.00) is a cream product, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, this shade has already been discontinued, but Sephora still has it in stock–second to last row, seventh shade from the left–so I figured I better jump on the review for this one! It might be a bummer for anyone who loves a good pastel pink/lavender blush! It is a shade that is listed as an “Artist Blush,” and not as an eyeshadow. I see this shade working better on fairer complexions than mine, though I can get color to show up on me without turning chalky or ashy. The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable, though I found a flatter, denser blush brush to work better with this than a fluffier one. I love the way the Satin finishes look as blushes, as it has a soft, natural sheen that never emphasizes pores. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on cheeks.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S900 Marshmallow
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Becca Champagne Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Champagne Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Champagne Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Champagne Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “soft warm gold.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. Dior Gold Shock (001) (LE, $80.00) is less sparkly, slightly darker, but it looks similar on. Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani No. 04 (P, $59.00) is a liquid product, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The performance of this shade is consistent with the rest of the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powders. It had really good color payoff that was buildable, blendable, or easily applied as true-to-pan color, if desired. The texture of the powder was soft, almost creamy, and very smooth. This shade does run yellow, not just gold, and so it may not work as universally as some of the other shades. The only downside to Becca’s formula is that it is more frosted, so a little goes a long way and too much can emphasize pores. It’s one of those products where it’s better to build up to the desired luminosity level, but the good thing is that even if you feel like you’ve gone overboard, you can easily buff it back down to a soft, luminous sheen that gives skin a glow but doesn’t emphasize imperfections. I prefer using fan brushes with highlighters like these, as it is almost impossible to over-apply! On me, this highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Gold
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
96%
Total

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Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder

Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder
Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder

Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder ($80.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a highlighter “infused with golden yellow shimmer.” It’s a yellow gold with gold shimmer and slight sparkle. Becca Champagne Gold (P, $38.00) is very similar, just more shimmery and more gold than yellow, but applied, they’re similar (just Becca is way better). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani No. 04 (P, $59.00) is a liquid. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is lighter. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $42.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is one of the more disappointing high-end highlighters I’ve come across, and while I don’t usually find Dior’s eyeshadows to be impressive, I usually have good experiences with their cheek and face products. The texture of the powder was dry, almost chalky, and it’s more yellow than it is really shimmery or luminous on the skin. The only thing about the powder that feels luxurious to command an $80 price tag is the compact, which is hefty, though it is thick and smaller in diameter than your average highlighter powder. The majority of the sparkle you see initially is an over-spray; there is still some gold sparkle within the powder itself, so it is subtler than it appears. I’m really frustrated by the texture, though, as the drier, chalkier consistency means less color payoff and shorter wear-time (six and a half hours)–but it just doesn’t feel like a luxury product. At least it doesn’t emphasize pores, and the included brush isn’t that scratchy.

Dior Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder Gold Shock (001)

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.287 oz.) contains three eyeshadows, two cheek products, and two lip colors housed in a medium-large sized ivory-hued palette with a strand of “pearls” along the exterior edge of the palette. It has a mirror on the interior and a plastic flap that covers the three cream products and protects them from getting powdery bits mixed in them. I wasn’t wowed by any of the products in this particular set, unfortunately. The pearls feel flimsy–I greatly worry about them lifting while traveling (same goes for all of the compacts like this in the collection). The palette includes: $18 worth of eyeshadow, $5.44 worth of lipstick, $15.40 worth of Cream Colour Base, and $8.63 worth of Iridescent Pressed Powder (best estimate based on last price/oz. I have, since this isn’t a formula MAC has released in a long time individually). There is also a double-ended 275/316 brush included, which adds some value. The value of the color products is $47.47 plus the brush. MAC’s pre-made face palettes always seem to be the least value-packed.

Born to Dazzle is described as a “white gold champagne with pearl.” It’s a very sparkly, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a glittery finish. It is more metallic on the skin, so it does emphasize pores somewhat. The color payoff is nice, and it doesn’t have a white or chalky base to it. On me, it lasted seven and a half hours before turning patchy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Filament is described as a “platinum silver [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a golden silver–like a really, really light warm pewter–with a sparkly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, in line with the Lustre formula, and a sparkly texture that resulted in some fall out during wear. A lot of the sparkles didn’t seem to translate on the lid, though. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes. /

Aristocratic Aura is described as a “dirty blue grey with silver pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium taupe with a hint of mauve and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was really stiff to work with, which made it frustrating to apply. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It’s made a few appearances in the holiday collection this year, and none of them good. This version was particularly bad, as the color payoff was sheer, while the texture was so, so dry and stiff. You can the ever-growing list of dupes here.

Pearl is described as a “pale gold with icy shimmer.” It’s a light, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff that was buildable and blendable, so you could wear it more intensely or as a subtle wash. It had a creamy, emollient consistency that made it easy to spread across the skin, but it only wore for six and a half hours on me. It’s part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Petulance is described as a “mauvey mid-tone nude [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium, pink-tinged peach with a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, but it could be a bit streaky if you’re not careful. It lasted for three hours and felt thin, a little clingy, on the lips. It didn’t seem drying, though, so that was a surprise. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Evening Posh is described as a “clean bright red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore well for six hours. The consistency was creamier than Petulance, so it applied more readily and was comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Keepsakes Face Palette Smoky
Smoky
Smoky
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
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