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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). Maybelline Molten Gold (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Salé (-, ) 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). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (P, $33.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P, )(95% similar). Dior #003 (P, $56.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). J. Cat Beauty Twilight (-, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Golden Flower Crown (P, $4.99) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Spotlight (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #17 (LE, ) is darker (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). Colour Pop Extra (LE, ) is more shimmery (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). 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). Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% 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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Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated
Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft bronze shimmer with golden bronze sparkle.” It’s a muted, medium-dark tan brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and gold sparkle. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $48.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is a baked formula that is supposed to have “microfine shimmer” and the “color payoff of a loose powder, with the convenience of a pressed powder.” Urban Decay’s idea of “microfine” and “just-perfect shimmer” is much larger in particle size than what I think of when I think of finely-milled shimmer–these are more like sparkle; visible as individual particles on the skin. You can buff and brush away much of the more obvious particles, which gives the skin more of a luminous sheen, but there are still some sparkles that I can detect on the skin. The texture is thin, lightweight, and very blendable on the cheeks. The color lasted for seven hours on me before fading.

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder Lit
Lit
Lit
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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MAC Cantaloupe Blush

MAC Cantaloupe Blush
MAC Cantaloupe Blush

MAC Cantaloupe Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “rich warm cantaloupe [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, peachy tones and a satin sheen. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #6 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Zoeva Burning Up (P, $11.80) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Hansel (Shade) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% 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. Cantaloupe had good pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled, and blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery nor was it too firm–nicely balanced and made for easy application. On my normal-to-dry skin, the color lasted for eight hours before showing signs of fading along the edges.

MAC Powder Blush Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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