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MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre
MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light cool pink.” It’s a light-medium lavender pink with cool undertones and a satin finish. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $29.00) is darker, brighter. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is brighter. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, brighter. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is brighter. Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, cream. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is pinker. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is brighter, lighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is darker. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is brighter. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Full of Joy (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Blush Ombre formula is supposed to have an “ultrafine formula [that] provides flawless, medium-buildable coverage and natural-looking radiance.” Azalea Blossom is semi-sheer, and I didn’t find the coverage to build any more than that–I could never achieve more than semi-sheer color coverage. The texture was soft, smooth, but thin. It blended well on the skin, and the satin finish gave it a natural finish that wasn’t too shimmery or dewy. Based on the coverage and color itself, it’s a blush best suited for fairer skin tones than mine. For those with similar skin tones or deeper, I’d recommend trying it in-store to see if you like the coverage/subtlety of the color applied. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

MAC Blush Ombre Azalea Blossom
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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MAC x Cinderella Mystery Princess Beauty Powder

MAC Mystery Princess Beauty Powder
MAC Mystery Princess Beauty Powder

MAC Mystery Princess Beauty Powder ($25.00 for TBA oz.) is described as a “pink beige with silver shimmer.” It’s a sparkling, cool-toned beige with a white base and a metallic, frosted sheen. MAC also described this as “matte” in the press release, but it is definitely not that, so my guess is that was misprint/mistake. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is warmer, liquid. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is slightly darker. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, lighter. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is similar. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is warmer. MAC Too Chic (LE, $24.00) is less sparkly. MAC Snowglobe (LE, $24.00) is less sparkly. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $24.00) is less sparkly. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $68.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s not quite as sparklly as Coupe d’Chic, but the texture of the powder felt similar–dense, textured from the shimmer/sparkle content, but still fairly smooth. This one didn’t emphasize pores for me, though it’s metallic enough that if you’re more concerned about pore-size, you might want to try it in person if you can. It blended easily, and I had less issue with the sparkles getting all-over during application, but they do travel throughout wear. This is one of the more shimmery Beauty Powders I can recall, and it really felt and applied like the Iridescent Pressed Powder, but this shade was slightly less sparkly/glittery. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

MAC Beauty Powder Mystery Princess
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC x Cinderella Coupe d’Chic Iridescent Pressed Powder

MAC Coupe d'Chic Iridescent Pressed Powder
MAC Coupe d’Chic Iridescent Pressed Powder

MAC Coupe d’Chic Iridescent Pressed Powder ($28.00 for TBA oz.) is described as a “light golden peach with gold shimmer.” It’s a pinky-peach with warm, sparkling gold. Urban Decay Aura (P, $29.00) is warmer, less sparklly. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is less sparkly. theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is less sparkly, darker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is darker. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was dense, almost cream-like (but definitely a powder), and you could feel the sparkle in the texture. I wouldn’t describe the texture as dry or gritty necessarily, but there is a ton of sparkle, and it comes through even by touch. As you might guess, due to the amount of sparkle and shimmer in it, there is some emphasis of pores and the skin’s natural texture. I found that most of the time, it also read rather metallic that it reflected enough light that pores weren’t noticeable. It’s a semi-sheer product without a lot of natural binding qualities, so a lot of the product seems to dust everywhere, so sparkle was, as a result, all over my face, though more concentrated along the upper cheekbones. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

MAC Iridescent Pressed Powder Coupe d'Chic
Coupe d'Chic
Coupe d'Chic
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette
Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette ($46.00 for 0.72 oz.) includes three highlight shades (0.08 oz. each) and three contour shades (0.16 oz. each). I wish the palette ran cooler in overall tone, or at least had the first set of highlight/contour be cool-toned, the middle be more neutral-cool, and the last set be deeper and more neutral-cool. They all run warmer both in the pan, swatched, and applied. The texture of the powders is incredibly silky and smooth with a little bit of powderiness, but it’s not excessive, and it seems to make these incredibly easy to work with, so blending and diffusing the color on the skin isn’t frustrating. If you are fairer and prefer very subtle contours, this palette might be too dark overall, but the shades are quite forgiving and blendable, so I think that they can all be worn across most skin tones, just depending on the intensity of application.

Lucid is described as a “pinkish nude.” It’s a brightened, light beige with subtle, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and silky–just slightly powdery–but sat well on the skin. It had good color payoff and was both buildable and blendable, as desired. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sombre is described as a “true taupe.” It’s a medium taupe brown with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lyric is described as a “yellow beige.” It’s a brightened, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It was nicely pigmented with a very soft, finely-milled texture, but it was a bit powdery. I thought it exacerbated dryness if/when I had any, but if you have oilier skin, I don’t think it will be an issue. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shadowplay is described as a “soft brown.” It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it was weaker compared to other shades in the palette. The texture was soft, blendable, and not at all powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. The color appears more bronzer-like than a true contour, though it has a muted quality that makes it not quite as warm or orange-toned as a bronzer can be. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Levitation is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a yellowed peach with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color payoff that was easily sheered out or blended, depending on the look you wanted. The texture was finely-milled, incredibly soft and smooth, but a little powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Subconscious is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation that was blendable on the skin with a soft, silky texture. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kat Von D Contour Palette Shade + Light
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder

Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder
Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder

Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder ($49.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes a highlighter and contouring powder. The lighter shade is supposed to “subtly illuminate,” while the darker shade “offers sheer shadow to define.” There are three variations in the formula, and this appears to be the darkest of the three. The texture of both sides was incredibly finely-milled and smooth, while the highlighter was a smidgen powdery, neither looked powdery on the skin. The compact is incredibly large but thin, and the lid seemed extraordinarily thin as it tapered towards the edge, which made it seem almost flimsy along the edge (where it clasps together).

Highlighter is described as a “warm peach.” It’s a muted, light-medium yellowed peach with a matte finish. It’s a medium to buildable product with a soft, silky texture that gets a wee bit powdery if you’re not careful. My skin tone isn’t the best to showcase the highlighting shade, as it gets pretty lost on my skin tone (it’s more my skin tone than lighter or darker), unfortunately. The powder sat well on my cheek bones, though, and seemed to make the skin appear almost blurred. From what I could tell, it seemed to wear eight hours before breaking down. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Contour is described as a “deep bronze.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. I wish the finish of the bronzer was also reflected in the highlighter, because it would give a very natural finish–it’s not shimmery, but it looks like skin without being totally flat/matte. The texture was silky, smooth, and very blendable on the skin without being powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is more matte, grayer. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is rosier. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is similar. MAC Tan Tint (LE, $29.50) is darker, cream. Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is slightly less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder Palette Hi-Fi Filter
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Hi-Fi Filter
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Dior Peach Splendor Blush

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Dior Peach Splendor Blush

Dior Peach Splendor Blush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a light, peachy-pink with a semi-matte finish. There are fine bits of sparkle strewn through the powder, but it appears primarily satin to matte on the skin. LORAC Unimaginable (LE) is pinker, darker, more shimmery. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is pinker, darker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is more shimmery. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush feels soft to the touch and seems finely-milled, but there’s a dryness present that gives it a more powdery, visible look on the skin. If you have oilier skin, it may not be noticeable once applied, but drier skin types will definitely see the powder sit on the skin. It is barely visible on my skin tone (just lighter than a true medium) other than giving it a very subtle sheen (I can see the powdery finish in person better, though), so if you have a similar skin tone or are darker, I would highly recommend trying it in person. For fairer skin types, it would easily work as a foolproof, everyday kind of color. It had semi-sheer color payoff at most but tended to sheer out due to the drier texture–not the “maximum expression of pigments” or “Vibrant Color Powder Blush” (official product name) described. On my skin, which is normal-to-dry, it lasted for six and a half hours.

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