Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)
Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) ($41.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden opal pearl.” It’s a soft, light-medium gold with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Urban Decay Glint (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $28.00) is cooler. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is warmer. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, cooler. MAC Summer Opal (LE, $26.00) is cooler. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

If you’re unfamiliar with Becca’s liquid highlighter, here’s a summary: it’s a “sheer cream-liquid” that gives a “soft, natural glow” with a “water-light” texture. Liquid highlighters are a good option for someone who likes a more multi-tasking highlighter, and they have a tendency to run sheerer and/or subtler on the skin (but it can depend on the formulation–it is true with Becca’s, which is designed to be subtler compared to their cream and powder highlighters). It can be mixed in with other products, like your moisturizer, primer, or foundation, as well as patted over your base products. The water-like texture makes it easy to apply over bare skin. It spreads well and evenly across the skin, and it has mixed well with anything I’ve tried with it (moisturizer, primer, foundation). It also worked well patted on top of the cheeks as a more precise highlighter, but the finish is more dewy than overtly shimmery, so some may find it too subtle as a result (I would recommend the pressed for you!). Over bare skin as a cheek highlighter, it lasted for seven and a half hours on me, and when I tried it mixed with my foundation, it didn’t have an impact on the longevity.

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Kevyn Aucoin Design Days The Matte Bronzing Veil
Kevyn Aucoin Design Days The Matte Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Design Days The Matte Bronzing Veil ($48.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, peachy-brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery. Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) (P, $53.00) is yellower, lighter. Guerlain Clair / Brunettes (01) (P, $53.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is more shimmery, yellower. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker, less peach. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It’s supposed to be an “ultra silky” powder bronzer that can be used to add warmth to the skin. There are two shades available in this formula, and this is the lighter of the two (I’ll have a review for the other shade soon). Desert Days had good color payoff with a really soft, silky consistency that was blendable on the skin without looking powdery. It was easily blended and diffused for a sheerer look, if desired. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. This is definitely a warmer, more peach/orange-based bronzer, which may or may not be your cup of tea.

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Monday, June 8th, 2015

LORAC Pro Contour Palette
LORAC Pro Contour Palette

LORAC Pro Contour Palette ($45.00 for 0.74 oz.) includes three highlighters and three contouring powders. Five of the powders are matte, while one of the highlighters is frosted. The shimmery highlighter and medium contour powder are larger than the other four shades. It comes in a slim, cardboard packaging like the rest of the Pro palette range, plus a contouring brush, which is a nice, synthetic brush that doesn’t feel scratchy and blends fairly well. It seems to pick up a lot of product, even with a light hand, so those who prefer a subtler contour may want to choose another brush, while it doesn’t work as well for highlight placement. The powders are supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” and “blendable.” The texture of all of the powders is comparable to LORAC’s spring blush palette as well as their eyeshadows: very silky, finely-milled, and smooth but kicks up excess powder easily, so it can seem powdery.

It’s extremely similar to Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Contour PalettE, though these were even more matte (in general) and LORAC’s palette contains an overtly shimmery highlighter. Kat Von D’s palette doesn’t include a brush (though she has one designed for the palette) and is $45/0.72 oz., so they’re similarly sized, but you’ll find the six shades in Shade + Light are the same size.

Beige Highlight is a light beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was smooth but prone to kicking up excess powder, though it never looked powdery on the skin. From what I could tell (it doesn’t show up well on my skin tone), it lasted for eight hours. Too Faced Light Cocoa (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Kat Von D Lucid (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Light Contour is a light-medium brown with rosy, subtly warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a really soft, smooth texture that was blendable on the skin and lasted for nine hours. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Kat Von D Sombre (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Yellow Highlight is a muted, light yellow with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was blendable on the skin, but it did kick up a lot of excess powder in the pan, so use a very light touch to minimize waste. It wore well for eight hours on me. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is lighter, more muted. Kat Von D Levitation (P, ) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highlight (P, ) is darker, more pigmented, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Deep Contour is a subdued, dark brown with slight warm, reddish undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was soft to the touch with a silky, finely-milled feel that was slightly powdery if you weren’t careful, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin. I had a little trouble blending out this shade, which may have been the result of this one not adhering as well to bare skin as the other powders. I tried three different times, and I had to use a different brush (something more feathery) than the included brush in order to get a more blended out look. It wore well for nine hours on me. Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is darker, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is lighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shimmer Highlight is a pale, pink-tinged white with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that wasn’t too powdery to work with. It didn’t emphasize pores, though this one doesn’t smooth them out either. It’s more than just luminous, as you can see the shimmer particles. You can also mute the shimmer by dusting one of the more matte highlight powders on top. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery. MAC Too Chic (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Medium Contour is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, while the texture was silky and blendable. Like the other shades, the consistency is so soft that it is easy to kick up powder in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery or cakey applied to the skin. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is cooler. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is darker, cooler. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (005) Highlighting Powder
Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (005) Highlighting Powder

Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (005) Highlighting Powder ($54.00 for 0.42oz.) is described as a “medium, rosy amber with a golden glow.” It’s a medium, golden brown with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is darker. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker, warmer. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is darker. Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is darker. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

A couple of months ago, HauteLook had Rouge Bunny Rouge on sale, which means I pretty much maxed out what I could fit into two orders (this and a bunch of eyeshadows), and this was one of the items I bought. According to the brand, their highlighting powder is supposed to feel “feather-light and creamy” with a “natural, even and radiant look.” The powder had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that could be worn as a veil of color when applied with a more feathery brush (like a fan brush) or semi-sheer to semi-opaque if applied with a more traditional blush brush. It had a soft, blendable consistency that was a little powdery and kicked up excess product unless used with a very soft, feathery brush. On the skin, it didn’t emphasize pores, and the sheen was surprisingly subtle, given how it appeared merely swatched on the arm. I’m light-medium with yellow undertones, so it didn’t add a lot of noticeable color, though it is like a subtler bronzer on my skin tone, and it didn’t have a white base, so it didn’t look chalky. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

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Saturday, June 6th, 2015

ColourPop Thumper Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Thumper Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Swift Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rich deep warm brown in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, when applied with a fingertip, while brush application yielded semi-sheer payoff. The texture was a little drier, which seemed to make it harder to get that really opaque, intense color out of it, but luckily, it didn’t impact the application, as it was still easily blended on the skin. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is brighter, warmer, less pigmented, more muted, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Formentera (P, $45.00) is darker. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Thumper Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone true blue pink in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, velvety texture that was blendable on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Gaiety (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, lighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker. Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is . Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Trickery Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft pastel true peach in a satin finish.” It’s a light-medium peach with faint gold shimmer and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color payoff when applied with fingertips with more semi-sheer, buildable coverage when used with a brush. The texture was lightweight, velvety, and smooth, which made it a cinch to apply as it blended out nicely. I didn’t notice the shimmer translate into a real sheen or frost on the skin, though in a magnifying mirror, I can see a few bits of the shimmer there. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Fun Ending (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Alpha Girl (LE, $26.00) is . See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2015

ColourPop Pegacorn Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Pegacorn Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Pegacorn Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep violet in a satin finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and lighter pink and fuchsia micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which is intense on most skin tones as-is, but if you want truly opaque coverage, it needs a few layers to build up to that. The texture has a slightly more emollient consistency than a lot of the other cheek shades (closer to the highlighter/pearlized finish feel), and it seemed a little harder to get even color when applied to the skin. The shimmer is hard to detect once applied as well. On me, it wore well for nine hours. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Prenup Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone plum pink in a satin finish.” It’s a muted, medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a lighter pink shimmer. It had good color coverage that was fully opaque when applied with fingertips and semi-sheer when applied with a brush. The texture was lightly creamy with slight slip, but it wasn’t wet or thick, so it was easily blended out. It wore well for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Sweet Sentiment (LE, $27.00) is darker. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Tarte Whimsy (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Blush (P, ) is less shimmery, brighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is brighter. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Quarters Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dusty coral in a satin finish.” It’s a muted, medium orange with a hint of brown and a subtle, golden satin shimmer that gives it a very, very soft sheen. It was intensely pigmented when used with a dense blush brush or fingertips, and a duo fiber brush yielded semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage (depending on how heavy handed you are). The texture was smooth and velvety with just enough slip to make getting color out of it easy, but it doesn’t over-apply or feel heavy on the skin. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading. NARS Liberte (, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Gilda (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Early Morning (LE, $27.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Tasty (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted. Tarte Fame (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Bonus (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter. Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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