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MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of buttery yellow, peachy beige, muted medium orange, and light-medium warm pink. Together, they come together and create a muted, light-medium peachy-orange with warm, yellowy undertones and a frosted sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less pigmented, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less pigmented, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is described as a “velvety soft” face powder with a “radiant finish” that can be used to “add highlights to the high points of the face.” The Mineralize Skinfinish Collection for spring features five new, limited edition shades — the collection debuts on March 31st online. Faintly Fabulous had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and lightly dusty texture that was easy to apply to the skin and blend out. The finish was luminous without being metallic or too sparkly on the skin, so I didn’t have any issues with the powder emphasizing the skin’s natural texture or the look of pores. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours on me.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Faintly Fabulous
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Urban Decay Aura Afterglow Highlighter

Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter
Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as an “iridescent light pink.” It’s a light, icy pink with a luminous shimmer-sheen finish and cooler undertones. NYX State of Flux (P, $6.99) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Prismatic Amethyst (LE, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Hemisphere (P) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Highlighter) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush I (LE) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The new Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter formula is supposed to be “finely-milled” with “sheer,” buildable payoff that “blends in easily” and eight-hour wear. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture, even when more heavily applied, so it is pretty easy to use and doesn’t require a light hand or any finagling to get it to look just right. The texture was soft, smooth, and lightly dusty–a looser press than the blushes, I would say–but a cinch to blend out on the skin. It wore for eight hours exactly on me, as described. I’m so thrilled that there’s a reasonably priced, permanent, cooler-pink highlighter on the market!

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter Aura
Aura
Aura
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft pink champagne.” It’s a very light, pinky-beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Highlight (P) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Soft Light (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is described as a “velvety soft” face powder with a “radiant finish” that can be used to “add highlights to the high points of the face.” The Future MAC collection features two new, limited edition shades; this one and Warm Rose — the collection debuts on March 31st online. This is one of the few variations of Mineralize Skinfinish that I think could be used all-over on certain skin tones, as it has much, much less shimmer than the majority of shades I’ve come across in the range. On me, it appears chalky, so I would expect this to resonate more with fair to light complexions. It would add a very subtle sheen to the skin if buffed in without adding overt color. The texture was soft, smoioth, and just a smidgen dusty. On me, it lasted for six and a half hours before fading.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Warm Rose
Warm Rose
Warm Rose
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls ($62.00 for 0.80 oz.) is supposed to be a mix of “fuchsia,” “soft mauve,” “sunny yellow,” and “pearlescent white” that can be dusted all-over the face. It’s a light, pastel-ish pink with fine gold and champagne micro-shimmer. Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls (LE, $74.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is more pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is more pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is warmer, more pigmented, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is warmer, more pigmented, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is more pigmented (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more pigmented, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P) is more pigmented, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is cooler, more pigmented (85% similar). Zoeva Gentle Touch (P, $11.80) is more pigmented, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I wasn’t able to wear this all-over, because as soon as I did, it looked like I had applied pink blush all-over my face–and I absolutely used a finishing brush with this and lightly swept everything on. It worked better as a subtler blusher on my skin tone (light-medium with light yellow undertones), so I’ll be curious to hear from others on how they’re using it and what their complexion is. If you have more naturally pink-toned skin, it might work better all-over for your complexion than it did on me. It seemed more pigmented, which may be why the pink tone was more obvious when dusted all-over. The consistency is soft, smooth, and silky, as other Meteorite Pearls have been. Meteorite Pearls are usually intended to be used as a finishing, all-over powder, though this edition says it can be used as a setting powder (to improve hold) as well. It extended the wear of my base by maybe a half hour, but it didn’t have major impact on longevity. It does, however, produce a soft glow that looks very natural without being shimmery or metallic on the skin for eight hours.

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Carousel
Carousel
Carousel
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft brown, soft pink, and silver.” Swirled together, the three shades create a light, peachy hue subdued by hints of beige paired with a silvery sheen. L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $46.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) (LE, $45.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is warmer, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is described as a “velvety soft” face powder with a “radiant finish” that can be used to “add highlights to the high points of the face.” The Future MAC collection features two new, limited edition shades; this one and Warm Rose — the collection debuts on March 31st online. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and very blendable on the skin, but the silvery portion of the compact does have a more sparkly texture. I wasn’t a believer until I tried this on, but the three shades come together well. It had good color payoff and didn’t emphasize pores on my skin. It was more of a highlighter on my skin tone, but on fairer complexions, it may impart more noticeable color. The highlighter wore well for seven hours on me before breaking down.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Otherearthly
Otherearthly
Otherearthly
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Estee Lauder Mauve Mystique Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush

Estee Lauder Mauve Mystique Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush
Estee Lauder Mauve Mystique Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush

Estee Lauder Mauve Mystique Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush ($34.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium, pinky-plum with subtle, warm undertones and white sparkle. Black Opal Orchid (P, $8.95) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Rebel Rose (P, $34.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution All I Think About is You (P, $5.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Please Yourself (LE, $27.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Clinique Black Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Birthday Suit (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to have an “ultra-silky” texture that gives a “healthy-looking glow” and a “rush of fresh, radiant color.” The press release is more specific and says it’s supposed to have “buildable dewy color that lasts all day.” According to the brand, the blush formula is a reformulation, but I don’t have any shades in the previous formula to compare to (and it’s been awhile since I last tried one, so all I can say is that they feel, in general, a little smoother). The texture was smooth, thin, but blendable, though there were bits of looser sparkle–most of it didn’t translate on the skin, but the ones that do are visible on the skin. I wish they had gone for a finer shimmer, as it would look better on the skin (and it would also differentiate this from other plums in the range). It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage that lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush (2016) Mauve Mystique

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