Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a rich, medium-dark coppery red with lighter gold sparkle. It had sheer coverage, which gives the skin a tint of color and a dewy sheen. A little went a long way, so you can achieve a stronger tint if desired. The sparkle in this shade made it harder to blend over foundation, as it seemed prone to disturbing anything underneath it, but it worked without issue on bare skin. I noticed a few bits of sparkle migrated over night as well, which isn’t a problem I’ve had with other shades in the range. The color itself wore for nine hours. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is more muted, more pigmented. NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is darker, more pigmented. NARS Mauritanie (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 18
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%

MAC Style Maven Face Kit

MAC Style Maven Face Kit ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, two blushes, and two lipsticks. It’s a cooler-toned, more purple-based palette. The eyeshadows are disappointing, while the blushes were decent. The lipsticks are okay, but they have a thinner consistency that makes them feel clingier applied (and Girl About Town lost some of its depth). Over the last few years, MAC palettes like these have typically been bigger disappointments, and unfortunately, this year’s Nordstrom exclusives haven’t broken that cycle.

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MAC Style Maven Face Kit
MAC Face Kit Style Maven
C-
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
71%
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Laura Geller Cantaloupe Baked Gelato Swirl Blush

Laura Geller Cantaloupe Baked Gelato Swirl Blush ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “light peach.” It’s a light-medium, pink-tinted peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Sleek MakeUP The Surf (P, ) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is cooler. Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. LORAC Unimaginable (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler. Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. MAC Nude Pink (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer. bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Laura Geller Cantaloupe Baked Gelato Swirl Blush
Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Blush Cantaloupe
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%

Sephora Tranquil (26) Colorful Contour

Sephora Tranquil (26) Colorful Blush (Contour) ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “contour.” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe with very subtle warm undertones. Smashbox Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. NYX Taupe (P, $6.50) is warmer. Kat Von D Sombre (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is lighter. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sephora Tranquil (26) Colorful Blush (Contour)
Sephora Colorful Blush Tranquil (26)
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
76%

Becca Songbird Mineral Blush

Becca Songbird Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a muted, medium-dark copper with hints of brown and soft, gold frosted shimmer. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is darker, more muted. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter. LORAC Unapologetic (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Linda (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Craving (Right) (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Becca Songbird Mineral Blush
Becca Mineral Blush Songbird
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%

Giorgio Armani No. 17 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 17 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with warm undertones and soft shimmer in hues of pink and gold. The texture felt lightweight and was thin but not as thin as the average shade is in this range. It had sheer coverage that produced a very light hint of color but primarily sheen on my medium skin tone, though layered two or three times gives more noticeable color. It blended out well and looked even applied. On me, the color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Charlotte Tilbury Formentera (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented, cooler. Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, cooler. bareMinerals Golden Gate Radiance (LE, $19.00) is cooler. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, brighter, more pigmented. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE, ) is more shimmery, more pigmented, cooler. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani No. 17 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 17
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%