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Makeup Revolution Ready to Go Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Ready to Go Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder
Makeup Revolution Ready to Go Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Ready to Go Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder ($6.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. MAC Highly Illogical (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Days (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” It’s a baked powder, so the texture is drier and looser as a brush passes over the pan, but it doesn’t look dry, powdery, or dusty applied to my skin, which is normal-to-dry. The texture was smooth, lightly shimmered and did emphasize pores just a bit, but it remained blendable and diffused easily along the edges for a seamless look on the skin. It had medium, buildable coverage–in line with the description–that didn’t feel like I had to cake it on to get color payoff but does require a layer or two if you want truer-to-pan color. When I tested it, this shade wore well for seven hours.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder Ready to Go
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Makeup Geek Romance Blush

Makeup Geek Romance Blush
Makeup Geek Romance Blush

Makeup Geek Romance Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, peach-pink with warm undertones and a gold, frosted finish. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Strapped (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Peach Shimmer (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Valiant (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Palace Door (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Unimaginable (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Ciate Summer Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). Of the entire range, this was the most shimmery, though it was more moderate compared to how frosted/metallic a powder blush or highlighter can get, so it was still easy to wear and didn’t emphasize pores. It had a very soft, looser consistency; it didn’t feel like the shimmer (mostly gold) was as blended with the peach-pink base, so when I blended it out, I kept getting a much stronger pink coloring than when I looked at it in the pan or as a heavier swatch. It is still lighter overall than the same-named shade in the original formula. This shade lasted for eight hours on me before it started to break down.

Makeup Geek Blush Romance
Romance
Romance
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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YSL Golden Contouring Couture Contouring Palette

YSL Golden Contouring (1) Couture Contouring Palette
YSL Golden Contouring (1) Couture Contouring Palette

YSL Golden Contouring (1) Couture Contouring Palette ($47.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains two powders–one for contouring, one for highlighting–in a slim, gold-hued (plastic) palette. The contouring shade is slightly larger in size compared to the highlighting shade. I expect this to work best on light-medium and lighter skin tones; it is just barely noticeable on me as a more subtle contouring pick, and I am light-medium to medium in coloring. Though this is dubbed Golden, it is not overly warm and seems like suitable shades for neutral-to-warm skin tones. It’s a decent to good palette overall, though there are certainly a lot of options in this category across price points.

Golden Contouring Contour is a muted, mid-tone taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was slightly dusty, though soft, smooth, and finely-milled, that blended easily underneath the cheekbones and along the jaw line without leaving sharp lines. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was easy to apply with a lighter hand or build up with an additional layer for truer-to-pan color. On me, it wore well for just over seven and a half hours. Kevyn Aucoin Light (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Contour (P, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Sombre (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Contouring Highlight is a light beige with warm, golden undertones and a satiny shimmer-sheen finish. The pigmentation was rich, while the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable without being dusty or powdery. It gave a very subtle luminance to the skin, where it seemed to emphasize the natural sheen of skin, but it wasn’t enough to show up well in photos (it is one of those products that is better suited for real life than photography). I also suspect it will do more for lighter skin tones than mine. This shade seemed to wear well for eight hours (it’s not really visible on my skin color, so that makes it harder to judge wear). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Glazed (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Soft Light (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer
Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer ($56.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Teasecake (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Destined (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay NSFW (LE, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is warmer (90% similar). Looxi Beauty La Belle (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to Dior, the formula is “highly concentrated with illuminating pigments” that gives you a “radiantly luminous complexion.” There’s not a lot to infer either way about pigmentation, but in general, the Diorskin Nude Air products are touted for natural, lighter looks, which tends to be code for sheerer. #001 has medium coverage, which is somewhat buildable, but it is such a close color to my actual skin tone that it’s hard to distinguish coverage when I’ve applied it as a highlighter (as it is blended out)! The texture was firm in the pan, smooth to the touch with a slight dryness on the brush (liked baked and hybrid gel-powder formulas), but it sat on the skin well and did not emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. I liked it, but it’s very dupable (even within past Dior releases), so whether it’s a must-have or not will depend on your stash. I really think it’s just a re-release of the Nude (002) from earlier this year; it’s at most, slightly more golden than #001. On me, the powder wore well for eight hours.

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer #001
#001

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Makeup Revolution Golden Days Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Golden Days Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder
Makeup Revolution Golden Days Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Golden Days Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder ($6.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, reddish undertones and a warm, golden, metallic sheen. Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Bronze) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Ready to Go (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” It’s a baked powder, so the texture is drier and looser as a brush passes over the pan, but it doesn’t look dry, powdery, or dusty applied to my skin, which is normal-to-dry. The texture was fairly smooth, blendable, and easy to apply the skin with a gentle sweeping and buffing motions using a moderately-dense brush. This one looked more high-shine when buffed and worked into the skin than initially swatched, though the high-shine seemed to do more to reflect and smooth out the skin’s surface than amplify the size of pores and the like. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage. The color started to fade after six and a half hours of wear, which was really the only downside!

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder Golden Days
B+

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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NARS Talia Contour Blush Duo

NARS Talia Contour Blush
NARS Talia Contour Blush

NARS Talia Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is one of two new, permanent highlighting/contour duos for fall. The highlighting shade in the duos tends to be mostly matte, so it is not your typical shimmery, glowy highlighter. Talia adds a solid choice for medium and medium-dark skin tones looking for skin-like contouring. I also think it can work for lighter skin tones as well, particularly if you like a more dramatic contour or like being able to use a light hand and build-up.

Talia (Highlight) is a medium brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and effortless when it came to blending and applying it to the skin. It had good color payoff that could still be sheered out and/or applied with a lighter hand. For reference, it adds some noticeable color on me (like a very subtle bronzer) on my skin tone. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Bronzer (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Talia (Contour) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was firmer and less forgiving, so it took extra work to blend out. On me, this shade started to fade after eight hours. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Deep (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Bronze (P, ) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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