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Becca Dahlia Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Dahlia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush
Becca Dahlia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush

Becca Dahlia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish plum with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Taos (P, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This formula is supposed to have “just the right balance of color and light” that can be worn alone or “as a blush topper.” It seemed like it is supposed to be somewhere between sheerer like a highlighter and more pigmented like a blush (hence why it can also be layered), which is the best I can surmise from their marketing (there’s a lot of use of subtle as well, which at least indicates, to me, that they’re not saying it’s ultra pigmented). I noticed that layering is best with a very, very light hand and a feathery brush or else the original blush can get overshadowed, as the formula runs semi-opaque. Much like the Shimmering Skin Perfectors, a little can go a long way. Dahlia was richly pigmented, where a little went a long way, and it would be incredibly hard to layer this over another product without it overwhelming whatever was under it. The texture was soft in the pan, but there was a dryness present that seemed to make it harder to blend out on the skin for me. Luckily, the finish didn’t emphasize pores that I could tell. All in all, the blush lasted for nine hours before breaking down.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush Dahlia
Dahlia
Dahlia
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo
Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo ($78.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new, limited edition blush duo for summer that uses a wet/dry formula. According to the brand, the blush “can be applied wet for a soft veil of color” or “dry for a sweeping pop of vibrancy.” Both shades were fairly pigmented applied dry, but both intensified and were much more opaque when applied damp. They were less blendable when applied with a damp brush (the darker shade was less forgiving). The wear dry was eight to eight and a half hours, and the wear damp was eight and a half hours (for both shades). Forgetting that it’s supposed to be sheer when applied damp, it’s a nice blush duo, and I think that for those who don’t want to bother with damp application, the dry application is actually where the blushes shine best.

Bicoastal (Top) is a light-medium pink with a hint of warm, peach and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque with a very frosted sheen that was just shy of emphasizing pores. Applied damp, it was fully opaque (not a “soft veil of color”) with a smoother sheen–it was actually less noticeably shimmery/luminous when applied damp. On me, it wore well for eight hours dry, eight and a half hours damp. The texture was soft, lightly firm in the pan but not stiff, and blendable overall, but it was easiest to blend out when used dry. MAC Blonde (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Adoration (Left) (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). NARS Fervor (Left) (P) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Top) (LE) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Rio (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bicoastal (Bottom) is a medium-dark, raspberry pink with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. Applied dry, it had good pigmentation (but it appeared faded in overall appearance compared to damp application) with a soft, smooth consistency that was easily blended on the skin and wore for eight and a half hours. Applied damp, it was less shimmery and appeared warmer in tone, while the color lasted for nine and a half hours; it wasn’t as blendable when applied with a damp brush (I would use fingers to blend out). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Foxglove (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Black Opal Nectar (P, $8.95) is warmer (90% similar). Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Adoration (Right) (P) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Posy Pink (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pale Fig (P, $60.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Beauty Sheer Cheek Duo Bicoastal
Bicoastal
Bicoastal
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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LORAC Twilight Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Twilight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Twilight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Twilight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Heat Wave (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 4 Golden Peach (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Essence Be My Highlight (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Spotlight (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $42.00) is cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Ray of Light (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

New for summer, LORAC has released their Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in four shades (reviews to come for all shades). The formula is supposed to be buildable for both a “soft, natural sheen” or “layered for a high-shine, dramatic effect.” Twilight had semi-opaque to fully opaque coverage–it was the most pigmented of the four–with a fair amount of shimmer. This shade was the most shimmery/metallic of the four as well. The texture was very soft and a little loose in the pan, so it tended to sheer out a bit more readily on the skin (which I think works for a highlighter formulation) but is easily diffused beyond where one might have intended so use smaller, more precise movements/strokes when applying and blending. It emphasized pores just slightly, but it tended to be so metallic and glow-y that it was hard to notice. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before breaking down.

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter Twilight
Twilight
Twilight
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Burberry London With Love Illuminating Bronzer

Burberry London With Love Illuminating Bronzer
Burberry London With Love Illuminating Bronzer

Burberry London With Love Illuminating Bronzer ($68.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium, slightly yellow-tinged brown with warm, golden shimmer. Benefit Hoola Lite (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Laguna (P) is darker (85% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Bronzer (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is darker (80% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s supposed to give “an illuminating, sun-touched complexion with a subtle glow.” The heart is the darker, more bronze-hued shade, while the surrounding area is a more golden highlighting shade. While you can, in theory, use them separately, neither is large enough to accommodate an average-sized powder blush brush without getting some of the secondary shade on the brush. You’d need to use a small cheek or larger eye brush to use them separately. It’s more usable swirled together or leaning to one shade more than the other (so more illuminating vs. more bronzing). The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable, while the finish was glowing without emphasizing pores. It had good color payoff that could be diffused easily or applied heavily (without a lot of layers). The color wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Burberry Illuminating Bronzer London With Love
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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LORAC Daylight Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Daylight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Daylight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Daylight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Smashbox Turn It On Pearl (P) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P)(95% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Burst (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Highlighter) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Crystal Glare (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Highlighter) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

New for summer, LORAC has released their Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in four shades (reviews to come for all shades). The formula is supposed to be buildable for both a “soft, natural sheen” or “layered for a high-shine, dramatic effect.” Daylight was one of the more shimmery shades in the range, though it never became so metallic or frosted that it emphasized pores. The color payoff was medium and buildable, so true-to-pan color payoff was achievable in two to three layers, but it was just as easy to apply and diffuse for a sheer sheen. It had a smooth, moderately dense, and silky feel that was easy to work with. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours.

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter Daylight
Daylight
Daylight
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette

Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette
Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette

Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette ($38.00 for 0.63 oz.) contains four shades of warm-toned blushes for spring/summer. It’s a limited edition palette housed in a slim, travel-friendly palette with a large interior mirror and the products are labeled on the palette itself. The formula used is the Amazonian Clay Blush one, which is supposed to have 12-hour wear and be “pigment-packed.” I like Tarte’s formula, but the one downside is that they rarely wear much beyond eight hours, so they tend to get hit badly by longevity ratings as a result. The pigmentation can sometimes be lacking, but all four shades in the palette had good color payoff.

Live is a softened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a smooth, slightly firm consistency that blended out fairly well. It lasted for eight hours on me, which isn’t bad, but it isn’t close to the 12-hours claimed. (This is, unfortunately, par for the course with Tarte’s formula for me.) Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek XOXO (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva CR020 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laugh is a medium, pinky-coral with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was really blendable on the skin. It didn’t emphasize pores when diffused on the skin. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before fading. Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Culture (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Watermelon/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Love is a muted, medium pinky-plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was paired with a slightly firm/stiff texture, so I had to use a denser brush and jab at the surface to get product to really transfer from the pan to the brush. The color wore for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Love Letter (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Impress (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dream is a bright, peony pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was easy to use and apply to the skin. It gave a subtle sheen that wasn’t overly shimmery or metallic–it just looked natural. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.49) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is cooler (90% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (-) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva PK030 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Summer 2016 Blush Palette Tarteist
Tarteist
Tarteist
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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Love

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