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ColourPop Alchemy Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Pretty Bonnes Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Pretty Bonnes Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Pretty Bonnes Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “creamy ivory with subtle gold duochrome effect.” It’s a light, creamy beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. I don’t really notice a duochrome effect in person. The texture was soft, lightly emollient, and smooth on the skin. It is most blendable with fingertips (I think the warmth of fingers helps), but I had no issues using a brush–it just took a little longer. It has mostly opaque coverage applied with fingertips and then more semi-sheer, buildable coverage when used with brushes (as described). The texture didn’t emphasize pores and lasted for eight hours. Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Lightscapade (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop The Golden Child Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft, coppery gold.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had opaque coverage applied with a fingertip and then semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable covoerage applied with a stippling brush. The consistency was smooth, very emollient, and blended easily on the skin both with brushes and fingertips. The color wore well for nine hours on me. Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Superb (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Tourmaline (LE) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Thames Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned rosy pink.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was firmer and more clay-like–dry and difficult to really get color out of except with a hard press of fingertips. I couldn’t use this well with a brush, as so little color transferred onto a brush. It seemed more like a cream blush that had been left open for too long and had dried out than a just-opened one, unfortunately. It was harder to blend on the skin as a result. Once on, the color lasted for nine hours. Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $10.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Blush) (LE) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Blush) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop New Lowes (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Black Opal Tulip (P, $8.95) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

P.S. — The products in this post are the ones from the Alchemy six-piece set, which included eyeshadow-sized (0.07 oz.) versions of the blushes; the blushes are available in full-size (0.15 oz.) as well.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Pretty Bonnes
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek The Golden Child
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Thames
Thames
Thames
C

Limited Edition

6
Product
9
Pigmentation
5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
73%
Total

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LORAC Starlight Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Starlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Starlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Starlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a pale gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. NARS Rivage (LE) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Smashbox Turn It On Pearl (P) is darker (80% similar). 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.” Starlight had medium, buildable pigmentation that didn’t require a lot of layers to intensify, but it was also to apply as a sheerer layer without having to be very, very light-handed. The powder had a very smooth, silky consistency in the pan, and it wasn’t too powdery nor was it too firm. It was easy to apply, blend and diffuse along the edges, and the finish didn’t emphasize pores. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before breaking down.

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter Starlight
Starlight
Starlight
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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MAC Cosmic Force Mineralize Blush

MAC Cosmic Force Mineralize Blush
MAC Cosmic Force Mineralize Blush

MAC Cosmic Force Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy taupe with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. NARS Contour (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Taupe (P, $6.50) is darker, warmer (80% similar). NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Blush formula is supposed to have “luminous color that builds lightly.” The texture was thin, lightweight, very smooth and finely-milled. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage but will lend itself best to lighter skin tones as it does run a little sheer and thin overall. I could this working as a contouring powder on lighter, rosier-toned complexions. It blended out well and wore for seven hours on me.

MAC Mineralize Blush Cosmic Force
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush

NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush Duo
NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush Duo ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo for summer. Both shades had sheerer, softer color and shimmer applied dry and richer, deeper, and more metallic color when applied damp. The shades work well together, if one wants to layer or use the lighter shade as more of a highlighter and the darker shade to define the cheek.

I noticed something interesting on the packaging, which says: “apply dry for sheer color or with a dampened brush for high-impact finish.” The reason this is interesting is because this is the exact opposite of the formula when it initially launched (see original press release verbiage here) that stated “sweeps on dry for a bold flush or wet for a translucent wash of color.” It was an issue, because they are pigmented both wet and dry, but they darken, intensify, and become more metallic when used damp (by no means translucent!). It was also odd, even at the time, as the Dual Intensity Eyeshadows are described as dry application resulting in sheer coverage and damp application resulting in more opaque coverage (in fact, the copy for the eyeshadows is the exact copy printed on the boxes for the blushes in this launch). NARS’ website copy sounds different to me than when the formula debuted (I’d say it’s almost more confusing), though is still mentions to apply it “wet for translucent, second skin finish.” Anyway, since the boxes for the blush duos in the launch specifically say one thing, that’s what I’ll be rating on — but they should decide once and for all what they want these to be!

Sexual Content (Left) is described as a “sandy peach.” It’s a light, muted peach with warm, rosy tones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer coverage and had less warmth and depth, while the color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Applied damp, it was mostly opaque with a stronger sheen (but less obvious shimmer particles) that wore eight hours on me. I had no trouble blending the blush whether it was with a dry or damp brush. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Flesh & Fantasy (506) (P, $42.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio II (LE, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sexual Content (Right) is described as a “soft raspberry.” It’s a soft, medium-dark rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had medium, buildable coverage with a sparkling, frosted sheen, with a soft, lightly dry texture that was blendable and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. With a damp brush, it was opaque and more metallic–this shade did emphasize pores slightly–and was a little more challenging to blend out damp, though it seemed easier to use than past iterations of this formula. It wore well for eight and a half hours when applied with a damp brush. MAC Buddy (Shimmer) (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC All Aflush (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Loved Me the Best (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution All I Think About is You (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Silk and Bloom (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Stila Berry Shimmer (LE) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Bang Bang You're Dead (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Black Opal Orchid (P, $8.95) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This blush will launch on narscosmetics.com on April 15th.

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Duo Sexual Content
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LORAC Moonlight Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter) (P) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Devotee (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is lighter (90% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Cover FX Blossom (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Gleam (P) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Colour Pop Scrumptious (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% 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.” Moonlight had medium, buildable coverage that could easily be sheered out or built-up for more intense coverage/shimmer, just as described. The texture was very smooth, finely-milled, and blendable; it felt denser and more buttery compared to the blushes (which are a little thin). The shimmer/finish didn’t emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. On me, the highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter Moonlight
Moonlight
Moonlight
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Becca Snapdragon Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Snapdragon Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush
Becca Snapdragon Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Snapdragon Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer. Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). NARS Panic (Right) (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Left) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva CR030 (P) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Jelly Fish (DC, $8.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). NYX Summer (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% 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. Snapdragon had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff (the first time, it applied more semi-sheer, the second time more semi-opaque) that is buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two to three layers. The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled and was less shimmery than Tigerlily. It was easy to blend and apply to the skin, and the finish didn’t emphasize pores but still gave the skin a noticeable glow. The blush wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush Snapdragon
Snapdragon
Snapdragon
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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