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Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette

Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette
Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette

Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette ($14.99 for 0.32 oz.) consists of four highlighters–three powder, one cream. They’re designed as “highly pigmented metallic finishes” that give a “luminous sheen” on the “face and body.” It’s a fun palette for highlighting that doesn’t break the bank, and I think that the biggest issue is that not all shades were “highly pigmented” but imagine for many, that’s not a deal-breaker when it comes to highlighters.

Ecliptic is a subdued, light-medium rose pink with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer coverage, which was somewhat buildable but never to more than medium coverage. The creamier consistency made it prone to sheering out as it was blended onto the skin, though I think that works well for the type of product it is as it is hard to overdo. On me, the cream highlighter wore for seven hours before becoming patchy. Bobbi Brown Bikini (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell (LE, $34.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hemisphere is a cooler, pinky lavender with a luminous sheen. The consistency was soft and blendable, but it was a touch drier and looser in the pan, so it didn’t have the same finely-milled feel as some highlighters/powders can. I don’t think this is something really seen on the skin (at least not for me), as it imparted a nice, glowy finish that didn’t emphasize pores or look dry on. It had good pigmentation and lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (P, $54.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 5 Frozen Purple (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Transcendence (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Purple Horseshoe (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Center) (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Celestial (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Hippo (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Amethyst (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dose of Colors Pearl Dust (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Over the Moon (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Monster (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Coloured Raine Lavender Dreams (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Lavender Steel (P, $7.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Prismatic Amethyst (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Soft Frost (P, $33.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Spectra (P, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Subsolar is a very light yellow with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It doesn’t seem warm enough to be your traditional take on a gold highlighter–it almost has a green cast to it at some angles. The texture was smooth but had a firmer press to it compared to the right two highlighters, which resulted in more semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage. It gave my skin a subtle glow without adding warmth to it (I am warm-toned, though) and did not emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. The highlighter wore nicely for seven and a half hours. Makeup Revolution Holographic Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Rivage (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Fortune (LE, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). J. Cat Beauty White Goddess (-, $9.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Helia (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Pearl Flashes Gold (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Huda Beauty Santorini (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Star Reader (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Equinox is a bright, light-medium coppery peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. This shade was richly pigmented with a very soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen dry in the pan but didn’t look that way on the skin. On the skin, it had more of a metallic finish, which made it the most reflective of the four shades in the palette, and it was just shy of emphasizing pores on my skin if wore at medium coverage (or sheerer). This shade lasted for just over seven and a half hours for me. Dior #001 (P, $56.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Forever Young (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Destined (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Lit (P, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay NSFW (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Milani Dayglow (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Opal Flashes Jade (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $48.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Sunlight (LE, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 4 Golden Peach (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sleek MakeUP Highlighting Palette Solstice
Solstice
Solstice
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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C+

Ecliptic

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B+
B

Subsolar

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A-

Equinox

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Makeup Geek Main Squeeze Blush

Makeup Geek Main Squeeze Blush
Makeup Geek Main Squeeze Blush

Makeup Geek Main Squeeze Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $27.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Rose (P, ) is darker (95% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Peach Passion (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Pink Play #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Fun Ending (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Milani Berry Rays #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pinch O' Peach (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Wavelength (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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). The texture was dustier and more prone to sheering out than a lot of the other shades I’ve tested in the new formula. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff, and it didn’t seem to last as long–only six and a half hours–on me. The only bright spot on this product was that it was still blendable on the skin, but it might look drier on dry skin types.

Makeup Geek Blush Main Squeeze
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
73%
Total

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Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder
Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light, pinky-beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Gleam (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Crafty (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (LE, $75.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Looxi Beauty La Belle (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Moon Glow (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Smokin' Whistles (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $26.00) is darker (90% 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.” The texture of this shade was much smoother and more finely-milled compared to Golden Lights, and as a result, it didn’t feel dry or powdery, though it was very blendable and easy to work with. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. The shimmer seemed a little more refined as well, so it had more of a light-medium level of sheen that didn’t appear metallic or shiny. On my warmer complexion, it’s a highlighter hue that can work well with many blushes, as it doesn’t alter the color of them much when paired with my skin tone, but very fair and/or cooler skin tones may find it adds some warmth when used. The highlighter lasted seven hours on me before fading noticeably.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder Radiant Lights
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty / Dolce Vita Instant Look Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette
Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette ($75.00 for 0.77 oz.) is a neutral-hued eye and cheek palette that features three eyeshadows and four cheek/face products. I think if you have a good arsenal of neutrals, this will be dupable for you, but they are still a nice set of neutrals that work well together and would be travel-friendly. If you prefer more mattes or less shimmery eyeshadows, though, this one may be limiting. All in all, the palette was easy to use; there was no real fuss, and the more quality-related issue I had was how soft the bronzer was, but it looked great applied, which is where it counts the most.

It is currently listed as unavailable online, but some physical stores may still have stock (really not sure, you’d have to check with your local store!). I actually think that the brand’s Instant Look palettes would be excellent permanent items – I feel like they’re a good value, travel-friendly, and seem to be a good introduction to what the brand has to offer.

Seductive Beauty (Brighten) is a light peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had a really soft, finely-milled consistency that was a bit loose in the pan, but it applied well to the skin and had an almost “melted” appearance on (a sort of lived-in shimmer look) that was very reflective. The pigmentation was fully opaque, and the color wore well for eight hours before creasing. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). YSL Scandal #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Jardins Eclatants #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Precious (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Dream Boat (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). The Estee Edit Riff (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Calm (Right) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Vivacious (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #15 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Heat Wave (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Left) (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Jouer Bikini (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Enhance) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that sat well on the skin and was easy to work with. The color started to crease after eight hours of wear on me. Divergent Abnegation Stone (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). LORAC Chrome (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Burberry Pale Barley (102) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #4 (P, $2.29) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Charged Up (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Happy Place (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Amethyst (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Hazy (P, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Magnetism (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Ciate Happy (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Satin Taupe #2 (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Yes Please (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #2 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #6 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Grand-Palais (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Burberry Pale Barley (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Reef (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Smoke) is a medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, reddish undertones and fine golden shimmer. The color payoff was rich and fully opaque, while the texture was perfectly balanced between soft and firm, dense and blendable–it was extremely easy to apply and blend out without losing intensity. On me, it wore well for eight hours. Too Faced Power Couple (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Bronze (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Promesse #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Mulch (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Synergy (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #1 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Tout Suite (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Pretty (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Gravitational (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Whiskey (LE, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Bronze) is a medium, reddish tan with warm undertones and gold shimmer. The texture was very, very soft and prone to kicking up excess in the pan, and the looser consistency made it easy to get plenty of color payoff out of the powder as well. I’d recommend using a lighter hand and then applying, and if you feel like you may have gotten too much on your brush, lightly tap off the excess. It was very blendable on the skin and diffused nicely without a lot of work. I noticed subtle fading along the edges of the bronzer after eight hours of wear. Urban Decay Sesso (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Deep (P, $58.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Days (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Hourglass Diffused Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Glow With It (P, $33.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Cheek Swish) is a light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer that gave it a luminous sheen. It had medium, buildable pigmentation (which is as described) with a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. It lasted for just over seven and a half hours on me before fading. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Blush (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Miss Cupcake (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Legendary (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Blush) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) is a pop of light-medium, rosy coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque to opaque color coverage paired with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that blended out with ease and didn’t read dry or powdery on the skin. I was able to wear this shade for almost eight hours before it started to break down. Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Swish) (LE, $40.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Berry Rays #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $23.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Highlight) is a very light, golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that ran slightly dusty in the pan, but I didn’t notice any dryness on the skin. The highlighter wore well for eight hours on me. LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Summer Opal (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Lit (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Apricot (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Dandelion Twinkle (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Destined (LE, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Highlighter) (LE, $60.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Seductive Beauty
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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NARS Melina Contour Blush Duo

NARS Melina Contour Blush
NARS Melina Contour Blush

NARS Melina 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. This is one of the deeper duos, so it should be good for someone who wants a more dramatic contour or for someone with a medium or darker skin tone.

Melina (Highlight) is a muted, medium tan with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that was fairly blendable and soft on the skin without looking dry or powdery. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker (85% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Melina (Contour) is a deep, dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while it had really rich color payoff. This should work on medium-dark and darker skin tones (I’ll be curious to hear if this works on very deep skin tones–do let me know if you’ve tried it!) better than other contours. On me, a little went a long way, but it was blendable enough that I could use it as a more dramatic contour. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. MAC Galaxite (LE, $16.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Billionaire Bronze (LE, $29.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Dior Intemporalle Blush Palette

Dior Intemporalle Blush
Dior Intemporalle Blush

Dior Intemporalle Blush ($65.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. NARS Myth (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Poe (Light) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fun Ending (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Milani Berry Rays #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC What I Fancy (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Peach Passion (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Zoeva PK020 (P, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition blush that’s supposed to give a “vibrant veil of coral and fresh pink” color. It seemed to have three colors–a very light ivory, coral, and a light-medium pink with a thin, somewhat chalky feel. There was a general dryness, and it seemed to sit on the surface of the skin without melding with it as well as other Dior blushes/highlighters have in the past. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. I think it will work best for fairer skin tones, as the white base may turn ashy on deeper skin tones (I did not find it flattering on me, and I am light-medium to medium due to the stronger white base color). It lasted for seven hours on me before fading.

Dior Dior Label Palette Blush Intemporalle

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