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NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette (Spring 2016)

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette
NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette ($65.00 for 1.01 oz.) includes a highlighting/contour duo, bronzer, and four blushes. Three of the blushes are exclusive to the palette with one blush being part of an exclusive offering for Sephora VIB Rouge members (as a single). Strangely, the Paloma duo, which is available in the permanent range (see my original review here), was very chalky and clumpy in the palette–it felt smooth and soft to the touch, but it looked dry and chalky on the skin. I wish NARS (and other brands guilty of it) wouldn’t include one-size-fits-all contouring products; matte highlighters are also difficult to make inclusive (without the shimmer, it is hard to salvage one that really doesn’t work for one’s skin tone).

Paloma Highlight is a pale beige with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was sheer, chalky, powdery, and looked all those things on the skin. It’s harder to tell the wear on a shade like this on my skin tone, but based on how powdery the skin looked in the area I applied it, it seemed to wear about six hours. Guerlain Mythic (P, $59.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is darker (90% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Light (P, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Nico (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Paloma Contour is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm rosy tones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer consistency that was hard to blend out or build-up in coverage. It wore for six and a half hours on me. NARS Gienah Highlight (P) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Sculpting #2 (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Sculpt (P, $5.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Sombre (P) is cooler (80% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is better quality, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Contour (P) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. This version was firmer, sheerer, and harder to blend on the skin than many others that I have tried. It is similar in color, but the performance is sub-par. It lasted for seven hours on me. Too Faced Spice (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is cooler, more pigmented, more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #2 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio I is a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a dusting of gold shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It looks primarily like a matte blush on the skin as the shimmer is fine, and as it is buffed into the skin, the finish is less flat-looking. The texture was lightly powdery but blendable, and the color lasted for seven hours. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Promise Ring (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $74.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is cooler, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio II is a light-medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too loose in the pan. The color applied well and lasted for eight hours. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is cooler, more muted (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Left) (LE) is warmer, less pigmented, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (85% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio III is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dry texture that applied decently but needed some extra love to blend the color out evenly. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Taffy (LE) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (P, $34.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV (LE) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Goulue is a medium-dark, berry rose with subtle, cooler undertones and warmer gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to use. The color wore well for almost eight hours on me. This shade was released previously, and it is presently available as an individual shade for VIB Rouges at Sephora. NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Milani Red Vino (P, $8.49) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is cooler, brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). KIKO 104 Pastel Pink (P, $12.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is brighter, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $55.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Morticia (Shade) (P) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Becca Dahlia (P, $34.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Cheek Studio Palette Spring 2016
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Laguna

Permanent
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Cheek Studio I

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Cheek Studio II

Limited Edition
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Cheek Studio III

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Goulue

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Sephora Oh My Gosh Colorful Blush

Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) Colorful Blush
Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) Colorful Blush

Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) Colorful Blush ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “red.” It’s a bright, medium-dark orange with strong, warm red undertones and a matte finish. It’s more orange than it is red, though. Colour Pop Girl Power (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Orange #3 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is cooler (85% similar). Viseart Orange #2 (P) is warmer, more muted, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula–generally–has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. It was intensely pigmented; I wouldn’t describe as a buildable formula at all, because even the barest touch of the brush results is very strong coverage. The consistency is lightly dusty, not too thin or too dense, and blends fairly well but could be a little easier to diffuse and even out on the skin. The color stayed on for eight and a half hours before fading.

Sephora Colorful Blush Oh My Gosh (10)
8.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Kat Von D Sid + Nancy Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Sid + Nancy Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Sid + Nancy Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Sid + Nancy Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a new, permanent set that features a darker pink-coral paired with a peachy-pink. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” As we’re now at the seventh and final blush duo to review, I must sound like a broken record, but the darker shade is dismal and difficult to blend due to sheer pigmentation and chalky texture. The lighter shade was more powdery and less chalky, but it was at least more pigmented.

Sid (Shade) is described as a “bright tulip.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was disappointingly sheer (a far cry from “highly pigmented”) and incredibly chalky, thin, and difficult to blend. It’s the type of texture that tends to stick to wherever there are natural oils on the skin and then doesn’t want to blend or move, which results in fairly uneven, patchy application. I have tried these blush duos countless ways (beyond what I would normally test), and even applying them over a powdered face still requires two to three times the amount of effort to blend them out than even so-so blushes. The color wore well for eight hours, which is good, just not close to the marketed claim. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). NARS Amour (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is cooler, more muted (90% similar). MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is glossier, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is brighter, darker (85% similar). theBalm Toile (P, $22.00) is cooler, brighter, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nancy (Light) is described as a “ballet pink.” It’s a light, warm-toned pink with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff paired with a lightly dusty texture that was blendable. I found the shade to darken slightly on the skin compared to the majority of the other light shades, which while I expected them to, did not darken against the skin as much. The color faded after seven and a half hours of wear. Kat Von D Mallory (Light) (P) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Highlighter) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Conquest (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Sid + Nancy
4
Product
5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
3
Longevity
3.5
Application
46%
Total
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Kat Von D Samson + Delilah Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Samson + Delilah Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Samson + Delilah Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Samson + Delilah Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a new, permanent set of orange-y coral shades with matte finishes. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” The darker shade lacked pigmentation and had a really firm consistency that made it hard to apply and blend out evenly on the skin. The lighter shade was more pigmented and more blendable, though it was dusty to work with. The two together are more blendable than the dark shade alone, but on my skin tone, it is difficult for the two together to show up noticeably as there is little coverage overall (paired with a lighter color in general, there’s little hope if it’s very sheer!), but I would expect some color to show up on fairer skin tones when mixed — the lighter shade will dominate.

Samson (Shade) is described as a “bright poppy pink.” It’s a medium, orange-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage that was buildable to semi-sheer after several layers of product. The consistency was firm, chalky, and extremely dry on the skin, and the powder tended to clump as I tried to get product out of the pan. On the skin, the blush applied unevenly and had a tendency to stick in some places but not adhere much (or at all) to other areas. It lasted for eight hours on me. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Tongue Tied (LE, $8.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is glossier, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Persimmon (LE) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $10.00) is brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Milani Coral Cove (05) (P, $8.99) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is cooler (85% similar). NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $8.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Bonus (DC, $8.00) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Viseart Coral #1 (P) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Delilah (Light) is described as a “pale coral.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation but had a tendency to sheer out easily (so blending was good) as it was dusty and thin. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Petunia (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #6 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blind Date (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Spellbinder (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Samson + Delilah
4
Product
4.5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
3
Longevity
4
Application
46%
Total
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Sephora Shame On You Colorful Blush

Sephora Shame On You (01) Colorful Blush
Sephora Shame On You (01) Colorful Blush

Sephora Shame On You (01) Colorful Blush ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “old rose.” It’s a muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #6 (LE) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #7 (LE) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Oh You Pretty Things (LE, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Heart Throb (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Between the Sheets (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). MAC Melba (P, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is cooler (80% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula–generally–has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Shame On You had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a soft, lightly dusty texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. The color blended our fairly well on the skin and had a soft matte finish that didn’t look powdery applied. On me, this blush lasted for seven and a half hours before fading.

Sephora Colorful Blush Shame On You (01)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit

Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit
Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit

Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four highlighters that range from a light champagne to a darker copper. Each shade is 0.26 oz. and can be removed from the palette, if desired, but they are currently only sold together (not sure if they will eventually be available as pans only). Presently, it is exclusive to Macy’s and the brand’s website. According to Anastasia, these are supposed to be “metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity” that can also be worn on the eyes. They are softer and silkier with a more finely-milled consistency compared to the Illuminators released a couple of months ago. These also have a finer shimmer and overall sheen that is less emphasizing of pores on the skin.

Hard Candy is described as a “mood-changing golden peach with pink pearl.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with an iridescent pink-to-peach shift paired with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that blends out well and doesn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.
Urban Decay OC (LE, $26.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Twilight (LE) is less pigmented, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (P, $26.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #1 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $55.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Daybreak (P, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mimosa is described as a “radiant golden peach.” It’s a medium, gold-shimmered brown with a smooth, pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a very silky texture that diffused easily over the skin. I felt like the reflective quality was high enough that it didn’t emphasize pores or texture, but it is very metallic and is an intense highlight (as described). On me, this is more like a highlighter/blush duo. The color stayed on well for eight hours. Viseart Highlight #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). Stila Bronze (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Touch My Body (LE, $39.50) is less pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Sand (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Candlelight (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC My Mimi (LE, $45.50) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starburst is described as a “rush of cool pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a metallic finish. I don’t get cool pink at all, and I can’t find the cool pink aspect no matter the room or lighting; even in the pan, it is warm-toned. It was intensely pigmented with a lightweight, silky feel that blended out easily on the skin. This one shouldn’t add a lot of color on most skin tones, but it will yield a very strong sheen. It didn’t emphasize pores for me, and the highlighter lasted for eight hours. LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Pink Champagne (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is darker (90% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Luster (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker (85% similar). Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $46.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Ecliptic (P) is cooler, darker (85% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $30.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is cooler, less shimmery (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Crushed Pearl is described as a “glimmering pink and silver.” It’s a light champagne with subtle, warm and golden undertones and a metallic finish. This shade slightly emphasize pores, and it was actually the most metallic on the skin. It had good color payoff, though it wasn’t as smooth to work with as the other three shades–slightly powdery. I didn’t have any trouble blending or diffusing it out on the skin, and it didn’t give an ashy or chalky result either. The powder lasted for eight hours. Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Craze (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Tarte Stunner (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Pink Beige (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Stunner (P) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Glow Kit Gleam
Gleam
Gleam
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
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