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Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush
Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a mostly matte finish. Zoeva Burning Up (P, $11.80) is cooler (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Essence Satin Love (P, $2.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #6 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #5 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Destiny (61) (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer, glossier (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Inhibition (P, $60.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). While it is part of the blush range, it could also be used as a bronzer, as it will (obviously!) add warmth to the skin. The texture was finely-milled with a silky, smooth feel to the touch, which translated into easier application and blending on the skin. It had excellent pigmentation, but that softer consistency made it versatile and more buildable depending on how much you applied. The reformulated version is slightly darker and richer than the original shade. The blush wore well for just over eight hours on me when I tried it out.

Makeup Geek Blush Infatuation
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder
Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a white gold with strong, yellow-gold shimmer. LORAC Star Reader (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). J. Cat Beauty White Goddess (-, $9.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Helia (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Pearl Flashes Gold (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Huda Beauty Santorini (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Holographic Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Coloured Raine No Flash Needed (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Sun Ceremony (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is darker, more muted, less pigmented (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” It has a stronger, more dramatic golden sheen compared to some versions of this shade (probably the most well-known is NARS’ Albatross) that pulls yellower on me rather than white, which should make it more versatile for a greater number of skin tones. However, the white base is visible and almost appears grayish against my warmer skin tone, which may or may not be something that you’re looking for. The shimmer gives a noticeable sheen and glow to the skin, not quite metallic or frosted, but it is a medium-level highlighter overall. The texture was blendable but felt a little soft, powdery, and a smidgen dry in the pan, but I didn’t find it looked that way on the skin. On me, the highlighter lasted just over six and a half hours.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder Golden Lights
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Clinique Golden Glow Uplighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Golden Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder
Clinique Golden Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Golden Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder ($27.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a sparkling, gold shimmer-sheen finish. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Dayglow (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (Sahara) (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Miss Liberty (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Peaceful (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder is supposed to be a “sheer illuminating powder” that gives skin a “candle-lit, radiant glow” that can be used alone, as a finishing powder, or as a highlighter. While Nude Glow was subtle and sheer, this shade was not; it had semi-opaque coverage, which was buildable to full coverage with two layers, and it was noticeably shimmery on the skin–I can’t really imagine most wanting to use this as an all-over powder. If you’re looking for a soft, warming highlighter (or highlighting bronzer, perhaps) and like some sparkle, this might work on fair to medium-dark skin tones. The texture was soft enough that it was blendable on the skin, and it didn’t emphasize pores, but it is a little drier overall where some of the sparkle separates from the color itself. On my normal-to-dry skin, the color lasted just over eight hours before fading.

Clinique Uplighting Illuminating Powder Golden Glow

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Makeup Geek Desire Blush

Makeup Geek Desire Blush
Makeup Geek Desire Blush

Makeup Geek Desire Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, reddish plum with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Bite Beauty Biscotti (P, $24.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). LORAC Infrared (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Restores Dazzle (LE, $21.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). NARS Debbie Harry Blush (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). It had good pigmentation that was mostly opaque to begin with, but it would be fully opaque in a layer and a half. The consistency was soft, smooth, and silky to the touch, which was fantastic to find, as it helped make this shade blendable on the skin. Despite the intensity and richness of the shade, it was easy to work with and diffuse on the skin. If you are fairer, you may want to use a feathery brush and very light hand, but it is forgiving enough that it can be sheered out if over-applied. When wore at less-than-opaque coverage, it tended to look pinker rather than red/plum. This shade lasted for nine hours on me before fading.

Makeup Geek Blush Desire
Desire
Desire
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a very pale yellow with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Smashbox Turn It On Pearl (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). J. Cat Beauty White Goddess (-, $9.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Pearl Flashes Gold (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Holographic Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Star Reader (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Burst (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Milani Summer Glow (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give a “natural, seamless luminescence” to the skin with “natural-looking color.” I think it can be really lovely on the skin and yield a beautiful sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It’s not what I’d consider to be subtle glow, but it’s not a brilliant, high-shine highlighter either. The texture was smooth, but it ran a little dry and kicked up excess powder in the pan with ease. Luckily, it did not look dry or powdery on the skin, which is where it counts the most. The highlighter wore well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.

Sephora Microsmooth Baked Luminizer Stardust (01)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit

Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit
Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit

Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four sparkling, metallic highlighters in a cardboard palette. It’s new and limited edition, and it is also exclusive to the brand’s website. As you might expect with the Glow Kit, it’s not for someone who only likes a subtle highlighter; it is most suitable for someone who likes bright, bold, sparkling, and/or metallic highlighters. For some skin tones, three of the four shades may also work as luminous blushes. Sassy Grape and Butterscotch have larger sparkle/glittery flecks in them, while Marshmallow and Taffy are smoother and have a finer shimmer overall. All four shades were pretty pigmented, wore for eight to nine hours, and were blendable on the skin, but all four did emphasize the texture of my skin; Marshmallow I could apply without emphasis if I was careful, but the other three still added texture to the skin even when applied sheer.

As a note, two shades–Sassy Grape and Butterscotch–showed part of the powder lifting away from the edges. I dropped my palette a few times onto hardwood from 2-3 feet, and it didn’t seem to get any worse; then I pressed the powder together with my fingers and repeated dropping it, and they didn’t re-separate. However, I have seen almost a dozen photos of people receiving their Sweets kit with shades entirely broken (often Butterscotch, sometimes Sassy Grape or both). From what I have read, nobody has had an issue with Anastasia replacing and resending a palette.

Marshmallow is a bright, white gold with a cooler, whitish base and warmer, pale gold shimmer. It had good color payoff with a smooth, blendable texture that was soft without being too loose in the pan. It worked well with feathery brushes like a fan brush as well as more traditional blush or highlighter brushes. The color wore well for eight hours on me. Huda Beauty Santorini (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). J. Cat Beauty White Goddess (-, $9.00) is more muted (95% similar). Becca Pearl Flashes Gold (LE, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is darker, more muted, less pigmented (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Stole the Show (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sassy Grape is a medium, pinky-plum with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the texture was metallic and highly reflective on the skin. It did emphasize my skin’s natural texture noticeably when worn all-over the cheeks, and when I tried it as a barely-there highlighter, I still had a little bit of emphasis, but it was not as noticeable. The powder itself was looser in the pan, though soft and blendable. It wore well for eight hours on me. Becca Amethyst Flashes Geode (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Wild Rose (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $11.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Blonde (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Adoration (Left) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution All I Think About is You (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Iced (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is warmer (80% similar). Makeup Revolution Loved Me the Best (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Butterscotch is a bright, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. This shade has a very intense, reflective finish on the skin with barely any product as it is very pigmented. It has some noticeable sparkle that sits on the skin, and the more metallic finish paired with the denser, thicker consistency overall did result in emphasis of pores/skin texture for me. I think that it does reflect so much light that the emphasis wasn’t as noticeable as you might expect it to be. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. Anastasia White Sand (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Huda Beauty Seychelles (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Huda Beauty Fiji (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Kiss (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Highlight) (P, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 13 Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Huda Beauty Azores (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Bloom (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Like to Watch (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Lancome Amber Lights (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Taffy is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich color payoff with a smooth, blendable texture that felt almost cream-like to the touch. Though it wasn’t as sparkly as Butterscotch, it had a high-shine finish that reflected a lot of light and had some mild emphasis of skin texture/pores on my skin. This shade lated for almost nine hours before fading. MAC Light Year (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Valley Girl (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess (-, $9.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Highlight #2 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Glow Kit Sweets
Sweets
Sweets
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
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