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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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Becca Tigerlily Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Tigerlily Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush
Becca Tigerlily Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Tigerlily Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium orange with warm, red undertones and a gold, frosted finish. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Me First (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Esoteric (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bright Response (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Shape the Future (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Solar Ray (LE, $27.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Tasty (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NYX Synthetica (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC My Paradise (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Flamme (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Daydream (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For summer, Becca has launched a six-shade line-up of blushes designed to have “just the right balance of color and light” that can be worn alone or “as a blush topper.” It seems like it’s 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 definitely wish it was clearer, though. 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. Tigerlily had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage with a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. Applied and blended out, the result is softly glowing without being too glittery, but it has a moderate sheen. It didn’t emphasize pores for me, though. The texture was soft, lightly loose in the pan, and fairly dense. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading.

P.S. — I only have two of the six shades right now, as the other four are still coming soon/sold out at Sephora. They are available through Becca’s website as well.

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

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Sephora x Disney | Minnie’s Inner Glow Luminizing Blush

Sephora x Disney | Minnie's Inner Glow Luminizing Blush
Sephora x Disney | Minnie’s Inner Glow Luminizing Blush

Sephora x Disney | Minnie’s Inner Glow Luminizing Blush ($22.00 for 0.39 oz.) is described as a “soft luminizer with a peachy glow.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a soft, gold shimmer. Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Freshen Up (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Style Cast (LE, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Bubbly (LE, $28.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Esoteric (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

There’s not a whole lot of information regarding the formula, other than it is a highlighting blush, so it imparts both color and glow, which it does for light to medium-dark skin tones; darker skin tones may find it adds warmth and sheen but not necessarily visible color. The texture was soft, lightly dry, and blendable; it could have been more finely-milled, but applied, I didn’t notice that it wasn’t as smooth as it could have been. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff, and the shimmer produced a soft sheen but didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours.

Sephora Luminizing Blush Minnie's Inner Glow
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder
Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery-brown with warm undertones and a gold, frosted sheen. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Golden Age (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior #004 (P, $56.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque color coverage (once built up). The texture was just like the others in the line: smooth, soft, blendable, but there was that slight dryness to it if you put your finger against the surface–it just didn’t seem to translate in a negative way on the skin. It was easy to diffuse the color along the cheek bones, and the more shimmery nature didn’t emphasize my pores. Of all four shades, this one had the most metallic sheen applied, so if pore emphasis is a big concern, you might want to test-drive this prior to purchasing. The color was a bit of a chameleon on me; there is a rosier undertone that became more present the more it was blended out, which made it look like bronze/copper against my skin tone. I will be curious to hear how it works on other skin tones and undertones.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Seduction
Seduction

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Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator Powder
Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator Powder ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a very light, rosy pink with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Gleam (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Devotee (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter) (P) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Scrumptious (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $42.00) is darker (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (to mostly opaque) with a texture that was slightly dry to the touch, but it still had a very smooth, blendable consistency that sat well on the skin. I really expected this to emphasize the natural texture of the skin, but once blended, it produced an illuminating sheen that was moderate rather than metallic. I think this would work really well paired with a slew of blushes to brighten and add sheen. I noticed signs of the powder fading on my skin after eight hours of wearing it.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Devotion
Devotion

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