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Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Bronzer) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Nude Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Capri Coast (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (-, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” The texture was soft, smooth, and very lightly dusty, but it still applied well to the skin without looking powdery or dry (I have normal-to-dry skin). It was easy to blend and diffuse the edges of the bronzer on the skin to get a soft, natural warmth. The color payoff was semi-sheer, but buildable, and should work for those who like barely-there bronzer and those who want more noticeable warmth on the skin. The bronzer stayed on well for just over eight hours before I noticed slight signs of fading.

There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (02)

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Bobbi Brown Telluride Highlighting Powder

Bobbi Brown Telluride Highlighting Powder
Bobbi Brown Telluride Highlighting Powder

Bobbi Brown Telluride Highlighting Powder ($46.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a muted, medium-drark rosy plum with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition highlighting powder designed to give “high-impact, buildable radiance.” This is the third (and last!) shade that was released, and it seemed to be the most shimmery and deepest in color (this is likely to be more of a highlighting blush on very fair to medium skin tones but work particularly well as a highlighter on darker complexions). It had medium, buildable coverage paired with a soft, smooth, but denser, consistency that blended out effortlessly. I did not feel like this emphasized my pores, but I think it might if you feel like your pores are larger/more noticeable in general. The highlighter wore well for eight hours on my normal-to-dry skin.

Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder Telluride
Telluride

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Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush

Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush
Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush

Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a pale, light pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Threesome (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Plum #1 (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Pink Cult (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Guerlain Happy Glow (LE, $54.00) is lighter, 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 very good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and finely-milled texture that blended out easily on the skin. This is a shade that is going to be best for fairer skin tones or for diffusing a more intense/deeper shade in a more ombre/gradient effect. It is more matte, but it didn’t read chalky on me, which was a pleasant surprise. The color wore well for eight hours on me.

Makeup Geek Blush Promise Ring
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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LORAC Infrared Color Source Blush

LORAC Infrared Color Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Infrared Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Infrared Color Source Buildable Blush ($22.00 for 0.017 oz.) is a deep, red-burgundy with warm undertones and a satin finish. Makeup Geek Desire (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Cerise (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Color Source Buildable Blush formula is supposed to offer–you guessed it–buildable color coverage with a “silky-smooth” consistency available in matte and satin finishes. The softer, more finely-milled consistency of the powder made this a lot easier to use, as it blended out well, and it could be sheered out slightly as well. With such a deep shade, having a lot of blendability is key. It was semi-opaque to opaque in pigmentation, which is a bit higher coverage than most of the shades in the range that I have tried myself, but it should work exceptionally well on deeper skin tones as a result. Those who like sheerer or softer blush, I would recommend a fan brush and a light hand. The finish has a nice, luminous sheen to it that looked natural and not overtly shimmery on. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

LORAC Color Source Buildable Blush Infrared
Infrared
Infrared
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow Highlighting Powder

Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow Highlighting Powder
Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow Highlighting Powder

Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow Highlighting Powder ($46.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with warm undertones and a lighter, peachy gold shimmer-sheen finish. Makeup Revolution Peach Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #2 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Iced (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Bold Spirit (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Made Me Do It (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rekindle (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Top) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (-, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Enigmatic (P, $9.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $33.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Sassy Grape (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Looxi Beauty Goddess (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition highlighting powder designed to give “high-impact, buildable radiance.” The texture was very soft and smooth, while it had a firmer feel to it overall, so it seems like a product that would take awhile to get through, but the firmness didn’t make it hard to apply or get color payoff out of the powder. It had medium, buildable coverage, which is in line with the brand’s description of the formula. Sunset Glow applied easily to the skin as it was quite blendable, while it wore well for eight hours before I noticed it fading along the edges.

Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder Sunset Glow
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a soft, medium yellowed brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Original (P, $50.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Nude Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Medium Deep (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Melina (Highlight) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” Now, this isn’t as luminous as Highlight (010), and I can see more of that “matte radiance” concept with the more bronzer-like shades. The texture was very smooth and finely-milled, thin but not dusty, and blended out nicely on the skin without skipping or turning patchy. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (closer to opaque after three layers on me). The bronzer lasted well for eight hours on me–exactly as marketed!–before fading. There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (01)

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