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NYX Nude ‘tude HD Blush

NYX Nude 'tude (02)  HD Blush
NYX Nude ‘tude (02) HD Blush

NYX Nude ‘tude (02) HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a meduim brown with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is warmer (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours. Nude ‘tude is semi-sheer, buildable coverage with a really soft, silky texture that practically crumbled when a brush touched it, so there was a lot of excess powder in the pan. If you are very fair, you may find it easy to over-apply as a lot of product gets on the brush if you aren’t careful. The blush is finely-milled, though, which makes it easy to blend out on the skin, and it doesn’t look powdery on. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

NYX HD Blush Nude 'Tude
Nude 'Tude
Nude 'Tude
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
77%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Makeup Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette ($165.00 for 0.79 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows, one highlighter, and one contour powder. My favorite products are the highlighter and contour powders, which will come as no surprise, as I have reviewed them favorably in the past as standalones. You actually get more of each product in the palette than in the individual compact, but for $65 you could purchase the Contour Book Volume II, which also contains 0.17 oz. worth of the Celestial Powder and 0.14 oz. of the Sculpting Powder (plus other standout product sin the brand’s line, like a small version of Starlight and larger sizes of the cream versions of the highlight/contour found in this palette). I don’t think the eyeshadows are worth the additional expense; the shades themselves are dupable, but the formula feels dusty, dry, and sometimes powdery and other times stiffer. They blended out better than I expected, and they lasted seven to eight hours (so not too shabby), but they were more semi-sheer to semi-opaque and prone to sheering out when applied.

According to my calculations, the palette contains a total value of $263.20 worth of product. Here’s how the value breaks down:

  • $68 worth of The Celestial Powder
  • $56 worth of The Sculpting Powder
  • $139.20 worth of The Essential Eyeshadow (going off of The Essential Eyeshadow Set price per ounce)

Candlelight is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. The texture is soft, smooth, finely-milled, and it blends beautifully on the skin without emphasizing pores. The color wore well for just over nine hours before it started to fade. MAC Pearl (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Auréole (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Oasis (LE) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Light (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Strobe (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is less shimmery, darker, lower quality (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Pink Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Pretty Bonnes (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Reserve Your Cabana (P, $3.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Medium is a muted, medium-dark shadowy brown with hints of gray and a matte finish. The powder is incredibly silky and finely-milled, which helps it blend out well on the skin. It had good pigmentation and lasted for eight and a half hours. MAC Crevasse (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Contour Deep (Tarteist) (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Deep Contour (P) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Omega (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Sepia (LE, $23.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P) is warmer (85% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Contour (P) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Iced Gold is a cool-toned white base with slightly warm-toned gold with a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation and was a little dry and dusty. It lasted for seven hours on me. LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Snow (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Golden Glow #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #2 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Soft Gold (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #5 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Nylon (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Pin-up (LE, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Chardonnay (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Photosphere (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). The Estee Edit Snowlit (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne is a light-medium, beige-brown with warm undertones and a soft pearl shimmer. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that was just a smidgen powdery. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours. Laura Mercier Bamboo (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Sax Appeal (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Era (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Smash (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S642 Sahara (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wheat is a muted, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and was powdery to work with. The color started to fade after seven hours. Sephora Sandcastle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Toffee (LE, $19.00) is more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M408 Mustard (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Camel is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty consistency that made it prone to sheering out. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Wedge (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Givenchy Delicate #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Cove (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Desert (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Givenchy Delicate #2 (P) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Nano Nude #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). LORAC Cool Taupe (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coco is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was slightly drier in the pan, which made it stiffer to work with, and it turned patchy when I tried to blend it out. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation and lasted for seven hours. Tarte Jetsetter (P) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Heartbreaker (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Samael (P) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Warm Taupe (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Lockout (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #342 (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Picnic Basket (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Taupe (P, $19.00) is cooler, better quality (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Walnut (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Charmed, I'm Sure (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Faith (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Beware (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Bengali (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dune (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Chocolate is a smoky, taupe brown with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones and a soft shimmer. It had semi-opaque coverage, but it was thinner and dusty in texture, which resulted in it sheering out on the lid. This shade lasted for seven hours before noticeably fading. MAC Licorice Lane (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Truffle (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 20 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Defy (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Saleos (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Thunderbolt (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Persuade (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Sleigh Watch (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #5 (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Keep Your Cool (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Fuze (LE)(90% similar). MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Images of Rapture (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Permanent Press #3 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Burberry Graphite (No. 28) (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Jaq (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Cendre (P) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beige is a light beige with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin shimmer. It had good color payoff and was very soft and blendable, but it was dusty to work with, so it tended to sheer out on the lid and faded after seven hours. theBalm Wipe Out (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Crosses (LE) is darker (95% similar). Ulta Bone (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Flagstone (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Rust (Highlight) (P) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Divinity (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Sugar Cookie (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Sand (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Oh, Rocky! (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Broken (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Peach is a light-medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a powdery consistency that sheered out when I went to blend it. On me, this shade wore well for seven hours. Sephora Desert Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Dream Boat (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Valhalla (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Blue Garden #1 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (P) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Beige (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Light Grey is a light-medium, gray taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage with a very thin, dusty consistency that just wouldn’t build up no matter what. This shade started to fade after six hours of wear. Buxom Designer or Die (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Lazarus (P) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Frisk (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pewter is a muted, mauve plum with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dusty, powdery texture that sheered out readily. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #3 (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). theBalm #20 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Plum Grand (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Joy & Laughter #2 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #4 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm A1 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Violet Spell (LE, $14.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Espresso is a dark, taupe gray with cool undertones and a plummy vibe paired with a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was just a little dusty but easy enough to work with. This shade wore well for eight hours. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Taupe (05) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Electroplate (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Meow (DC, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Eclipse Eagle (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Cherie (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Black Orchid (130) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Mixed Tape (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Lhasa (P, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #4 (P) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S556 Taupe Gray (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Urban Decay Darkside (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Anastasia Antique (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black is a medium-dark black with cool undertones and a smattering of fine shimmer over a mostly matte base. It had sheer coverage, and it was incredibly powdery, which made it prone to sheering out and turning patchy on the lid when blended. It wore well for seven hours before fading on me. MAC Dark Energy #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Indigo (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Black Tied (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 19 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Star (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Penthouse (LE) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kevyn Aucoin Holiday 2015 Makeup Palette The Legacy
The Legacy
The Legacy
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
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ColourPop Electric Slide Super Shock Cheek & Leopard Pressed Pigment

ColourPop Electric Slide Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Electric Slide Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Electric Slide Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish–pretty much just as the brand described it. The texture was smooth, creamy, and a cinch to blend out on the skin. I love that the formula can be used over foundation without disturbing your base products. The coverage is semi-sheer to opaque, depending on how much you apply initially or with what, which is in line with what the formula is supposed to be. The color was going strong after ten hours of wear. NARS Jubilation (Left) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pieno Sole (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Leopard Super Shock Pressed Pigment ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “vivid violet blue.” It’s a meidum-dark purple with cool, blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage, and it was blendable along the edges, but the texture was dry and prone to crumbling when I applied too much pressure on it. Pressed Pigments are “not intended for the eye area,” so keep that in mind 🙂 I wore it as a blush, and it lasted for nine hours. Colour Pop Liaison (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Urban (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Ultraviolet (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Daddy (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Electric Slide
A+

Discontinued

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Pressed Pigments Leopard
Leopard
Leopard
C-

Limited Edition

6
Product
7
Pigmentation
6
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
72%
Total

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Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as “golden nude.” Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Crafty (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Oasis (LE) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Strobe (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Pretty Bonnes (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as an “ultra smooth baked face powder” that gives a “natural colour with a radiant healthy glow” with “sheer, buildable coverage” and “eight hour” wear. There are four shades, and this is the lightest one, and the other three appear to be more bronze-like. The texture is incredibly soft, silky, and smooth; it’s thin but not dusty or dry, and it’s this thinner, silkier consistency that makes it easily blended on the skin. The finely-milled powder paired with fine shimmer keeps the finish from emphasizing pores (even when applied more heavily). It had buildable coverage, as described, and it actually lasted for closer to nine hours on me. I can definitely see why this has been raved about over the years–glad I picked it up, as I see it finding its way into my go-to drawer (a great permanent highlighter? always room for one more!).

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Highlight 01
Highlight 01

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Cle de Peau Bal Masque Body Powder

Cle de Peau Bal Masque Body Powder
Cle de Peau Bal Masque Body Powder

Cle de Peau Bal Masque Body Powder ($120.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a very pale, pink-tinged beige with fine golden shimmer-sheen. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Climax (LE)(95% similar). Colour Pop Pretty Bonnes (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Crushed Pearl (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Right) (P) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Oasis (LE) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Universal (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I know what you’re thinking, “But Temptalia, why would you buy a $120 body powder?” And I’d have no real answer for you other than I was really curious to see if it was good, bad, or somewhere in-between. I remain curious, as well, about what might be in it that makes it inappropriate as a cheek highlighter (the box does say to avoid direct contact with eyes, but it isn’t unusual for cheek colors/highlighters to be safe for cheeks but not eyes!). It is luminous and high-shine on the skin, whether body or cheeks, but I don’t think it veers into disco ball territory where the shimmer emphasizes the skin’s natural texture. There are noticeable sparkly bits here and there, but it is the least glittery body powder I’ve come across–not that I’ve tried more than a dozen over the years! The powder is soft, smooth, and incredibly finely-milled, while it is blendable and easily diffused for sheerer or heavier shimmer coverage. The powder has a floral scent, which I didn’t notice often when wearing it, so it didn’t seem as heavy-handed as some fragranced powders can be. The powder lasted for eight hours with minor migration when I wore it on my neck/shoulders, but I didn’t notice migration when I tried it on cheeks.

Cle de Peau Body Powder Bal Masque
Bal Masque
Bal Masque
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe Palette

bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe Palette
bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe Palette

bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe Palette ($39.00 for 0.65 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows, two blushes, one highlighter, and one bronzer. The palette has $56.47 worth of eyeshadow, $15.33 worth of blush, $7.20 worth of highlighter, and $8.00 worth of bronzer for a total value of $87.00. I liked it, though it’s not quite as impressive as most of the Ready palettes are (they are nearly perfect), and one aspect that I really appreciated was that one row of eyeshadows was warmer and one row was cooler (though not truly cool-toned). The palette is also slim, so it doesn’t take up a lot of space.

Natural is described as a “light buttery peach.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with a semi-matte finish. It had so-so color coverage, but the texture was firmer and thinner compared to the other shades in the palette (and from the Ready line overall). The color lasted for 10 hours (Ready formula is marketed as a 12-hour formula). This version is a lot lighter and much less warm compared to the previous version I tried. bareMinerals Magnate (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Barefoot in the Grass (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Framed (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Walking in the Sand (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Vespertine (P) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Lace (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Uninhibited (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Cream (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Lace Teddy (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay ABC Gum (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #330 (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Macaroon (LE) is darker (85% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cognac is described as a “gilded bronze.” It’s a medium, golden copper bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented, rich and buttery in texture, blended effortlessly, and lasted twelve hours on me. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Radar (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Benefit My Two Cents (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Ethereal (P) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Hot Commodity (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #2 (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC English Gilt (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals Santorini (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Namaste is described as a “sandy brown.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray and warm undertones paired with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a smooth, silky texture that wasn’t too powdery and blended nicely on the skin. It lasted for eleven hours on me. LORAC Tails & Top Hats #2 (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Dark Brown (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Renholder (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Primal (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Jetta (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Lockout (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Yamal (LE, $25.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Treasure Hunt is described as a “shimmering taupe.” It’s a medium-dark taupe brown with warm, reddish-brown undertones and lighter gold frost. It had nice color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to work with. On me, the eyeshadow faded after eleven hours of wear. Urban Decay Nameless (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Charged Up (LE) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Magnetism (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #3 (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Resist (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Under the Mistle-taupe (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Grand-Palais (P) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 12 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Nevermind (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Burberry Nude (No. 002) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Ska (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals A-Ha (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Superwatt (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Ursa Major (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Vanity Fair (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #11 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

500 Thread Count is described as an “airy pink.” It’s a very light, warm-toned beige with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was just a hair on the powdery side (use less and it’s not as noticeable!). The color faded after ten and a half hours. Sephora Flagstone (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Thirteen (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Full Moon (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Lifelike (P) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Full Moon (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Mylar (DC, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Chandelier (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Sugar Cookie (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #5 (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Black #1 (LE, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Romp is described as an “iridescent lilac.” It’s a muted, medium-dark silvery purple with cool undertones and warmer, gold shimmer paired with a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a very soft, smooth consistency that glided across the skin like butter. On my skin, the color lasted a full twelve hours. The version in the palette seems a bit more metallic, and almost cooler in tone due to the stronger sheen, than the one I had before. Clinique Lavish Lilac (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Pandemonium (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Mixed Tape (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Bluff (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Left) (LE, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Twilight (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Lancome Zip Me Up (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm #20 (P, $6.50) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flash is described as a “matte purple clay.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but it could have been more pigmented, though it is buildable. The consistency was soft, smooth, and finely-milled, so it was easy to blend out, and as it wasn’t powdery, it didn’t sheer out too readily. The color started to fade after ten and a half hours of wear. Kat Von D Plum (Contour) (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Misty Mauve (LE) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Wisteria (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #358 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Forbidden (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Mauve (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Buon Fresco (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Blackberry (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Vintage (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Regal is described as a “velvet plum.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and plum and bronze sparkle. The texture was a little drier compared to the other shades, perhaps due to the larger sparkle in it, and it was semi-opaque. This shade wore well for ten hours. Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Pewter (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Don't Tell (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 12 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Brown Sugar (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #5 (P) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Sinful (LE, $14.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Dreamlight (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Summer Fling is described as a “creamy peach.” It’s a light-medium peach with a semi-matte finish. It had medium coverage that was somewhat buildable with a smooth, but thin, consistency that blended well enough but started to fade after seven hours (marketed as eight-hour wear). LORAC Prism (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Corol #1 (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Infiniment Chanel (P, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Nude Pink (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Mickey (Shade) (P) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Skinny Dip is described as a “light tan.” It’s a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a faint golden pearl. The bronzer had good pigmentation with a smooth, thinner texture that was blendable on the skin. The sheen is very subtle, so it didn’t emphasize pores. On me, the color lasted for eight hours. MAC Haute Contour (Bronzer) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Unique (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #6 (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Brilliant Sunset is described as an “array of light.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to work with. The highlighter lasted for eight hours on me and didn’t emphasize pores. Cle de Peau Golden Apricot (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Lit (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Highlight) (LE) is brighter (90% similar). MAC This Love (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Highlighter (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Wished I Stayed (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is darker (85% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Love Letter is described as a “warm mauve.” It’s a soft, medium-dark rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a finely-milled, smooth texture. The powder applied well and blended out nicely, while the color stayed true for eight hours. MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Love (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Empowering (LE, $28.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Elevated (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

bareMinerals Holiday 2015 Eye & Cheek Palette The Regal Wardrobe
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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