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Laura Geller Pink Buttercream Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Pink Buttercream Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Pink Buttercream Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Pink Buttercream Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy plum with warm, coppery-orange undertones and a frosted sheen. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is cooler (95% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Watermelon/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Buddy (Shimmer) (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $30.00) is more muted (85% similar). NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Telluride (LE, $46.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush-n-Brighten formula is supposed to be “smooth” and “long-wearing” with “a blend of rich, marbleized color.” The texture was really smooth and soft without being dry or dusty, like some Baked formulas can be, but the powder wasn’t stiff, either. This made it really easy to blend out on the skin, as it applied evenly and diffused nicely. It had a more shimmery finish, but it didn’t emphasize my skin’s texture or pores. On me, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before I noticed the blush start to fade.

Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten Pink Buttercream
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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MAC Tryphaena and Cleopatra Pro Sculpting Creme Duo

MAC Tryphaena & Cleopatra Pro Sculpting Cream Duo
MAC Tryphaena & Cleopatra Pro Sculpting Cream Duo

MAC Tryphaena & Cleopatra Pro Sculpting Cream Duo ($33.00 for TBA oz.) has a highlighter and contour in a cream formula. The formula felt denser and had less slip than MAC’s Cream Colour Bases, and they are consistent with previously-released Pro Sculpting Creams (I have a review for them from 2012). I found them easy to apply and blend out with fingertips or synthetic brushes, as the texture was creamy with enough color payoff to show up on the skin but wasn’t so dense as to become difficult to use. They lasted for seven to eight hours on me.

Climax is a very light, neutral-to-warm-toned white with faint shimmer. It had a creamy consistency that applied well, blended out nicely, and didn’t emphasize pores. Unless layered quite heavily, it ended up as a light highlighter–if you are a fan of high-sheen or metallic highlighters, this will fall short for you. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before breaking down. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00)(95% similar). Tarte Gleam (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Stole the Show (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Dior Glowing Pink (001) (LE, $58.00) is cooler (95% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Blinded by the Light (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Crevasse is a medium, taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a natural finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, which was easily applied with a lighter hand or intensified with a denser brush or heavier hand. The texture was forgiving and easy to work with, and I had no trouble blending the color out on my skin. I’m about NC25 in MAC terminology, and it shows up on me, but I suspect that medium-dark and deeper skin tones will not find this to show up well on them. The sculpting shade lasted for eight hours on me. Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Taupe (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Contour (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P) is lighter (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pro Sculpting Crème Duo Tryphaena and Cleopatra
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Climax

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Crevasse

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Chanel Duo N. 02 Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour

Chanel Duo No. 02 Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour
Chanel Duo No. 02 Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour

Chanel Duo No. 02 Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour ($65.00 for 0.39 oz.) is supposed to be used as a highlighting and contouring powder duo that gives a “sheer, natural finish.” Between the two duos offered, this is the “better” one, but it still falls noticeably short when it comes to being blendable and easy to use. I just think that the texture is far too firm, too stiff, and it translates into application, which is where it really counts. For some, this might be a happy accident, but the darker “contour” shade here is far from “sheer.”

No. 02 (Top) is a very light beige with subtler, warmer undertones and a fine shimmer-sheen finish. The texture was softer than the other shade’s highlighter, though it was still firmer and required a denser brush (I used a blush brush–most of my highlighter-centric blushes were too feathery/soft). It blended out decently and yielded a soft sheen that didn’t emphasize pores. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Lightscapade (P, $33.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

No. 02 (Bottom) is a bright, medium-dark coral-red with warm, orange undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a stiffer consistency in the pan, which made it harder to blend out and get it to look even/diffused on the skin. The color did wear for eight hours, which was an upside! Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Boys Don't Cry (LE, $41.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) (P, $14.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Peach Boy #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva CR010 (P) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Tweed Coralline (LE, $48.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Presage (62) (DC, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Duo N. 02
Duo N. 02
Duo N. 02
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total
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Duo N. 02 (Top)

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Chanel Duo N. 01 Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour

Chanel Duo No. 01 Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour
Chanel Duo No. 01 Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour

Chanel Duo No. 01 Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour ($65.00 for 0.39 oz.) is supposed to be used as a highlighting and contouring powder duo that gives a “sheer, natural finish.” As far as higher-end, luxury-level powders, I found these to be sadly lacking in silkiness and smoothness; they just had a firmer, stiffer texture that made getting color coverage out of the shades difficult and harder to apply for a blended, seamless look. The coverage is as described–sheer–and somewhat buildable but mostly sheer to semi-opaque with several layers. I think a key aspect of a great highlighter and/or contouring product (and most cheek/face products) is blendability, and both shades were lacking that.

No. 01 (Top) is a medium-dark peachy-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer to semi-sheer coverage paired with a stiff consistency that was hard to get product off of the pan. I used a really dense brush and jabbed at the half of the pan in order to get color to show up on my skin tone. With extra effort, it blends out for a diffused look, but it’s one of the more time-consuming Chanel powders I’ve used in awhile. The color lasted for seven hours on me. Tarte Sensual (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

No. 01 (Bottom) is a dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer coverage and a drier, firmer texture that was harder to apply evenly. It does work well for contouring, and I liked how it wasn’t overly warm-toned as a lot of contouring products can be. The satin-to-matte finish also made it appear more shadowy on the skin, as it looked like skin. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Subconscious (P) is darker (90% similar). NYX Hollow (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Steal (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Duo N. 01
Duo N. 01
Duo N. 01
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3
Application
76%
Total
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Duo N. 01 (Top)

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Laura Geller Peach Delight Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Peach Delight Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Peach Delight Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Peach Delight Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is pop of medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Motu Tane (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #1 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Carnation (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Culture (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is lighter (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush-n-Brighten formula is supposed to be “smooth” and “long-wearing” with “a blend of rich, marbleized color.” It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, lightly dusty texture that sheered out slightly on the skin, but that softness did help this blend out really easily. I can see with a blush where the ability to build-up and easily sheer down would be a preference, so I think if that’s how you tend to use your blushes, you’ll be all set with the pigmentation of this shade. The finish has a stronger sheen than average but stops just shy of emphasizing pores on my skin. When I tested it, the color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten Peach Delight
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Edward Bess Ciao Threads of Silk Powder

Edward Bess Ciao Threads of Silk Powder
Edward Bess Ciao Threads of Silk Powder

Edward Bess Ciao Threads of Silk Powder ($45.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a luminous sheen.. MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Taffy (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Embruns (LE) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Golden Hour (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Highly Illogical (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Chanel Elegance (370) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Hushed Tone (P, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV (LE) is darker (80% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to “infuse the skin with luster” with a “satiny smooth powder.” It’s available in two shades (the other I already reviewed here), and I think there could have been a third–something cooler, more pink-derived. As I mentioned in the prior review, the texture is smooth and blendable once on the skin, but the powder is denser. It is oddly firm but not stiff; it takes more to dislodge the powder from the surface–not sure if it’s related to the design or formula itself–and does get a little easier with multiple uses. If the texture was more forgiving and easier to use, though, this would be a real winner, as the end result is a glowing and gorgeous on the skin. It had medium, buildable coverage with a luminous finish that didn’t emphasize pores and wore well for almost nine hours on me.

Edward Bess Threads of Silk Powder Ciao
Ciao
Ciao
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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