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Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio
Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio ($36.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains three powder highlighters to “give skin a luminous look” that uses “sophisticated, microfine Naked shimmer” and can be used on face and body. As far as coverage goes, the brand says “the color payoff of a loose powder with the convenience of a pressed powder,” which suggests high pigmentation from my experience with loose vs. pressed products and resulting coverage. If you’re unfamiliar with Urban Decay’s Illuminated formula, it’s actually rather sparkly and would not use the word “microfine” to describe it–these are best for those who want noticeable sparkle on the skin, though the underlying finish is more subdued or in this palette, two of the shades just give random sparkle rather than adding luminosity to the skin. Two of the three shades were rather sheer in this palette as well. It is a baked formula, and I have found these to fade faster than traditional powder blushes.

Pyrite is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen and light bits of gold micro-sparkle. This was the least visibly sparkly on the skin, but it also produced the strongest sheen. The texture was soft, slightly dusty but smooth, applied well and blended out without much effort. The color lasted for seven hours on me before fading. Too Faced You Light Up My Life (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Frosted (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Idol (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 4 Golden Peach (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Tarte Sparkler (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oasis is a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and silver sparkle. The texture was firm, stiff, and difficult to get the product off of as a result. This impacted the color payoff, too, and it was extremely sheer (I could barely get any to show). Applied, I get a few bits of sparkle but almost no detectable luminosity on my skin, so I actually think it misses the mark completely as an illuminator! All the sparkles had vanished within six hours (that’s about all I could judge the wear from). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Twilight is a muted, light-medium peachy-orange with an iridescent pink sparkle. (I was surprised at how similar it was to Aura, actually.) The powder was thinner and dusty to the touch, and it kicked up an excess amount of product in the pan, even with a light hand. I saw visible bits of the pink sparkle on the skin but little in the way of even illumination, so it looked matte in photos. The coverage was sheer to semi-sheer, and it was just barely visible on my skin tone in person (but not in photos). The softness of the powder made it easy to blend on the skin, and it didn’t emphasize my skin’s texture or pores. It seemed to wear for about six hours on me. Urban Decay Fireball (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hard Candy (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Apricot (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Illuminated Trio Naked
Naked
Naked
5.5
Product
4.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
62%
Total
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Bite Beauty Praline Multistick

Bite Beauty Praline Multistick
Bite Beauty Praline Multistick

Bite Beauty Praline Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a slightly brightened, medium orange with warm undertones and a satin sheen. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier (95% similar). Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is less glossy (90% similar). Smashbox Persimmon (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $23.00) is more muted (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $8.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Frivole (P, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Rude (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ocean City (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Baby Peach (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Daring (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Topless (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. The texture of this shade was smooth, lightly velvety and creamy, so it had great blendability and was easy to spread across the skin without skipping or becoming patchy. It did seem slightly thinner compared to the majority of the shades I’ve tried, but it still performed similarly with longer wear on cheeks and lips, shorter wear on eyes. The coverage varied by application, as directly pressing the tube against the skin and making a swiping motion would leave a rich, opaque line while dabbing or patting from the tube was sheer and buildable. It is, overall, a medium, buildable coverage product.

When I applied it to my cheeks, the color diffused nicely along the edges and looked even without having to work hard. I had no trouble applying with fingertips or with synthetic brushes. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours as a blush.

On the lips, I applied it directly from the tube, and it yielded smooth, opaque pigmentation that sat fairly well on the lips, but some of the color settled into my lip lines within an hour and a half of wear. The formula felt comfortable, though, and lasted for four and a half hours.

As much as I’d love for this to be a true three-in-one product, the performance as a cream eyeshadow left much to be desired, because it creased within ten minutes of applying. Even if I smoothed the color back into place with my fingertip, it would migrate and separate in the crease/lines of my lid.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Bite Beauty Multistick Praline
Praline
Praline
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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Chanel Evening Beige (340) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Evening Beige (340) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Evening Beige (340) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Evening Beige (340) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark copper with warm, rusty red undertones and a dusting of gold shimmer. Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Maui Nights (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Small Vanity (LE, $23.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Alezane (260) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Burberry Tangerine (P, $42.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Savage (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). NARS Liberte (-, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Joues Contraste formula is supposed to have “buildable coverage” with a “silky texture” that adds “radiance to the cheeks.” It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage, which was opaque in two to three layers (depends on your pressure and application method). The texture was smooth, silky, thin and a smidgen dusty, but it was blendable on the skin and sat well without emphasizing the natural texture of my skin. There was noticeable shimmer, but it is fine and only sprinkled throughout, so the resulting finish was lightly luminous but not metallic or shimmery. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Evening Beige (340)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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SUQQU Hanachaori (02) Pure Color Blush

SUQQU Hanachaori (02) Pure Color Blush
SUQQU Hanachaori (02) Pure Color Blush

SUQQU Hanachaori (02) Pure Color Blush ($34.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a medium-dark, peachy-brown with warm undertones and fine, gold shimmer. Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Crushed Bloom (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Days (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams #1 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Contour (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Daydream (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fairly Precious (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is darker (80% similar). KIKO 100 Cookie (P, $12.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It is one of five new, permanent blushes from SUQQU that features a powder formula that is supposed to combine a “subtle glow” and “pop of color.” It had medium, buildable coverage when swirled together, with the darker shade being more pigmented and the lighter (pinker) shade being a bit sheerer (which is as described). The texture was fairly soft and smooth, with just a touch of dryness, that blended easily on the skin but did not look dry or powdery. It seemed to “melt” a bit after five to ten minutes of wear. The finish was glowing and luminous without being overtly shimmery or metallic on the skin, though I wouldn’t describe it as subtle either. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

I bought mine from Selfridges, but the SUQQU blushes have been going in and out of stock, even though they are permanent (shipping is a flat $30 to the U.S., so obviously, it makes sense to wait until you have a larger order).

Suqqu Pure Color Blush Hanachaori (02)
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Bite Beauty Brioche Multistick

Bite Beauty Brioche Multistick
Bite Beauty Brioche Multistick

Bite Beauty Brioche Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a subdued, medium-dark plummy brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Verve (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Downtown Plum (P, $35.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Glamour Feast (LE, $21.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Chilly Chili (DC, $6.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Makeup Geek Covet (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (-, ) is lighter (85% similar). Shiseido Rose Crush (RD715) (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Spirit (P, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Del Rio (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C108 (P, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Double Shot (P, $17.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Touch (P, $17.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). MAC Spice (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Mascarpone (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Frick 'n' Frack (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Tulle (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Kat Von D Lolita II (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. It had a smooth, velvety texture–consistent with the range–that was light-medium in weight, thicker but not dry or heavy. This shade worked well on the cheeks and on the lips, but it fell short (due to wear time) on the lids.

It had buildable coverage when applied with fingertips or dabbed onto skin directly from the tube, but it had opaque coverage if you swiped the tube against the skin (e.g. applying it to lips directly from the tube). I had no trouble diffusing and blending the edges of the color on the cheeks and on the eyes. On lips, I was able to maneuver the rounded bullet on the lips without too many issues, but the more traditional pointed lipstick shape is definitely easier to work with, so you might prefer to use a lip brush (which is also a good idea if you want to use it as a true, multi-tasking product on eyes).

On the lips, the color wore well for five and a half hours, was neither drying nor hydrating, and sat well with smooth, even coverage that was comfortable to wear overall. When I wore it as a blush, the color showed subtle signs of fading after nine and a half hours of wear. Unfortunately, the product creased within ten minutes of applying to my eyelids.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Bite Beauty Multistick Brioche
Brioche
Brioche
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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ColourPop Candyman & Do Not Disturb Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Candy Man Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Candy Man Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Candy Man Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is deep, coppery bronze with warm, red undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was smooth, lightly wet to the touch, creamy, and seemingly blendable, but despite blending and building the color up, it looked a little patchy with some color dotting my cheeks almost like freckles. It was richly pigmented when applied with fingertips and more buildable with a brush. This shade lasted for over ten hours on me. Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is lighter (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #21 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $33.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior #004 (P, $56.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Golden Age (LE, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Gilty Bronze (LE, $29.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Glow (P, $48.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Do Not Disturb (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Hard to Get (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Do Not Disturb Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It’s a darker, less shimmery version of Candy Man, but the two are quite similar applied lightly. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and spread easily but looked a little patchy on my skin. This shade wore well for nine hours. BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #21 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Gilty Bronze (LE, $29.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #6 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior #004 (P, $56.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Hard to Get (P, $27.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to have buildable coverage–sheerer coverage when applied with a brush and intense coverage when applied with fingertips–that is long-wearing. It is a cream-to-powder formula that has a very dense, pliable texture in the pot, so it doesn’t have the same wet, emollient consistency of traditional cream blushes–this is more spongy. The texture remains very blendable on the skin, whether using fingertips or synthetic brushes, and sets to a more powder-like consistency. The pigmentation is usually buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque with a more subdued sheen, even when more metallic, on the skin. I get anywhere from eight to ten hours of wear with this formula

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Candyman
Candyman
Candyman
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Do Not Disturb
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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