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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. MAC Climax (LE)(95% similar). Colour Pop Pretty Bonnes (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, cooler (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). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Gleam (P) 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). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $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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bareMinerals The Royal Court Ready Face Color Trio

bareMinerals The Royal Court Ready Face Color Trio
bareMinerals The Royal Court Ready Face Color Trio

bareMinerals The Royal Court Ready Face Color Trio ($29.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a limited edition, slim set of cheek colors–highlighter, blush, and bronzer–for the holidays. I tried to calculate the value, but I’m not sure if these products are sold individually, so for the highlighter and bronzer, I used the Ready Luminizer Duo and the Ready Bronzer for calculations. There is $11.20 worth of highlighter, $15.33 worth of blush, and $11.20 worth of bronzer, which is a total of $37.73 (bareMinerals lists it as $49.50 value, which it may very well be, given the formulas aren’t quite translating).

Clear Radiance is a light, pale pink with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that didn’t emphasize pores and lasted for eight and a half hours on me (a little longer than eight-hours claimed). MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Highlighter) (DC, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Smashbox Prism (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Gate is a muted, medium rosy pink with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and easy to blend on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading (bonus: bareMinerals only markets these as eight-hour wear, how reasonable!). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate Matte (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Empowering (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Warmth is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a blendable consistency, but I found the powder itself to be a little firmer in the pan than I’ve encountered previously in the Ready formula. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #6 (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Earthnut (LE) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Unique (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Chisel (P) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Semi-Sweet (LE) is glossier (90% similar). Zoeva ND020 (P) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

bareMinerals Ready Face Color Trio The Royal Court
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Golden Gate

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Warmth

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NARS One Shocking Moment Blush Palette

NARS One Shocking Moment Blush Palette
NARS One Shocking Moment Blush Palette

NARS One Shocking Moment Blush Palette ($69.00 for 1.01 oz.) includes a highlight/contour duo, bronzer, and four blushes. Two of the blushes (Robotic and Blasphemy) are limited edition and exclusive to the palette, while the other products are part of the permanent range. For those keeping track of value, this palette contains: $36 worth of contour/highlight duo, $40 worth of bronzer (it is actually larger than a full-sized bronzer), and $90 worth of blush, which yields a total value of $166; this is good as far as palettes go, and it’s particularly good for high-end and for the NARS brand. I do think that a contouring duo is risky, since it will not suit all skin tones, and of course, we have seen Laguna umpteen amount of times, so that might be a waste for those who have a few NARS palettes already! Otherwise, it’s a decent to good palette that will be best for those who like buildable blushes, rather than richly pigmented ones.

Paloma Highlight is a very pale beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It feels very soft and silky in the pan, and it gets a little powdery on my arm, where my skin is a little drier, but it didn’t look powdery on my face (which is more normal). It wore well for eight hours on me. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Mythic (P, $59.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is darker (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Light (P, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Nico (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Paloma Contour is a muted, rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was drier than the highlight, even though it was soft and blended out decently (could have been easier to apply!). It started to fade after eight hours. NARS Gienah Highlight (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Sculpting #2 (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Sculpt (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Sombre (P) is cooler (80% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is more shimmery, lighter, better quality (80% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Contour (P) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is a medium-dark brown with golden shimmer and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, was lightly dry and dusty, but it applied well enough and wore for seven and a half hours on me. Too Faced Jolie (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Bronze (P) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is darker (90% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Golden Age (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Robotic is a light-medium pink with soft, cool undertones and a subtle, silver shimmer over a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty, though soft, texture that blended out easily on the skin and wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, brighter (95% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Bloom (LE, $80.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier (90% similar). Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Audacious Plum (P, $34.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is brighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #3 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Cherry (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blasphemy is a muted, light-medium rosy pink with a satin finish. It had so-so color payoff with a drier, lightly dusty texture that builds up to semi-opaque coverage. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours. MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE)(95% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Empowering (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Love (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Luster is a medium-dark, gold-shimmered orange with a hint of brown and warm undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a lightly powdery texture that seemed to help blending, as it was easy to apply, but the color was prone to sheering out. This blush wore for eight hours on me. Anastasia Peach Nectar (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Peaceful (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Esoteric (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose Golden Goddess (P, $5.99) is warmer, cooler (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury First Love (P, $40.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Tigerlily (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold Shimmer (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Style Cast (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced I Will Always Love You (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Alpine Bronze (LE, $27.00) is cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dolce Vita is a slightly muted, medium-dark reddish plum with warm undertones and fine gold shimmer that gives it a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky, and blendable texture that lasted for eight hours on me. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Glamour Feast (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cerise (P, $24.00) is more muted, glossier (90% similar). LORAC Infrared (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Seduction (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Almeria (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $39.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Biscotti (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Steven Klein Holiday 2015 Blush Palette One Shocking Moment
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Becca Champagne Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Palette

Becca Champagne Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Palette
Becca Champagne Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Palette

Becca Champagne Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Palette ($34.00 for 0.26 oz.) includes three highlighters in white, peach-orange, and copper. The latter two have been released in full-sized, individual compacts previously, but this is the first time for the white highlighter (Pearl). If you like Becca’s highlighters, I don’t see why you wouldn’t like this palette, other than that you may already own two of the three shades. Like the Afterglow palette, the texture of the three powders seemed drier here, not quite as creamy or as finely-milled as the full-sized versions. It doesn’t seem to impact the overall appearance of them on the skin, and they’re still blendable and easy to apply. Becca’s highlighter formula is what I’d call a strong highlighter–intense, obvious, over-the-top–and a little goes a long way, so I recommend using a very feathery highlighting or fan brush to get a luminous sheen to avoid emphasizing pores.

Pearl is a pale, milky white with a frosted shimmer. The texture was fairly soft and smooth, but it felt a little dry–almost looser and not as dense as the full-sized pressed highlighters do. It had good pigmentation that could be blended out or built-up for a really high-shine sheen. The highlighter lasted for eight hours on me. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Where the Dreamers Go (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Glowing Pink (001) (LE, $58.00) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Trophy (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Psychedelic (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Delice (78) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Pink (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Snow (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Pop is a light-medium, golden orange with warm undertones and a frosted, almost metallic sheen. Again, the texture felt looser, a little dry, compared to the full-sized version I have from earlier this year. It doesn’t feel particularly dry (certainly not crumbly or stiff), but I think one of the more standout characteristics of Becca’s pressed highlighters is that creaminess, that richness, which I don’t quite get here. Luckily, it still applies easily, blends and diffuses on the skin, and lasted for eight hours without emphasizing pores. NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, brighter (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Idol (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Dior #001 (LE, $65.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blushed Copper is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, blendable consistency. This one is metallic enough that it emphasizes pores if I’m not careful with my application. I’m medium in complexion (MAC NC25-NC30), and it works as a highlighting blush on me, as it does yield visible color on my skin tone. If you’re fairer than I and aren’t sure how to use it, you can use it with a fan brush for even subtler warmth, or you can mix it with Pearl or Champagne Pop to lighten. Becca Blushed Copper (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (95% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is darker (90% similar). Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Firework (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stylish Me (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Swift (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 18 (P, $62.00) is brighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Palette Champagne Glow
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
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Pearl

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