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Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush

Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush
Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush

Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium mauve-y brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Plum Rose (P, $12.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Royal (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Ven Conmigo (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cashew (P, $24.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). This blush was very pigmented, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, but it wasn’t dusty or powdery, so it didn’t sheer out immediately upon being blended. It was easy to maneuver and diffuse the edges of the blush on the skin for a very blended look. This shade wore well for just over eight hours on me before I noticed slight fading.

Makeup Geek Blush Puppy Love
Puppy Love
Puppy Love
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder
Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a very light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a shimmery, lightly sparkly finish. NARS Devotee (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Burberry No. 03 Pink Pearl (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (LE, $75.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell (LE, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Becca Prismatic Amethyst (LE, $38.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” It has a warmer base color, while the shimmer seemed cooler and icier (particularly noticeable when I applied it to the face and blended out). The texture was fairly soft, not as smooth as the other two shades in the range, but it remained blendable and easy to apply to the skin. The texture didn’t emphasize pores on me, and it had buildable, medium coverage. While this had the most noticeable shimmer, it actually seemed to have the least amount of sheen between the three shades in the line; it yields a noticeable glow–somewhere between subtle and moderate. This shade stayed on well for seven hours on me.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder Peach Lights
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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MAC x Star Trek Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder ($34.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “sheer wash of soft rose shimmer.” The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Enigmatic (P, $9.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Highlight) (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Cover FX Blossom (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition formula for the brand’s collaboration for Star Trek. I have next to no specific information regarding the formula, so I’m assessing it as a typical highlighting powder as they seem designed to impart luminosity over strong color (all three shades are described as sheer and have shimmer/pearl). This shade had sheer to semi-sheer coverage with a fairly soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily on the skin and sat well without emphasizing pores or the skin’s texture. I believe this is the lightest of the three shades that will be available, and it gives a soft glow to my skin tone (light-medium to medium, for reference) but may add a little bit of color on very fair complexions. This wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

The Star Trek collection will be available online on August 25th and in-stores September 1st (North America). There are two more shades–Strange New Worlds (sheer wash of golden coral pearl) and Highly Illogical (sheer wash of golden plum with fine pearl) also released.

MAC Trip the Light Fantastic Powder Luna Luster
Luna Luster
Luna Luster
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette

Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette
Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette

Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette ($14.99 for 0.32 oz.) consists of four highlighters–three powder, one cream. They’re designed as “highly pigmented metallic finishes” that give a “luminous sheen” on the “face and body.” It’s a fun palette for highlighting that doesn’t break the bank, and I think that the biggest issue is that not all shades were “highly pigmented” but imagine for many, that’s not a deal-breaker when it comes to highlighters.

Ecliptic is a subdued, light-medium rose pink with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer coverage, which was somewhat buildable but never to more than medium coverage. The creamier consistency made it prone to sheering out as it was blended onto the skin, though I think that works well for the type of product it is as it is hard to overdo. On me, the cream highlighter wore for seven hours before becoming patchy. Bobbi Brown Bikini (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is lighter (90% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Iridescent (100) (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell (LE, $34.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hemisphere is a cooler, pinky lavender with a luminous sheen. The consistency was soft and blendable, but it was a touch drier and looser in the pan, so it didn’t have the same finely-milled feel as some highlighters/powders can. I don’t think this is something really seen on the skin (at least not for me), as it imparted a nice, glowy finish that didn’t emphasize pores or look dry on. It had good pigmentation and lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (P, $54.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 5 Frozen Purple (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Royal Calyx (P, $4.99) is darker (95% similar). Stila Transcendence (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Purple Horseshoe (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Center) (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Celestial (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dose of Colors Pearl Dust (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Amethyst (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Twilight (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Hippo (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Over the Moon (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Coloured Raine Lavender Dreams (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Monster (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Lavender Steel (P, $7.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Prismatic Amethyst (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Subsolar is a very light yellow with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It doesn’t seem warm enough to be your traditional take on a gold highlighter–it almost has a green cast to it at some angles. The texture was smooth but had a firmer press to it compared to the right two highlighters, which resulted in more semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage. It gave my skin a subtle glow without adding warmth to it (I am warm-toned, though) and did not emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. The highlighter wore nicely for seven and a half hours. Makeup Revolution Holographic Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Rivage (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Fortune (LE, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). J. Cat Beauty White Goddess (-, $9.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Helia (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Pearl Flashes Gold (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Huda Beauty Santorini (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Star Reader (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Equinox is a bright, light-medium coppery peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. This shade was richly pigmented with a very soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen dry in the pan but didn’t look that way on the skin. On the skin, it had more of a metallic finish, which made it the most reflective of the four shades in the palette, and it was just shy of emphasizing pores on my skin if wore at medium coverage (or sheerer). This shade lasted for just over seven and a half hours for me. Dior #001 (P, $56.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Forever Young (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Destined (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Lit (P, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Becca Opal Flashes Jade (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay NSFW (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Dayglow (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $48.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). LORAC Sunlight (LE, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 4 Golden Peach (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sleek MakeUP Highlighting Palette Solstice
Solstice
Solstice
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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B

Subsolar

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A-

Equinox

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Makeup Geek Main Squeeze Blush

Makeup Geek Main Squeeze Blush
Makeup Geek Main Squeeze Blush

Makeup Geek Main Squeeze Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $27.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Rose (P, ) is darker (95% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Peach Passion (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Pink Play #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Fun Ending (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Milani Berry Rays #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pinch O' Peach (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Wavelength (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). The texture was dustier and more prone to sheering out than a lot of the other shades I’ve tested in the new formula. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff, and it didn’t seem to last as long–only six and a half hours–on me. The only bright spot on this product was that it was still blendable on the skin, but it might look drier on dry skin types.

Makeup Geek Blush Main Squeeze
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
73%
Total

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Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder
Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light, pinky-beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Gleam (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Crafty (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (LE, $75.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Looxi Beauty La Belle (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Moon Glow (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Smokin' Whistles (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” The texture of this shade was much smoother and more finely-milled compared to Golden Lights, and as a result, it didn’t feel dry or powdery, though it was very blendable and easy to work with. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. The shimmer seemed a little more refined as well, so it had more of a light-medium level of sheen that didn’t appear metallic or shiny. On my warmer complexion, it’s a highlighter hue that can work well with many blushes, as it doesn’t alter the color of them much when paired with my skin tone, but very fair and/or cooler skin tones may find it adds some warmth when used. The highlighter lasted seven hours on me before fading noticeably.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder Radiant Lights
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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