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Catrice Stardust Highlighting Powder

Catrice Stardust Highlighting Powder
Catrice Stardust Highlighting Powder

Catrice Stardust Highlighting Powder ($5.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a very light, pinkish-white with cool undertones and a soft, shimmery finish. MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dose of Colors Pearl Dust (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Hemisphere (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Pandora (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Becca Prismatic Amethyst (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (LE, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Scrumptious (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Catrice’s Highlighting Powder is supposed to be “soft and velvety” that gives a “soft glow” to the skin and is available in two shades (I will review the other shade as well). The powder was soft and blendable with a lightly powdery consistency that kicked up excess product in the pan but did not look dry applied to the skin. It imparted a faint glowing finish that wasn’t metallic or shiny, so there were no issues with it emphasizing pores or my skin’s natural texture. It had good pigmentation that could easily be diffused or sheered out, if desired. The highlighter wore well for seven hours before fading on me. One thing I noticed is that it has a stronger, powdery smell to it.

Catrice Highlighting Powder Stardust
Stardust
Stardust
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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MAC Saucy Miss Blush

MAC Saucy Miss Blush
MAC Saucy Miss Blush

MAC Saucy Miss Blush ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright blue pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, bright, medium-dark magenta with cool undertones and a matte finish. MAC Heavenly (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Bright Pink (P, $16.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC This Could Be Fun (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). NARS Starscape (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Unashamed (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Pie (DC, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Vivid (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Homie (DC, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Savage (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Sephora I'm Shocked (09) (P, $14.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is one of five new blush shades being added to the permanent range, but worth noting is that they are being added as a Small Powder Blush (the same size as MAC’s eyeshadows). I’m not sure if it will be available in pan-form or not (my guess is yes, since it is permanent) at this time. The formula is the same as their regular Powder Blush range, though, other than the size (and price). The new five are supposed to be pigmented with an even, smooth texture. Saucy Miss had good pigmentation–not quite as intense as the other shades but still packs a punch of color–with a very thin texture that was fairly blendable but does need some extra care and love to manipulate into an evenly, gradually diffuse blush color. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

MAC Powder Blush (Small) Saucy Miss
Saucy Miss
Saucy Miss
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Makeup Geek Blind Date Blush

Makeup Geek Blind Date Blush
Makeup Geek Blind Date Blush

Makeup Geek Blind Date Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a matte finish.. MAC Fun Ending (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC What I Fancy (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Spellbinder (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #6 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Enchanted (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted (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). It had nice color payoff that was easy to work with as the texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled without being dusty or too thin. The blush darkened just slightly against my bare skin, which isn’t uncommon with more matte blushes for me. I had no trouble blending and diffusing the color on the skin, and it didn’t make my skin look dry, though it is matte, so did look a little flat overall. It lasted for seven and a half hours before I noticed slight fading.

Makeup Geek Blush Blind Date
Blind Date
Blind Date
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido (500) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido (500) Air Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido (500) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido (500) Air Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a bright, medium peony pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satiny sheen. The lighter color is warmer and a little more shimmery, appearing as a soft petal pink, while the deeper shade is more of a slightly muted fuchsia pink with blue undertones and a true satin finish. Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Young at Heart (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Vivid (P, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Pink Fever (20) (P, $8.99) is cooler (85% similar). Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #3 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Into the Pink (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Maui (P, $38.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). Pretty Vulgar Mirror Mirror (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, Air Blush is supposed to offer buildable coverage with a “luminous finish” that wears for “24-hours.” Each shade consists of a lighter and deeper shade, designed to be used together (each section of product is quite narrow, so it’s not feasible to use a blush or highlighting brush to get a single color). In general, I found the lighter color to have more shimmer/luminosity and acted as the “highlighting” shade within the palette, even though some variations are such that both shades are more blush-like in color and depth.

The texture was dense but soft, and the powder itself was finely-milled and sat well on the skin with a luminous sheen that didn’t read shimmery nor shiny. Of the five blushes, this was the only shade that could have blended more easily on the skin. It had medium, buildable coverage that can be easily sheered out or applied more lightly or layered for richer payoff. I thought the denser, firmer texture might not work well with very soft brushes, but I had no issues using some of my softest brushes with it.

I was extremely surprised at the wear of the product, as it still looked good on my normal-to-dry skin after 16 hours of wear with barely noticeable fading starting around 18 hours of wear. It’s pretty hard to test a cheek product for 24-hours, since inevitably, most of it will end up on my sheets if I go to sleep, and I can’t tell you if or when I’ve ever pulled an all-nighter on purpose. To that end, I am rating based on how it looked and what (if any) break down of product occurred between 14 and 18 hours of wear to extrapolate for the remaining time, which seemed to indicate solid 20-hour wear. This shade, at the very least, was extremely long-wearing and was one of the longer-wearing powder blushes I’ve tested.

Worth noting, during July, 25% of sales of Air Blush will be donated to amfAR when purchased through Marc Jacobs Beauty. (I wouldn’t use it as an excuse to purchase something you’re not interested in but would consider purchasing directly vs. through another retailer if you were planning to buy. I have ordered direct from MJB a few times, and they have always packed well and shipped efficiently–no complaints!)

Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Lush & Libido (500)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is dark brown with warm, reddish tones and a satiny sheen. MAC Compassion (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Bronze) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Malibu Soleil (LE, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Bronzed Bondi (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Deep (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Burnished (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” The powder had an incredibly smooth, soft, and finely-milled feel to it that blended out beautifully on the skin–it didn’t look dry or totally matte, but it had a nice, natural finish that looked like skin but better. It had semi-sheer to opaque coverage, and the blendable texture made it forgiving and easy to diffuse the coverage if over-applied. The color lasted eight and a half hours on me, which is a bit longer than described!

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (04)

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Palette

NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette
NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette

NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette ($59.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes four, limited edition powder blushes (one is more of a highlighter shade for most skin tones). The three blushes shades are richer shades, and two of the shades are quite deep, so I can see this working on a variety of skin tones. When working with the formula dry, I find it easy to apply and blend out, and they perform well overall. Damp application is harder to work with on my skin, as it doesn’t blend out as easily; it is better patted on with a damp fingertip or on bare skin (something about the damp brush/powder seems to disturb any base products more often than not for me). The wear ranged from seven to nine hours for me with damp application lasting longer overall.

I reached out to NARS recently for clarification with respect to the formula, because summer’s duos had contrary claims compared to the permanent duos. So, per that conversation: the Dual Intensity Blush formula is a wet/dry formulation that yields a “natural looking glow” with a dry application, whereas as damp application gives a “high-impact finish,” and the more water you have on your brush, the more “watercolor-like” the pigment will appear and with less water, it is “more saturated.” It seems like 1) the finish is more metallic/frosted with damp/wet application, and 2) the color will sheer out with a lot of water but appear more intense if just used with a damp brush. The best I can interpret is that there is just more leeway now with damp application not being specifically sheer/translucent from the get-go. I tried, and you really have to have a near-sopping wet brush before the blushes start resembling watercolors. My experience remains: it really is just medium to full coverage with a more frosted/shimmery finish applied dry, and then richer, deeper, and often more opaque color with a smoother sheen applied damp.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush I is a pale, silvery pink with cool, iridescent shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry, and semi-opaque applied damp, while the finish goes from frosted to metallic. It wore well for seven and a half hours dry, eight and a half hours damp. I think the lighter color and sheerer nature of this shade made it easy to apply even damp. NYX Snow Rose (P, $7.99) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Where the Dreamers Go (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Pandora (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush II is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and gold, frosted shimmer. It is like a deeper, richer take on the brand’s signature Orgasm blush (but it is warmer, less pink-based). It had opaque coverage both wet and dry, but damp application had a stronger metallic finish and appeared darker. It wore well for eight hours dry and nine hours damp. MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Stila Berry Shimmer (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bits (P, $27.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE, ) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Becca Snapdragon (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). Ciate Matchmaker (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Panic (Right) (P, ) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush III is a deep, fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and a frosted sheen with slight sparkle. It is slightly sheerer and more muted applied dry than it is damp, though I find they look similar once blended on the cheeks. The texture of this shade was firmer and denser, and it seemed to make blending it out harder, so this one took some effort to even out on the skin, even dry. It wore well for eight hours dry, nine hours damp. By Terry Tropical Sunset #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Plumberry (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Panic (Left) (P, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Rosy Cheeks (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was richly pigmented both dry and damp, but the damp application made the color appear a few shades darker and more metallic. The consistency was very smooth and blendable dry, and it was fairly blendable damp, but it did need extra effort/patience. This shade lasted for eight hours applied dry and closer to nine hours applied damp. By Terry Savannah Love #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Alezane (260) (P, $45.00) is more muted (85% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Palette Summer 2016
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