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LORAC Twilight Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Twilight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Twilight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Twilight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Heat Wave (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Lyra (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 4 Golden Peach (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Precious Petals (LE, $4.99) is darker (90% similar). Essence Be My Highlight (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Spotlight (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $42.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

New for summer, LORAC has released their Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in four shades (reviews to come for all shades). The formula is supposed to be buildable for both a “soft, natural sheen” or “layered for a high-shine, dramatic effect.” Twilight had semi-opaque to fully opaque coverage–it was the most pigmented of the four–with a fair amount of shimmer. This shade was the most shimmery/metallic of the four as well. The texture was very soft and a little loose in the pan, so it tended to sheer out a bit more readily on the skin (which I think works for a highlighter formulation) but is easily diffused beyond where one might have intended so use smaller, more precise movements/strokes when applying and blending. It emphasized pores just slightly, but it tended to be so metallic and glow-y that it was hard to notice. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before breaking down.

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter Twilight
Twilight
Twilight
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Burberry London With Love Illuminating Bronzer

Burberry London With Love Illuminating Bronzer
Burberry London With Love Illuminating Bronzer

Burberry London With Love Illuminating Bronzer ($68.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium, slightly yellow-tinged brown with warm, golden shimmer. Benefit Hoola Lite (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Laguna (P) is darker (85% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Bronzer (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is darker (80% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s supposed to give “an illuminating, sun-touched complexion with a subtle glow.” The heart is the darker, more bronze-hued shade, while the surrounding area is a more golden highlighting shade. While you can, in theory, use them separately, neither is large enough to accommodate an average-sized powder blush brush without getting some of the secondary shade on the brush. You’d need to use a small cheek or larger eye brush to use them separately. It’s more usable swirled together or leaning to one shade more than the other (so more illuminating vs. more bronzing). The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable, while the finish was glowing without emphasizing pores. It had good color payoff that could be diffused easily or applied heavily (without a lot of layers). The color wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Burberry Illuminating Bronzer London With Love
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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LORAC Daylight Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Daylight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Daylight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Daylight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Smashbox Turn It On Pearl (P) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P)(95% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Burst (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Highlighter) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Crystal Glare (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Highlighter) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

New for summer, LORAC has released their Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in four shades (reviews to come for all shades). The formula is supposed to be buildable for both a “soft, natural sheen” or “layered for a high-shine, dramatic effect.” Daylight was one of the more shimmery shades in the range, though it never became so metallic or frosted that it emphasized pores. The color payoff was medium and buildable, so true-to-pan color payoff was achievable in two to three layers, but it was just as easy to apply and diffuse for a sheer sheen. It had a smooth, moderately dense, and silky feel that was easy to work with. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours.

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter Daylight
Daylight
Daylight
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette

Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette
Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette

Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette ($38.00 for 0.63 oz.) contains four shades of warm-toned blushes for spring/summer. It’s a limited edition palette housed in a slim, travel-friendly palette with a large interior mirror and the products are labeled on the palette itself. The formula used is the Amazonian Clay Blush one, which is supposed to have 12-hour wear and be “pigment-packed.” I like Tarte’s formula, but the one downside is that they rarely wear much beyond eight hours, so they tend to get hit badly by longevity ratings as a result. The pigmentation can sometimes be lacking, but all four shades in the palette had good color payoff.

Live is a softened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a smooth, slightly firm consistency that blended out fairly well. It lasted for eight hours on me, which isn’t bad, but it isn’t close to the 12-hours claimed. (This is, unfortunately, par for the course with Tarte’s formula for me.) Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek XOXO (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). Zoeva CR020 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stellar Beauty Beam (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laugh is a medium, pinky-coral with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was really blendable on the skin. It didn’t emphasize pores when diffused on the skin. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before fading. Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Culture (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Becca Watermelon/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Sweets for My Sweet (P, $27.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Love is a muted, medium pinky-plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was paired with a slightly firm/stiff texture, so I had to use a denser brush and jab at the surface to get product to really transfer from the pan to the brush. The color wore for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Love Letter (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Impress (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dream is a bright, peony pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was easy to use and apply to the skin. It gave a subtle sheen that wasn’t overly shimmery or metallic–it just looked natural. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.49) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is cooler (90% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (-) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva PK030 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Summer 2016 Blush Palette Tarteist
Tarteist
Tarteist
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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Live

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Laugh

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Love

Limited Edition
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Dream

Limited Edition
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ColourPop Alchemy Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Pretty Bonnes Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Pretty Bonnes Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Pretty Bonnes Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “creamy ivory with subtle gold duochrome effect.” It’s a light, creamy beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. I don’t really notice a duochrome effect in person. The texture was soft, lightly emollient, and smooth on the skin. It is most blendable with fingertips (I think the warmth of fingers helps), but I had no issues using a brush–it just took a little longer. It has mostly opaque coverage applied with fingertips and then more semi-sheer, buildable coverage when used with brushes (as described). The texture didn’t emphasize pores and lasted for eight hours. Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Lightscapade (P, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop The Golden Child Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft, coppery gold.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had opaque coverage applied with a fingertip and then semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable covoerage applied with a stippling brush. The consistency was smooth, very emollient, and blended easily on the skin both with brushes and fingertips. The color wore well for nine hours on me. Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Tourmaline (LE) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Thames Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned rosy pink.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was firmer and more clay-like–dry and difficult to really get color out of except with a hard press of fingertips. I couldn’t use this well with a brush, as so little color transferred onto a brush. It seemed more like a cream blush that had been left open for too long and had dried out than a just-opened one, unfortunately. It was harder to blend on the skin as a result. Once on, the color lasted for nine hours. Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $10.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Blush) (LE) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Blush) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop New Lowes (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Black Opal Tulip (P, $8.95) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

P.S. — The products in this post are the ones from the Alchemy six-piece set, which included eyeshadow-sized (0.07 oz.) versions of the blushes; the blushes are available in full-size (0.15 oz.) as well.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Pretty Bonnes
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek The Golden Child
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Thames
Thames
Thames
C

Limited Edition

6
Product
9
Pigmentation
5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
73%
Total

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LORAC Starlight Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Starlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Starlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Starlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a pale gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. NARS Rivage (LE) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Smashbox Turn It On Pearl (P) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

New for summer, LORAC has released their Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in four shades (reviews to come for all shades). The formula is supposed to be buildable for both a “soft, natural sheen” or “layered for a high-shine, dramatic effect.” Starlight had medium, buildable pigmentation that didn’t require a lot of layers to intensify, but it was also to apply as a sheerer layer without having to be very, very light-handed. The powder had a very smooth, silky consistency in the pan, and it wasn’t too powdery nor was it too firm. It was easy to apply, blend and diffuse along the edges, and the finish didn’t emphasize pores. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before breaking down.

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter Starlight
Starlight
Starlight
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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