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Chanel Coups de Minuit Joues Contraste Lumiere

Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) Joues Contraste Lumiere
Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) Joues Contraste Lumiere

Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) Joues Contraste Lumiere ($45.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “peach beige.” It’s a light, muted peachy-beige with warm undertones and a slight rosiness paired with a soft sheen. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Highlighter (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Otherearthly (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition highlighter version of their blush formula, which “can be worn alone or over any Joues Contraste blush.” Worth noting is that while it appears to be in the same-sized compact as the blushes, it contains less at 0.09 oz. (while the blushes contain 0.21 oz.). The texture of the highlighting powder is incredibly soft, silky, and smooth to the touch and blends effortlessly on the skin. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage that gave the skin a soft glow without emphasizing pores. It doesn’t add color on my skin tone, though much fairer complexions may find it adds a little color. The powder lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

Chanel Joues Contraste Lumiere Highlighting Blush Coups de Minuit (12)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
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NARS Despair Cheek Palette

NARS Despair Cheek Palette
NARS Despair Cheek Palette

NARS Despair Cheek Palette ($65.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes four blushes (three new, one part of the permanent line) and a travel-sized ITA kabuki brush. The palette contains $90 worth of blush, so it is a good deal for those who enjoy NARS’ blush formulas, and what’s nice is that three are totally new (though not without their dupes, of course!). I’m not a fan of the ITA in any shape or form, let alone the travel-sized version, which is just rougher and scratchier than the full-size. NARS’ blush palettes like this one seem bulkier than they need to be, but it should still travel well.

Nico is a light beige with a satin shimmer. It had good color coverage with a lightly powdery texture, but it was very smooth and blendable on the skin. This doesn’t show up much on me; it’s more like a very, very subtle highlighter on my skin tone, and I’m not sure if it’ll work at all on deeper skin tones, but it may be something you could mix with one of the other shades to lighten then. On me, it lasted for seven hours. This is part of the permanent range. MAC Star! (LE) is darker (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Savage is a medium, coral-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that applied without too much trouble, but it could have been easier to blend out on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before fading along the edges. MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is cooler (95% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Orange #3 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Sid (Shade) (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Boys Don't Cry (LE, $41.00) is brighter, more pigmented, better quality (85% similar). Viseart Coral #2 (P) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Esoteric is a soft, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and fine gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a very easily blended texture, though it was noticeable dusty and kicked-up excess in the pan. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Style Cast (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Bright Response (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Tigerlily (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, better quality (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Freshen Up (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Minnie's Inner Glow (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ferocious is a muted, medium-dark plum with cooler undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture–it was the best shade in the palette–that lasted for eight hours on the skin. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC All Aflush (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Right) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). CoverGirl Deep Mauve (P, $9.99) is cooler (85% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Easy (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Mauve Mystique (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Holiday 2015 Cheek Palette Despair
Despair
Despair
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
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Becca Afterglow Cheek Palette

Becca Afterglow Palette
Becca Afterglow Palette

Becca Afterglow Palette ($39.50 for 0.26 oz.) is a cheek palette that features three of the brand’s pressed highlighters and two of their blushes. I think it’s a great concept, and it is a nice way to try their famous cheek products, but I do wish the pans were on the larger side; they are the size of your typical eyeshadow (the palette itself is the same size as Becca’s eyeshadow palettes), like MAC, Urban Decay, etc. There is a little space between each pan, so it is possible to use some blush brushes without issue, but it’s something to consider if you tend to use medium or large-sized blush brushes. If you use a highlight brush to apply the pressed highlighters, I think you’ll be just fine, though. The quality of the palette’s contents is fairly comparable to the standalone versions, but I noticed all five seemed ever-so-slightly drier here, as if there was less binder, which actually made the highlighters more forgiving on the skin (Becca’s highlighters have a fine line between gorgeous glow and pore-emphasizing). This palette contains $20.36 worth of highlighters and $17.92 worth of blush for a total value of $38.28, so you’re paying just over a $1 for the “for the price of about one, I get to try five” point of view. (Becca’s highlighters cost $38 each, while the blush comes in at $32 a pop). This particular palette is VERY warm-toned, and I wish they had done a cooler-toned option or else mixed up the shades more to make it more versatile across skin tones. If I could have chosen the shades (assuming only one edition), I would have gone for Pearl (yes, creating a pressed version just for the palette!), Moonstone, Blushed Copper, Hyacinth, and Nightingale–which is really proof that Becca needs to consider adding cooler and more neutral-toned shades into the ranges.

Moonstone is a pale, golden champagne with warm undertones and a luminous shimmer. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture–it was a little drier than my full-size version–that gives the skin a lovely glow. It wore well for eight hours. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Flexitarian (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Craze (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (Lightness of Being) (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Gold is a soft, light-medium copper with warm undertones and a frosted, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty, but blendable, consistency that sat well on the skin. The shimmer seemed a little larger in the palette than in my full-size version. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Hush (LE, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Stila Kitten (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 11 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Guerlain Perles d'Etoiles (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC A Latte Sheen (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Bronzed Amber (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Topaz is a medium, bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a strong, golden sheen. The version in the palette is noticeably lighter–more subdued–than my standalone compact, which was surprising. The consistency was still quite smooth, blendable, and illuminating on the skin, though, and it didn’t seem less pigmented, just lighter in overall color–not as an intense. Unless applying more heavily, they still looked quite similar applied. This shade wore for eight hours on me. Anastasia Golden Bronze (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 14 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 03 (P, $62.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is darker (85% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wild Honey is a soft, medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture–it seemed more pigmented than my individual (though Becca’s blushes are supposed to be buildable, actually)! This shade wore well for eight hours on me. KIKO 100 Cookie (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #6 (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva ND020 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Unique (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). NARS Craving (Right) (P) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flowerchild is a pop of light-medium pink with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer. It was very similar in color to the standalone version I have, though the texture of the shade in the palette is just a smidgen drier. The blush wore for eight hours before fading. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.49) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Chaotic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Culture (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Becca Holiday 2015 Palette Afterglow Palette
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains a highlighter and blush shade in the wet/dry Dual Intensity formula. I like this formula, but the ratings may make it appear less desirable, which is a result of NARS claiming that it is more intense dry and “translucent” applied wet–the complete opposite of reality. (Even funnier, this isn’t how the eyeshadow version of the formula is described!) I think if you tend to like this type of wet/dry formula, it’s a formula worth considering. This duo gave me a very fall-into-holiday vibe, as you have the rustiness of the blush shade that represents fall, while the more traditional shimmering gold screams holiday.

Vengeful (Left) is described as a “white-gold highlight.” It’s a light-medium, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had good pigmentation with a fine, shimmer-sheen finish, while damp application yielded slightly more intense pigmentation and a more frosted finish. The damp application just barely emphasizes pores, but I didn’t have any issues with pores becoming more noticeable when I used it dry. The color lasted for eight hours dry, nine hours damp. Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vengeful (Right) is described as a “shimmering brick-red.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly bright copper-red with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had intense color coverage applied wet or dry, though it was deeper and richer when applied damp. The finish went from a softly luminous one to decidedly luminous as the application went from dry to damp. The texture was soft, smooth, and fairly blendable, but it was easier to blend out when dry. It wore well for eight and a half hours dry, nine and a half hours damp. MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Almeria (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Taos (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Glamour Feast (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (P, $55.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). NARS Seduction (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Duo Vengeful
Vengeful
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Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eyes & Blush Palette

Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette
Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette

Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette ($90.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes five eyeshadows housed in the top tier and then four blushes hidden beneath it in the lower tier. I’m not a fan of the blush formula they use in these tiered palettes, and I’m even less of a fan of the fact that the pans are tiny (even the “large” ones)–an eye brush just comfortably fits in the smallest pans, so you can imagine what a pain it is to dip a blush brush just into one shade (better to think of them as duos or even a single shade, perhaps). The blush formula is on the drier, dustier side and has lesser color payoff, though it is somewhat buildable. I like the eyeshadow formula a lot more, but the colors are dupable, typical for holiday (not really a bad thing, but it’s less tempting for some), and even more, more similar than not to last year’s holiday palette as well. That being said, the eyeshadows weren’t good enough to make up for the subpar blush performance this year.

Ors et Merveilles #1 is a medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for eight hours. bareMinerals Regal (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Quiet Type (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Gingerbread Mansion (LE)(95% similar). NARS Tan Lines (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Buckwheat (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Baby I'm a Star (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 12 (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Copper (P) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Smoke) (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Puppy Love (P) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Metallic Bronze (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Dreamlight (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #2 is a deep taupe brown with warm undertones but a cooler overtone and subtle violet shimmer (that was a little surprise!). The texture was really smooth and buttery, so it applied easily and had intense color payoff. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before fading. Surratt Beauty Patine (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Right) (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Fate (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Steampunk (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Granite (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Jaq (LE) is darker (95% similar). Illamasqua Acute (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Soul Serenade (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Quadrille #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #3 is a soft, light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange tones and a frosted sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture was a little dusty. It wore for eight hours on me. Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerdoodle (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Alexandre Trois (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clarins The Essentials #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Fortune (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Seasonal Spirit (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D504 Celestial Beige (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #4 is a light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkly finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was dry, which resulted in sheerer coverage and some fall out during application. It wore for seven and a half hours with some fall out. Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Ceska (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $29.50) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D410 Gold Nugget (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Intuition #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Gold Leaf (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Desert Mist (LE) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Pearl River #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Dearest (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Night Thrill (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #5 is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage (it’s a bit better than it appears in the swatch, as it is quite close to my skin tone, I think it looks almost misleadingly sheer in the photo) with a slightly firmer texture. It lasted for eight hours. Colour Pop Party Girl (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 5 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Flamingo (57V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Ballet (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Tartetini (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Totally Nude (P) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #6 is a light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a dusty, thin consistency that was hard to get out of the pan. It wore for seven and a half hours. Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Petunia (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blind Date (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #7 is a subtly bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage that was more difficult to blend out, as the texture was quite firm in the pan and thin on the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours. NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Every Time You Go (LE, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is darker (90% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #8 is a medium pink with warm undertones and lighter pink shimmer. It had sheer color payoff with a dusty, thin texture that tended to sheer out so it was hard to build-up the color during application. The color faded after seven hours of wear. Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Star Wonder (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #9 is a pop of medium, orange-coral with gold sparkle and shimmer. The texture was noticeably dry to the point where the powder didn’t feel like it was binding together, so it sheered out and looked a little textured on the skin (the shimmers/sparkles separate from the base). On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Eyes & Blush Palette Ors et Merveilles
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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MAC Raizin Blush

MAC Raizin Blush
MAC Raizin Blush

MAC Raizin Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “golden reddish-brown.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark chocolate brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Anise (P, $24.00) is glossier (90% similar). The Estee Edit Ember Glow (04) (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $32.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Melina (Contour) (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Raizin had rich color payoff with a fairly soft, blendable texture. It wasn’t the easiest blush to blend out from MAC, but it was a lot better than some of the other deeper-hued shades in the range. The finish retained most of the matte-like quality, but it didn’t look dry or powdery on my skin. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

MAC Powder Blush Raizin
Raizin
Raizin
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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