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Chanel Infiniment Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Infiniment Chanel Illuminating Powder
Chanel Infiniment Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Infiniment Chanel Illuminating Powder ($65.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a soft, light-medium peach with warm, orange tones and a satin finish. Tarte Beaming (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Style (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shy One (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Adrenaline Rush (LE, $29.00) is brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Cantaloupe (P, $26.00) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Corol #1 (LE, $22.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). NYX Pink the Town (P, $6.50) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, it’s supposed to “brighten cheeks” and “subtly highlight or enhance” the skin. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, slightly buildable, coverage paired with a silky-smooth texture that was just a little dusty. I don’t think it read powdery on the skin, and I found it harder to get the peachy color to mix with the beige color unless I used a dense brush. On my skin tone, it added subtle warmth and a natural finish to the skin, and it is sheer and thin enough that I could use it all-over, but it may be too much color on fairer complexions to be used all-over. The powder wore well for seven and a half hours on me. I would describe this more as a lightly brightening powder with a natural sheen, but as a more traditional highlighter, it is extremely subtle–which may or may not be what you have your eye on.

Chanel Illuminating Powder Infiniment Chanel
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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MAC Frankly Scarlet Blush

MAC Frankly Scarlet Blush
MAC Frankly Scarlet Blush

MAC Frankly Scarlet Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “vivid rose-red [with a matte finish].” It’s a bright, medium red with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Oh My! (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Coral #3 (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Never Say Never (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Apple Red (P, $22.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mochi (P, $24.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (90% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is more muted, darker (85% 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. Frankly Scarlet packs a real punch of pigment as it had great color payoff and can apply true-to-pan, if desired. When sheered out, it takes on a rosier, pinker coloring and loses some of the underlying red tone. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, which are all necessary attributes for such a bold shade as this one! The finish read matte in the pan, but on the skin, it has a “natural” matte finish, where it doesn’t flatten features but doesn’t add genuine shine either. This shade wore wlel for eight and a half hours before fading on me.

MAC Powder Blush Frankly Scarlet
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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MAC Full Fuchsia Blush

MAC Full Fuchsia Blush
MAC Full Fuchsia Blush

MAC Full Fuchsia Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “bright intense fuchsia [with a Frost finish].” It’s a bold, bright, medium fuchsia-pink with strong, blue undertones and a fine shimmer-sheen. MAC Azalea (P, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Pegacorn (DC, $8.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Let's Be Friends (LE, $22.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora I'm Shocked (09) (P, $14.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Pie (DC, $8.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Jilted (P) is darker, more shimmery (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. Full Fuchsia had rich, mostly opaque color coverage where a little goes a long way. It can be applied as true intensity or blended out for a softer, sheerer look (where it will look rosier and less fuchsia). The finish is satiny once blended on the skin, so it doesn’t emphasize pores but doesn’t look flat either. It had a fairly soft texture that was a smidgen dusty but relatively easy to work with. This shade lasted for nine hours before fading on me.

MAC Powder Blush Full Fuchsia
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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MAC Love Joy Mineralize Blush

MAC Love Joy Mineralize Blush
MAC Love Joy Mineralize Blush

MAC Love Joy Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “warm mid-toen brown with gold pearl.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle reddish tones and soft, gold shimmer. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Elegance (370) (P, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Tint (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Takeover (LE, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV (LE) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula is supposed to be a “blush that builds lightly” that has a lightweight feel and “luminous colour.” Lovejoy had good, mostly opaque color payoff, which makes it more pigmented than the formula is described, but for those who wanted the sheerer blush as promised, it is more forgiving and can be blended out quite a bit (you can also use a lighter hand, of course). The texture was soft, smooth, and silky with a lightweight, thin consistency that blends easily and sits well on the skin. It had a noticeable sheen, but it didn’t emphasize pores. On me, this shade lasted for seven and a half hours before fading.

MAC Mineralize Blush Love Joy
Love Joy
Love Joy
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Dior Luxurious Beige Illuminating Pressed Powder

Dior Luxurious Beige Illuminating Pressed Powder
Dior Luxurious Beige Illuminating Pressed Powder

Dior Luxurious Beige Illuminating Pressed Powder ($82.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a light, yellowed beige with fine gold shimmer. Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Surreal Light (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less pigmented, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is better quality, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to Dior, this holiday’s limited edition highlighter is supposed to give a “natural glow.” The powder is very soft and finely-milled, to the point that it gets powdery and the shimmer doesn’t seem as well-integrated with the base. I was worried about how this would apply after I had swatched it, but it seemed to go on quite nicely and didn’t look powdery or dry on the skin (though I have normal skin at the moment). It also produced a noticeable sheen–far greater than the swatch would have you anticipating!–that didn’t emphasize pores. The powder blended well over the skin, and it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Worth repeating, but this is very, very similar to Cosmopolite while the holiday iteration just reads more shimmery when applied to the face.

Dior Illuminating Pressed Powder Luxurious Beige

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MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “gilded peach bronze.” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Star! (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Hush (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Highlighter (LE) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $65.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Superb (LE, $30.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Summer Opal (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Nico (P, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Stila Sending My Love Highlighter (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses #3 (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC How Beautiful (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish formula is supposed to add “highlight to the face and body” with a “velvety soft” texture and “radiant finish.” Soft & Gentle had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage that produces primarily shimmer on my skin tone (medium), but on fairer complexions may also add warmth and some color. It doesn’t have a white base, so it should work on most complexions, but it may be a highlighting blush on some and just a highlighter on others. The texture is soft but dusty, and this made it prone to sheering out–I recommend using less and building in layers to better control the placement of the product. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Soft & Gentle
Soft & Gentle
Soft & Gentle
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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