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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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Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector’s Set

Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector's Set
Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector’s Set

Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector’s Set ($49.00 for 1.23 oz.) includes 24 eyeshadows, three blushes, travel-sized mascara, and a twist-up jumbo lip crayon. It’s a mixed bag; some are nice, some are duds, and some are somewhere in-between. It’s a lot of product for your money, so if the shades appeal to you, and you generally like Tarte’s formula and typically wear a primer, it might be worth looking at. They are more dupable shades than not, and you’ll find some shades are similar (enough) to past Tarte releases. I liked how the palettes were separate from the packaging, so you can easily ditch the exterior (with the sequins), though that’s obviously a lot of waste. They could have made this a lot slimmer by skipping the lip crayon and mascara, as that is all that is contained in the drawer!

Toasted Marshmallow is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery consistently that wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Orb (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Tarte Cheers (LE) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Adagio (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Fresh (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Wind (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Divinity (P, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D South (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Black #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 3 (LE) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Clarins Brown #1 (P) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cookie Swap is a soft, medium-dark brown with hints of gray and a warm base. The color payoff was good with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture. It wore well for eight hours. Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #44 (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Nano Nude #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Noble (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Brown (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Cobblestone (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Cork (P, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 2 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Fix (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Maya Bay (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Wanderer (LE) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #2 (P) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Burlap (LE, $19.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vixen is a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color coverage with a blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It lasted for eight hours. Smashbox Party Time (P) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Sienna (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay YDK (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Kingdom (LE, $19.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Faerie Fayre (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Puppy Love (P) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sable (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Belize (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Firecracker (P) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Cocoa Rose (LE, $22.00) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Codes Subtils #3 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Dame (LE, $14.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Bold Bling (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (P, $29.50) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Twinkle Lights is a medium, copper-brown with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that was lightly buttery and easy to use. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Tarte Ethereal (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Camille (P) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Amber (LE, $19.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Copper (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Showgirl (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Iris (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #3 (P) is cooler, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Snakebite (LE, $5.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Ciate Shine Bright (LE) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chestnuts Roasting is a dark, red-toned brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was just a tiny bit powdery. It stayed on well for seven and a half hours. Dior Sundeck #5 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte One Too Manet (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Orion (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Abyss (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Espresso Blend #3 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Pink Chocolate #4 (P, $15.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Sable (P, $19.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Dark Brew (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Galapagos (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Codes Elegants #4 (P) is more shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Chai (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vio-let It Go is a medium-dark, mauvy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a powdery consistency that was prone to sheering out. It started to fade after six hours. Makeup Geek Vintage (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Plums Up (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Mulberry & Bright (LE) is darker (90% similar). theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Blackberry (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $29.50) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #6 (P) is cooler, darker (90% similar). LORAC Cabernet (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Forgiveness (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Blackberry (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #4 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Sketch (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Stila Plum (LE, $18.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Aubergine (P, $28.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Spiked Cider is a medium, golden bronze with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft consistency, but it had a noticeable texture to it as there was some sparkle in the base. It wore well for eight hours but had a little fall out. MAC Tea Leaves (LE, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Stila Thought (P) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (P, $29.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Clinique Hazy (P, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Golden Petals Scattering (LE, $16.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Mutt (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Midnight Sun (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte First Kiss (LE) is cooler, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Schmooze (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Satin Skin (75P) (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) (P, $39.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Crush (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Venus (LE) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Puppy Love (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Metallic Taupe (LE, $18.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $45.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Firecracker (P) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dipped in Chocolate is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly firm and stiff, which resulted in sheerer, uneven color payoff that was difficult to use. The color showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. LORAC Truffle (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M620 Gray Brown (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Belle Femme (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Espresso (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). theBalm Ripper (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Showstopper (DC, $16.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Warmhearted is a medium, warm-toned pink with a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a dusty consistency that could have blended more easily. It wore well for eight hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Impudique (LE, $30.00) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Joy to the Pearl is a brightened beige with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dusty texture that was somewhat messy to use. The color wore well for seven hours. LORAC Vanilla (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blow (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blonde (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Throttle (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Mixologist (P) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced White Peach (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Satin Seduction (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blush Stilettos is a light, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was firm, which resulted in semi-sheer coverage that was hard to apply. It wore well for seven hours. Chanel Tisse Venitien #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Easy Gesture (LE, $16.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Exuberante #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Dope (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Clinique Jammin' #1 (P, $15.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Cashew Chew (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Bubbly (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Camelia #3 (P) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glitzy Blitzen is a light-medium, orange-coral base with strong, golden shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation at best with a soft, blendable texture that ran a little powdery. The eyeshadow lasted for seven hours. Dior Golden Flower #1 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay X (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Fleur (LE, $16.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Woo is Me (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Light Coral (87M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Pink Haze (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Pound Cake (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Clinique Petal Pop (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Scene (LE, $19.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte #SFS (LE) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sparkling Punch is a medium, reddish-brown with pink and gold shimmer. The color payoff was underwhelming, while the texture had a firmness to it that made it hard to get on the brush and harder to blend out evenly on the skin. The color showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Lancome Brune Glace (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Rigel (P, $29.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #3 (P) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). theBalm #39 (P, $6.50) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Coloured Raine Who Me (P, $6.99) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Naiade (P) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Silk Robe (LE) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 06 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Viseart Chantille (P) is darker (85% similar). MAC Amorous Alloy (P, $20.00) is brighter, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Waltz of the Flowers is a soft, medium-dark coppery brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that wore well for seven and a half hours. Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Codes Subtils #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #6 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Cobbler (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Bronze (24) (P, $4.49) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Tiger's Eye (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Bedroom Eyes (P, $6.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Synergy (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Pretty (LE) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Mortal #4 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Gravitational (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 14 (LE) is cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Kingdom (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Golden Rings is a light, golden peach with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. The texture was noticeably dusty and looser compared to other shades, so it tended to sheer out somewhat when applied. The color wore well for seven hours on me. Urban Decay Baby (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Crisp (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Gleam (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Onde Sable (04) (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Christmas Blend (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sateen (P, $12.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Cherish (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Fall Leaves (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Friendship File (LE, $5.00) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (P, $9.99) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Milani Bella Champagne (16) (P, $4.49) is darker (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is lighter (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #6 (P) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC All That Glitters (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Gem (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Such a Clatter is a muted, medium-dark, mauvy plum with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied patchy and unevenly on the skin. It started to fade after six hours of wear. Too Faced Almond Truffle (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Haux (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Mauve (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte You Look Mauveless (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte For Realism (LE) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Evening Affair is a deep, cool-toned blackened purple with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, but it was difficult to even out on the skin as it looked patchy most of the time. It lasted for seven hours on me. Makeup Geek Taboo (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Spellcaster (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Chopper (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Demon Lover #2 (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 04 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #2 (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Vamp (P) is darker (90% similar). Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Bombshell (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Fierce (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Impress is a soft, light-medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a firmer, drier texture that was also on the dusty side once it was applied to the skin. It lasted for six hours, which is pretty unimpressive (pun mostly intended!) given it is the Amazonian Clay blush formula (which touts 12-hour wear). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Empowering (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Love (LE, $28.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheers is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was firmer, and the resulting color payoff was semi-sheer. It was harder to use and lasted for six hours. MAC Drawing a Blanc (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Pure (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Toasted Marshmallow (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Ginger Cream (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Fresh (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D South (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Jingle All the Grey is a medium taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty but blendable texture. The color wore well for seven hours before fading. Tarte Merci You Later (LE) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Cover (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M548 Pink Gray (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Taupe (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Maple Syrup (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Slate Bells Ring is a medium taupe brown with a silvery shimmer. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy enough to use. It lasted for seven and a half hours. Smashbox Rock Candy (P) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Be on the A-List (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Divine Rule (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Buxom Sequin Sparkle (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Rocker (P) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Stone (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Bounce Around (LE, $22.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Silver Mirage (18) (LE, $39.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Big Attitude (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Whirling (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Laura Mercier Stellar (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #11 (LE, $25.00) is darker (80% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). Buxom Frosted Pewter (LE, $12.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Mushroom (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Platinum Bling is a medium-dark gray-leaning taupe with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly shimmer. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was slightly firm. On me, it wore well for seven hours. Laura Mercier Stellar (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Cherie (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Poetic (P) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Frosted Pewter (LE, $12.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals Exec (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Riviera #3 (P) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S556 Taupe Gray (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Mirror (LE, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). Zoeva Wrapped in Silk (P) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mint Sprig appears as a light-medium, meadow green with a gold shimmer, but it is so firm and sheer that all that actually translates is a sprinkling of gold shimmer. It was visible for six hours, but it was hard to judge. Lancome SoHo Lights (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). YSL Avant Garde #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #3 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bedazzled Spruce is a muted, dark bronzy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color coverage with a lightly dusty texture. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. Natasha Denona Dark Sepia (47P) (P, $29.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Disintegration (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Cocoa Pop (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Khaki (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Witch (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #4 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Everlasting (P) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Coffee Chip (LE, $16.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #2 (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smoke & Mirrors is a medium black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had stiff, sheer, and disappointing as it applied patchily. It lasted for six hours. Stila Essence (P) is warmer (95% similar). Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Black Licorice (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Navy #7 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Cinder (Right) (LE) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Serious (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Pied de Poule #3 (P) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Anastasia LBD (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Lancome Purple Pageantry (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Tie Beauty is a deeper black with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but the texture was thin and firm, so it was hard to blend it out and have it look smooth and diffused. It lasted for seven hours. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Coal (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Righteous (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Sin City (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Dark Energy #4 (LE, $21.00) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #5 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) is darker (90% similar). The Estee Edit Mood (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackout (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is darker (85% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bubbly is a soft, light-medium orange with a hint of pink and a golden sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that blended well on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Daybreak (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Minnie's Inner Glow (LE, $22.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $32.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flashy is a muted, medium rosy pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightweight texture that emphasized the natural texture of the lips. It lasted for four hours on me. Make Up For Ever C106 (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) (P, $30.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Cami (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Apoline (P, $32.00) is glossier, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Cabana Boy (P, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (DC, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Jiffy (LE, $6.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Holiday 2015 Collector’s Set Greatest Glitz
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total
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MAC Fever Blush

MAC Fever Blush
MAC Fever Blush

MAC Fever Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as an “intense reddish-burgundy [with a Matte finish].” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark plummy-pink with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Morticia (Shade) (P) is warmer, less pigmented (90% similar). Colour Pop New Lowes (LE, $8.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). MAC Hot Nights (LE, $22.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Desire (P, $10.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). LORAC Infrared (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) 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. Fever is intensely pigmented with a soft, fairly blendable texture that doesn’t look totally flat on skin; it’s mostly matte, but I find it produces a natural finish once buffed and blended out. This shade lasted for nine hours on me.

MAC Powder Blush Fever
Fever
Fever
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Chanel Golden Sun (280) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Golden Sun (280) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Golden Sun (280) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Golden Sun (280) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with a hint of warm rose paired with a luminous sheen. NARS Douceur (P, $30.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Tint (LE, $21.00) is glossier, warmer, darker (90% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Baby Don't Go (P, $23.50) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is glossier, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio II (LE, $30.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Takeover (LE, $30.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is warmer, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Joues Contraste formula is supposed to have “buildable coverage, from natural to dramatic” with a “flattering radiance” and “silky texture.” The pigmentation ranges from semi-sheer to fully opaque, depending on technique and skin tone, but it seemed exactly as described–buildable–without having to pile it on or spend too long sheering it out. It had an extremely smooth, silky consistency that blended out beautifully on the skin while yielding a soft sheen that didn’t emphasize pores but added a lovely glow to the skin. On me, the blush lasted for eight hours before it started to fade.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Golden Sun (280)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Chanel Vibration (270) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Vibration (270) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Vibration (270) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Vibration (270) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is lighter (95% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is brighter (95% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is warmer, more muted, lighter (90% similar). Black Opal Tulip (P, $8.95) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Life's a Picnic (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Becca Pamplemousse (LE, $32.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00)(85% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Joues Contraste formula is supposed to have “buildable coverage, from natural to dramatic” with a “flattering radiance” and “silky texture.” The texture is very soft, silky, but it is on the thinner side and gets to be somewhat dusty. I don’t think it looks dry or powdery on the skin (though I have relatively normal skin at the moment), so you may just want to take greater care when swirling a brush in the pan to avoid too much excess powder kicking up. The color blended well on the skin, and it had semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage. On my warmer complexion, it ended up looking more coral as the yellow undertones in my skin tone came through, but it may look pinker on those with pinker undertones. The blush wore well for seven hours on me.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Vibration (270)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft reflective golden-bronze.” It’s a golden brown with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. Stila Bronze (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC My Mimi (LE, $45.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is lighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Light Bronzer (P, $13.95) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pieno Sole (LE, $68.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Touch My Body (LE, $39.50) is less pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shaft of Gold (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Peach Nectar (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 10 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $28.00) is more muted, less shimmery (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.” Gold Deposit has noticeable sparkles in it, which gave the texture a more crumbly, gritty consistency–it just wasn’t as smooth as some of the Mineralize face products. It had semi-opaque color coverage that was easily applied more heavily or with a lighter hand to adjust the coverage. It has a metallic, high-shine finish that emphasize pores slightly on my skin, so it may be one that doesn’t appeal to everyone. My best tip is to apply with a fan brush, which will help you build up the shimmer better. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before starting to turn patchy.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Gold Deposit
Gold Deposit
Gold Deposit
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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