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Guerlain Pause d’Ete Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo

Guerlain Pause d'Ete Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo
Guerlain Pause d’Ete Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo

Guerlain Pause d’Ete Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo ($82.00 for 0.60 oz.) swirls together to create a warmer, medium orange-brown hue with a frosted shimmer. The gold is an overspray (which I tried to remove, but a bit of it lingered), while the browner shade is a medium-dark, golden brown, and the center shade was a light-medium coral-orange. Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Esoteric (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Golden Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It is housed in a wooden compact where the top lifts off completely and is held on by magnets. If you have a very small, tapered face brush, you could use the two shades separately, but it will be hard to avoid dipping into the other shade if you use an average-sized cheek brush. The powder is fragranced with “notes of orange blossom, tonka bean, vanilla, and white musk,” and it is heavily scented, but it wasn’t that noticeable applied. The texture of the bronzer was a little firmer but smooth, while the center shade softer and looser, so I felt like when I swirled my brush in the pan, I always got more of the center shade on the brush than the bronzing component. The powder applied well, blended nicely, and was easy to use; the shimmer didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. On me, it wore for eight hours.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo 2016 Pause d'Ete
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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MAC Yellow Topaz CCB & Firebrush Bronzer

MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base
MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base

MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, yellow gold with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had sheer color payoff that was somewhat buildable to semi-sheer coverage. The texture of this shade was less emollient than other Cream Colour Bases, so it had less shine and a subtle shimmered effect on the skin. I think the finish is more apparent in person than in photos, but it is a subtler effect. It lasted for seven hours on me (of the eight hours it is marketed as having). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Cumin (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Firebrush Bronzing Powder ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a smattering of gold micro-sparkle (it’s mostly matte, though). The texture was a little dry and chalky, where the powder seemed to clump together as it was dislodged from the surface. Applied, I didn’t notice the texture issues as much, as it applied relatively easily and blended out without too much work. It isn’t the best or most blendable bronzer, but it isn’t the worst. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, which is apparently as intended, as MAC describes their Bronzing Powder as a “powder that gives skin sheer, antural colour.” It lasted for eight hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is more shimmery, cooler, better quality (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Clinique Bronze Glow (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (-, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is cooler, better quality (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Editor’s Note: MAC’s newest collection–Vibe Tribe–has generated some controversy over the last couple weeks for cultural appropriation and/or cultural insensitivity. Both Refinery29 and The Huffington Post posted earlier this week with an official statement from the brand, which stated that: “The collection, including the visuals, product lineup, and naming, is inspired by art, outdoor music festivals, and the colors of the desert. The collection has absolutely no connection to nor was it inspired by the Native American cultures.”

Outdoor festivals are rife with instances of cultural appropriation in the form and manner many dress and accessorize (one of the more egregious examples is the wearing of headdresses–something some festivals have actually banned to avoid future instances of cultural appropriation). I don’t think it’s a surprise that between the pattern on the packaging, some of the shade names, promotional imagery, and a collection name with “tribe” in it that it is making some consumers at least question the inspiration/connection. I wish MAC would consider partnering with a Native designer or artist to create a collection that could truly pay homage to that person’s culture, roots, and inspiration of their craft. They have done this in the past where we have seen the collaborator’s inspiration in the forms of shade names and packaging, so it is a disappointment that they didn’t go that route here. I hope the brand will consider doing more research into their themes going forward.

MAC Cream Colour Base Yellow Topaz
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Bronzing Powder Firebrush
Firebrush
Firebrush
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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MAC Adobe Brick & Painted Canyon Blushes

MAC Adobe Brick Blush
MAC Adobe Brick Blush

MAC Adobe Brick Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium red with warm, orange undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a thin, slightly drier texture that was harder to blend out on the skin. I would recommend patting loose powder over the skin first, and then applying the blush as it helped to make the blush more blendable for me. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably. MAC Contrary (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC News Flash! (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is cooler (85% similar). Becca Lantana (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is more muted (85% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Painted Canyon Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a smattering of gold micro-shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that blended out easily enough and wore for eight hours before fading.
Smashbox Geranium (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Bottom) (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tweed Coralline (LE, $48.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Zoeva CR010 (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter (85% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Editor’s Note: MAC’s newest collection–Vibe Tribe–has generated some controversy over the last couple weeks for cultural appropriation and/or cultural insensitivity. Both Refinery29 and The Huffington Post posted earlier this week with an official statement from the brand, which stated that: “The collection, including the visuals, product lineup, and naming, is inspired by art, outdoor music festivals, and the colors of the desert. The collection has absolutely no connection to nor was it inspired by the Native American cultures.”

Outdoor festivals are rife with instances of cultural appropriation in the form and manner many dress and accessorize (one of the more egregious examples is the wearing of headdresses–something some festivals have actually banned to avoid future instances of cultural appropriation). I don’t think it’s a surprise that between the pattern on the packaging, some of the shade names, promotional imagery, and a collection name with “tribe” in it that it is making some consumers at least question the inspiration/connection. I wish MAC would consider partnering with a Native designer or artist to create a collection that could truly pay homage to that person’s culture, roots, and inspiration of their craft. They have done this in the past where we have seen the collaborator’s inspiration in the forms of shade names and packaging, so it is a disappointment that they didn’t go that route here. I hope the brand will consider doing more research into their themes going forward.

MAC Powder Blush Adobe Brick
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Powder Blush Painted Canyon
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, muted, medium-dark coppery orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fairly Precious (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Peach Nectar (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Crushed Bloom (P, $7.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Shaft of Gold (LE, $33.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). Angelique had good color payoff with a really silky, smooth, and blendable texture that sat well on the skin–it didn’t emphasize pores but still produced a noticeable glow. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush Angelique
Angelique
Angelique
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Becca Camellia Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Camellia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush
Becca Camellia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush

Becca Camellia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. MAC Into the Pink (P, $27.00) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Geller Peach Delight (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Maui (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Mirror Mirror (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Ciate Baby Doll (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Bang Bang You're Dead (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Undefeated (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Stunner (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush III (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Motu Tane (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Culture (LE, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Milani Bella Bellini (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This formula is supposed to have “just the right balance of color and light” that can be worn alone or “as a blush topper.” It seemed like it is supposed to be somewhere between sheerer like a highlighter and more pigmented like a blush (hence why it can also be layered), which is the best I can surmise from their marketing (there’s a lot of use of subtle as well, which at least indicates, to me, that they’re not saying it’s ultra pigmented). I noticed that layering is best with a very, very light hand and a feathery brush or else the original blush can get overshadowed, as the formula runs semi-opaque. Much like the Shimmering Skin Perfectors, a little can go a long way. Camellia had rich color payoff with a lightly dry, dusty texture that was soft and blendable, but it was harder to control so I found a smaller, more precise blush brush easier to avoid going overboard in application. It was just shy of emphasizing pores on me, and I think if I had layered it a bit more, I would have found it emphasizing. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush Camellia
Camellia
Camellia
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Surratt Beauty Halo Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Halo Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Halo Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Halo Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, golden yellow with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkling sheen. Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 04 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Left) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). Halo had good color payoff with a soft, silky-smooth consistency that blended out beautifully on the skin to produce a moderate glow. Against my warmer tones, it looked more like a yellowed orange than pure yellow. This particular shade had more noticeable sparkly bits on the skin than past shades I’ve tried, which didn’t emphasize pores or anything like that, but the finish may be “too much” depending on one’s preferences. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush Halo
Halo
Halo
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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