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NYX Magnetic & Ritualistic Illuminators

NYX Magnetic Illuminator
NYX Magnetic Illuminator

NYX Magnetic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a frosted, golden sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, slightly dry consistency in the pan, but it applied well to the skin without looking caked on. The shimmer was just shy of pore-emphasizing-territory, so that was nice! I think this one is a more versatile shade that can be worn as a subtler highlighter or layered for greater glow. It wore well for seven hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $60.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Ritualistic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, white gold with a lighter, ivory base and stronger, darker gold shimmer. It had nice color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too dry or too stiff. The white base is strong enough that it may show through and look chalky on darker skin tones, but it shouldn’t impart much color on fair skin tones. It lasted for six and a half hours for me. Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Auréole (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is supposed to have “radiant shimmer” that gives skin a “subtle glow.” Most of the shades in the range (there are five) are moderately shimmery/frosty; only one is on the truly subtle side. The texture tended to be on the drier side, though I didn’t find them to appear dry on my skin (which is normal-to-dry). There is slight emphasis of pores, and the wear time varies from six to seven hours.

NYX Illuminator Magnetic
Magnetic
Magnetic
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
NYX Illuminator Ritualistic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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NYX Narcissistic & Chaotic Illuminators

NYX Narcissistic Illuminator
NYX Narcissistic Illuminator

NYX Narcissistic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had a soft, lightly powdery consistency that was blendable and didn’t read dry or powdery on the skin. The powder imparted a soft but noticeable glow to the skin without adding a lot of color on my skin tone (but fairer complexions may see more warmth). It wore well for seven hours on me. Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Lit (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is brighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Chaotic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a golden shimmer and sparkle. The texture was looser–noticeably drier–and a little powdery to work with. The shimmer was stronger in this shade than in Narcissistic as well. It worked more as a highlighting blush on my skin tone, and it may be more or less a blush or highlighter depending on your own skin tone. It just barely emphasized pores on my cheeks. The highlighter started to fade after seven hours of wear. Benefit CORALista (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Carnation (LE) is cooler (90% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.49) is more muted, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Rose Gold (P, $6.99) is brighter, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is supposed to have “radiant shimmer” that gives skin a “subtle glow.” Most of the shades in the range (there are five) are moderately shimmery/frosty; only one is on the truly subtle side. The texture tended to be on the drier side, though I didn’t find them to appear dry on my skin (which is normal-to-dry). There is slight emphasis of pores, and the wear time varies from six to seven hours.

NYX Illuminator Narcissistic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
NYX Illuminator Chaotic
Chaotic
Chaotic
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Nights Palette

MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit
MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit

MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit ($44.00 for 0.36 oz.) includes four powder eyeshadows and one Cream Colour Base (cream product), with the cream product housed underneath the powders, so you shouldn’t get too much cross-contamination from the powders. I liked it overall, though it is, of course, more dupable given it is a set of neutral shades. I think it would be an easier to sell if it was a quad of powder eyeshadows (it would also be more streamlined, as it wouldn’t have a second level to it) with the Cream Colour Base sold separately. It is priced pretty similarly to most limited edition, specially-packaged eyeshadow quads (which contain the same amount of powder product), so it’s almost like getting the CCB for free.

This Love is described as a “pinky orange-pearl.” It’s a light-medium, peachy copper with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a thin, lightly emollient consistency (I want to say greasy, but it’s not truly greasy!) that glides over the skin well and gives it a dewy finish. As a highlighter, it lasted for seven and a half hours (marketed for eight-hour wear, so not bad). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Summer Opal (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Forward March (LE, $23.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Stila Sending My Love Highlighter (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starry Eyed is described as a “cream high pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a sparkling, light white with warm undertones and a glittery finish. It appears darker and more peach-like in the pan, but it is much lighter and whiter when I swatched it, which may have been due to the drier, flakier texture where little powder came off but lots of sparkle did. It was a messy one to apply, and I think it would be best over a tacky base. I actually thought it was a Lustre when I tested it, and I was surprised to see it was a Frost. Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Alchemy (LE, $5.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Tarte Crystal Spark (LE) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Light Touch (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Stila Nude Shimmer (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #3 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Lancome My French #4 (LE) is brighter, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #2 (P) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Diamond Butterfly (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek I'm Peachless (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Dior Golden Reflections #3 (LE) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

You My Everything is described as a “mid-tone peachy brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was smooth and finely-milled with decent to good pigmentation, but I had some issues with it sticking to bare skin, though it should be fine over a primer–it’s probably a wee bit too dry to get along with bare skin (which is normal-to-dry). It lasted for seven hours on me. LORAC Hot Toddy (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Nectar (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Tuscan Sun (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Lantana (LE) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Sweetheart (P) is lighter (85% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop The News (LE, $5.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Sugarpill Suburbia (P, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Placebo (LE) is cooler, brighter, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Saddle is described as a “golden orange brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a matte finish. It had an incredibly smooth, finely-milled, and silky consistency that applied well and blended out beautifully. This shade is part of MAC’s permanent range, so if it’s the only shade that catches your eye, you can purchase it individually. It wore well for eight hours on me. Makeup Geek Tan Lines (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Substitute for Love (P) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cookie (P, $16.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Crenshaw (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Cognac (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Riff (P, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Brique (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is more muted (85% similar). Anastasia Morocco (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Stila Individual (P) is cooler, more muted, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Cleopatra (P) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #4 (P) is cooler, less pigmented, more muted (85% similar). Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Walnut (LE, $19.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hanging On is described as a “muted plum-brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark, taupe brown with subtle, warmer undertones but a more pronounced gray tone on top paired with a satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation with a slightly firmer consistency, but it was blendable and easy enough to apply onto the lid. This shade wore for eight hours before fading. LORAC Black #5 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Fairfax (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Dark Sienna (LE, $19.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Aromatic (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Vendome #4 (P) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Nevermind (LE, $19.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Nights
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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This Love

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Starry Eyed

Limited Edition
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B

You My Everything

Limited Edition
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A

Saddle

Permanent
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B+

Hanging On

Limited Edition
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MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days Palette

MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit
MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit

MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit ($44.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes four Cream Colour Bases and one Blot Powder/Pressed. I am totally baffled by the inclusion of the Blot Powder, given that it is in shade “Medium Dark,” which will obviously not suit many skin tones. Why not a powder highlighter instead? Two of the Cream Colour Bases (Tint and Root) are part of the permanent range. If you’re unfamiliar with the Cream Colour Base formula, it’s pretty much a versatile cream-based product that can be sheer, buildable, creamy, or shimmery and can be used on the eyes, lips, or face (some shades have restricted usages). They can be used alone or over products (including powder) and are supposed to last for eight hours on face and body (with “lasting wear for hours on eyes”).

Medium Dark is a light-medium beige with a matte finish. It is similar to the color of my forearm, but it is lighter than face. The product itself is really, really chalky and looks powdery on my normal-to-dry skin. I’m not oily, so it was hard to determine if it was really helping combat that, but it seemed to extend the wear of my base by an hour or two.

Wished I Stayed is described as a “light cream pearl.” It’s a golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage with a lightweight, creamy consistency that glided on and blended out well. As a cheek highlighter, it lasted for seven hours on me. Stila Sending My Love Highlighter (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Moonstone (59M) (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tint is described as a “soft peachy brown with shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a soft pearl shimmer. It had semi-opaque to opaque coverage, though the creamy, emollient consistency makes it easy to apply less or really diffuse it for sheerer coverage. The color lasted for seven and a half hours as a blush. LORAC Pink Bronze (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is less glossy, cooler, darker (90% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is less glossy, cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Every Time You Go is described as a “creamy peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a creamy finish. It had semi-sheer to opaque pigmentation with a creamy, light-medium thick consistency–thicker than the other two–and has no shimmer. It blended out well on the skin and wore for seven and a half hours as a blush. Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is less glossy, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Root is described as a “red taupey brown with shimmer.” It’s a dark, taupe brown with strong, gray shimmer with a warmer undertone. The more opaque it is applied, the grayer it appears, but the more it is sheered out, the browner it looks. It had semi-sheer to opaque pigmentation with a lightweight, emollient texture that glided and blended well on the skin without becoming patchy. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on my cheeks. MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Days
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Wished I Stayed

Limited Edition
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A

Tint

Limited Edition
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A

Every Time You Go

Limited Edition
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A

Root

Permanent
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MAC x Ellie Goulding I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo

MAC I'll Hold My Breath Blush Duo
MAC I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo

MAC I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.) consists of a brown and pink, with the brown taking up about two-thirds of the space in the pan. Not bad, not out of this world. I wish they would have just kept it as true duo–half of each–as I think it would be more versatile that way. They are more dupable, particularly the coral (even within MAC’s range). It is a larger compact, and it’s nice to see that they put together special packaging for the collection.

I’ll Hold My Breath #1 is described as a “medium warm bronze.” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a dusting of gold shimmer. The texture was really smooth, but there was a firmness to it that made it a little harder to get the product to transfer onto a brush, even though it didn’t feel hard/stiff to the touch. It had semi-opaque pigmentation at best, but it was blendable on the skin and applied evenly overall. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Ganymede (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #6 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’ll Hold My Breath #2 is described as a “peachy pink pearl.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation with a smooth consistency that was a little dry, but it applied without issue and blended out nicely. The color started to fade after eight hours on me. MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00)(95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Impress (LE, $28.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Legendary (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ellie Goulding Powder Blush Duo I'll Hold My Breath
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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NYX Deep Plum HD Blush

NYX Deep Plum HD Blush
NYX Deep Plum HD Blush

NYX Deep Plum HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy copper with warm undertones and a satin finish. NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stylish Me (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $30.00) is cooler, more muted, lighter (80% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s an interesting shade, as it takes on a more plum-like colorinmg when applied heavily, but as it is blended and sheered out, the warmer, coppery tones come through. The finish also becomes more luminous the more the powder is buffed into the skin, but it is never too much so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It was nicely pigmented with a lightly dusty consistency, but it was very soft and easily blended on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Deep Plum
Deep Plum
Deep Plum
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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