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Makeup Geek Heart Throb Blush

Makeup Geek Heart Throb Blush
Makeup Geek Heart Throb Blush

Makeup Geek Heart Throb Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium coral-brown with warmer undertones and a satin finish. Divergent Misty Rose (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #7 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dolline (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC See Beyond (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is cooler (85% similar). The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (-, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Between the Sheets (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (DC, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). This shade was richly pigmented, which made it easy to apply and get visible color out of, and it should work for several skin tones. The color darkened just slightly, as it had a soft, slightly dusty consistency, on the skin. It had a finely-milled, smooth feel to it, and it blended out beautifully on the skin with the satiny sheen becoming more prominent as the blush was buffed and diffused on the skin. On my normal-to-dry skin, it wore well for eight hours.

Makeup Geek Blush Heart Throb
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter
Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rose with warm, golden shimmer. Bobbi Brown Telluride (LE, $48.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Tawny Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NYX Deep Plum (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is brighter, cooler (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). KIKO 111 Classic Rose (P, $12.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter is a “buildable cream highlighter” that gives a “soft-focused glow.” The texture is dense, lightly spongy, and very emollient to the touch–it feels quite wet initially–but it goes on smoothly and dries down to a powder-like finish, so it doesn’t look wet or glossy (nor does it slide right off the face, either!). If you thought, “Hey, that looks like ColourPop!” — you’re right on the money; the texture is very much in that vein, and to my knowledge, I’ve really only seen ColourPop use that cream formula in a cheek product (but they were not the first to use it in eyeshadows–Chanel, BUXOM, Dior, and MAC have also used it). I find Lancome’s formula to be more slippery to the touch, but they perform largely the same otherwise. Rosegold Lights had semi-sheer, buildable color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to apply to the skin with a synthetic brush or fingertips (I prefer fingertips myself). The color lasted for nine hours before fading very slightly.

Also, a note: the interior plastic pan that product actually sits in was offset in both of mine, so that it could pop out, which I do not think was intentional, and I was able to pop it fully in and haven’t had them lift out on their own since.

Lancome Glow Subtil Silky Crème Highlighter Rosegold Lights

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Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Enamored (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Bronzer) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Bronze Light (LE, $50.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” It is more satiny than Bronze (01) and Bronze (02), and it has a stronger red undertone, but it isn’t too much darker overall. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable with a thinner consistency that kicked up very little excess powder in the pan. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation that applied well to the skin and didn’t look dry or powdery, while it blended out well and became more natural-looking in finish after it was diffused. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (03)

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Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter
Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Burberry No. 04 Rose Gold (P, $68.00) is cooler (95% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Milani Sunset Glow (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Whipped (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Wisp (P, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Jouer Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Padded Down (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Galet (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Blow a Fuse Pearl (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Jouer Skinny Dip (LE, $24.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $48.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Rose Gold (P, $42.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Kitten (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Daygleam (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter is a “buildable cream highlighter” that gives a “soft-focused glow.” It’s available in five shades, and I purchased two to review (the other will be reviewed shortly!). The texture is dense, lightly spongy, and very emollient to the touch–it feels quite wet initially–but it goes on smoothly and dries down to a powder-like finish, so it doesn’t look wet or glossy (nor does it slide right off the face, either!). If you thought, “Hey, that looks like ColourPop!” — you’re right on the money; the texture is very much in that vein, and to my knowledge, I’ve really only seen ColourPop use that cream formula in a cheek product (but they were not the first to use it in eyeshadows–Chanel, BUXOM, Dior, and MAC have also used it). I find Lancome’s formula to be more slippery to the touch, but they perform largely the same otherwise. Glowing Lights had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that applied evenly, blended out easily, and lasted for over nine hours.

Also, a note: the interior plastic pan that product actually sits in was offset in both of mine, so that it could pop out, which I do not think was intentional, and I was able to pop it fully in and haven’t had them lift out on their own since.

Lancome Glow Subtil Silky Crème Highlighter Glowing Lights

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Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush
Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, bright, medium-dark pinky-plum with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Blush) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Hey Jealousy (17) (P, $14.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Angelika (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Bred for Beauty (LE, ) is brighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Let's Be Friends (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Rose (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Sephora I'm Quite Tipsy (08) (P, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Milani Love Potion (07) (P, $8.99) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (-, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Prom Princess (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Morticia (Shade) (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Pegacorn (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is brighter, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). It had nearly opaque pigmentation, so a little went a long way. If you tend to have a heavy-hand and prefer sheerer coverage, I’d look elsewhere, but if you love very pigmented, deep blushes, this one might appeal to you. The texture was fairly soft and blendable, but it could have been easier to diffuse and blend out on the cheeks; I found the best way to apply this was with a light hand to try and build it up as gradually as possible. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. As a note, this shade is much deeper and brighter (and not quite as blue-based) as it was in the original formulation.

Makeup Geek Blush Rendezvous
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmering, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Celestial Powder is supposed to give “an agenlic glow” that doesn’t look “glittery.” There are now three shades in the range (the other two are Candlelight and Starlight), and Sunlight is more comparable to Starlight, as it has more color oomph and stronger shimmer compared to Candlelight (which is particularly nice for those who like subtle to moderate highlighters). This is more of a highlighting bronzer, as it adds a lot of glow and luminosity to the skin, but it does add warmth. It is very pigmented, but the texture is soft, blendable, and forgiving, so it can easily be applied with a lighter hand for barely-there golden sheen or more intensely for true-to-pan bronzing. The consistency of the powder was smooth and finely-milled, and this didn’t emphasize my pores or skin texture. It wore well for almost nine hours on me before fading.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder Sunlight
Sunlight
Sunlight
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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