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Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eyes & Blush Palette

Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette
Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette

Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette ($90.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes five eyeshadows housed in the top tier and then four blushes hidden beneath it in the lower tier. I’m not a fan of the blush formula they use in these tiered palettes, and I’m even less of a fan of the fact that the pans are tiny (even the “large” ones)–an eye brush just comfortably fits in the smallest pans, so you can imagine what a pain it is to dip a blush brush just into one shade (better to think of them as duos or even a single shade, perhaps). The blush formula is on the drier, dustier side and has lesser color payoff, though it is somewhat buildable. I like the eyeshadow formula a lot more, but the colors are dupable, typical for holiday (not really a bad thing, but it’s less tempting for some), and even more, more similar than not to last year’s holiday palette as well. That being said, the eyeshadows weren’t good enough to make up for the subpar blush performance this year.

Ors et Merveilles #1 is a medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for eight hours. bareMinerals Regal (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Quiet Type (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Tan Lines (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Gingerbread Mansion (LE)(95% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Eyeshadow #5 (LE, $19.00) is brighter, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Copper (P) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #422 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Smoke) (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Dreamlight (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Puppy Love (P) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 12 (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #2 is a deep taupe brown with warm undertones but a cooler overtone and subtle violet shimmer (that was a little surprise!). The texture was really smooth and buttery, so it applied easily and had intense color payoff. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before fading. Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Right) (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Patine (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong (P, $10.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Acute (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Granite (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Fate (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soul Serenade (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Jaq (LE) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Steampunk (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Quadrille #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #3 is a soft, light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange tones and a frosted sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture was a little dusty. It wore for eight hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Fortune (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Clarins The Essentials #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerdoodle (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Alexandre Trois (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Seasonal Spirit (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #2 (P) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #3 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #4 is a light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkly finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was dry, which resulted in sheerer coverage and some fall out during application. It wore for seven and a half hours with some fall out. Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $29.50) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Ceska (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Desert Mist (LE) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is brighter, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Intuition #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D410 Gold Nugget (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Dearest (P) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Pearl River #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Gold Leaf (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Night Thrill (LE, $22.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #5 is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage (it’s a bit better than it appears in the swatch, as it is quite close to my skin tone, I think it looks almost misleadingly sheer in the photo) with a slightly firmer texture. It lasted for eight hours. Colour Pop Party Girl (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 5 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Tartetini (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Ballet (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Flamingo (57V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Totally Nude (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #6 is a light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a dusty, thin consistency that was hard to get out of the pan. It wore for seven and a half hours. Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blind Date (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Petunia (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #7 is a subtly bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage that was more difficult to blend out, as the texture was quite firm in the pan and thin on the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours. NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Every Time You Go (LE, $21.00) is glossier, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #8 is a medium pink with warm undertones and lighter pink shimmer. It had sheer color payoff with a dusty, thin texture that tended to sheer out so it was hard to build-up the color during application. The color faded after seven hours of wear. Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Star Wonder (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #9 is a pop of medium, orange-coral with gold sparkle and shimmer. The texture was noticeably dry to the point where the powder didn’t feel like it was binding together, so it sheered out and looked a little textured on the skin (the shimmers/sparkles separate from the base). On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is more pigmented, brighter, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is brighter, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Eyes & Blush Palette Ors et Merveilles
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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MAC Raizin Blush

MAC Raizin Blush
MAC Raizin Blush

MAC Raizin Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “golden reddish-brown.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark chocolate brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $32.00) is cooler, more muted (85% similar). The Estee Edit Ember Glow (04) (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Anise (P, $24.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Melina (Contour) (P) is cooler, darker (85% similar). MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) 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. Raizin had rich color payoff with a fairly soft, blendable texture. It wasn’t the easiest blush to blend out from MAC, but it was a lot better than some of the other deeper-hued shades in the range. The finish retained most of the matte-like quality, but it didn’t look dry or powdery on my skin. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

MAC Powder Blush Raizin
Raizin
Raizin
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Rhubarb Blush

MAC Rhubarb Blush
MAC Rhubarb Blush

MAC Rhubarb Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “bright magenta [with a Satin finish].” It’s a bright, raspberry pink with cool, blue undertones and satin finish. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Hey Jealousy (17) (P, $14.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). MAC Let's Be Friends (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Azalea (P, $22.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $10.00) is warmer, more muted, 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. Rhubarb was richly pigmented with a natural sheen that emphasize pores but kept skin looking natural and skin-like. The texture seemed a bit firmer in the pan, and almost dry, but it blended out fairly well and didn’t require any tricks to apply. This shade stayed on well for nine hours.

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

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theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette
theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette ($28.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a slim, travel-friendly palette featuring three of theBalm’s famous highlighters. I’ve loved all three over the years, and to have them in a palette like this is awesome! The quality is exactly the same as the full-sized versions I have: rich, smooth, and buttery textured combined with great color payoff and luminous finishes. The full-sized versions retail for $24.00 and contain 0.30 oz. of product (or $80.00/oz.), so this palette contains $26.40 worth of product. You pay a tiny bit more to try three, but you get three for about the cost of one single shade, and the sizes provided will last quite awhile and are still large enough to get most blush brushes into them.

Mary-Lou Manizer is described as a “honey-hued.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen that gives the skin a luminous glow. The texture is soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and the shimmer toes the right side of the line where it doesn’t emphasize pores, but it is a noticeable highlighter. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Flexitarian (P, $8.00) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Craze (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Stroked) (LE, $55.00) is cooler (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lower quality (95% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is darker (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (Original) (P) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Auréole (P, $32.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Inner Light (LE) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cindy-Lou Manizer is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a subdued, light-medium peach with a hint of pink in its undertone and pink shimmer. Of the three, this has the least shimmery finish, though it still produces a soft glow on the skin. It’s one of those products where the sheen becomes more pronounced as the product is blended and worked into the skin. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency. The texture is less dense (a little thinner) compared to the other two shades. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Lust (LE, $32.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Perles d'Etoiles (LE, $60.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). The Estee Edit Gleam (LE) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Betty-Lou Manizer is described as a “sun-kissed glow.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a golden, frosted sheen. It is intensely pigmented with a lush, buttery, dense texture that applies beautifully and blends out with ease. It has a strong sheen, but it doesn’t emphasize pores. The color wore well for almost nine hours on me. Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

theBalm The Luminizing Collection The Manizer Sisters
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites

Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites
Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites

Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites ($80.00 for 1.00 oz.) is described as a “frosted light, radiance, and iridescence.” It’s a translucent, gold-shimmered beige with a luminous sheen. Guerlain Teint Beige (DC, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Mythic (P, $59.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Perles de Nuit (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Teint Rose (DC, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is more pigmented, darker (90% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Snowglobe (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more pigmented, more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles du Dragon (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Parure de Nuit (LE, $67.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Teint Dore (DC, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Meteorites is a cult-favorite, and I fully expect this one to fly off the shelves–despite its wallet-crushing price tag–because it’s one of the better ones released in the last few years. It’s packaged well with a plastic, snowglobe-like container that has a flattened bottom, so it will sit without rolling, but the top of the lid has a lightly frosted, translucent covering that shows the metallic gold design through it. It’s not cheap cardboard like a more recent release, and the amount of product you get is more in line with the Meteorites of years past. That being said, Meteorites are one of those products that some can’t live without and others apply and can’t figure out why anyone likes them at all. They’re best described as a finishing powder; if you think of them as an overt cheek highlighter, you’ll likely be disappointed. This year’s holiday edition has fine shimmer that creates a luminous glow when dusted all-over the face, but it can be built-up slightly for a more targeted highlight (it’s still not over-the-top). As you might expected, the effect on the skin is not substantially different between versions of the Meteorites except slightly in tone (often only visible on some skin tones). The powder adds enough luminosity to breathe life back into very matte foundations while blurring the skin slightly. The pearls give off product without having to jab at them, and they do just fine with even softer brushes and don’t kick up a lot of excess product. When I applied more heavily on my cheek bones (easier to see how it degrades over time that way), it lasted well for eight hours.

Guerlain Holiday 2015 Meteorites Perles des Neiges
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush

MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush
MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush

MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone beige with gold pearl.” It’s a medium, peachy-orange with hints of beige and soft, gold shimmer. Urban Decay Streak Bronzer (P)(95% similar). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cream Soda (LE, $22.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sensual (P, $28.00)(85% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $22.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Crisp Whites (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula is supposed to be a “blush that builds lightly” that has a lightweight feel and “luminous colour.” Warm Soul had semi-opaque color coverage that could be sheered out, but it didn’t build to fully opaque color either. The texture was lightly dusty but smooth and easily blended and diffused on the skin. The finish is somewhere between natural and luminous; it is one of the less shimmery shades in the Mineralize Blush formula, but it appears more shimmery on the skin as it is blended in than it does in the pan or just swatched. This shade wore well for seven hours before fading on me.

MAC Mineralize Blush Warm Soul
Warm Soul
Warm Soul
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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