MAC Sparkling Rose Iridescent Pressed Powder

MAC Sparkling Rose Iridescent Pressed Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “champagne with pearl.” It’s a light, golden peach with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00)(90% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Miss Liberty (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Teasecake (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Highlighter (P) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Sparkling Rose Iridescent Pressed Powder
MAC Iridescent Pressed Powder Sparkling Rose
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%

MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with pink pearl.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a subtle, pink iridescent sheen. Urban Decay Hush (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (LE, $42.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Summer Opal (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder
MAC Beauty Powder Pearl Sunshine
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%

NYX Magnetic & Ritualistic Illuminators

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, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NYX Magnetic Illuminator
NYX Illuminator Magnetic
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
87%
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NYX Narcissistic & Chaotic Illuminators

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. NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Collection Jubilant (21) (P, $15.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Collection Secretive (19) (P, $15.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NYX Narcissistic Illuminator
NYX Illuminator Narcissistic
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
88%
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MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Nights Palette

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.

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MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit
MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Nights
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days Palette

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”).

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MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit
MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Days
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%
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