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Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze Beach Shimmer Powder

Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze Beach Shimmer Powder
Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze Beach Shimmer Powder

Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze Beach Shimmer Powder ($45.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark bronzy brown with subtle grayish tones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bahama (LE, $38.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition formula/product for summer, which is supposed to give the “warmth and radiance of a natural tan.” It is heavily scented (and on purpose) with Bobbi Brown’s Beach scent, described as “notes of jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin.” There’s a lot of powderiness to the scent, which isn’t prevalent in the Beach fragrance I have from a few years ago. Unknown to me when I originally swatched it, the product is intended for decolletage, shoulders, and body, though for a body product, it is actually smaller than I would have expected–it is more in line with a typical face bronzer. The texture is firmer with a high amount of sparkle, so I can definitely see why it is more suitable to body bronzing than on the face. Nevertheless, it’s easier to show the result/coloring on the face, but rest assured I tested it on face and body, and once blended out, it doesn’t read nearly as sparkly as I anticipated–probably has to do with that stiffer texture. It blended out decently but could have been easier to work with. It lasted for eight hours before it started to fade, and if I had clothes that rubbed against the powder at all, it was much quicker to fade and isn’t transfer-proof at all.

The packaging might be the worst I’ve seen from Bobbi Brown; it is very, very thin, flimsy plastic–it felt more like the kind of temporary packaging you’d get when buying a refill pan or the like. There’s just no substance to it, and I was quite taken aback by it since it’s not an issue I’ve encountered with Bobbi Brown in the past.

Bobbi Brown Beach Shimmer Powder Bikini Bronze

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Surratt Beauty Flamme Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Flamme Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Flamme Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Flamme Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a gold, frosted shimmer. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Tigerlily (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Shape the Future (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Bright Response (P, $16.00) is lighter (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). Flamme was the most intense shade of the new six hues released this year. It had good color payoff with a cream-like, silky-smooth consistency that blended out easily and made it one of the more forgiving deep orange shades I’ve tried. This shade wore well for almost nine hours 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 Flamme
Flamme
Flamme
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Sunlight (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Milani Rosa Romantica (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Nude (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Hourglass Surreal Glow (LE, $35.00) is darker (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker, cooler (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). Coup de Genie is more like a highlighting blush than a true blush; there is visible color, though, so lighter skin tones will see color and warmth while darker skin tones will see more of a sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, which was paired with a very soft, silky texture, so it could be sheered out easily or just lightly diffused along the edges. The color wore well for eight hours.

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 Coup de Genie
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. Makeup Revolution Bang Bang You're Dead (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $62.00) is less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). NYX Baby Doll (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Just a Wisp (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Morale (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (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). Barbe a Papa had a very soft, lightly loose consistency in the pan with semi-opaque color coverage. I found it to be a buildable product, so if you wanted more payoff, opaque color was achievable in two to three layers. The texture had more noticeable micro-sparkle in it than other shades in the range, and it was visible on the skin. The blush didn’t emphasize my pores or my skin’s natural texture, but it may be a concern for others. It lasted for eight hours before fading.

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 Barbe a Papa
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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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). Chanel Bronze Antique (32) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (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). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% 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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