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MAC Perfectly Lit Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfectly Lit Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfectly Lit Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfectly Lit Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of a light copper, medium copper, coppery-brown, and lighter coppery brown. They swirled together and created a medium-dark, rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Embruns (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Golden Hour (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is described as a “velvety soft” face powder with a “radiant finish” that can be used to “add highlights to the high points of the face.” The Mineralize Skinfinish Collection for spring features five new, limited edition shades — the collection debuts on March 31st online. Perfectly Lit had good pigmentation with a very soft, smooth consistency that blended out beautifully on the skin with even, diffused edges. The texture was more shimmery on the skin than it was with other shades, and it just slightly emphasized pores on my skin. This was the least versatile shade, as the four hues in the compact were less contrasting than in the other compacts. When I tested this shade, the color wore well for seven hours before breaking down.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Perfectly Lit
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Urban Decay Sin Afterglow Highlighter

Urban Decay Sin Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter
Urban Decay Sin Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter

Urban Decay Sin Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic finish. Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Highlighter) (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $33.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Highlighter) (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Skylight (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Craze (-, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NYX Moonbeam (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Holographic Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Make a Sheen (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). NARS Rivage (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The new Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter formula is supposed to be “finely-milled” with “sheer,” buildable payoff that “blends in easily” and eight-hour wear. This was the most pigmented–more semi-opaque to opaque–shade in the range and most shimmery. I found that the texture could emphasize pores depending on application style/coverage, so it’s not as foolproof as the other shades. I recommend using a lighter touch and a buffing brush to get the best finish out of the product. It is also significantly different in color to Sin eyeshadow, which is more pink-based (I compared to a split-pan I have of Sin as well as one in the Naked palette). The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while the highlighter wore for eight hours on me before fading.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter Sin
Sin
Sin
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Sunny Side Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Sunny Side Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Sunny Side Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Sunny Side Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of a sunny yellow, peachy yellow, yellowed brown, and coral-orange. They blend together and create a hue of muted, medium orange within hints of brown and a pearly sheen. Guerlain Terre d'Ete (LE, $78.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Haute Contour (Bronzer) (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Contour (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $70.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva ND020 (P, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Guerlain Orange Blush (LE, ) is darker, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is described as a “velvety soft” face powder with a “radiant finish” that can be used to “add highlights to the high points of the face.” The Mineralize Skinfinish Collection for spring features five new, limited edition shades — the collection debuts on March 31st online. Sunny Side had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth, and easily blended consistency that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. The texture sat well on the skin without emphasizing the natural texture or the look of pores. It looks more like a very warm, yellow-orange based bronzer, so it can certainly add warmth to several skin tones. I liked the soft glow it yielded as the powder was buffed into the skin. On me, the color wore for seven and a half hours before fading.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Sunny Side
Sunny Side
Sunny Side
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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CoverGirl Deep Mauve TruBlend Blush

CoverGirl Deep Mauve TruBlend Blush
CoverGirl Deep Mauve TruBlend Blush

CoverGirl Deep Mauve TruBlend Blush ($9.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep berry with cool undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. MAC Blind Score (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Easy (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Flash (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Bitten (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Hot Nights (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Plumberry (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Viseart Violet #3 (P, ) is darker, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The TruBlend Blush formula is supposed to be blendable and create a “multi-toned result.” It was the richest and deepest shade of the three that CoverGirl came out with this spring. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture (very key with a color like this!) that applied beautifully to the skin. The texture ran a smidgen dusty, but it didn’t look dry or powdery on me. This shade wore well for seven hours before there were signs of fading.

CoverGirl TruBlend Blush Deep Mauve
Deep Mauve
Deep Mauve
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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MAC Nuanced Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Nuanced Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Nuanced Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Nuanced Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of a light gold, peach, copper, and rose gold. Together, they create a light-medium, peachy copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Milani Rosa Romantica (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Sunlight (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Zoeva Palace Door (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Forever Young (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Jouer Skinny Dip (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Daybreak (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Stila Sending My Love Highlighter (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Kitty Kat (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $33.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Otherearthly (LE, $33.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is described as a “velvety soft” face powder with a “radiant finish” that can be used to “add highlights to the high points of the face.” The Mineralize Skinfinish Collection for spring features five new, limited edition shades — the collection debuts on March 31st online. Nuanced had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and lightly dusty consistency that was incredibly easy to blend out on the skin. I was surprised the texture didn’t emphasize pores, but it applied in such a way that it gave a good sheen instead. On me, the color started to break down after seven hours of wear.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Nuanced
Nuanced
Nuanced
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact
Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact ($108.00 for 0.70 oz.) is a mega-sized compact that features three products: a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. It’s limited edition for summer and features the brand’s signature white packaging they often used for the summer collections. I was dismayed at the price point when pre-ordering, but it is massive; it is the size of their large-sized bronzing compacts, but the content weight is really the equivalent of three full-sized cheek colors. Though I’m not sure about ever hitting pan on something like this, the upside is that each shade is contained inside its own well and each well is large enough to use the shades individually. Small to medium brushes worked best; large brushes were too big for individual use. The brand states that the compact can be used individually or together for “sheer to medium coverage” and “both matte and radiant.” All three shades were smooth, while the blush and bronzer were a little firmer in the pan, fairly blendable, had medium coverage, and lasted for at least eight hours. The colors are more dupable, and the pigmentation is medium–which is as described–but may not be what you’re looking for.

The Afternooner (Highlighter) is a light, peachy-gold with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It read as a subtle highlighter on the skin; enough that it’s more than a finishing powder but was not overtly shimmery or metallic in the least bit. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was easy to apply and never emphasized pores. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Highlighter) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior #001 (P, $56.00) is darker (85% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Afternooner (Blush) is a slightly muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, though it could be layered another time or two for nearly opaque coverage, I think. The texture was smooth and blendable, but it was a little firmer in the pan so you might want to use a denser brush to apply this shade unless you want a very sheer wash of color. It wore well for eight hours.
NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (-, ) is lighter (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Torrid (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Hush Blush (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Blush) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Vibrant (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Afternooner (Bronzer) is a subdued, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a smooth, blendable texture that was a little firm in the pan. I actually thought it was a contour powder (given that it’s a “Contouring Compact”), but Tom Ford’s website calls it out as a bronzer–but this is why in the swatch photo, I’m wearing it as a contour. There’s enough rosiness to the color that it could work as a contour for some skin tones. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Jawbone (LE, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tan-tastic (LE, $49.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Medium Deep (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Bronzer) (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Sculpting #2 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Baiana Bronze (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Bronzed Bondi (P, $38.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Unique (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Deep (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Contouring Compact The Afternooner
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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