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Laura Mercier Rosé Baked Blush Illumine

Laura Mercier Rosé Baked Blush Illumine
Laura Mercier Rosé Baked Blush Illumine

Laura Mercier Rosé Baked Blush Illumine ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, peachy-copper with warm, pink and gold shimmer that give it a frosted finish. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Summer Opal (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Highly Illogical (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) (LE, $8.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Ciate Date Night (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition powder that’s supposed to provide “natural, healthy-looking color” that “highlights” with a “nondrying, non-dusty formula [that] is long-wearing and color true.” The texture was soft but not as smooth as you’d expect, as it had a fair amount of sparkle/micro-glitter in it, and the baked formula yielded a looser consistency so that powder didn’t bind together as well. Some of the sparkle translates onto the skin, and it is visible sparkle, but a lot of it seems to get lost during application (swept away, trapped in the brush, etc.), which leaves behind a noticeable, more shimmery sheen. On me, it very slightly emphasized pores. The color payoff was semi-opaque, moderately buildable. It lasted for seven hours on me before it started breakdown and look patchy.

Laura Mercier Baked Blush Illumine Rosé
Rosé
Rosé
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer

CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer
CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer

CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer ($9.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a golden, medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. MAC Global Glow (P, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The TruBlend Bronzer formula is supposed to be blendable and create a “perfect bronze glow.” It had great color payoff with a very smooth, blendable texture that was just a tiny bit powdery, but it was noticeably denser than the TruBlend Blush formula. The one thing I was caught off guard by was how the shimmer didn’t translate nearly as strongly on the cheeks once blended as it did just swatched on my arm–it was much more subdued, and as a result, there was no emphasis of pores either. On me, the bronzer wore well for seven hours before fading.

CoverGirl TruBlend Bronzer Bronze (200)
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of buttery yellow, peachy beige, muted medium orange, and light-medium warm pink. Together, they come together and create a muted, light-medium peachy-orange with warm, yellowy undertones and a frosted sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (85% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (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. Faintly Fabulous had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and lightly dusty texture that was easy to apply to the skin and blend out. The finish was luminous without being metallic or too sparkly on the skin, so I didn’t have any issues with the powder emphasizing the skin’s natural texture or the look of pores. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours on me.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Faintly Fabulous
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Urban Decay Aura Afterglow Highlighter

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

Urban Decay Aura Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as an “iridescent light pink.” It’s a light, icy pink with a luminous shimmer-sheen finish and cooler undertones. Becca Prismatic Amethyst (LE, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). NYX State of Flux (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Highlight) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Hemisphere (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush I (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Highlighter) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). 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. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture, even when more heavily applied, so it is pretty easy to use and doesn’t require a light hand or any finagling to get it to look just right. The texture was soft, smooth, and lightly dusty–a looser press than the blushes, I would say–but a cinch to blend out on the skin. It wore for eight hours exactly on me, as described. I’m so thrilled that there’s a reasonably priced, permanent, cooler-pink highlighter on the market!

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter Aura
Aura
Aura
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Warm Rose Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft pink champagne.” It’s a very light, pinky-beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NYX Soft Light (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is darker, warmer (85% 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 Future MAC collection features two new, limited edition shades; this one and Warm Rose — the collection debuts on March 31st online. This is one of the few variations of Mineralize Skinfinish that I think could be used all-over on certain skin tones, as it has much, much less shimmer than the majority of shades I’ve come across in the range. On me, it appears chalky, so I would expect this to resonate more with fair to light complexions. It would add a very subtle sheen to the skin if buffed in without adding overt color. The texture was soft, smoioth, and just a smidgen dusty. On me, it lasted for six and a half hours before fading.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Warm Rose
Warm Rose
Warm Rose
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls ($62.00 for 0.80 oz.) is supposed to be a mix of “fuchsia,” “soft mauve,” “sunny yellow,” and “pearlescent white” that can be dusted all-over the face. It’s a light, pastel-ish pink with fine gold and champagne micro-shimmer. Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls (LE, $74.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P, ) is more pigmented (90% similar). Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P, ) is less shimmery, more pigmented (85% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva Gentle Touch (P, $11.80) is darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I wasn’t able to wear this all-over, because as soon as I did, it looked like I had applied pink blush all-over my face–and I absolutely used a finishing brush with this and lightly swept everything on. It worked better as a subtler blusher on my skin tone (light-medium with light yellow undertones), so I’ll be curious to hear from others on how they’re using it and what their complexion is. If you have more naturally pink-toned skin, it might work better all-over for your complexion than it did on me. It seemed more pigmented, which may be why the pink tone was more obvious when dusted all-over. The consistency is soft, smooth, and silky, as other Meteorite Pearls have been. Meteorite Pearls are usually intended to be used as a finishing, all-over powder, though this edition says it can be used as a setting powder (to improve hold) as well. It extended the wear of my base by maybe a half hour, but it didn’t have major impact on longevity. It does, however, produce a soft glow that looks very natural without being shimmery or metallic on the skin for eight hours.

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Carousel
Carousel
Carousel
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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