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Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit

Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit
Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit

Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four warm-toned shades that range from pale, buttery gold to copper. Each shade is 0.26 oz. and can be removed from the palette, if desired, but they are currently only sold together (not sure if they will eventually be available as pans only). Presently, it is exclusive to Macy’s and the brand’s website. According to Anastasia, these are supposed to be “metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity” that can also be worn on the eyes. They are softer and silkier with a more finely-milled consistency compared to the Illuminators released a couple of months ago. These also have a finer shimmer and overall sheen that is less emphasizing of pores on the skin.

Sunburst is a light, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It applied easily to the skin without emphasizing pores but giving a high shine finish. The color lasted for eight hours before fading on me. Anastasia Summer (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Daylight (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Star Reader (LE, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Bloom (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 13 Ivory (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Burst (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Bronze is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. This shade was intensely pigmented with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blended out nicely. It didn’t emphasize pores for me, but it had a very metallic sheen, so it is by no means a subtle highlighter! On me, this highlighting bronzer wore for eight hours. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Sand (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Bronze (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 14 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 12 Copper (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bubblyis a muted, light-medium golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was slightly drier with a looser consistency, though it still blended well and luckily, it didn’t look dry or powdery applied. Again, the finish was quite metallic but did not emphasize pores (almost that “so reflective it looks smooth” effect). It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Wet 'n' Wild Precious Petals (LE, $4.99) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Frosted (LE, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Ray of Light (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Spotlight (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome Pink Lights (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome Gold Lights (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt (Top) (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dripping in Gold is a light-medium, yellow gold with strong, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had great color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency. The powder was easy to apply to the skin and diffuse along the edges. It didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture, though it is a very high-shine finish where a little goes a long way. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Estee Lauder Heat Wave (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt (Top) (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Dior #003 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced You Light Up My Life (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Gold Addict (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Frosted (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Fire (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Precious Petals (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You (P, $44.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Glow Kit That Glow
That Glow
That Glow
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Sunburst

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Golden Bronze

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Bubbly

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Dripping in Gold

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Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palettes

Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palette
Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palettes

Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palette ($68.00 for 0.10 oz.) came out in two shades, and they have, apparently, sold out through Burberry’s website (that’s where I bought mine). I’m hopeful that it will–eventually!–make its way to other retailers that carry Burberry, but I’m not positive. They are both limited edition, though. The formula is supposed to be buildable and luminous. Both shades performed well with medium, buildable coverage with a luminous finish that was just shy of emphasizing the skin’s texture (for me). They wore for eight hours on me before fading.

Burberry No. 01 White Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palette ($68.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a crisp, cool-toned white with a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and just a smidgen “dry” but didn’t look dry on the skin. It was blendable and easy to apply. The color lasted for eight hours on me. NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush I (LE) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Liquid Prism (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Snow (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Moon Glow (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Glowing Pink (001) (LE, $58.00) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Where the Dreamers Go (LE, $2.99) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Psychedelic (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Luna (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Pink (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Trophy (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palette ($68.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a slightly muted, light-medium gold with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had medium, buildable pigmentation that applied well, blended out easily, and stayed on the skin for eight hours before fading. Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Make a Sheen (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $42.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Precious Petals (LE, $4.99) is warmer (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palette No. 01 White
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Highlighting Palette No. 02 Nude Gold
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighter No. 01 White
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0
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0
Texture
0
Longevity
0
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0%
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Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighter No. 02 Nude Gold
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Sephora I’m Quite Tipsy Colorful Blush

Sephora I'm Quite Tipsy (08) Colorful Blush
Sephora I’m Quite Tipsy (08) Colorful Blush

Sephora I’m Quite Tipsy (08) Colorful Blush ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dark purple.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. NARS Angelika (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Rose #3 (P) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Let's Be Friends (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Sweet Sentiment (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Starscape (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Bright Pink (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Pie (DC, $8.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Homie (DC, $8.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Coin Purse (LE, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Unashamed (LE) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC This Could Be Fun (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula–generally–has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable color payoff. The texture was a little thin and firmer in the pan than many other blushes in the range, which made it harder to blend on the skin when I tried using it (both for swatch photos as well as when I tested it for wear). The color stayed on well for eight hours.

Sephora Colorful Blush I'm Quite Tipsy (08)
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette (Spring 2016)

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette
NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette ($65.00 for 1.01 oz.) includes a highlighting/contour duo, bronzer, and four blushes. Three of the blushes are exclusive to the palette with one blush being part of an exclusive offering for Sephora VIB Rouge members (as a single). Strangely, the Paloma duo, which is available in the permanent range (see my original review here), was very chalky and clumpy in the palette–it felt smooth and soft to the touch, but it looked dry and chalky on the skin. I wish NARS (and other brands guilty of it) wouldn’t include one-size-fits-all contouring products; matte highlighters are also difficult to make inclusive (without the shimmer, it is hard to salvage one that really doesn’t work for one’s skin tone).

Paloma Highlight is a pale beige with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was sheer, chalky, powdery, and looked all those things on the skin. It’s harder to tell the wear on a shade like this on my skin tone, but based on how powdery the skin looked in the area I applied it, it seemed to wear about six hours. Guerlain Mythic (P, $59.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is darker (90% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Light (P, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Nico (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Paloma Contour is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm rosy tones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer consistency that was hard to blend out or build-up in coverage. It wore for six and a half hours on me. NARS Gienah Highlight (P) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Sculpting #2 (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Sculpt (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Sombre (P) is cooler (80% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is more shimmery, lighter, better quality (80% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Contour (P) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. This version was firmer, sheerer, and harder to blend on the skin than many others that I have tried. It is similar in color, but the performance is sub-par. It lasted for seven hours on me. Too Faced Spice (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $70.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #2 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Soft Sand (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio I is a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a dusting of gold shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It looks primarily like a matte blush on the skin as the shimmer is fine, and as it is buffed into the skin, the finish is less flat-looking. The texture was lightly powdery but blendable, and the color lasted for seven hours. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Promise Ring (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $74.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio II is a light-medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too loose in the pan. The color applied well and lasted for eight hours. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Left) (LE) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio III is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dry texture that applied decently but needed some extra love to blend the color out evenly. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Golden Hour (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Hushed Tone (P, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Embruns (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Faux Sure (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Goulue is a medium-dark, berry rose with subtle, cooler undertones and warmer gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to use. The color wore well for almost eight hours on me. This shade was released previously, and it is presently available as an individual shade for VIB Rouges at Sephora. NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Milani Red Vino (P, $8.49) is warmer (95% similar). KIKO 104 Pastel Pink (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Morticia (Shade) (P) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Becca Dahlia (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Cheek Studio Palette Spring 2016
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Laguna

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Cheek Studio I

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Cheek Studio II

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Cheek Studio III

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Goulue

Permanent
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Sephora Oh My Gosh Colorful Blush

Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) Colorful Blush
Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) Colorful Blush

Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) Colorful Blush ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “red.” It’s a bright, medium-dark orange with strong, warm red undertones and a matte finish. It’s more orange than it is red, though. Colour Pop Girl Power (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Orange #3 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC All Year Red (LE) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Viseart Orange #2 (P) is lighter, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula–generally–has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. It was intensely pigmented; I wouldn’t describe as a buildable formula at all, because even the barest touch of the brush results is very strong coverage. The consistency is lightly dusty, not too thin or too dense, and blends fairly well but could be a little easier to diffuse and even out on the skin. The color stayed on for eight and a half hours before fading.

Sephora Colorful Blush Oh My Gosh (10)
8.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Kat Von D Sid + Nancy Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Sid + Nancy Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Sid + Nancy Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Sid + Nancy Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a new, permanent set that features a darker pink-coral paired with a peachy-pink. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” As we’re now at the seventh and final blush duo to review, I must sound like a broken record, but the darker shade is dismal and difficult to blend due to sheer pigmentation and chalky texture. The lighter shade was more powdery and less chalky, but it was at least more pigmented.

Sid (Shade) is described as a “bright tulip.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was disappointingly sheer (a far cry from “highly pigmented”) and incredibly chalky, thin, and difficult to blend. It’s the type of texture that tends to stick to wherever there are natural oils on the skin and then doesn’t want to blend or move, which results in fairly uneven, patchy application. I have tried these blush duos countless ways (beyond what I would normally test), and even applying them over a powdered face still requires two to three times the amount of effort to blend them out than even so-so blushes. The color wore well for eight hours, which is good, just not close to the marketed claim. Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Bottom) (LE) is brighter (95% similar). NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Amour (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is darker, brighter (85% similar). theBalm Toile (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nancy (Light) is described as a “ballet pink.” It’s a light, warm-toned pink with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff paired with a lightly dusty texture that was blendable. I found the shade to darken slightly on the skin compared to the majority of the other light shades, which while I expected them to, did not darken against the skin as much. The color faded after seven and a half hours of wear. Kat Von D Mallory (Light) (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Highlighter) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Luma (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Conquest (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Sid + Nancy
4
Product
5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
3
Longevity
3.5
Application
46%
Total
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