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NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush

NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush Duo
NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush Duo ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo for summer. Both shades had sheerer, softer color and shimmer applied dry and richer, deeper, and more metallic color when applied damp. The shades work well together, if one wants to layer or use the lighter shade as more of a highlighter and the darker shade to define the cheek.

I noticed something interesting on the packaging, which says: “apply dry for sheer color or with a dampened brush for high-impact finish.” The reason this is interesting is because this is the exact opposite of the formula when it initially launched (see original press release verbiage here) that stated “sweeps on dry for a bold flush or wet for a translucent wash of color.” It was an issue, because they are pigmented both wet and dry, but they darken, intensify, and become more metallic when used damp (by no means translucent!). It was also odd, even at the time, as the Dual Intensity Eyeshadows are described as dry application resulting in sheer coverage and damp application resulting in more opaque coverage (in fact, the copy for the eyeshadows is the exact copy printed on the boxes for the blushes in this launch). NARS’ website copy sounds different to me than when the formula debuted (I’d say it’s almost more confusing), though is still mentions to apply it “wet for translucent, second skin finish.” Anyway, since the boxes for the blush duos in the launch specifically say one thing, that’s what I’ll be rating on — but they should decide once and for all what they want these to be!

Sexual Content (Left) is described as a “sandy peach.” It’s a light, muted peach with warm, rosy tones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer coverage and had less warmth and depth, while the color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Applied damp, it was mostly opaque with a stronger sheen (but less obvious shimmer particles) that wore eight hours on me. I had no trouble blending the blush whether it was with a dry or damp brush. Milani Rosa Romantica (P, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Flesh & Fantasy (506) (P, $42.00) is brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio II (LE, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sexual Content (Right) is described as a “soft raspberry.” It’s a soft, medium-dark rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had medium, buildable coverage with a sparkling, frosted sheen, with a soft, lightly dry texture that was blendable and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. With a damp brush, it was opaque and more metallic–this shade did emphasize pores slightly–and was a little more challenging to blend out damp, though it seemed easier to use than past iterations of this formula. It wore well for eight and a half hours when applied with a damp brush. MAC Buddy (Shimmer) (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC All Aflush (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Loved Me the Best (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution All I Think About is You (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Silk and Bloom (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Stila Berry Shimmer (LE, ) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Bang Bang You're Dead (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Black Opal Orchid (P, $8.95) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This blush will launch on narscosmetics.com on April 15th.

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Duo Sexual Content
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LORAC Moonlight Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter) (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Burberry No. 03 Pink Pearl (P, $68.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). NARS Devotee (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Cover FX Blossom (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Gleam (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Colour Pop Scrumptious (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

New for summer, LORAC has released their Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in four shades (reviews to come for all shades). The formula is supposed to be buildable for both a “soft, natural sheen” or “layered for a high-shine, dramatic effect.” Moonlight had medium, buildable coverage that could easily be sheered out or built-up for more intense coverage/shimmer, just as described. The texture was very smooth, finely-milled, and blendable; it felt denser and more buttery compared to the blushes (which are a little thin). The shimmer/finish didn’t emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. On me, the highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter Moonlight
Moonlight
Moonlight
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Becca Snapdragon Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Snapdragon Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush
Becca Snapdragon Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Snapdragon Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer. Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Cheeky Bits (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Panic (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Left) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva CR030 (P, ) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Jelly Fish (DC, $8.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NYX Summer (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This formula is supposed to have “just the right balance of color and light” that can be worn alone or “as a blush topper.” It seemed like it is supposed to be somewhere between sheerer like a highlighter and more pigmented like a blush (hence why it can also be layered), which is the best I can surmise from their marketing (there’s a lot of use of subtle as well, which at least indicates, to me, that they’re not saying it’s ultra pigmented). I noticed that layering is best with a very, very light hand and a feathery brush or else the original blush can get overshadowed, as the formula runs semi-opaque. Much like the Shimmering Skin Perfectors, a little can go a long way. Snapdragon had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff (the first time, it applied more semi-sheer, the second time more semi-opaque) that is buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two to three layers. The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled and was less shimmery than Tigerlily. It was easy to blend and apply to the skin, and the finish didn’t emphasize pores but still gave the skin a noticeable glow. The blush wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush Snapdragon
Snapdragon
Snapdragon
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Becca Tigerlily Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Tigerlily Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush
Becca Tigerlily Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Tigerlily Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium orange with warm, red undertones and a gold, frosted finish. By Terry Tropical Sunset #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Esoteric (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Me First (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shape the Future (LE, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bright Response (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Solar Ray (LE, $27.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Tasty (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NYX Synthetica (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC My Paradise (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Flamme (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Daydream (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For summer, Becca has launched a six-shade line-up of blushes designed to have “just the right balance of color and light” that can be worn alone or “as a blush topper.” It seems like it’s somewhere between sheerer like a highlighter and more pigmented like a blush (hence why it can also be layered), which is the best I can surmise from their marketing (there’s a lot of use of subtle as well, which at least indicates, to me, that they’re not saying it’s ultra pigmented)–I definitely wish it was clearer, though. I noticed that layering is best with a very, very light hand and a feathery brush or else the original blush can get overshadowed, as the formula runs semi-opaque. Much like the Shimmering Skin Perfectors, a little can go a long way. Tigerlily had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage with a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. Applied and blended out, the result is softly glowing without being too glittery, but it has a moderate sheen. It didn’t emphasize pores for me, though. The texture was soft, lightly loose in the pan, and fairly dense. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading.

P.S. — I only have two of the six shades right now, as the other four are still coming soon/sold out at Sephora. They are available through Becca’s website as well.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush Tigerlily
Tigerlily
Tigerlily
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Sephora x Disney | Minnie’s Inner Glow Luminizing Blush

Sephora x Disney | Minnie's Inner Glow Luminizing Blush
Sephora x Disney | Minnie’s Inner Glow Luminizing Blush

Sephora x Disney | Minnie’s Inner Glow Luminizing Blush ($22.00 for 0.39 oz.) is described as a “soft luminizer with a peachy glow.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a soft, gold shimmer. Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Freshen Up (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Style Cast (LE, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Bubbly (LE, $28.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Esoteric (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

There’s not a whole lot of information regarding the formula, other than it is a highlighting blush, so it imparts both color and glow, which it does for light to medium-dark skin tones; darker skin tones may find it adds warmth and sheen but not necessarily visible color. The texture was soft, lightly dry, and blendable; it could have been more finely-milled, but applied, I didn’t notice that it wasn’t as smooth as it could have been. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff, and the shimmer produced a soft sheen but didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours.

Sephora Luminizing Blush Minnie's Inner Glow
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder
Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery-brown with warm undertones and a gold, frosted sheen. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Golden Age (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior #004 (P, $56.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $48.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque color coverage (once built up). The texture was just like the others in the line: smooth, soft, blendable, but there was that slight dryness to it if you put your finger against the surface–it just didn’t seem to translate in a negative way on the skin. It was easy to diffuse the color along the cheek bones, and the more shimmery nature didn’t emphasize my pores. Of all four shades, this one had the most metallic sheen applied, so if pore emphasis is a big concern, you might want to test-drive this prior to purchasing. The color was a bit of a chameleon on me; there is a rosier undertone that became more present the more it was blended out, which made it look like bronze/copper against my skin tone. I will be curious to hear how it works on other skin tones and undertones.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Seduction
Seduction

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