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Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, gold-shimmered rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted, luminous sheen. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is warmer. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is . Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer, lower quality. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It is exactly the same as last year’s Spellbound. I strongly would have rather the brand use the same name, because I didn’t know until I received the product and went, “This seems familiar.” It’s a lovely, moderately luminous highlighter otherwise. Laura Mercier describes it as “buildable long-wearing color” to highlight the face. The texture is soft, lightweight, very blendable, and very slightly emphasizes pores at times. I noticed if I used a fan brush, it was fine, but if I used a highlighting or blush brush, there was slight emphasis. The color lasted for eight hours on me.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Indiscretion
Indiscretion

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NYX Amber & Pink the Town HD Blushes

NYX Amber HD Blush
NYX Amber HD Blush

NYX Amber HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. The finish has a soft sheen to it that gives the a skin a nice glow without emphasizing pores or appearing overly shimmery. It had a soft, silky consistency that kicked up excess product in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery applied to the skin. The blush had mostly opaque coverage that was easily blended down or built to true-to-pan intensity in two layers. On me, it lasted seven and a half hours before fading. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is cooler. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is brighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Love (LE, $30.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Pink the Town HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and just a hint of pink. It had a softly luminous finish, so it gave the skin a nice glow without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. It was somewhat powdery to work with, though I didn’t notice it looking powdery or dry on the skin, but be careful of excess powder accumulating in the pan. The blush blended easily, and it wore for seven hours on me. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is darker. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is glossier. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is cooler. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Amber
Amber
Amber
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
NYX HD Blush Pink the Town
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days The Matte Bronzing Veil Review, Photo, Swatches

Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights The Matte Bronzing Veil
Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights The Matte Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights The Matte Bronzing Veil ($48.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium-dark tan brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. MAC Tan Tint (LE, $29.50) is darker. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter. Burberry Copper Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is a new, permanent formula that comes in two shades (I reviewed the other shade here), and this is the darker of the two. It is also the rosier of the two, though they both lean warm and slightly more orange-based. It’s supposed to be an “ultra silky” powder bronzer that can be used to add warmth to the skin. The texture is lightweight, silky and soft to the touch with a really smooth feel, though it can be a smidgen on the powdery side in the pan, but luckily, it didn’t look powdery on the skin at all. It was blendable and easily applied at full intensity or with a lighter hand or blended out for a sheerer look. On me, the color stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading.

Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Bronzing Veil Desert Nights
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple Vitality Cheek Flush

IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple Vitality Cheek Flush
IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple Vitality Cheek Flush

IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple Vitality Cheek Flush ($24.00 for 0.136 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with subtle, cooler undertones and a matte finish. MAC Hipness (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Amour (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is cooler. MAC P.S. I Like You (LE, $22.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is darker, brighter. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter. Milani Tea Rose (08) (LE, $7.99) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be long-wearing and give the “glow of of a stain.” This shade is the most matte out of the four shades available in the formula, and I found the texture to be a little thinner and more prone to powderiness (at least, in the pan) as a result, though it remained blendable on the skin and applied and looked even. On me, despite it leaning cool in the pan, it ended up looking warmer and more like a pinky-coral, so those who have cooler, pinker undertones may find it stays truer-to-pan on them. It has a more “natural matte” finish, where there isn’t really shimmer or a strong sheen, but it doesn’t look totally flat like a true matte would. The color wore well for nine and a half hours before fading.

IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Stain Matte Sweet Apple
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)
Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) ($41.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden opal pearl.” It’s a soft, light-medium gold with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Urban Decay Glint (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $28.00) is cooler. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is warmer. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, cooler. MAC Summer Opal (LE, $26.00) is cooler. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

If you’re unfamiliar with Becca’s liquid highlighter, here’s a summary: it’s a “sheer cream-liquid” that gives a “soft, natural glow” with a “water-light” texture. Liquid highlighters are a good option for someone who likes a more multi-tasking highlighter, and they have a tendency to run sheerer and/or subtler on the skin (but it can depend on the formulation–it is true with Becca’s, which is designed to be subtler compared to their cream and powder highlighters). It can be mixed in with other products, like your moisturizer, primer, or foundation, as well as patted over your base products. The water-like texture makes it easy to apply over bare skin. It spreads well and evenly across the skin, and it has mixed well with anything I’ve tried with it (moisturizer, primer, foundation). It also worked well patted on top of the cheeks as a more precise highlighter, but the finish is more dewy than overtly shimmery, so some may find it too subtle as a result (I would recommend the pressed for you!). Over bare skin as a cheek highlighter, it lasted for seven and a half hours on me, and when I tried it mixed with my foundation, it didn’t have an impact on the longevity.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal
Opal
Opal
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days The Matte Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Design Days The Matte Bronzing Veil
Kevyn Aucoin Design Days The Matte Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Design Days The Matte Bronzing Veil ($48.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, peachy-brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery. Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) (P, $53.00) is yellower, lighter. Guerlain Clair / Brunettes (01) (P, $53.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is more shimmery, yellower. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker, less peach. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It’s supposed to be an “ultra silky” powder bronzer that can be used to add warmth to the skin. There are two shades available in this formula, and this is the lighter of the two (I’ll have a review for the other shade soon). Desert Days had good color payoff with a really soft, silky consistency that was blendable on the skin without looking powdery. It was easily blended and diffused for a sheerer look, if desired. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. This is definitely a warmer, more peach/orange-based bronzer, which may or may not be your cup of tea.

Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Bronzing Veil Desert Days
Desert Days
Desert Days
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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