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Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Highlighter

Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Blush
Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Blush

Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened, light-medium gold-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a luminous finish. Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P) is brighter, darker (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (Sahara) (P, $44.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC This Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ginger Spiked (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Style Cast (LE, $22.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold Shimmer (LE) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is lighter (80% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is more muted, lighter, less shimmery (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 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. For fairer skin tones, this is going to work more as a highlighting blush, while medium and darker skin tones will find it more of a true highlighter that adds slight warmth but not a lot of noticeable color. The sheen it yields is lovely–glowing, luminous but never emphasizing. The texture was soft, blendable, and just a smidgen on the powdery side. On my normal-to-dry skin, it wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.

Sephora Colorful Blush Secretive (19)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($68.00 for 0.52 oz.) is a new, permanent take on the often-raved about Filmstar Bronze & Glow that’s deeper and warmer. I think the texture is a bit more refined–smoother, more finely-milled, and forgiving on the skin–in the original, but this is still quite good. Both shades are good or better pigmentation that was buildable, while they were easily blended out on the skin. I had no problem wearing both powders all day long. I hope the brand will come out with an even darker version and/or cooler-toned varieties.

Medium/Dark Bronze is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted, gold sheen. The texture was slightly dry, though it blended out without issue on the skin, and I felt like it was just slightly emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. On, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Laguna (P) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Bronzer) (P) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is warmer, brighter, darker (85% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Medium/Dark Glow is a brightened pop of orange with warm undertones and a soft, orange-gold shimmer-sheen finish. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable in two passes, if desired. The shimmer in the powder didn’t emphasize pores, as it was finer and combined with the powder better than the bronzer. On my medium complexion, it added color and luminosity, so for some skin tones it may be an additional bronzer and/or highlighting blush, while for darker skin tones, it may be more of a traditional highlighter. It lasted for eight and a half hours on my skin. Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Flamme (P, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Peach Nectar (P, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Becca Tigerlily (P, $34.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow Medium/Dark
Medium/Dark
Medium/Dark
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Chanel Alezane Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Alezane (260) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Alezane (260) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Alezane (260) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted coppery-brown with a hint of rose and gold shimmer. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is cooler, brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is warmer, brighter, darker (85% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV (LE) is brighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (80% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). Chanel Rose Bronze (P, $45.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The texture was soft, silky, and lightweight on the skin while blending easily without losing too much intensity. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to opaque pigmentation or blended out to semi-sheer (or you could apply less) if a subtler look was preferred. The shimmer didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture or pores, but it translated into a soft sheen. On me, it wore well for just over eight hours before fading.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Alezane (260)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Colour of Youth Healthy, Happy Lip & Cheek Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Colour of Youth Healthy, Happy Lip & Cheek Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Colour of Youth Healthy, Happy Lip & Cheek Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Colour of Youth Healthy, Happy Lip & Cheek Glow ($58.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “rosy hue.” It’s a soft, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft sheen. theBalm Pie (P, ) is darker, glossier. MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $22.00) is cooler. Charlotte Tilbury Es Vedra (P, $45.00) is darker. Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE, ) is more pigmented, less glossy. Dior Coral Glow Blush (LE, ) is more pigmented, warmer, less glossy. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is more pigmented, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be “creamy, blendable, weightless, [and] hydrating” with “natural colour.” It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff, which seems to be as intended, with a thin, lightly emollient consistency that spread across the skin well without sheering out too readily. The finish had a natural dewiness to it, but I didn’t experience the “long-lasting” quality of the product, as it was significantly faded after six horus of wear. The cream blush worked well on bare skin as well as layered over foundation, though I recommend applying it over slightly damp foundation if you use a liquid/cream-based foundation. As a lip product, it feels thin and a bit clingy, and it stayed on for three hours and was drying over time.

Charlotte Tilbury Healthy, Happy Lip & Cheek Glow Colour of Youth
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total

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Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($80.00 for 0.54 oz.) is a cream-based bronzer and highlighter. Both shades had a really slick, almost greasy feeling to them, which will make them more forgiving even on drier skin types, but I found that it made it hard to get the product to really stay where it was applied and resulted in patchy, more uneven coverage overall. It was shorter-wearing, and the higher slip in the texture made these better suited for bare skin or applied over still-damp base products.

Sun Tan (Filmstar Bronze) is a muted, medium tan brown with warm, yellowed undertones (but not really orange-y) with a faint gold pearl and natural finish (some shine). It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to slightly more opaque color, but it wasn’t very pigmented. I’m not sure this will work for medium-dark or deeper skin tones, as it was subtle on my light-medium to medium complexion (NC25). It lasted for six hours on me. MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is darker. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is darker. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sun Light (Filmstar Glow) is as softened, light-medium gold with bronze tones and lighter gold pearl. It had semi-sheer color payoff that applied with a soft sheen that didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture. The emollient consistency made it harder to apply without also moving everything underneath it, so it is a product best applied with fingertips-patted on–if applying over foundation or better yet, used over bare skin. It started to break down after five and a half hours on me. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow Norman Parkinson
6.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
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Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Dreamy Glow Highlighter

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Dreamy Glow Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Dreamy Glow Highlighter

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Dreamy Glow Highlighter ($65.00 for 0.42 oz.) is described as “peaches and cream.” It’s a soft, light-medium gold-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Urban Decay Glint (LE, ) is darker, more muted. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is lighter. Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Aura (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Pop of Light (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Summer Opal (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is warmer. Becca Champagne Pop (LE, $38.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This limited edition highlighter is designed to give a “soft, mood-lit” glow that is supposed to be easy to use and give the skin a “soft-focus effect.” The texture was incredibly smooth and finely-milled; it almost felt like a cream-based product with how silky and smooth the consistency was (and it never felt powdery!). It applies easily to the skin and nearly blends itself, while the shimmer is noticeable on the skin, it didn’t emphasize pores. It’s not the most over-the-top highlighter, but it isn’t a subtle one either. On fairer complexions, I suspect it will add a little warmth and peachy color as well as a sheen, but my medium skin tone eats up all that peach and yields mostly a golden sheen. The highlighter lasted well for eight and a half hours on me before fading along the edges.

Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Glow Highlighter Norman Parkinson
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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