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Black Opal Nectar Baked Blush

Black Opal Nectar Baked Blush
Black Opal Nectar Baked Blush

Black Opal Nectar Baked Blush ($8.95 for 0.09 oz.) is a pinky plum with subtle, cool undertones and warmer, fine gold shimmer. Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Maui (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Dame (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Yum Yum Yum (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Foxglove (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Lollipop (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Milani Bella Bellini (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Mirror Mirror (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Tweed Fuchsia (P, $48.00) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Posy Pink (LE, ) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as a “luxurious powder blush” with “silky smooth application” that yields a “radiant glow” and a “delicate flush of color.” The latter seems to suggest a sheerer formulation. While Hibiscus was a miss, Nectar is much easier to use and easier to forgive where it is imperfect. The texture is softer, a little dry and prone to excess powder kicking up in the pan, but it looks great on the skin and very luminous without emphasizing the skin’s texture or the look of pores. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (to semi-opaque) that blended out easily. The color wore well for seven hours on me before fading.

Black Opal Baked Blush Nectar
Nectar
Nectar
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Black Opal Hibiscus Baked Blush

Black Opal Hibiscus Baked Blush
Black Opal Hibiscus Baked Blush

Black Opal Hibiscus Baked Blush ($8.95 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. NARS Fame (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Marvelous (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne (P, $2.99) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Baby Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as a “luxurious powder blush” with “silky smooth application” that yields a “radiant glow” and a “delicate flush of color.” The latter seems to suggest a sheerer formulation. The texture was rather stiff in the pan; the kind of texture where little powder comes off the surface, so I had to use a denser brush and really jab at the surface to get enough color to show up on my skin tone. Once on, the color and finish are gorgeous–a really glowing, luminous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores or even come off as shimmery. This shade wore for six and a half hours on me before noticeably fading.

Black Opal Baked Blush Hibiscus
Hibiscus
Hibiscus
C-

Permanent

7
Product
8
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
71%
Total

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Cle de Peau Golden Apricot Luminizer & Modern Pink (2) Lipgloss

Cle de Peau Golden Apricot Luminizer
Cle de Peau Golden Apricot Luminizer

Cle de Peau Golden Apricot Luminizer ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a dusting of warm white shimmer and occasional sparkle. Chanel Light (P, $58.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Essence Be My Highlight (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Highlight) (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Ginger Spiked (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Lit (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Summer Opal (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Dayglow (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Twilight (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dose of Colors Melonade (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cle de Peau is pretty minimalist when it comes to describing their color products, so there’s not much to this one other than it is a highlighting powder. For anyone new to the brand, the Luminizers are available as refill pans (no compact) for $55, while if you want the compact, it’ll run you $95 (total); I am not personally motivated to spend $40 on a compact myself, so you’ll see I only bought the pan on its own. The texture of the powder is incredibly smooth and finely-milled, though this shade had a little bit more sparkle (not just fine shimmer) in it than some of the other shades in the range (particularly compared to the Gold one). It had good color payoff that could easily be sheered/diffused and blended out for a soft, warming glow with a delicate sheen that didn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Cle de Peau Modern Pink (2) Lip Gloss ($48.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a soft, peachy-pink base with a lot of fine, peachy-gold shimmer. MAC Love Nectar (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Hourglass Imagine (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (L.S.D.) (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dynasty at Dusk (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Fresh Peach (07) (P, $12.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Saint No Angel (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Lancome Mirrored Nude (09) (P, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Ritzy (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Sahara (610) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek VIP (P, $15.00) is darker (85% similar). Smashbox Petal Metal (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Long-time readers might remember that this was one of my very first luxury purchases, and it still remains one of my favorite glosses of all-time (it’s absolutely dupable by other, less expensive ranges, though!). I recently repurchased it when I picked up the newly-released highlighter shade, so I figured I’d do an updated review. There’s not much to the description–“combines the drama and vibrancy of gloss with enduring deep color.” The texture is lightweight with light tackiness but is not overly sticky or goopy (it seemed tackier than I remember it being, though). It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage with a lot of pearl and light shine. Some of the lighter, peachier base color gathers in lip lines, while the pearl/shimmer disperses evenly across the lips. There was no discernible scent or taste. The gloss lasted for five hours on me and was nicely hydrating over time.

Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer Golden Apricot
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Cle de Peau Lip Gloss Modern Pink (2)
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Givenchy Moonlight Saison & Ambre Saison Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powders

Givenchy Moonlight Saison Healthy Glow Powder
Givenchy Moonlight Saison Healthy Glow Powder

Givenchy Healthy Glow Powder ($52.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a new “baked” powder that comes in five shades; one is a highlighter and four are in various bronzing hues. Some retailers have the highlighter/bronzer separated out, though they seem to be part of the same formula otherwise. I bought the highlighter and one of the bronzer shades to check out. The formula is decent with a very smooth texture, which has a firmer press and requires a dense brush or a heavy hand to get coverage out of it. The powder blends out fairly easily, wears eight hours, and neither shade emphasized pores/skin texture for me.

Givenchy Moonlight Saison Healthy Glow Powder ($52.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a very, very light white with subtle, warm tones and a satin finish. To the naked eye, I could just barely see a sheen on my skin, but it is very, very subtle. I don’t expect that the highlighter will work on that many skin tones, as it is very white-based and has little sheen, but very fair skin types who like subtler finishes may like it. It seemed to last about eight hours on me (harder for me to tell, given the color paired with my skin tone). It is actually described as “radiant” and for “strobing,” and it could function more as a finishing powder or setting powder for similarly-hued skin tones than it does as a highlighter. The shimmer/sheen is actually much less than the bronzer I picked up! Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Releve (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Soft Light (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever H100 (P, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Glow (Tarteist) (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever H104 (P, $23.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Ever Glow Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Ambre Saison Healthy Glow Powder ($52.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. The texture was smooth, slightly firm (but not dry/stiff), and sat well on the skin. It produced a soft, lit-from-within kind of glow that didn’t look shimmery or emphasize the skin’s natural texture. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Chanel Original (P, $50.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Bronzer (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Terre d'Ete (LE, $78.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Sunkissed (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Bronzer) (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Light Bronze (P, $14.99) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronze Age (P, $110.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Medium (P, $58.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Laguna (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Becca Capri Coast (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Melina (Highlight) (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronze Age (P, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Natural Sandstone (LE, $16.50) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Highlighting Powder Moonlight Saison
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total
Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder Ambre Saison
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Surratt Beauty De Cherubique Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty De Cherubique Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty De Cherubique Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty De Cherubique Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Callisto (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). KIKO 111 Classic Rose (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). Black Up NBL 04 (P, $26.50) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Rose (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Black Opal Hibiscus (P, $8.95) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (P, $38.00) is cooler (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Telluride (LE, $48.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $30.00) is more muted, cooler (80% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). De Cherubique is almost a rusty pink kind of color–burnt in a way–but a little different than other shades I’ve come across in the same family. The finish was just shimmery enough to give the skin a luminous glow, but it wasn’t so shimmery that the finish emphasized pores. The pigmentation was good with a blendable, silky-smooth texture that was forgiving and easy to work with. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before I noticed fading.

A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush De Cherubique
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze Beach Shimmer Powder

Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze Beach Shimmer Powder
Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze Beach Shimmer Powder

Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze Beach Shimmer Powder ($45.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark bronzy brown with subtle grayish tones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bahama (LE, $38.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition formula/product for summer, which is supposed to give the “warmth and radiance of a natural tan.” It is heavily scented (and on purpose) with Bobbi Brown’s Beach scent, described as “notes of jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin.” There’s a lot of powderiness to the scent, which isn’t prevalent in the Beach fragrance I have from a few years ago. Unknown to me when I originally swatched it, the product is intended for decolletage, shoulders, and body, though for a body product, it is actually smaller than I would have expected–it is more in line with a typical face bronzer. The texture is firmer with a high amount of sparkle, so I can definitely see why it is more suitable to body bronzing than on the face. Nevertheless, it’s easier to show the result/coloring on the face, but rest assured I tested it on face and body, and once blended out, it doesn’t read nearly as sparkly as I anticipated–probably has to do with that stiffer texture. It blended out decently but could have been easier to work with. It lasted for eight hours before it started to fade, and if I had clothes that rubbed against the powder at all, it was much quicker to fade and isn’t transfer-proof at all.

The packaging might be the worst I’ve seen from Bobbi Brown; it is very, very thin, flimsy plastic–it felt more like the kind of temporary packaging you’d get when buying a refill pan or the like. There’s just no substance to it, and I was quite taken aback by it since it’s not an issue I’ve encountered with Bobbi Brown in the past.

Bobbi Brown Beach Shimmer Powder Bikini Bronze

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