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ColourPop Spoon Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Spoon Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Spoon Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Spoon Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “light silver champagne with multi-dimensional silver flecks.” It’s a very light, champagne-beige base with a lot of multi-colored sparkle that flash pink, silver, and teal paired with a metallic sheen. This shade is particularly complex, because the more metallic sheen seems to give a brighter, almost pink-champagne color when I look at swatched in person, dead-on, but if it’s angled at all, it flashes warmer to the point where it blends into my skin tone completely. At other times, the sparkle seems to disappear, and other times, it is at the forefront. Colour Pop Smokin’ Whistles (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is warmer. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $26.00) is powder. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $28.00) is powder. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more metallic. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is one of the more sparkly shades in the line-up where the sparkles are noticeable on the skin, which may or may not be your cup of tea. It’s not smoothing out pores, but it’s not emphasizing them, despite how sparkly and metallic it is on the skin, but the sparkles scatter a bit as the color is blended on the skin, though they don’t seem to migrate–after eight hours, I wasn’t seeing stray sparkles on my chin, around my nose, or anywhere except the cheek bone that I applied it to. The texture is very smooth, lightly creamy, and the underlying color glides on effortlessly and blends well on the skin. It’s highly reflective on the skin when it catches the light, and at other times, almost imperceptible on my medium skin tone. It had opaque coverage if applied with a fingertip, and then sheerer coverage when applied with a stippling brush. When I tried applying with a stippling brush, it seemed to get more sparkle than color, so I preferred application with fingertips or a denser brush. On me, it lasted eight hours before breaking down.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Spoon
Spoon
Spoon
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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ColourPop Teasecake Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Teasecake Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Teasecake Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Teasecake Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “pale pink with gold and pink duo chrome finish.” It’s a lightly pink-toned peach with soft beige that gives it a more toned down look paired with pearly shimmer that from gold to pink. Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is much yellower. Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is lighter, more golden. MAC Coupe d’Chic (LE, $28.00) is pinker, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker, powder. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is powder, lighter. Urban Decay Aura (P, $29.00) is lighter, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is pinker, powder. Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) (LE, $8.99) is darker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture is very smooth and creamy with a “wet” feel, but it’s still the signature texture that’s springy and bouncy (think clay or PlayDoh) that goes onto skin like a powder and sits like a powder. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to semi-opaque, with fingertip application yielding semi-opaque coverage. With the more duochrome sheen, I think it is prettier and more complex in person than in photos, as you can see how it shifts as your face moves and the light hits the cheeks in different ways. On me, it doesn’t show up with much color until I tilt or move, but on fairer skin tones, I think you’ll get subtle color out of it as well. The texture has a frosted sheen that just slightly emphasized pores after about two and a half hours of wear (initially, it didn’t), though it didn’t worsen over the rest of the time I wore it. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Teasecake
Teasecake
Teasecake
A-

Discontinued

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d'Ete Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder ($65.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “golden-bronze powder.” It’s a softened, medium-dark brown with lightly warm, yellow undertones and a luminous finish. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is pinker-toned. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is darker, redder. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is darker. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is warmer. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter. NARS Craving (Right) (P) is more shimmery, darker, redder. NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, warmer. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is very similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is slightly darker, browner. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is browner. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

For summer, Chanel’s released a limited edition bronzing version of their Illuminating Powder. This version feels like those gel-powder hybrids like MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual-Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, etc., where the texture is soft, smooth but firm, and the color payoff is more buildable from medium to full coverage. Here, Chanel’s powder had mostly opaque pigmentation that was easily sheered out or built up to fully opaque coverage. The powder was smooth and silky to the touch, but I had no trouble getting product onto my brush (the included brush is usable in a pinch, but it’s not my preference). The texture is satiny with a luminous sheen that gives a real glow to the skin without emphasizing pores. It blends effortlessly on the skin, and on me, the bronzer wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Chanel Illuminating Powder Lumiere d'Ete
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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ColourPop Sticky Sweet Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Sticky Sweet Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Sticky Sweet Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Sticky Sweet Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep violet with pink duo chrome finish.” It’s a plummy purple with warm, reddish plum undertones and cooler-toned pink and violet micro-shimmer to give a more pearly, metallic sheen. Urban Decay Rapture (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer, less shimmery. Tarte Embraced (LE, $26.00) is lighter, pinker. IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve (P, $24.00) is darker, less shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery, warmer. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

You know that I had to go for the purple shade first, right? (It also helped that as the darkest shade, it was the one I naturally swatched last — always swatch lightest to darkest to avoid staining of the skin!) The new highlighters appear to be the Super Shock Cheek formula, just with a “Pearlized” finish. It’s a cream blush formula with more of a cream-powder hybrid texture, as the product is spongy but not conventionally creamy nor does it have the slip of your traditional cream blush formula. The texture of the Pearlized shades of the Super Shock Cheek formula seemed to have a more emollient feel to them compared to the other Super Shock Cheek shades, which is actually similar to how I feel about the more pearly/metallic finishes in their cream eyeshadow range as well–they just have a wetter feel, even though they still feel and look more like powder once the product hits the skin. The coverage is supposed to be buildable, and you’ll get the “highest amount of coverage” by applying with fingertips and the sheerest when applied with a duo fiber brush.

Sticky Sweet is buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque with a very blendable consistency that diffused nicely when skimmed across the cheeks. There’s a noticeable sheen in person that is somewhere between pearl and metallic, but it somehow managed not to emphasize the skin’s texture (though it’s not going to smooth it out!). On me, it wore well for nine and a half hours before fading. It’s another winner for ColourPop, and I’m very much looking forward to working my way through the rest of the Pearlized blushes/highlighters to see if they all hold up as well. Now, if only they’d do eyeliner next!

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Sticky Sweet
Sticky Sweet
Sticky Sweet
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)
Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) ($38.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden rosy pink.” It’s a medium-dark, copper-brown with pink and gold pearly shimmer. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is a powder, darker. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is slightly more shimmery. MAC Linda (LE, $21.00) is powder, less shimmery, more orange. NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is darker, powder. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is a powder. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is redder. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is a powder. MAC Barbados Girl (LE, $20.00) is similar. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $30.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is a liquid highlighter that comes in a bottle with a pump, which tends to pump out at least as much as you’d need to mix in with a base product (foundation, moisturizer, primer, etc.), so you’ll want to have a smaller sample jar on hand for excess if you plan to use it for spot highlighting. The liquid version of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors is designed to be sheer, and it is just that–sheer–though this one is naturally darker and will give a little color to the skin for fair to medium skin tones. When mixed in, I get a very, very subtle glow and warmth, but it doesn’t add really noticeable color–it’s not as if I used self-tanner, so if the darkness of the color has made you wary of mixing it with a base product, it might surprise you. The texture is lightweight, thin and almost watery (not in a bad way), which is easily spread across the skin without lifting base products, if you prefer to apply on top of other products. On its own, it wears for seven and a half hours, and when I mixed it, it didn’t interfere with the longevity of the base product.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Rose Gold
Rose Gold
Rose Gold
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)
Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) ($41.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale gold.” It’s a muted, light golden champagne with very fine shimmer and warmer undertones. Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is a powder, pinker, less shimmery. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a cream, slightly more shimmery. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is lighter. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly, powder. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (P) is darker, powder. Tarte Champagne (LE) is a powder. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a powder. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be a “sheer cream-liquid” that gives the skin a “soft, natural glow.” The liquid version of the Shimmering Skin Perfector is the sheerest option, though it is still a noticeable highlighter when applied on top of bare skin or foundation. I personally prefer using the liquid for mixing in with base products (like foundation, moisturizer, or primer) for an all-over luminosity, and then defer to the cream or powder versions for spot highlighting (cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and so forth). The texture is thin, watery (not in a bad way), and very spreadable across the skin. It doesn’t emphasize pores or look too shimmery on the skin, even when blended all-over. On me, it doesn’t seem to decrease or increase the wear of my base product, and as a standalone highlighter, it stays on well for seven and a half hours. The pump mechanism is hard to control if you want just enough for cheeks, as it tends to pump out enough for all-over.

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

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