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Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo

Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo
Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo

Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo ($80.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a limited edition duo of highlighters (I got confirmation yesterday). You can still pre-order from Saks or place a back-order at Nordstrom. If you liked formulas like MAC In Extra Dimension Skinfiishes, Estee Lauder Gelee, or NARS Dual Intensity, you’ll like this one. It has that same baked-gel-powder type of powder. I think this could have been an excellent permanent addition to the Tom Ford range, so I hope the brand will reconsider making this permanent (and also coming out with a few more combinations!). The texture of both shades was incredibly soft, smooth, and finely-milled, while the product provides a noticeable sheen that stops just before it emphasizes the skni’s natural texture.

Moodlight (Daylight) is a soft, pale gold with a luminous sheen. It semi-opaque color coverage that was easily blended out for sheerer coverage or built-up for a more distinct sheen. If you use it wet, you can get a really metallic finish out of it, as well (though note, the brand doesn’t mention damp usage). It wore well for eight and a half hours before I noticed fading. The Estee Edit Snowlit (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Rivage (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moodlight (Candlelight) is a softened, medium rose gold with a metallic sheen. On my skin tone, it leans browner and warmer, but in the pan, it seems a little rosier, so those with pink undertones may find it pulls less brown on them as a result. It was richly pigmented with a very soft, silky consistency that was a tiny bit powdery in the pan, but it didn’t look dry applied to the skin. The finish on this was significantly stronger with respect to sheen compared to the top shade. It didn’t emphasize pores when I applied it, even heavily, though I don’t consider my pores to be huge (personally, someone may disagree with me) so if emphasis of pores is a major concern, you may want to use a more feathery brush (I used a light-to-moderately dense brush) or apply more sheerly. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on before fading. Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $42.00) is warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (-) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Beauty Skin Illuminating Duo Moodlight
Moodlight
Moodlight
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Sephora Love Sick (22) Colorful Blush

Sephora Love Sick (22) Colorful Blush
Sephora Love Sick (22) Colorful Blush

Sephora Love Sick (22) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is slightly muted, medium-dark pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is brighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Rose (P, $26.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Papaya (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Love Sick leans slightly cooler-toned, but on my warmer skin tone, it looks a lot warmer applied to my face as blush, but I fully expect it to be truer-to-color on those with neutral or cooler undertones. The texture was soft, smooth, fairly blendable while having buildable coverage that went from semi-sheer to mostly opaque with two to three layers. There’s a very subtle sheen to the finish, especially as it is worked into the skin, but it doesn’t look shimmery–more like a natural finish that looks like skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on my normal-to-dry skin.

Sephora Colorful Blush Love Sick (22)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Contour

Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush
Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush

Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a fine, gold shimmer-sheen. Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Contour (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% 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. As described, Fiji is a buildable shade from semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage (two to three layers, and it doesn’t look like you’ve over-applied powder) with a soft, very lightly powdery consistency, that is blendable on the skin without emphasizing pores. The shimmer is noticeable but flatters the skin by giving it a lovely sheen. If you like your contour to have some shimmer, it could certainly be used as a contour on some skin tones, but it seems more like a traditional bronzing shade. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Sephora Colorful Blush Fiji (25)
Fiji (25)
Fiji (25)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Guerlain Pink Me Up Rose Aux Joues Blush

Guerlain Pink Me Up Rose Aux Joues / Blush
Guerlain Pink Me Up Rose Aux Joues / Blush

Guerlain Pink Me Up Rose Aux Joues / Blush ($52.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a lightly brightened, medium pink-coral with very fine gold pearl. MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stellar Beauty Beam (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fun with Friends (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For fall, Guerlain has revamped their powder blush formula, and the new formula is supposed to create a “veil of ultralight texture that’s buildable and easy to apply for a subtle wash of color.” There are six shades available, and this is other of two shades that I received to test (I reviewed Morning Rose yesterday). It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, so it seemed true-to-description with some buildable coverage, but it was a “wash of color” in one layer. The texture was soft, smooth, and a little dusty, but it sat well on the skin and didn’t look dry. It’s not overtly shimmery, and I’m unable to detect any particles of shimmer, just a delicate sheen. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably around the edges. The only thing to keep in mind is that this is designed to be sheerer and buildable, so if you prefer one-pass opacity, this may not be the right formula for your preferences.

Guerlain Rose Aux Joues (2015) Pink Me Up
Pink Me Up
Pink Me Up
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder

Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder
Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder

Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder ($45.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “universal powder” that gives a “glowy finish.” It’s a light, gold-shimmered beige with a soft sheen. Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Light (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’m not sure about this shade being universally applicable (it’s rare for a product like this to work across all skin tones), as I could see the base color possibly becoming chalky on darker skin tones, so you might want to check it out on-counter if you can. On very fair skin tones, it may add slight warmth and color, while fair to medium-dark will likely see more of a golden sheen without much color. On my medium skin tone, I get a golden glow that makes my cheekbones pop without any noticeable color. It’s a very fine shimmer, so it doesn’t emphasize pores, and the powder’s texture was soft without being powdery. It was one of the better Dior face powders I’ve tested in the last couple of years, so it was a pleasant surprise to try. The highlighter wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

Dior DiorSkin Nude Illuminating Face Powder Cosmopolite
Cosmopolite

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Guerlain Morning Rose Rose Aux Joues Blush

Guerlain Morning Rose Rose Aux Joues / Blush
Guerlain Morning Rose Rose Aux Joues / Blush

Guerlain Morning Rose Rose Aux Joues / Blush ($52.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a softened, light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Rosy Outlook (P, $23.50) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Happy Glow (LE, $54.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Easy Manner (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #6 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC What I Fancy (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Left) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Intemporalle (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Carnation (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Myth (LE, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For fall, Guerlain has revamped their powder blush formula, and the new formula is supposed to create a “veil of ultralight texture that’s buildable and easy to apply for a subtle wash of color.” There are six shades available, and this is one of two shades that I received to test. This particular shade will be better suited for those fairer than I (I’m about medium for warm, yellow undertones at the moment, a little darker than usual), as it doesn’t show up well on my skin tone, but I suspect it’ll be a very wearable hue on most fair skin tones. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was somewhat buildable, but the best I could get was semi-opaque, which was a bit of a stretch. The texture was soft, a little dusty, but blendable on the skin without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear.

Guerlain Rose Aux Joues (2015) Morning Rose
Morning Rose
Morning Rose
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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