Clinique Bronze Glow Uplighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Bronze Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Bronze Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder ($27.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Bronzer (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (80% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder is supposed to be a “sheer illuminating powder” that gives skin a “candle-lit, radiant glow” that can be used alone, as a finishing powder, or as a highlighter. Like Golden Glow, it is far from sheer–in fact, it is pretty opaque! If you like your highlighters/bronzers pigmented, that might be a happy “con.” The texture was soft, smooth, and easy to blend and work with on my cheeks. It didn’t emphasize pores and gave a soft sheen. I think this one could be used as a finishing powder on deeper skin tones as well. This shade lasted for eight hours before fading noticeably.

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Clinique Uplighting Illuminating Powder Bronze Glow
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
84%

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a mostly matte finish. Zoeva Burning Up (P, $11.80) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Destiny (61) (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer, glossier (90% similar). The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). While it is part of the blush range, it could also be used as a bronzer, as it will (obviously!) add warmth to the skin. The texture was finely-milled with a silky, smooth feel to the touch, which translated into easier application and blending on the skin. It had excellent pigmentation, but that softer consistency made it versatile and more buildable depending on how much you applied. The reformulated version is slightly darker and richer than the original shade. The blush wore well for just over eight hours on me when I tried it out.

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Makeup Geek Blush Infatuation
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%
Ulta’s reps are patient on the phone, but their solutions are just dismal – if a product is broken, I have to send it back before getting a refund (no other retailer/brand has made me do this). Neiman Marcus overnighted a Louboutin polish trio ($90 or something like that) after my order arrived broken without having to be asked for that solution, whereas Ulta makes it a pain to deal with an eyeshadow arriving broken that was $1.99, which is due to poor packaging – a bunch of compacts in a box with no padding or bubble wrap!
-- Christine

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Sneak Peek: MAC x Star Trek Collection Photos & Swatches

MAC x Star Trek Collection
MAC x Star Trek Collection

I have a sneak peek of a sneak peek featuring MAC x Star Trek Collection, as I received a few pieces from the launch, but there are several more products releasing (about double what you see here) that I don’t have. I’m waiting to get official promotional imagery, and once I have that, I’ll post info about all the shades, but the pertinent details are: pre-sale for attendees of Comic Con right now, available online August 25th and in-stores September 1st (North America) at select locations. The collection features matte black packaging with a metallic silver Star Trek logo with the same style for the boxes.

MAC x Star Trek Collection

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