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Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer
Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer ($58.00 for 0.74 oz.) contains a pink-peach highlighter, mid-tone rose pink blush, and reddish-brown bronzer that create a a muted, medium rosy mauve with warm undertones and a luminous finish when swirled together. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Baby Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Heart Throb (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s designed to be used individually or altogether for “the perfect sun-kissed look.” The powder is described as “finely-milled” and the finish is “natural-looking.” It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan, so it was easy to get color onto the brush while still being nearly effortless to diffuse and soften on the skin. The shimmer produced a smooth, luminous sheen that didn’t emphasize pores but wasn’t so subtle that it was hard to see. The only downside was that there was some excess product kicked up in the pan, which made it harder to use the shades individually as inevitably one shade’s powdery bits would wind up on another, so it is a product I think is better for someone who doesn’t require them to apply as three distinct shades. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before I noticed fading.

Capri
Capri

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Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer
Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer ($58.00 for 0.74 oz.) consists of a gradient of light, peachy-beige; muted coral; and subdued brown with reddish undertones that swirls and creates a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a luminous finish. Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Style (P, $23.00) is brighter (85% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s designed to be used individually or altogether for “the perfect sun-kissed look.” The powder is described as “finely-milled” and the finish is “natural-looking.” The powder was very soft, smooth, and blendable, while kicking up a bit of excess powder in the pan, but it didn’t look dusty or dry on the skin. It seemed denser and more refined compared to some of Kevyn Aucoin’s more matte blushes. The texture sat well on the skin and yielded a noticeable sheen but wasn’t overtly shimmery nor did it emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. It had good pigmentation that could easily be applied with a lighter hand for a more diffused, sheerer look, if desired. On me,
it wore well for eight hours before fading. It’s easier to use it two shades at a time, rather than one, but it is possible to use just one shade at a time with most highlighter brushes.

Siena
Siena

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Laura Geller Sunswept Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Sunswept Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Sunswept Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Sunswept Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is dark, bronzy brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a golden sheen. MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (-, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Honeysuckle (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is lighter (80% similar). NARS Craving (Right) (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush-n-Brighten formula is supposed to be “smooth” and “long-wearing” with “a blend of rich, marbleized color.” It had mostly opaque coverage, which was easily built-up to true-to-pan color with another layer of product. The texture of this one was smooth but firmer in the pan than other shades, which made it less blendable than the other shades, though I wouldn’t say it was difficult to blend, just not as effortless as the other shades. It has a stronger finish and more obvious shimmer, and at more opaque coverage, it emphasized pores slightly. On me, it wore well for eight hours.

Sunswept
Sunswept
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Makeup Geek Love Letter Blush

Makeup Geek Love Letter Blush
Makeup Geek Love Letter Blush

Makeup Geek Love Letter Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark lavender purple with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Estee Lauder Audacious Plum (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Nectar (P, $24.00) is cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Rain (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (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). This is one of the completley new shades, and it’s definitely not a color I’ve seen a lot in the past, which is always refreshing to see. The texture was soft, lightly dusty, blendable, and easy to use with mostly opaque color payoff that could be applied with a lighter hand for semi-sheer coverage. I found that it darkened and turned pinker applied to my skin, but I expect that cooler skin tones will see more of the purplish tint come through. The color wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush
Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium orange with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Peau de PĂȘche (P, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Praline (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Samson (Shade) (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Ginger (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Summer Fling (DC, $9.99) is brighter, more pigmented (90% similar). Tarte Fame (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #1 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bonus (DC, $8.00) is brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Persimmon (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Desert (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Ginger Peach (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% 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). The updated version of this shade is more muted and pulls pinker overall, and it is also more matte on the skin (even when blended). I found the color to darken slightly when applied to the cheeks after a few minutes (likely due to the natural oils on my skin), which made it closer to the original shade’s color once applied. It’s still a more vibrant shade–one of the boldest in the range–with semi-opaque pigmentation. The consistency was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable with a thinner feel overall. It wore well for eight hours on me.

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is slightly muted, medium-dark rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic finish. Fenty Beauty Sinamon (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Embruns (-, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $33.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Geller Honeysuckle (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Golden Hour (LE, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Date Night (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Highly Illogical (LE, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Hushed Tone (P, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Taffy (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush-n-Brighten formula is supposed to be “smooth” and “long-wearing” with “a blend of rich, marbleized color.” It had semi-opaque coverage, which was somewhat buildable, but it wasn’t quite as pigmented as some shades. The texture was smooth, slightly dusty, but it was blendable and forgiving on the skin–I didn’t notice the dustiness in practice, as it didn’t sheer out too easily nor did it look dry or emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It had a more pronounced sheen on the skin, but it still didn’t emphasize pores for me; it is a more obvious highlighter, though, so if you tend to opt for subtler finishes, this one might not be for you. On me, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading.

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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