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MAC x Charlotte Olympia Cream Colour Bases

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “metallic antique bronze.” It’s a shimmering, golden bronze with warm undertones and a fine, pearly shimmer-sheen finish. Unless heavily layered, it had a much more subdued sheen than overtly shimmery. On eyes, it lasted for five hours before creasing, and on cheeks, it lasted for six and a half hours before migrating noticeably. The texture is creamy, highly emollient, and never fully sets, so it retains a dewier finish overall. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage, as described. There was something about the base color that seemed harder to even out on the skin, though. This shade did include a warning that it is “not for use in the lip area” (Cream Colour Bases are multi-tasking products). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “dirty chocolate-brown.” It’s a muted, dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a dewy sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable color payoff with a lightweight, emollient texture that never fully dries down, so it has a wetter finish on the skin but doesn’t look greasy. On eyes, this lasted for five and a half hours, and on cheeks (I used it as a contour), it lasted for six and a half hours. Tarte Contour Deep (Tarteist) (LE, ) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). LORAC Deep Contour (P, ) is less glossy (90% similar). NYX Hollow (P, $5.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is less glossy (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P, ) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Smashbox Contour (P, ) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The MAC x Charlotte Olympia collection arrives online on March 17th.

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Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
Sepia
Sepia
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush ($28.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium-dark, orange-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. MAC Melba (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Lumieres de Kyoto (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $10.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tongue Tied (LE, $8.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Flush'd (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Desert (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Makeup Geek Heart Throb (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (DC, $9.99) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be a “natural-looking blush” that blends to create “even” color. First, the shimmer is an overspray; it doesn’t seem to go all the way through, and a few back-and-forth sweeps with a large blush brush makes it disappear (which is what I do prior to swatching a product with an overspray), which leaves behind a mostly matte finish. Second, I purchased all four shades, and every single pan was extremely wobbly in the compact–at this price point and knowing it’s made by Estee Lauder Companies (which has plenty of manufacturing experience!), I was pretty disappointed. The consistency was soft but powdery, and that powderiness was reflected on the skin and emphasized any dryness I had on my cheeks. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage. It blended out fairly well, and it lasted for seven and a half hours before noticeably fading.

C+

Permanent

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total

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Zoeva Gentle Touch Luxe Color Blush

Zoeva Gentle Touch Luxe Color Blush
Zoeva Gentle Touch Luxe Color Blush

Zoeva Gentle Touch Luxe Color Blush ($9.50 for 0.28 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. NARS Impassioned (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pink Cult (LE, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Burberry S/S15 Runway (LE, $65.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Happy Glow (LE, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Rosy Outlook (P, $23.50) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Plum #1 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Poe (Light) (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Audacious Plum (P, $34.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Threesome (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $60.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $23.00) is darker (80% similar). Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Luxe Color Blush formula is supposed to be a “silky” powder that is “long-lasting and fade-proof.” The powder was soft, smooth, and finely-milled with a lightweight texture that sat well on the skin and didn’t look powdery or dry on. The consistency was a little thinner than Burning Up, for reference. It blended well and had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a finish that became had a natural bit of sheen to it as it was buffed into the skin. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush ($28.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. By Terry Tropical Sunset #6 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Mademoiselle (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Satisfy (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Burning Up (P, $11.80) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #2 (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Rosée du Soir (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Ray (LE, ) is cooler (80% similar). Make Up For Ever S400 (P, $23.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be a “natural-looking blush” that blends to create “even” color. First, the shimmer is an overspray; it doesn’t seem to go all the way through, and a few back-and-forth sweeps with a large blush brush makes it disappear (which is what I do prior to swatching a product with an overspray), which leaves behind a mostly matte finish. Second, I purchased all four shades, and every single pan was extremely wobbly in the compact–at this price point and knowing it’s made by Estee Lauder Companies (which has plenty of manufacturing experience!), I was pretty disappointed. Onto the product, though, things got better as it was soft, silky, and smooth while remaining blendable on the skin and had more of a “natural matte” finish that didn’t read flat on the skin. The blush had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that could be applied with a lighter hand for sheerer coverage or layered once or twice for true-to-pan color. It lasted for eight hours on me before starting to fade.

A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Cheek Palette (2016) ($50.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and contour powder. There is little said about the formula or actual products at all, so I’m rating these as an average product of the type. The highlighter seems to be in the spirit of the brand’s Gelee formula, but the others, while similarly patterned, feel more like traditional powder products. The palette, on the whole, was disappointing and pretty dupable at that.

Bronze Goddess Highlighter is a soft beige with warm, golden undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too powdery in the pan. The powder highlighted the skin without emphasizing pores. On me, it wore for seven and a half hours before fading. Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) (LE, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $33.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Goddess Blush is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a fine, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a slightly drier texture that was somewhat stiff in the pan. I couldn’t really build-up the color much beyond what you see in the swatch, no matter how many layers. It was fairly blendable but could have been easier to work with. It lasted for seven hours on me. Milani Pink Play (P, $13.00) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is darker, more pigmented (95% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Blush (Original) (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush III (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $27.00) is more muted (90% similar). Ciate Baby Doll (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Blush) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Motu Tane (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Maui (P, $38.00) is brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Goddess Contour is a medium orange with hints of brown and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage and also had a firmer press to the pan like the blush (the highlighter is the easiest and most finely-milled powder of the three). It’s apparent that Estee Lauder has joined the bronzer = contour train, because this is an unlikely contour for many skin tones and looks more like a lighter version of most bronzers. It blends out decently and the finish is nice–a natural sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores or look overtly shimmery. It wore for seven and a half hours. Zoeva ND020 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #2 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Terre d'Ete (LE, $78.00) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Lo-Fi (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $33.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Fiji (25) (P, $14.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Zoeva Nude Spectrum Blush Palette

Zoeva Nude Spectrum Blush Palette
Zoeva Nude Spectrum Blush Palette

Zoeva Nude Spectrum Blush Palette ($20.00 for 0.52 oz.) includes four shades of blush that range from beige to brown. The blush formula is supposed to have a “velvety smooth” texture with “seamless color.” I liked the palette overall, though the formula could be a little smoother and more blendable on a couple of shades. The wear was a bit below average to average at seven to eight hours.

ND010 is a muted, light-medium rosy beige with a fine dusting of gold that gives it a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a smooth, silky consistency that blended out fairly well and lasted for seven and a half hours. LORAC Lost Soul (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Breathless (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Shy One (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Nude Pink (LE, $35.50) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is glossier (90% similar). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #4 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ND020 is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. It had so-so color payoff with a thin, lightly dusty consistency that could have been more pigmented and smoother. This shade lasted for seven hours on me before fading. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Contour (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Lo-Fi (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $33.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ND030 is a medium-dark, bronzy brown with a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a smooth, silky texture that sat well on the skin and didn’t emphasize pores. I wish it blended a little more easily, though. On me, it started to fade after eight hours of wear. bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). KIKO 100 Cookie (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Nude (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ND040 is a muted, medium brown with hints of rose and a mostly matte finish. The pigmentation was opaque but easily sheered out or built-up in layers, if you prefer different levels of coverage. The texture was soft, smooth, and silky, while the blush remained blendable on the skin. I noticed slight fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Urban Decay Jawbone (LE, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Blank (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Ray (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Rosée du Soir (P, $32.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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ND010

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