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MAC Nuanced Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Nuanced Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Nuanced Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Nuanced Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of a light gold, peach, copper, and rose gold. Together, they create a light-medium, peachy copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Dose of Colors Melonade (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). LORAC Sunlight (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Milani Rosa Romantica (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Zoeva Palace Door (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Forever Young (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay NSFW (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Jouer Skinny Dip (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Daybreak (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $33.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Kitty Kat (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is described as a “velvety soft” face powder with a “radiant finish” that can be used to “add highlights to the high points of the face.” The Mineralize Skinfinish Collection for spring features five new, limited edition shades — the collection debuts on March 31st online. Nuanced had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and lightly dusty consistency that was incredibly easy to blend out on the skin. I was surprised the texture didn’t emphasize pores, but it applied in such a way that it gave a good sheen instead. On me, the color started to break down after seven hours of wear.

Nuanced
Nuanced
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact
Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact ($108.00 for 0.70 oz.) is a mega-sized compact that features three products: a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. It’s limited edition for summer and features the brand’s signature white packaging they often used for the summer collections. I was dismayed at the price point when pre-ordering, but it is massive; it is the size of their large-sized bronzing compacts, but the content weight is really the equivalent of three full-sized cheek colors. Though I’m not sure about ever hitting pan on something like this, the upside is that each shade is contained inside its own well and each well is large enough to use the shades individually. Small to medium brushes worked best; large brushes were too big for individual use. The brand states that the compact can be used individually or together for “sheer to medium coverage” and “both matte and radiant.” All three shades were smooth, while the blush and bronzer were a little firmer in the pan, fairly blendable, had medium coverage, and lasted for at least eight hours. The colors are more dupable, and the pigmentation is medium–which is as described–but may not be what you’re looking for.

The Afternooner (Highlighter) is a light, peachy-gold with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It read as a subtle highlighter on the skin; enough that it’s more than a finishing powder but was not overtly shimmery or metallic in the least bit. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was easy to apply and never emphasized pores. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Beach Babe (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Zoeva Liquid Clock (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Dream Flashes Bellini (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Goddess Glow (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Mean Money (P, $34.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Highlighter) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Huda Beauty Capri (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior #001 (P, $57.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Afternooner (Blush) is a slightly muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, though it could be layered another time or two for nearly opaque coverage, I think. The texture was smooth and blendable, but it was a little firmer in the pan so you might want to use a denser brush to apply this shade unless you want a very sheer wash of color. It wore well for eight hours.
NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B314 (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (-, ) is lighter (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Desert (P, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Skillful (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior Precious Rocks (864) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Torrid (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Endless (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Winter Berry (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Hush Blush (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Afternooner (Bronzer) is a subdued, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a smooth, blendable texture that was a little firm in the pan. I actually thought it was a contour powder (given that it’s a “Contouring Compact”), but Tom Ford’s website calls it out as a bronzer–but this is why in the swatch photo, I’m wearing it as a contour. There’s enough rosiness to the color that it could work as a contour for some skin tones. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Jawbone (LE, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tan-tastic (LE, $49.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Bronzer) (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Sculpting #2 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Bronzed Bondi (P, $38.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Unique (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Baiana Bronze (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Medium Deep (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Deep (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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MAC Naturally Enhanced Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Naturally Enhanced Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Naturally Enhanced Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Naturally Enhanced Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of yellowed brown, reddish-copper, deep plummy brown, and dark yellowed brown. The four shades unite to create a dark, chocolaty brown with subtle, warm red undertones and a satin finish. By Terry Savannah Love #6 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Duo N. 01 (Bottom) (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Melina (Contour) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $23.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Chocolate (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Dusk (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $23.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is described as a “velvety soft” face powder with a “radiant finish” that can be used to “add highlights to the high points of the face.” The Mineralize Skinfinish Collection for spring features five new, limited edition shades — the collection debuts on March 31st online. Naturally Enhanced had semi-opaque color payoff–one of the less pigmented shades in the range–with a noticeably drier, loose texture that was almost sandy, though much less gritty. It was difficult to apply the color evenly, as it didn’t seem to adhere as well to bare skin. I was really bummed that the texture of this was significantly drier and less usable compared to the other four shades in the collection, particularly because it’s rarer to find a darker, less metallic hue in the Mineralize Skinfinish range to begin with. It lasted for seven hours before fading.

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CoverGirl Light Rose TruBlend Blush

CoverGirl Light Rose TruBlend Blush
CoverGirl Light Rose TruBlend Blush

CoverGirl Light Rose TruBlend Blush ($9.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a light, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a fine, golden shimmer. MAC Spellbinder (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Summer Love (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Honeymoon (DC, $9.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The TruBlend Blush formula is supposed to be blendable and create a “multi-toned result.” It had good color payoff with a smooth, blendable, but rather dusty, consistency that was prone to sheering out on the skin. It’s the type of formula that actually works best patted on with a damp brush or over still-drying liquid/cream foundation for better hold and coverage. This blush lasted for six and a half hours on me before I noticed fading.

B

Permanent

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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Laura Mercier Rosé Baked Blush Illumine

Laura Mercier Rosé Baked Blush Illumine
Laura Mercier Rosé Baked Blush Illumine

Laura Mercier Rosé Baked Blush Illumine ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, peachy-copper with warm, pink and gold shimmer that give it a frosted finish. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Summer Opal (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Highly Illogical (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) (LE, $8.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Ciate Date Night (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition powder that’s supposed to provide “natural, healthy-looking color” that “highlights” with a “nondrying, non-dusty formula [that] is long-wearing and color true.” The texture was soft but not as smooth as you’d expect, as it had a fair amount of sparkle/micro-glitter in it, and the baked formula yielded a looser consistency so that powder didn’t bind together as well. Some of the sparkle translates onto the skin, and it is visible sparkle, but a lot of it seems to get lost during application (swept away, trapped in the brush, etc.), which leaves behind a noticeable, more shimmery sheen. On me, it very slightly emphasized pores. The color payoff was semi-opaque, moderately buildable. It lasted for seven hours on me before it started breakdown and look patchy.

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MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Faintly Fabulous Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of buttery yellow, peachy beige, muted medium orange, and light-medium warm pink. Together, they come together and create a muted, light-medium peachy-orange with warm, yellowy undertones and a frosted sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (85% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is described as a “velvety soft” face powder with a “radiant finish” that can be used to “add highlights to the high points of the face.” The Mineralize Skinfinish Collection for spring features five new, limited edition shades — the collection debuts on March 31st online. Faintly Fabulous had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and lightly dusty texture that was easy to apply to the skin and blend out. The finish was luminous without being metallic or too sparkly on the skin, so I didn’t have any issues with the powder emphasizing the skin’s natural texture or the look of pores. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours on me.

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