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Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color

Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color
Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color

Tom Ford Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color ($68.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a light-medium, golden copper with warm undertones and a frosted shimmer paired with a natural sheen. Stila Bronze (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (P, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Cream Cheek Color formula is supposed to “instantly brighten” the face for a “healthy glow and a natural burst of color.” It had a thin, emollient texture that had a light tackiness to it overall, but it applied well to the skin and went on evenly. The cream blush (bronzer?) worked well over bare skin as well as was workable when patted over liquid foundation (I used Tarte’s Rainforest as my base), but that light tackiness made it easier to work with over bare skin. The formula is comparable to the one in Pink Sand (released last year, and it was also re-released in this year’s summer launch). It had semi-opaque to opaque coverage with a natural sheen and finer shimmer than you’d think, going off of the swatch, once applied. It lasted for seven hours on me before turning patchy.

Pieno Sole
Pieno Sole
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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MAC Sunny Side Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Sunny Side Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Sunny Side Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Sunny Side Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of a sunny yellow, peachy yellow, yellowed brown, and coral-orange. They blend together and create a hue of muted, medium orange within hints of brown and a pearly sheen. Guerlain Terre d'Ete (LE, $78.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Haute Contour (Bronzer) (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Intensely (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $70.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva ND020 (P, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Contour (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Guerlain Orange Blush (LE, ) is darker, brighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (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. Sunny Side had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth, and easily blended consistency that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. The texture sat well on the skin without emphasizing the natural texture or the look of pores. It looks more like a very warm, yellow-orange based bronzer, so it can certainly add warmth to several skin tones. I liked the soft glow it yielded as the powder was buffed into the skin. On me, the color wore for seven and a half hours before fading.

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

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CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer

CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer
CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer

CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer ($9.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a golden, medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. MAC Global Glow (P, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Gold Light (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The TruBlend Bronzer formula is supposed to be blendable and create a “perfect bronze glow.” It had great color payoff with a very smooth, blendable texture that was just a tiny bit powdery, but it was noticeably denser than the TruBlend Blush formula. The one thing I was caught off guard by was how the shimmer didn’t translate nearly as strongly on the cheeks once blended as it did just swatched on my arm–it was much more subdued, and as a result, there was no emphasis of pores either. On me, the bronzer wore well for seven hours before fading.

B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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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.

8
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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ColourPop Bronze Me, Flush’d, Glo Up Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm bronze in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish–there’s a light sheen and very, very fine shimmer. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, blendable consistency that sat well on the skin and played well with bare skin as well as liquid foundation. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Honeywheat (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Compassion (LE, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Semi-Sweet (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE, ) is cooler, lower quality (85% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Clinique Bronze Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (80% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $29.00) is lighter (80% similar). The Estee Edit Beachy (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Flush’d Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rusty deepened peach in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-coral with hints of warm, red undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that was fairly blendable but one of the less easily blended-out shades that I’ve tried in the formula. It’s best patted on with fingertips and lightly swept with the side of the finger for blending, but it didn’t apply well with a stippling brush for me. It wore for eight hours. Chanel Lumieres de Kyoto (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Tongue Tied (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $10.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Melba (P, $23.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Makeup Geek Covet (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Glo Up Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rich gold with flashes of golden copper.” It’s a muted, medium-dark bronze with warm, copper undertones and a frosted, golden sheen. There was something in it that was almost mauve-like applied. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly emollient consistency that was smooth and easily blended on the skin. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Bronzer) (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Firework (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Gilded (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Me
Bronze Me
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Flush'd
Flush'd
B

Limited Edition

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total
Glo Up
Glo Up
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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MAC x Zac Posen Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo

MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo
MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo

MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a split-pan product with one shade being more of your traditional bronzer and the other being a pink-coral. Neither shade performed well, but the more blush-like shade had a really firm, hard press that required jabbing at the powder’s surface to get decent color out of it. This is at least the third time in recent memory that MAC has released a mid-tone brown/pink-coral blush duo, and I wonder why they haven’t been able to jump out of the box–it’s becoming like NARS Laguna/Orgasm over here.

Haute Contour (Bronzer) is a muted, medium brown with warm, orange-yellow tones and a satin finish. It was firmly packed in the pan, which made getting color out of it a little more challenging, and when I did, some of it came away in larger chunks–almost like sand. The consistency was fairly blendable on the skin, and the harder chunks dusted away (didn’t notice them applied). It lasted for seven hours before fading. MAC Sunny Side (LE, $33.00) is brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) (P, $53.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (-, ) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haute Contour (Blush) is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a golden shimmer. You wouldn’t know what the color was by going off the swatch, but with enough jabbing and prodding of the powder, I was able to get enough powder to loosen to apply to cheeks to show it in a photo. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores, and the color itself lasted for six and a half hours before fading on me. NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $33.00) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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