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Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated
Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft bronze shimmer with golden bronze sparkle.” It’s a muted, medium-dark tan brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and gold sparkle. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $48.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is a baked formula that is supposed to have “microfine shimmer” and the “color payoff of a loose powder, with the convenience of a pressed powder.” Urban Decay’s idea of “microfine” and “just-perfect shimmer” is much larger in particle size than what I think of when I think of finely-milled shimmer–these are more like sparkle; visible as individual particles on the skin. You can buff and brush away much of the more obvious particles, which gives the skin more of a luminous sheen, but there are still some sparkles that I can detect on the skin. The texture is thin, lightweight, and very blendable on the cheeks. The color lasted for seven hours on me before fading.

Lit
Lit
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Contour

Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush
Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush

Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a fine, gold shimmer-sheen. Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Contour (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. As described, Fiji is a buildable shade from semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage (two to three layers, and it doesn’t look like you’ve over-applied powder) with a soft, very lightly powdery consistency, that is blendable on the skin without emphasizing pores. The shimmer is noticeable but flatters the skin by giving it a lovely sheen. If you like your contour to have some shimmer, it could certainly be used as a contour on some skin tones, but it seems more like a traditional bronzing shade. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Fiji (25)
Fiji (25)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($68.00 for 0.52 oz.) is a new, permanent take on the often-raved about Filmstar Bronze & Glow that’s deeper and warmer. I think the texture is a bit more refined–smoother, more finely-milled, and forgiving on the skin–in the original, but this is still quite good. Both shades are good or better pigmentation that was buildable, while they were easily blended out on the skin. I had no problem wearing both powders all day long. I hope the brand will come out with an even darker version and/or cooler-toned varieties.

Medium/Dark Bronze is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted, gold sheen. The texture was slightly dry, though it blended out without issue on the skin, and I felt like it was just slightly emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. On, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Bronzer) (P, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Medium/Dark Glow is a brightened pop of orange with warm undertones and a soft, orange-gold shimmer-sheen finish. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable in two passes, if desired. The shimmer in the powder didn’t emphasize pores, as it was finer and combined with the powder better than the bronzer. On my medium complexion, it added color and luminosity, so for some skin tones it may be an additional bronzer and/or highlighting blush, while for darker skin tones, it may be more of a traditional highlighter. It lasted for eight and a half hours on my skin. Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Flamme (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Must Have It (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Peach Nectar (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Tigerlily (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($80.00 for 0.54 oz.) is a cream-based bronzer and highlighter. Both shades had a really slick, almost greasy feeling to them, which will make them more forgiving even on drier skin types, but I found that it made it hard to get the product to really stay where it was applied and resulted in patchy, more uneven coverage overall. It was shorter-wearing, and the higher slip in the texture made these better suited for bare skin or applied over still-damp base products.

Sun Tan (Filmstar Bronze) is a muted, medium tan brown with warm, yellowed undertones (but not really orange-y) with a faint gold pearl and natural finish (some shine). It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to slightly more opaque color, but it wasn’t very pigmented. I’m not sure this will work for medium-dark or deeper skin tones, as it was subtle on my light-medium to medium complexion (NC25). It lasted for six hours on me. MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is darker. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is darker. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sun Light (Filmstar Glow) is as softened, light-medium gold with bronze tones and lighter gold pearl. It had semi-sheer color payoff that applied with a soft sheen that didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture. The emollient consistency made it harder to apply without also moving everything underneath it, so it is a product best applied with fingertips-patted on–if applying over foundation or better yet, used over bare skin. It started to break down after five and a half hours on me. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Contour

Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush (Contour)
Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush (Contour)

Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly muted, coppery brown with a soft satin finish. theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. Too Faced I Will Always Love You (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. MAC Linda (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Passionate is a soft, smooth, and very blendable on the skin with a luminous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores but doesn’t look flat on the skin–glowing but not frosted. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage, as described, and it lasted for a solid eight hours on me.

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9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a rich, medium-dark coppery red with lighter gold sparkle. It had sheer coverage, which gives the skin a tint of color and a dewy sheen. A little went a long way, so you can achieve a stronger tint if desired. The sparkle in this shade made it harder to blend over foundation, as it seemed prone to disturbing anything underneath it, but it worked without issue on bare skin. I noticed a few bits of sparkle migrated over night as well, which isn’t a problem I’ve had with other shades in the range. The color itself wore for nine hours. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is more muted, more pigmented. NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is darker, more pigmented. NARS Mauritanie (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

No. 18
No. 18
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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