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LORAC Infrared Color Source Blush

LORAC Infrared Color Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Infrared Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Infrared Color Source Buildable Blush ($22.00 for 0.017 oz.) is a deep, red-burgundy with warm undertones and a satin finish. Makeup Geek Desire (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Cerise (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Color Source Buildable Blush formula is supposed to offer–you guessed it–buildable color coverage with a “silky-smooth” consistency available in matte and satin finishes. The softer, more finely-milled consistency of the powder made this a lot easier to use, as it blended out well, and it could be sheered out slightly as well. With such a deep shade, having a lot of blendability is key. It was semi-opaque to opaque in pigmentation, which is a bit higher coverage than most of the shades in the range that I have tried myself, but it should work exceptionally well on deeper skin tones as a result. Those who like sheerer or softer blush, I would recommend a fan brush and a light hand. The finish has a nice, luminous sheen to it that looked natural and not overtly shimmery on. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Infrared
Infrared
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow Highlighting Powder

Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow Highlighting Powder
Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow Highlighting Powder

Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow Highlighting Powder ($46.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with warm undertones and a lighter, peachy gold shimmer-sheen finish. Bobbi Brown Pink Gold Glow (LE, $48.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Botanic Dream (P, $4.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #2 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Iced (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #16 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Bold Spirit (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Full Service (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Made Me Do It (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rekindle (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunrise Glow (P, $48.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Top) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Ibiza (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (-, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Zanzibar (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NYX Enigmatic (P, $9.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Sassy Grape (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition highlighting powder designed to give “high-impact, buildable radiance.” The texture was very soft and smooth, while it had a firmer feel to it overall, so it seems like a product that would take awhile to get through, but the firmness didn’t make it hard to apply or get color payoff out of the powder. It had medium, buildable coverage, which is in line with the brand’s description of the formula. Sunset Glow applied easily to the skin as it was quite blendable, while it wore well for eight hours before I noticed it fading along the edges.

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Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a soft, medium yellowed brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Private Party (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Original (P, $50.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Nude Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunkissed (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sweetie Pie (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” Now, this isn’t as luminous as Highlight (010), and I can see more of that “matte radiance” concept with the more bronzer-like shades. The texture was very smooth and finely-milled, thin but not dusty, and blended out nicely on the skin without skipping or turning patchy. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (closer to opaque after three layers on me). The bronzer lasted well for eight hours on me–exactly as marketed!–before fading. There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

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Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow Highlighting Powder

Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow Highlighting Powder
Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow Highlighting Powder

Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow Highlighting Powder ($46.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a luminous, slightly metallic sheen. Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Whipped (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Temptation (LE, $44.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess (-, $9.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Burberry No. 04 Rose Gold (P, $68.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Amber Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Lancome Glowing Lights (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Golden Peach (LE, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Tawny Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 15 Golden Pink (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Smoky Quartz (LE, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rekindle (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Total Package (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Glint (-, ) is lighter (90% similar). Dose of Colors Mírame (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition highlighting powder designed to give “high-impact, buildable radiance.” The texture is dense, firm but not difficult to use, with a very smooth, finely-milled consistency that blends out effortlessly. It is a stronger highlighter, so if you prefer very subtle glow, it might not be the right product for you; it is possible to get a very, very light sheen, but it definitely lends itself to a more moderate sheen when applied with a medium-hand and typical highlighter brush. The highlighter had medium, buildable color coverage. It didn’t emphasize pores on me, and it added a little color to my skin tone (light-medium). The highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading.

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Tarte Seduce Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Seduce Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Seduce Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Seduce Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is muted, medium rosy plum with warmer undertones and a semi-matte finish. Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Plum Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Buddy (Matte) (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. It had medium, buildable coverage (up to mostly opaque with two to three layers) paired with a very smooth, soft, lightly dusty consistency that was very easy to work with on the skin as the blush blended out beautifully. As I blended out the powder, it developed a very subtle natural sheen–not enough to make it a satin but just enough to keep it from appearing flat or dry on the skin. I wish I experienced better wear with the formula, because 12-hours is certainly a dream, but it did last for nine hours, which is better than most powder blushes for me. As long as that’s not a deal-breaker, this one could be worth checking out.

Seduce
Seduce
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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LORAC Prism Color Source Blush

LORAC Prism Color Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Prism Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Prism Color Source Buildable Blush ($22.00 for 0.017 oz.) is a muted, medium peach with a hint of pink paired with a matte finish. Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Gretel (Light) (P, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S300 (P, $23.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Breathless (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dainty (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Nude Pink (LE, $35.50) is warmer (85% similar). Zoeva CR040 (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Shy One (LE, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever B110 (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Color Source Buildable Blush formula is supposed to offer–you guessed it–buildable color coverage with a “silky-smooth” consistency available in matte and satin finishes. This shade was a true matte, even when applied and blended down, so it may look too flat for some. It had medium coverage that was buildable to semi-opaque coverage. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and thin, but it still blended out well on the skin and only darkened slightly (from the natural oils on the skin). This shade wore nicely for seven hours before fading on me.

Prism
Prism
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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