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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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LORAC Vivid Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Vivid Color Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Vivid Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Vivid Color Source Buildable Blush ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a brighter, light-medum cotton candy pink with cooler undertones and a moderate shimmer. It’s hard to say that it’s a pearl finish, as it has more noticeable shimmer than that, but it’s not quite frosted either!

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 was the most pigmented of the three I tried–more medium coverage to opaque coverage, but the blendable, thinner texture was easy to apply less of or diffuse for sheerer color, if desired. The more shimmery finish on this one imparted a healthy glow to the skin that didn’t read as frosted or metallic, and it didn’t emphasize pores. The texture was a little drier and more powdery, but it didn’t seem to impede the application (I wouldn’t have really noticed it if I hadn’t swatched first). The color lasted for seven and a half hours on my skin when I tested it.

Vivid
Vivid
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Zoeva Burning Up Luxe Color Blush

Zoeva Burning Up Luxe Color Blush
Zoeva Burning Up Luxe Color Blush

Zoeva Burning Up Luxe Color Blush ($9.50 for 0.28 oz.) is a muted, medium peachy-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Destiny (61) (DC, $38.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Satisfy (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% 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 texture is incredibly smooth with just the right firmness of press–not stiff but not powdery or dusty–and finely-milled. It blends out beautifully on the skin with a natural finish that’s not overtly shimmery but doesn’t look flat on the skin. It was nicely pigmented, while it was still easy to diffuse for sheerer coverage, if that’s your preference (or you over-apply). On me, the color lasted well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably. I was impressed by this one that it definitely made me want to get the other shades in the range next time I buy from Zoeva (I bought three of the six shades–two more to be reviewed!).

Burning Up
Burning Up
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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LORAC Chroma Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Chroma Color Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Chroma Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Chroma Color Source Buildable Blush ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with cool undertones and a matte finish. Viseart Violet #2 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay NOHO (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop New Lowes (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Blush) (P, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). NARS Chic (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay TMI (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Bitten (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Easy (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Plumberry (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). KIKO 112 Light Plum (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Soulmate (P, $10.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (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. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to mostly opaque (one to three layers, respectively) that was easily blended and diffused on the skin with little effort. The powder’s texture was silky-smooth, thinner but not dusty or powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

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

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Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette

Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette
Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette

Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette ($20.83 for 0.36 oz.) includes a contouring powder, highlighter, and blush. It comes in a slim, “rose gold” cardboard palette where each shade is a good-size for travel but still large enough to accommodate many different-sized face brushes. The quality of the palette is nice, and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more aptly named highlighter, though this isn’t going to be the most universally-applicable palette, so I would have loved to have seen iterations of “rose gold” for darker skin tones, too.

Heavy Crown is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable, but the consistency was thinner and firmer in the pan (whereas the other shades were softer), so it was a little harder to grab color onto the brush as well as harder to blend on the skin. On me, this shade wore for seven and a half hours. MAC Taupe (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S112 (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Talia (Contour) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Crevasse (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Light (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Shade (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S116 (P, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). Viseart Sculpting #1 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Unfinished (P, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glowing Still is a bright, creamy white with a yellow sheen. It was richly pigmented with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that seemingly glows in the dark it’s so bright and white. I thought it would look ashy or chalky on me skin tone, but I was surprised at how much the sheen came through after blending and buffing the product into the skin–but it did lighten the area slightly, so it may suit lighter skin tones better. The highlighter started to fade after eight hours of wear. LORAC Star Reader (LE, $23.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). J. Cat Beauty White Goddess (-, $9.00) is more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Huda Beauty Santorini (LE, ) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). Coloured Raine No Flash Needed (P, $25.00) is more muted (90% similar). Hourglass Pure Strobe Light (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). The Estee Edit Snowlit (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Pearl Flashes Gold (LE, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Anastasia Helia (P, ) is more muted (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Milk Makeup White (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (DC, $8.00) is less pigmented, cooler (85% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Palace Door is a light-medium, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and dense with a moderate creaminess (though it is a powder!) that blends and diffuses nicely on the skin. I thought the amount of shimmer was going to be prove problematic on the skin, but it didn’t emphasize pores at all. It’s more of a highlighting blush on my skin tone, so it makes me think the palette might be better for those lighter than I. The blush wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Nuanced (LE, $33.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Sunlight (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne (P, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Strapped (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Rosa Romantica (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Kitty Kat (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) (LE, $8.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Ciate Summer Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Daybreak (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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