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bareMinerals Be Beautiful Holiday 2016 Face & Eye Palette

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette
bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, three cheek colors, and a finishing powder. It is most bizarre that there’s a finishing powder, and it is, frankly, an odd color choice–it is very, very yellowy orange with no real sheen or satiny quality to it, so it is drier, powdery, and sits poorly on the skin while adding a yellow tint. Of all the inclusions in the palette, that was the most odd, and then of course, bareMinerals is a multiple-time offender of putting out an endless slew of neutral palettes so once you have a few, the rest start having less appeal.

I wasn’t particularly impressed by the cheek colors in the palette, as they had a firmer press that made it harder to get color payoff out of them. The eyeshadows were good and consistent with the Ready formula, but they seem unbalanced in depth–there are two very light shades and then two browns that are just a shade or two different; even sticking with neutrals, the composition could be more versatile. The palette itself is housed in a plastic compact this year, which is new, and for some, I imagine they’ll consider it an upgrade from cardboard, but it did feel bulkier as a result.

Value

  • Cheek Colors: $24.00 for 0.21 oz.; palette contains 0.27 oz. or $30.86 worth of cheek color
  • Finishing Powder: $23.00 for 0.30 oz. (using pricing for the Touch Up Veil, closest available product); palette contains 0.09 oz. or $6.90 worth of finishing
  • Eyeshadows: $21.00 for 0.09 oz.; palette contains 0.30 oz. or $70.00 worth of eyeshadow
  • Total Value: $107.76

Formula Overview

Ready Eyeshadow is supposed to have 12-hour wear, “vivid, pure, provocative color” that “looks like a powder, feels like a cream” and blends seamlessly. In general, I quite enjoy this formula, and it’s one of my favorites, as it is typically soft without being too powdery or dusty and more shimmery shades have a real creaminess to them. They wear between eight and twelve hours on me (without primer), blend well, and sit nicely on the skin. The majority of the shades I’ve tested in the past have been mostly opaque to opaque, but there have been a few misses over the years (not too many, though). Ready Blush is supposed to have “buildable color” with eight-hour wear, and those things are both true: they tend to be medium in coverage, somewhat to moderately buildable, and wear around eight hours.

Presence is a pale beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, creamy texture that was a smidgen dusty. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Viseart Petit Pro #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Compassionate (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Let It Snow (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P, ) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Charmer (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Whenever (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #1 (P, ) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Thirteen (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Powder (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P, ) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Graceful is a soft, light-medium taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. This shade seemed to wear well for nine hours on me before it started to fade. Tarte Mud Mask (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Trendsetter (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lazarus (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Coffee (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Stone (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Ever (P, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Exhale is a dark taupe with subtle, brown undertones and a grayer overtone paired with a matte finish. It had opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty texture that remained blendable and did not look dry or powdery applied to the skin. This shade wore for just over nine hours on me. Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Cool Gray (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Revelry (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Graphite (Mountain Sunset) (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #5 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Haze (P, ) is cooler, lower quality (95% similar). Too Faced Be You (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Suspend (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Persona Maverick (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Password (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Fuze (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Soot #2 (DC, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Promise is a pale pinky-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage that applied easily as the texture was soft, blendable, and not too dusty or too firm in the pan. I was able to wear this shade for nine hours. Tarte Popcorn Strand (LE, )(100% similar). Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Cheers (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Fancy Dress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Pale Pink (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Wink (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cream (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lithe Spirit (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pale, Please (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Smashbox Naked (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Toasted Marshmallow (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Orb (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Pastel (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Morning Dew (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beautiful is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dustier, thinner texture, which resulted in the product sheering out on the lid and not applying as evenly as the other shades. It wore for seven hours before fading on me. LORAC Tan (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Missing My Baby (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Base) (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Wood Pink #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #8 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC For Your Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Desire (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Dreamboat (DC, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Rose (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Huda Beauty Shy (LE, ) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Confident is a dark burgundy with subtle, warm reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, while the consistency had a firmer feel to it, though it was more buildable on the lid in practice. I noticed that this one had a tendency to stick unevenly to bare skin, so it would benefit from a primer. It wore well for ten hours on me. theBalm Friendly (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Beauty Mark (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Hell in Heels (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Ensemble (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Gate Matte is a subdued, medium rose pink with warmer undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was firm, which made it difficult to really get color out of the pan, and when it did, it seemed to be chalkier and powdery. It lasted for eight hours, which is all the product promises, but the texture and way it looked on the skin left something to be desired. Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rose Bronze (P, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Limelight (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). theBalm Balm Beach (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 102 Natural Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Inner Beauty is a soft, peachy brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It’s supposed to be all-over color for face (which seem to be what the brand uses for highlighters), but there’s no real sheen to it this when it is on the skin–possibly because it’s so firm that hardly any product comes off to begin with. It also had a chalkiness to it that just didn’t sit well on skin–it looked like it was just on top but not seamlessly blended. It wore for seven hours on me. By Terry Savannah Love #4 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne (P, $2.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Ciate Summer Love (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Highlighter) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Moment (LE, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Faux Tan Matte is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a satin finish. It had medium, buildable coverage with a fairly soft texture that ran a little dusty. It applied well and blended easily along the edges while lasting for seven hours on me. Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tan-tastic (LE, $49.00) is darker (95% similar). Becca Capri Coast (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Bronzer) (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Bronzer) (P, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Seaside (LE, $40.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Falaises (LE, $40.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Be Beautiful Finishing Powder is a light-medium yellow with warm, yellowy orange undertones and a matte finish. The texture was powdery and clumpy–where the powder would come off in chunks, but they would blend out if you worked at it. This was such a strange inclusion to begin with, and the quality is just terrible–it does nothing but make skin look worse: dry, powdery, and noticeably yellower. It seemed to wear fine; it seemed to even prolong the wear of my base products by an hour or so.

7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush
Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush ($35.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four, deluxe-sized blushes and a synthetic, blush brush.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. There’s a lot to like about Tarte’s formula, as it is softer (sometimes dusty), blendable, and fairly smooth with good pigmentation, but for me, I rarely get 12-hour wear–I do get between 8 and 10-hour wear, though. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel that the blushes in the set were representative of the quality of the regular formula. The blushes are disappointing; two of the four were so stiff that I had to scrape off layers of product to get enough product to transfer and show on the skin as a swatch.

Value

  • Full-size cost: $28.00 for 0.20 oz., $140.00/oz.
  • Set cost: $35.00 for 0.20 oz., $175.00/oz., plus full-sized brush
  • Value: $28.00 worth of blush, $20-30 value for brush, $48 to $58 total value

Genius is a muted, medium rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly powdery and dry to the touch, which resulted in a color that sheered out too easily on the skin and did not want to stick to the skin evenly. It seemed to brighten on my cheeks, almost like when a matte powder darkens on the skin due to the natural oils. It lasted for seven hours on me (which is a far cry from 12).
Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Mistress (LE, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Icon (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Angel Pride IV (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Out There (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Royal is a muted, rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had such a stiff texture that made it difficult to use at all; I could not get product to transfer on my brush, and I could barely get any color to transfer after jabbing a finger in the pan–I had to scrape off layers of product to loosen it from the pan, which is what I used for swatches (both on my arm and on my face). Without scraping and mangling the powder, it had next to nothing for color payoff and not enough product to blend or diffuse across my cheeks. It lasted for eight hours on me. LORAC Ray (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Plum Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Ven Conmigo (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Guest List (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #2 (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vibrant is a bright pop of orange-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The consistency was soft, just a bit dusty, but blendable and sat well on the skin. It had more of a natural matte finish when blended on the skin, so it didn’t look dry or flat applied. It had good pigmentation as well. On me, the color wore well for just over eight hours. Anastasia Desert (P, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B308 (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Hush Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Oh You Pretty Things (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B314 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Coral Cove (05) (P, $8.99) is darker (90% similar). NARS Torrid (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Sweet Revenge (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Angel Pride I (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Milani Berry Rays (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $23.00) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pop is a bright cotton candy pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. This was the other shade that had an incredibly stiff, firm texture; I had to scrape away at the surface of the pan to dislodge enough powder to show swatches or to use it, but what powder was dislodged was softer and more finely-milled than Royal, so I did not have any issues with applying or blending out the color once I was able to pick up product with my brush. It lasted for eight and a half hours on my cheeks. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Surreal (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (-, ) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Santa Baby (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Burberry First Love (LE, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Shadore (P, $37.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sculpted Cheeks Brush is a larger cheek brush that flares from the ferrule to a rounded edge. It looked more like a highlighting brush than the average blush brush, but it definitely works for applying cheek color. It had a lot of spring, and I would say floppier than desired for precise cheek color application. I liked it more for blending or using with something very sheer than applying a pigmented blush, as it seemed to apply in a very large area. The brush itself was fairly soft and wasn’t prickly or scratchy when I tried to use. I didn’t experience any shedding or issues after washing it a few times, but my experience with is limited. The brush head was 24.28mm in width, 48.15mm in length, and 24.28mm in thickness. It had a total length of 6.50 inches / 16.5 centimeters.

[Please note: it is not possible to average the Sculpted Cheeks Brush scores with the blush scores as the things they are measuring are different, so I have only taken the Product rating for the brush to average a Product rating for the set.]

7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
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Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick

Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick
Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick

Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. MAC Yash (P, $17.50) is darker, cooler (95% similar). NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Noble (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (90% similar). Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Lady Be Good (P, $21.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Too Faced Sorry Not Sorry (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Covetous Nude (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Oxblood (LE, $17.50) is brighter (85% similar). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Platform (DC, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Skinny Dip (P, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Stark Naked (DC, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Doe (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. Creme Caramel had buildable coverage from medium to fully opaque. The texture was smooth, velvety, and just creamy enough not to tug on the skin or lips when applied directly from the tube but was a bit less emollient compared to about half the range. It worked best as a cream blush when I tested it, as it emphasized and sunk into lip lines when worn as a lip product and creased like crazy as a cream eyeshadow.

On the cheeks, the color blended out beautifully on the skin, and it was easy to spread out the color without becoming uneven or patchy. I found it equally easy to apply on bare skin as well as over (liquid) foundation. The texture didn’t fully dry down, so it had a natural, skin-like sheen, but I didn’t have issues with it moving or settling over time. It wore well for eight and a half hours as a cream blush.

On the lips, it applied fairly evenly, though it wasn’t quite as even as the majority of the range. The texture, while comfortable, settled into lip lines early on and worsened over the four and a half hours the color lasted. It felt smooth going on, and it didn’t tug. The formula wasn’t drying nor was it hydrating.

On the eyes, the color applied well and blended out nicely with smooth, even coverage. The problem I had with it was how quickly it creased and pulled into lines on my lid, and while it did not seem to dry down, it also looked a little dry where it had creased (almost powdery).

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total

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ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rusty red copper.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery red with warm, red-orange undertones and fine pinky-red and gold shimmer. Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Maui Nights (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Ambering Rose (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Ginger Binge (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Rose Quartz (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Embruns (-, ) is lighter (80% similar). Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Margin (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is supposed to be buildable with sheerer coverage when used with brushes and richer coverage when applied with fingertips. The texture of this was very smooth, and it felt wetter than past iterations of this formula. It was intensely pigmented when applied with fingertips, but it blended out easily and could be buffed out if over-applied. When I used a synthetic stippling brush with it, the color was definitely sheerer but blended better with fingertips than a synthetic brush. While it is a cream-based product, it dries down to a more powder-like finish and was never tacky or glossy on the skin. It wore well for over nine hours before starting to fade on me.

Bardot
Bardot
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Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
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Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette ($58.00 for 0.44 oz.) includes four, miniature-sized versions of the permanent Face Illuminators. It’s pretty neat, as they have the same swirled, raised design, but everything is on a smaller scale. For someone who likes different highlighter shades (or highlighting blushes/bronzers) and would use two or three of them, it’s handy to have and would be good for traveling. Since the individual Illuminators are pricey, this is a good way to try them all for less than the cost of two full-sized shades. I think that the palette versions are fairly comparable to the permanent versions I have, though there are a few differences that I noticed. I don’t think that those differences really impact the overall look of the products applied, but they are there. This formula (and thus palette) is most suitable for someone who likes moderate highlights and some sparkle but not over-the-top metallic highlighters.

Formula Overview

According to the brand, Laura Mercier Face Illuminator ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. The formula is typically more buildable from medium to opaque coverage with a noticeable sheen that can get more frosted/metallic if applied heavily but doesn’t emphasize my pores. The texture is smooth and blendable, but there is a bit of dryness to it that seems common to this type of formula (think MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual-Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, etc.). On my normal-to-dry skin, the highlighter tends to last around eight hours.

Indiscretion is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a soft, golden sheen. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, lightly dry texture that was dry to the touch but did appear dry or dusty applied to the skin. The sheen became more refined as I buffed and worked the product on my skin, and while the full-size version seemed to be more likely to emphasize my pores a bit, this one didn’t. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00)(100% similar). Burberry No. 04 Rose Gold (P, $68.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Amber Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess (-, $9.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Whipped (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $33.00) is darker, warmer, lower quality (90% similar). MAC Stride of Pride (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Hush (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Jouer Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Daygleam (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Smoky Quartz (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Crown of my Canopy (LE, $4.99) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Jouer Skinny Dip (LE, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Must Have It (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Addiction is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a lightly sparkly, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage, and it was easy to blend on the skin. The texture wasn’t too soft or too firm, and it didn’t emphasize my pores when applied. The color lasted for almost eight hours on me. Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior #003 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Idol (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Sunglow (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Precious Petals (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #17 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NYX Daytime Halo (P, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia 143 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dose of Colors Gold is the New Black (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Devotion is a light pink with warmer undertones and cooler, violet and light pink shimmer. It had sheer to medium coverage, so it was buildable to some degree, but it was never intense. The powder was a little dry, but it didn’t look dry and blended well in practice, so I don’t think I would have even noticed it had I not felt the powder with my fingertips. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Make Up For Ever H102 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Love This Bitch (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Burberry No. 03 Pink Pearl (P, $68.00) is cooler (95% similar). Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Gleam (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Upgrade (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Devotee (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Dusk (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seduction is a medium-dark bronze with warm, golden undertones and a frosted sheen. It was buildable from semi-sheer to fully opaque color payoff, if desired, and it had a soft, lightly dusty consistency. It was very easy to blend and diffuse across the skin, and it wore well for eight hours. Of the four shades, this one had the strongest sheen (and most pigmentation to begin with), so while I didn’t have issues with it emphasizing my skin’s natural texture, if there was a shade prone to it, my guess would be this is the potential troublemaker. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Golden Age (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #21 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior #004 (P, $56.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $48.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette
Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette ($69.00 for 0.52 oz.) includes three Shimmer Bricks, which are very shimmery powders. Each Shimmer Brick has five shades, so the color that you get can vary depending on where you concentrate your brush. All three shades have been released before, though only Bronze is part of the permanent range from what I could tell! It’s a powder highlight that features five colors, which are designed to be used together (though you can concentrate your brush in areas as well, or if you have an eye brush, you can use them individually) and applied to the face to highlight.

The three included in the palette all highlight the skin and add noticeable color on my light-medium complexion, so they be even more blush-like on fairer complexion and will likely show up on deeper skin tones with subtler tints. The texture of Gold and Bronze was smoother and more finely-milled with less overt sparkle, whereas Wild Rose was drier and seemed to have larger chunks of sparkle, which were more prone to emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. They were easy to apply, wore for about eight hours, and are well-worth a look for someone who likes a more intense, noticeable highlight. They’re the type of highlighter where a little can go a long way to adding luminosity, so they can definitely be too intense for some people’s preferences.

Value

  • Cost of full-size: $46.00 for 0.40 oz., $115.00/oz.
  • Cost of palette: $69.00 for 0.52 oz., $132.69/oz.
  • Value: $59.80

Gold is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones paired with a frosted, lightly metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that blended out easily on the skin. I did not find that it emphasized my skin’s natural texture, but it does have a strong sheen to its finish. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, warmer, lower quality (95% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Golden Dawn (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt (Top) (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a softer, light-medium golden bronze shimmer. The pigmentation was rich, but the texture was soft and blendable, so it could easily be applied in sheerer layers or diffused for less intense coverage if desired–a little did go a long way, though, and I’d recommend using a lighter hand initially. On me, the powder lasted eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Glow (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Do Not Disturb (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #21 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Dior #004 (P, $56.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Stila Kitten (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wild Rose is a slightly muted, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and cooler, frosty pink shimmer. The shimmer particles in this shade seemed larger with both finer and more obvious flecks of sparkle used, which gave it a bit of a drier, looser consistency that was sheerer in coverage. The texture and shimmer in this one did emphasize my pores a bit, making them seem larger than they were. I didn’t have any trouble blending out the color, though, and it still wore for eight hours like the other two. Makeup Revolution Peach Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sassy Grape (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Botanic Dream (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunrise Glow (P, $48.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 10 Peach (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Amethyst Flashes Geode (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose (LE, $46.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Full Service (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Ibiza (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Zanzibar (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Huda Beauty Copacabana (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Gold

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Bronze

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Wild Rose

Limited Edition
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