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Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop

Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pinky plum with warm undertones and a luminous finish. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Velvet (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Out There (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S502 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Blush) (P, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Berry (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Caribbean (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B500 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Stila Berry Shimmer (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (-, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Rose (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as “vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless.” The texture was smooth, soft, and dense, so it was never powdery in the pan or on the skin. The blush had good color payoff that was easily sheered out (or you could apply less, as the denser texture makes that easy to control). It’s the kind of texture that almost blends itself as soon as you start applying and working it onto the skin. The finish became more luminous as I blended the powder onto the skin, but it was never shiny or overly shimmery, so it always looked smooth on my skin and did not emphasize pores or my skin’s texture. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me before I noticed a bit of fading around the edges.

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Clinique Pink Honey Pop Cheek Pop

Clinique Pink Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Pink Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Pink Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Fun Ending (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Burberry My Burberry Blush (P, $68.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dose of Colors Statemint (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Left) (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Milani Berry Rays #4 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Tinge (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Wavelength (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $60.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as “vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless.” The texture was very smooth and dense in the pan, while on the skin, it was incredibly blendable and almost creamy in the way it sat and diffused on the skin. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that applied easily, as it blended out nicely along the edges. The finish was more satiny than truly luminous–it seemed to have less sheen than most of the Cheek Pops–but looked good on the skin as it did not emphasize pores or my skin’s texture. This shade wore well for nine hours on me before fading slightly.

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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter ($65.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and soft pink and gold shimmer. Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Temptation (LE, $44.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Whipped (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Dame (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 15 Golden Pink (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Tawny Glow (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Tourmaline (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is cooler (90% similar). J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess (-, $9.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Rekindle (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Amber Gold (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Smoky Quartz (LE, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Total Package (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Cover FX Golden Peach (LE, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a powder highlighter that features the brand’s Gelee formula, and it was released many years ago, though I do not have the original to compare this to. I can see why so many were longing for a rerelease of this one; it’s absolutely dazzling. There’s a really intricate play of sparkle and light reflecting when this is on the skin. You have to imagine that after so many years of swatching highlighters that it’s rare for a product to make me go, “Oooh, that’s incredible” but that is exactly what I did with this shade.

The texture is incredibly soft, smooth, and blendable with excellent color payoff that can be as intense or as soft as you desire. I found the formula very forgiving when it came to diffusing and blending; it worked with all types of brushes and could be worn as a subtle sheen when used with a fan brush or applied for a full, metallic glow with a denser cheek brush. On my skin tone, it adds a bit of noticeable color but not much and doesn’t run overly warm, so it reads as more neutral even with the visible color. I did not notice any emphasis of my pores or my skin’s natural texture with this on (but it doesn’t smooth the skin either). When I wore it, the color lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

Of all the products in the Victoria Beckham collection, this was the one first to sell out, and I saw that it launched this morning on Neiman Marcus (a week before it was supposed to), so happy hauling if this is the item you’ve been waiting for! 🙂 (As a FYI, Selfridges seems to have the majority of the collection in stock.)

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Bite Beauty Honeywheat Multistick

Bite Beauty Honeywheat Multistick
Bite Beauty Honeywheat Multistick

Bite Beauty Honeywheat Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. Viseart Bronze #2 (P, ) is less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Tansy (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Cappadoce (P, $39.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Destiny (61) (DC, $38.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Vientiane (P, $39.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). NARS Altai (P, $39.00) is lighter (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. Honeywheat had a lightly creamy, almost velvety texture that didn’t feel dry or powdery but was a bit thicker and moderately dense. It definitely had less slip than traditional cream blush formulas. My experience with this shade proved that it wore best as a blush, next as a lip color, and worst as an eyeshadow.

As a cheek color, the product worked well, and I had no complaints. It blended out beautifully across bare skin or over foundation and while it did not dry down fully, it did not migrate or more around during the day either. The finish was forgiving and didn’t emphasize pores but looked natural and skin-like. This shade lasted for nine hours on my cheeks.

As a lip color, it applied well from the tube and yielded opaque, even color. The texture felt a bit creamy, medium in weight, and comfortable to wear, even though it wasn’t a hydrating formula overall. I was able to wear this sahde for almost five hours.

As an eye color, it was easy to spread and diffuse on the lid with fingertips or synthetic brushes, but I just couldn’t get it to set, so there was very little staying power. I noticed faint signs of creasing within twenty minutes of application, and it was definitely creasing after forty-five minutes.

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

7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer ($65.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P, ) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Baiana Bronze (LE, $27.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $110.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tan-tastic (LE, $49.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Tawny (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

There is not much said about this bronzer, beyond that it is a “matte bronzer” and “is as natural-looking as it gets” (which could refer to finish, color, or even coverage!). The texture is incredibly soft and silky, very smooth to the touch without being too powdery or too dusty, though there’s a little bit of excess product kicked up in the pan. Speaking of the pan, the amount you get is massive, so you’ll want to really be a fan of this if you want to hit pan! It had good pigmentation that was true-to-pan, while the silkier texture made it easy to blend and diffuse (or sheer out). It wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

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Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Trio

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette
Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes three highlighters that seem to be a hybrid between cream and powder. The formula is supposed to have “ultra-fine, light-diffusing particles” that make the skin look “naturally luminous.” The formula is very interesting, because to the touch, it is one of the smoothest powders I’ve ever come across–it feels so smooth that there’s almost a cooling, wet feel to the powder, but it is definitely a powder product. However, I noticed that airy, less dense highlighting brushes tended to have poor pick up with the product, whereas more traditional blush brushes or flatter highlighter brushes (I had no trouble using softer bristles like squirrel with it, but the shape mattered).

Transcendence is a light, pinky lavender with cool undertones and an icy, opal shimmer. This was the sheerer shade of the three, with semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to–at most–semi-opaque coverage when packed on. On me, I found it was more noticeable as I moved, as the undertone was more contrasting against my warmer undertones, but it was subtle when I looked straight on. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading a bit.

Kitten is a medium, coppery bronze with warm, orange undertones and soft pink and light copper shimmer. It had medium, buildable coverage paired with an incredibly smooth texture. It had a very lightweight feel on the skin, and despite it having a higher shine finish, it did not emphasize my pores or my skin’s natural texture. On my skin tone, it did had noticeable warmth and a bit of color, so I imagine it will appear more as a highlighting blush/bronzer on fairer skin tones and work well on deeper complexions as a truer highlighter. It lasted well for eight hours on me.

Bronze is a medium, golden copper with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had medium, buildable coverage that had visible color, warmth, and shine on my skin tone. The texture was smooth, almost wet in feel, and it was blendable on the skin, but more feathery brushes did not pick up product well. This one also had a few noticeable bits of actual sparkle, not just fine shimmer, on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

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