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Bite Beauty Macaroon Multistick

Bite Beauty Macaroon Multistick
Bite Beauty Macaroon Multistick

Bite Beauty Macaroon Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. Tarte Fomo (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Pastille (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M200 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is brighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Virgin Rose (P, $54.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Brave (P, $17.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $17.50) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Thirsty (LE, $5.00) is brighter (85% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Mother (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (85% 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. Macaroon was fairly creamy, light-to-medium in weight, and smooth on the skin and lips. The color spread easily across the skin and blended out well on eyes, lips, and cheeks. It worked best as a cheek color, then as a lip color, and was worst as an eye color. It had buildable pigmentation from semi-sheer to fully opaque depending on application method.

On the cheeks, the color blended effortlessly without losing its color or tone. The texture was smooth and sat well on the skin with a soft, natural finish. While the product didn’t dry down fully (so it would transfer if you touched it), it didn’t move or migrate on the skin and lasted well for nine hours on me. On the lips, it didn’t tug or drag on the lips, but I had some color emphasize lip lines as some color pulled into them. It lasted for four and a half hours on the lips and was neither drying nor hydrating. On the eyes, I experienced creasing within minutes of applying the color, as the formula did not set or dry down.

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

Macaroon
Macaroon
7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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MAC x Selena Techno Cumbia Powder Blush Duo

MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo
MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo

MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo ($29.00 for TBA oz.) is blush duo that features a split-pan with more of the deeper shade (Blunt) and a smaller portion of the lighter shade (Ven Conmigo). The smaller blush is hard to apply on its own, as it doesn’t accommodate the average blush brush well, and even my smaller blush brushes were too large and I had to pinch the brush head to get it to narrow and fit in the area. This was the weakest product in the collection, so I figured we’d get it out of the way.

Blunt is described as a “muted golden brown.” It’s a dark, rosy brown–almost plummy–with a mostly matte finish. It looked warmer and more like that “golden brown” in the pan, but it darkened up a lot and looked much cooler in tone (though still warm overall) swatched on my arm as well as on my cheeks. I am warm-toned, so things looking cooler than they do in the pan is usually not something I experience! The texture was fairly soft, moderately blendable, but it wasn’t the best texture for such an intense, pigmented blush as it required extra work to blend and diffuse the color. It wore well for almost nine hours on me before I noticed fading. Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Earthshine (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Tea Petal (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Viseart Bronze #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S404 (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Film Noir (P, $23.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ven Conmigo is described as a “beige pink.” It’s a soft, medium rosy mauve with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was firm and difficult to get color out of; I had to scrape at the top layer to get enough powder off the surface to even show up on the skin. It wore well for six hours on me before fading.
Tarte Royal (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Blank (P, ) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The MAC x Selena collection will be available online September 28th for MAC Select members and October 1st for all others. It will be in select store locations on October 6th–call your local store to find out if they will be one of those locations.

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Becca Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a soft, light pink with warm, yellow undertones and fine gold and rose shimmer. Burberry No. 03 Pink Pearl (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter) (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker (95% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Jouer Rose Gold (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Love This Bitch (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Devotee (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Gleam (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Iridescent (100) (P, $9.99) is lighter, less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The texture was soft, just a smidgen dusty but not actually dry to the touch, with a smooth, blendable feel overall. It applied well to the skin and yielded a noticeable sheen, which didn’t emphasize pores unless worn more heavily. It was semi-opaque, which was easily built up or sheered out for a less intense highlight. I thought it was a bit less pigmented compared to other shades, but it was more forgiving applied to the skin and generally easier to work with. The color wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Bite Beauty Mochi Multistick

Bite Beauty Mochi Multistick
Bite Beauty Mochi Multistick

Bite Beauty Mochi Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark pink-red with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. MAC Dance With Me (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Viseart Coral #3 (P, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C405 (P, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Never Say Never (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Life's Blood (LE, $21.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Quiver (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sour Cherry (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Mulling Spices (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Apple Red (P, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Frankly Scarlet (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop London Fog (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (85% 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. Mochi is a bold shade in the tube, but when wore at sheer to medium coverage, it looks more pink than it does red. In order to get true red color, it has to be worn at mostly opaque or fully opaque coverage. The texture was smooth, creamy, and blendable on all three areas it can be worn, but it performed the best as a lip color, then as a cheek color, and worst as an eyeshadow.

On my cheeks, it applied easily with fingertips, a brush, or dabbed on directly from the tube, though I preferred fingertips as the product melted and blended effortlessly with the warmth of my fingertips. It has more buildable coverage when applied with fingertips or a brush, but if you swiped it on directly from the tube, it would leave a rather opaque streak. The texture sat well on the skin and had a natural sheen, but it wasn’t glossy and didn’t move around during the day. The color lasted for ten hours on my cheeks.

On my lips, I applied it directly from the tube, and it was opaque in one stroke, though if I applied it using fingertips or a lip brush, it was sheerer. The consistency was smooth and sat well on the lips without emphasizing my natural texture or sinking into my lip lines. This shade wore for over six hours, wasn’t drying, and left a stain behind.

On my eyes, the color creased within minutes after I had applied it. The color didn’t adhere any better despite trying fingertips, brushes, sponges, and directly from the tube. The consistency is creamy and blendable, which made it easy to apply to the lid, but I just couldn’t get longevity out of it at all. It didn’t dry down or set, so it always remained blendable and moveable, and I’d even push the color back into place but it would crease again.

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

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

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Bite Beauty Papaya Multistick

Bite Beauty Papaya Multistick
Bite Beauty Papaya Multistick

Bite Beauty Papaya Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark rose pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cary (P, $36.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Rose (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $54.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Fleur de Givre (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bebe (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is brighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Torte (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Pamplemousse (LE, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Happy (P, $22.00) is darker, 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. While the color is undoubtedly lovely, and it’s a deeper, warmer pink that isn’t as commonly seen, it was one of the weaker shades I’ve tested, as it stumbled in every aspect: eyes, lips and cheeks! It performed best as a lip product, then as a cheek color, and worst as an eyeshadow. It had buildable pigmentation overall, but if you apply it directly from the tube in hard swipes or passes, you will get opaque coverage, while if you dab, pat, or if you use fingertips/brush to apply, you’ll get more buildable coverage.

On the cheeks, I struggled a bit with blending and diffusing the color without it becoming patchy, as the texture seemed drier and felt more powdery, though it was still creamy enough where I didn’t suspect it was going to be problematic in application. Unfortunately, it dragged a bit, and if you wanted to apply it over a base product, like foundation, it was prone to disturbing the base quite a bit and only applied decently on bare skin. The color itself did still wear longer at nine and a half hours, which was the upside.

On the lips, it had buildable coverage if applied with fingertips or a lip brush and opaque coverage when applied directly from the tube. The color applied evenly and fairly smoothly, but the consistency emphasized the texture of my lips, while the color gathered into lip lines. After four and a half hours of wear, the color had really migrated into lip lines and was hard to smooth back into place.

On the eyes, the color creased within a few minutes of applying it, and it never fully dry down or set, which meant that even if when I smoothed it back into place, it would crease a few minutes later. I’ve found that loose or pressed translucent setting powder helps but doesn’t extend wear to a full day without altering the color too much, but it does mattify the finish noticeably.

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

Papaya
Papaya
7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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Essence Be My Highlighter Pure Nude Highlighter

Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder
Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder

Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder ($4.49 for 0.23 oz.) is a soft, light-medium golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Apricot (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P, ) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Highlighter) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a baked, powder formula that is supposed to give “natural luminescence” that “blends easily” and “applies smoothly.” For those who like their highlighters warmer and a bit darker (with more color), this is an excellent option that won’t break the bank. The consistency was smooth, lightly dusty (as much as is typical with baked products), and blendable on the skin. It didn’t look dry, dusty, or powdery applied, and I felt like it “melted” within five minutes of application which gave it an even smoother finish and glow. It is a medium to heavy highlighter, though a fan brush can give it a more diffused, lightly shiny finish, but when I applied it with typical highlighter brushes, it was noticeable and yielded a metallic sheen–but it did not emphasize my pores or my skin’s natural texture. It lasted well for seven and a half hours before it started to fade.

A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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