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Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer
Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer ($56.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Teasecake (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Lightning Dust (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Destined (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay NSFW (LE, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Oyster (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to Dior, the formula is “highly concentrated with illuminating pigments” that gives you a “radiantly luminous complexion.” There’s not a lot to infer either way about pigmentation, but in general, the Diorskin Nude Air products are touted for natural, lighter looks, which tends to be code for sheerer. #001 has medium coverage, which is somewhat buildable, but it is such a close color to my actual skin tone that it’s hard to distinguish coverage when I’ve applied it as a highlighter (as it is blended out)! The texture was firm in the pan, smooth to the touch with a slight dryness on the brush (liked baked and hybrid gel-powder formulas), but it sat on the skin well and did not emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. I liked it, but it’s very dupable (even within past Dior releases), so whether it’s a must-have or not will depend on your stash. I really think it’s just a re-release of the Nude (002) from earlier this year; it’s at most, slightly more golden than #001. On me, the powder wore well for eight hours.

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer #001
#001

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Makeup Revolution Golden Days Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Golden Days Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder
Makeup Revolution Golden Days Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Golden Days Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder ($6.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, reddish undertones and a warm, golden, metallic sheen. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Bronze) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Ready to Go (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” It’s a baked powder, so the texture is drier and looser as a brush passes over the pan, but it doesn’t look dry, powdery, or dusty applied to my skin, which is normal-to-dry. The texture was fairly smooth, blendable, and easy to apply the skin with a gentle sweeping and buffing motions using a moderately-dense brush. This one looked more high-shine when buffed and worked into the skin than initially swatched, though the high-shine seemed to do more to reflect and smooth out the skin’s surface than amplify the size of pores and the like. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage. The color started to fade after six and a half hours of wear, which was really the only downside!

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder Golden Days
B+

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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NARS Talia Contour Blush Duo

NARS Talia Contour Blush
NARS Talia Contour Blush

NARS Talia Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is one of two new, permanent highlighting/contour duos for fall. The highlighting shade in the duos tends to be mostly matte, so it is not your typical shimmery, glowy highlighter. Talia adds a solid choice for medium and medium-dark skin tones looking for skin-like contouring. I also think it can work for lighter skin tones as well, particularly if you like a more dramatic contour or like being able to use a light hand and build-up.

Talia (Highlight) is a medium brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and effortless when it came to blending and applying it to the skin. It had good color payoff that could still be sheered out and/or applied with a lighter hand. For reference, it adds some noticeable color on me (like a very subtle bronzer) on my skin tone. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Bronzer (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Talia (Contour) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was firmer and less forgiving, so it took extra work to blend out. On me, this shade started to fade after eight hours. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Deep (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Bronze (P, ) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush

Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush
Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush

Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium mauve-y brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Plum Rose (P, $12.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Royal (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Ven Conmigo (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cashew (P, $24.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). This blush was very pigmented, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, but it wasn’t dusty or powdery, so it didn’t sheer out immediately upon being blended. It was easy to maneuver and diffuse the edges of the blush on the skin for a very blended look. This shade wore well for just over eight hours on me before I noticed slight fading.

Makeup Geek Blush Puppy Love
Puppy Love
Puppy Love
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder
Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a very light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a shimmery, lightly sparkly finish. NARS Devotee (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Love This Bitch (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (LE, $75.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Burberry No. 03 Pink Pearl (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell (LE, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Becca Prismatic Amethyst (LE, $38.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” It has a warmer base color, while the shimmer seemed cooler and icier (particularly noticeable when I applied it to the face and blended out). The texture was fairly soft, not as smooth as the other two shades in the range, but it remained blendable and easy to apply to the skin. The texture didn’t emphasize pores on me, and it had buildable, medium coverage. While this had the most noticeable shimmer, it actually seemed to have the least amount of sheen between the three shades in the line; it yields a noticeable glow–somewhere between subtle and moderate. This shade stayed on well for seven hours on me.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder Peach Lights
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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MAC x Star Trek Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder ($34.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “sheer wash of soft rose shimmer.” The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Oyster (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Enigmatic (P, $9.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Highlight) (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Cover FX Blossom (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition formula for the brand’s collaboration for Star Trek. I have next to no specific information regarding the formula, so I’m assessing it as a typical highlighting powder as they seem designed to impart luminosity over strong color (all three shades are described as sheer and have shimmer/pearl). This shade had sheer to semi-sheer coverage with a fairly soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily on the skin and sat well without emphasizing pores or the skin’s texture. I believe this is the lightest of the three shades that will be available, and it gives a soft glow to my skin tone (light-medium to medium, for reference) but may add a little bit of color on very fair complexions. This wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

The Star Trek collection will be available online on August 25th and in-stores September 1st (North America). There are two more shades–Strange New Worlds (sheer wash of golden coral pearl) and Highly Illogical (sheer wash of golden plum with fine pearl) also released.

MAC Trip the Light Fantastic Powder Luna Luster
Luna Luster
Luna Luster
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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