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Tom Ford Black Bloom Nightbloom Powder

Tom Ford Black Orchid Nightbloom Powder
Tom Ford Black Orchid Nightbloom Powder

Tom Ford Black Bloom Nightbloom Powder ($80.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light-medium gold with strong, yellow undertones and a sparkling, golden shimmer finish. Anastasia Sunburst (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Sun Ceremony (LE, $2.99) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is warmer (85% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Nightbloom Powder is supposed to have a “luxurious” feel and “sumptuous color.” In reality, it is a powder highlighter with a noticeable about of shimmer and shine, so it is more suitable for someone who likes their highlighter stronger. The texture was dense, a little dry to the touch, but blendable on the skin and did not emphasize my pores or the natural texture of my skin. I noticed some of the shimmer separated from the base powder, so it did not look as even on the skin as desired. On my light-medium skin tone, I get visible yellow gold color, but it is possible to diffuse and sheer it out so there is fainter color as well. The pigmentation was buildable, starting around medium coverage and building up from there. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Viseart Highlight/Sculpt (01) Highlight and Sculpt Palette

Viseart Highlight/Contour (01) Blush Palette
Viseart Highlight/Contour (01) Blush Palette

Viseart Highlight/Contour (01) Blush Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a six-pan blush palette that is the same size (and contains the same amount) as the eyeshadow palettes. It comes in a black plastic compact with a clear lid. The highlighting shades are on the left, while the contouring shades are on the right. The formula used for the highlighters is really nice–dense, buttery, and blendable–and feels similar to their shimmery eyeshadows, while the formula used for the contour powders is more like the powder blush formula. The formula is supposed to “apply seamlessly” and have “sheer to fuller coverage.” Generally, the pigmentation was buildable from medium coverage, fairly blendable, and long-wearing (eight to nine hours); I only had issues with the two deeper contour shades, as they weren’t as easily blended and diffused on the skin as the other four shades. Unfortunately, that accounts for 1/3 of the palette being problematic, and at this price point, that’s likely to be a deal-breaker.

Highlight #1 is a light beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had medium coverage that was buildable to opaque coverage, while the consistency was soft enough that it could be diffused and blended out for sheerer coverage, if desired. The texture felt smooth to the touch, blended easily, and sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Milani Afterglow (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Highlighter) (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Blossom Glow (P, $4.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Highlighter) (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). Coloured Raine Luxurious Bling (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Gleam (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Strobe (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Eclipse (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Smokin' Whistles (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Crafty (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Starstruck (P, $25.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Highlight #2 is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic sheen. The consistency was dense, creamy, and easy to work with on the skin as it blended out beautifully. The coverage was buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque (within two to three layers). This shade started to fade after nine hours of wear. Urban Decay Glint (-, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Beach Nectar (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit Gleam (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Dose of Colors Melonade (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Blossom (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay NSFW (LE, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $48.00) is cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Strapped (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Daybreak (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Smoky Quartz (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #1 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Jouer Skinny Dip (LE, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Taffy (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Girl Next Door (P, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Milani Moon Glow (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Highlight #3 is a medium, coppery-brown with warm, gold and orange shimmer. It had semi-sheer to opaque, buildable coverage, which was easy enough to layer without it looking heavy or emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. The consistency, though, was a little drier and felt looser in the pan, so it had a tendency to sheer out initially and took some extra effort to even out. Smashbox Blow a Fuse Gold (P, )(95% similar). Smashbox Crank It Up Gold (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $48.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Stila Bronze (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Rum (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #20 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Glo Getter (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Coloured Raine Your Treat (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Sand (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Golden Bronze (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Contour #1 is a light-medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was buildable from sheer to semi-opaque. It had a soft, silky consistency in the pan but did kick up an excess amount of product in the pan. Luckily, it did not appear dry or chalky on the skin; on me, the color did disappear as it is closer to my skin tone, but it would show up more noticeably on someone with fairer skin. The color lasted for eight and a half hours on me. As a note, it is one of the lightest contour shades I’ve come across! Make Up For Ever S116 (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S112 (P, $23.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Contour #2 is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. While the powder felt soft and finely-milled, it was also a little grainy, as the powder clumped together here and there and did not even out as nicely as anticipated. When I tried it on my face, it blended out better there when I used a fluffier brush, but it was still not as even as I would have liked. The color wore well for eight and a half hours, and it was buildable from sheer to semi-opaque. NARS Paloma Contour (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Deep (P, $44.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Tan Tint (LE, $29.50) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Unfinished (P, ) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Contour #3 is a deep, purplish burgundy with a matte finish. It is a “cooler” contour, though it is more neutral-to-warm in actual undertone, but the burgundy color makes it more unique compared to most contour shades. The problem with this shade was the grainy texture that was harder to blend out, but it also seemed to “sink” into pores–my skin looked dotted with deeper specks of color. It had sheer to semi-opaque color payoff that lasted for eight and a half hours. MAC Sketch (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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Bite Beauty Biscotti Multistick

Bite Beauty Biscotti Multistick
Bite Beauty Biscotti Multistick

Bite Beauty Biscotti Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. Makeup Geek Desire (P, $10.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Tea Petal (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Sin (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Offshoot (LE, $17.50) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Ravenswood (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever C211 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Petulant (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Tampered (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fastplay (P, $17.50) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Mascarpone (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Mehr (P, $17.50) is lighter, 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. The texture was slightly more emollient than other shades in the range, though it was not slippery or what I’d consider to be wet or problematic. I had no trouble applying and blending out the color on eyes, lips, or cheeks as it diffused easily and evenly. The coverage is best described as buildable, as the only way to get truly opaque coverage is by applying directly from the tube, which will yield opaque coverage. If applied by dabbing onto the cheeks, or if you use a brush or fingertips, you’ll come away with a more buildable level of coverage.

It wore best as a cheek color, as it held on for a solid ten hours, had a natural sheen that wasn’t too dewy or too matte, and blended out nicely. It performed well as a lip color, though it isn’t quite as hydrating or as comfortable to wear as the brand’s Amuse Bouche range. The texture felt a little thicker and heavier on the lips than the average satin formula, but it was still relatively comfortable to wear and, better yet, it was not drying over the five and a half hours it wore for. As an eyeshadow, it was easy enough to apply and blend out, but I had noticeable creasing within thirty minutes (which is actually better than other shades I’ve tested up until this point!), which is only marginally improved by primer; the best is to set with translucent powder, which extended wear into a few hours.

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

Biscotti
Biscotti
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Bite Beauty Cocoa Multistick

Bite Beauty Cocoa Multistick
Bite Beauty Cocoa Multistick

Bite Beauty Cocoa Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a deep, chocolaty brown with subtle, warmer yellow undertones and a natural sheen. By Terry Savannah Love #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Film Noir (P, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Anise (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Grunge (P, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Earthshine (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Brownie (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (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. The formula felt really smooth and lightly creamy without too much slip; I can feel what they mean by having 35% powder in it (but it doesn’t feel dry and doesn’t drag across the skin at all). It is intensely pigmented if applied directly from the tube as a wipe, but if applied with fingertips or a brush or dabbed on, it is very buildable. The texture has enough slip that it spread easily across the skin, blended without becoming uneven nor did it lift product underneath it.

As a cheek color, I had no trouble diffusing and blending out the color to semi-sheer coverage, but it could easily be applied more heavily or built-up in layers. The formula did not fully dry down, but I didn’t notice any issues where the color moved or separated over time. It lasted for nine and a half hours on my cheeks. As a lip product, it was opaque applied directly from the tube with a light-medium feel and weight, which was comfortable to wear and more flattering than I would have expected for a multitasking product. The color lasted just over five and a half hours on my lips and was neither drying nor hydrating. I only had trouble with wear on the eyes, which was a trip to Crease City within ten minutes.

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

Cocoa
Cocoa
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Viseart Orange/Violet (03) Blush Palette

Viseart Orange/Violet (01) Blush Palette
Viseart Orange/Violet (01) Blush Palette

Viseart Orange/Violet (01) Blush Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a six-pan blush palette that is the same size (and contains the same amount) as the eyeshadow palettes. It comes in a black plastic compact with a clear lid. Each palette is divided into two families and is “scaled into three levels of cheek color, ideal for the fairest to deep skin tones.” The powder blush formula is supposed to “apply seamlessly” and have “sheer to fuller coverage.” In general, the blush applied better with a light-to-moderately dense brush, light hand, and built-up in layers rather than immediately packed into place. The texture was smooth but dusty, sometimes powdery, and kicked up excess in the pan, so with some of the richer shades, it was easy to over-apply. The formula played better with my skin when it was normal, whereas drier areas had some trouble with the product adhering to the skin for some shades but not all (if you normally wear a cream or liquid base, you should be good to go). The majority of the blushes in the palettes are mostly matte, and they look very smooth on the skin–they actually seemed to hide texture and pores, which was interesting. Most of the shades lasted at least eight hours on my normal-to-dry skin with some lasting as long as nine and a half hours.

Orange #1 is a bright pop of orange with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (to mostly opaque) with a soft, blendable texture that was rather powdery in the pan–it kicked up a ton of excess product every time I touched it, even with a light hand, so it can make the palette very messy. It wore well for eight hours on me. YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Intensely (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Excuse My French (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Miami (P, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Orange #2 is a medium-dark, burnt orange with warm, brown undertones and a mostly matte finish. The pigmentation was buildable from medium to full coverage. The texture was smooth, blendable, and not too dusty or too firm in the pan, so it was less messy than the prior shade. On me, this shade wore well for nine hours. Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Powder to the People (LE, $38.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Rotonde (LE, $41.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) (P, $14.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Orange #3 is a bold, bright, medium-dark orange-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, so it wasn’t what I would call buildable, as it is hard to get very sheer or light color without the barest tap of the brush in the pan (which is the same technique you’d use with any very pigmented blush). The texture wasn’t too soft or too firm, so it was easier to work with and sat well on the skin. This shade started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Boys Don't Cry (LE, $41.00) is darker, brighter (95% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is cooler (85% similar). MAC All Year Red (LE, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Violet #1 is a medium lavender with pinky undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (almost opaque but not quite), but the dustier, thinner texture made it harder to apply to bare skin without it looking somewhat uneven. It took a lot of extra effort and buffing to get it mostly blended on the cheeks, so this is one that I liked better over powdered skin. It lasted for eight hours. Colour Pop Rain (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (DC, $9.99) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Violet #2 is a slightly muted, medium pinky-berry with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. This type of shade is harder to find, and I’m so pleased to have seen more berry-hued products this year! It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation that could be applied at true-to-pan color after two and a half layers of product. The texture was soft, thin but not too powdery, and it applied and blended out without issue. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours. LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay NOHO (LE, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Chic (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Blush) (P, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop New Lowes (LE, $8.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Passionately Tempted (LE, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Violet #3 is a deep raspberry pink with cool, bluish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation–it is hard to apply at very sheer coverage!–that was fairly blendable. I found that the more I blended it out, the stronger the bluish undertone came through, which gave it a purplish edge against my complexion. I noticed fading after nine hours of wear with this shade. MAC Blind Score (LE, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Hot Nights (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Fantastic (66) (DC, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Black Up NBL 03 (P, $26.50) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Chic (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). CoverGirl Deep Mauve (P, $9.99) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Light Beam (02) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a very light beige with subtle, warmer undertones and a soft shimmer. Too Faced Pop of Light (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give a “natural, seamless luminescence” to the skin with “natural-looking color.” The texture was smooth, firmer, and had no powder kick-up like Stardust, but it had less color payoff, too. This shade had medium coverage, and on my skin tone, it didn’t impart noticeable color and lightened the area I applied it slightly. When applied, it gave the skin a luminous glow that did not emphasize pores, and I think it is hard to overdo. On my normal-to-dry skin, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably. This is going to be ideal for someone who is very fair to light-medium in complexion and likes a subtle, but noticeable, highlight.

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

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