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Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is dark brown with warm, reddish tones and a satiny sheen. MAC Compassion (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Bronze) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Malibu Soleil (LE, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Bronzed Bondi (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Deep (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bits and Pieces (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Burnished (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” The powder had an incredibly smooth, soft, and finely-milled feel to it that blended out beautifully on the skin–it didn’t look dry or totally matte, but it had a nice, natural finish that looked like skin but better. It had semi-sheer to opaque coverage, and the blendable texture made it forgiving and easy to diffuse the coverage if over-applied. The color lasted eight and a half hours on me, which is a bit longer than described!

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NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Palette

NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette
NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette

NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette ($59.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes four, limited edition powder blushes (one is more of a highlighter shade for most skin tones). The three blushes shades are richer shades, and two of the shades are quite deep, so I can see this working on a variety of skin tones. When working with the formula dry, I find it easy to apply and blend out, and they perform well overall. Damp application is harder to work with on my skin, as it doesn’t blend out as easily; it is better patted on with a damp fingertip or on bare skin (something about the damp brush/powder seems to disturb any base products more often than not for me). The wear ranged from seven to nine hours for me with damp application lasting longer overall.

I reached out to NARS recently for clarification with respect to the formula, because summer’s duos had contrary claims compared to the permanent duos. So, per that conversation: the Dual Intensity Blush formula is a wet/dry formulation that yields a “natural looking glow” with a dry application, whereas as damp application gives a “high-impact finish,” and the more water you have on your brush, the more “watercolor-like” the pigment will appear and with less water, it is “more saturated.” It seems like 1) the finish is more metallic/frosted with damp/wet application, and 2) the color will sheer out with a lot of water but appear more intense if just used with a damp brush. The best I can interpret is that there is just more leeway now with damp application not being specifically sheer/translucent from the get-go. I tried, and you really have to have a near-sopping wet brush before the blushes start resembling watercolors. My experience remains: it really is just medium to full coverage with a more frosted/shimmery finish applied dry, and then richer, deeper, and often more opaque color with a smoother sheen applied damp.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush I is a pale, silvery pink with cool, iridescent shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry, and semi-opaque applied damp, while the finish goes from frosted to metallic. It wore well for seven and a half hours dry, eight and a half hours damp. I think the lighter color and sheerer nature of this shade made it easy to apply even damp. NYX Snow Rose (P, $7.99) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Where the Dreamers Go (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Pandora (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush II is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and gold, frosted shimmer. It is like a deeper, richer take on the brand’s signature Orgasm blush (but it is warmer, less pink-based). It had opaque coverage both wet and dry, but damp application had a stronger metallic finish and appeared darker. It wore well for eight hours dry and nine hours damp. MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Stila Berry Shimmer (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bits (P, $27.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE, ) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Becca Snapdragon (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 9 Coral (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Panic (Right) (P, ) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Ciate Matchmaker (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush III is a deep, fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and a frosted sheen with slight sparkle. It is slightly sheerer and more muted applied dry than it is damp, though I find they look similar once blended on the cheeks. The texture of this shade was firmer and denser, and it seemed to make blending it out harder, so this one took some effort to even out on the skin, even dry. It wore well for eight hours dry, nine hours damp. By Terry Tropical Sunset #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Plumberry (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Panic (Left) (P, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Rosy Cheeks (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was richly pigmented both dry and damp, but the damp application made the color appear a few shades darker and more metallic. The consistency was very smooth and blendable dry, and it was fairly blendable damp, but it did need extra effort/patience. This shade lasted for eight hours applied dry and closer to nine hours applied damp. By Terry Savannah Love #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Alezane (260) (P, $45.00) is more muted (85% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Makeup Geek Heart Throb Blush

Makeup Geek Heart Throb Blush
Makeup Geek Heart Throb Blush

Makeup Geek Heart Throb Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium coral-brown with warmer undertones and a satin finish. Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Divergent Misty Rose (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #7 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Balm Springs (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC See Beyond (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dolline (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (-, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Between the Sheets (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (DC, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is brighter (80% similar). The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% 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 shade was richly pigmented, which made it easy to apply and get visible color out of, and it should work for several skin tones. The color darkened just slightly, as it had a soft, slightly dusty consistency, on the skin. It had a finely-milled, smooth feel to it, and it blended out beautifully on the skin with the satiny sheen becoming more prominent as the blush was buffed and diffused on the skin. On my normal-to-dry skin, it wore well for eight hours.

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter
Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Rosegold Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rose with warm, golden shimmer. Bobbi Brown Telluride (LE, $48.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Tawny Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NYX Deep Plum (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is brighter, cooler (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). KIKO 111 Classic Rose (P, $12.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter is a “buildable cream highlighter” that gives a “soft-focused glow.” The texture is dense, lightly spongy, and very emollient to the touch–it feels quite wet initially–but it goes on smoothly and dries down to a powder-like finish, so it doesn’t look wet or glossy (nor does it slide right off the face, either!). If you thought, “Hey, that looks like ColourPop!” — you’re right on the money; the texture is very much in that vein, and to my knowledge, I’ve really only seen ColourPop use that cream formula in a cheek product (but they were not the first to use it in eyeshadows–Chanel, BUXOM, Dior, and MAC have also used it). I find Lancome’s formula to be more slippery to the touch, but they perform largely the same otherwise. Rosegold Lights had semi-sheer, buildable color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to apply to the skin with a synthetic brush or fingertips (I prefer fingertips myself). The color lasted for nine hours before fading very slightly.

Also, a note: the interior plastic pan that product actually sits in was offset in both of mine, so that it could pop out, which I do not think was intentional, and I was able to pop it fully in and haven’t had them lift out on their own since.

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Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Enamored (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Bronzer) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Bronze Light (LE, $50.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” It is more satiny than Bronze (01) and Bronze (02), and it has a stronger red undertone, but it isn’t too much darker overall. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable with a thinner consistency that kicked up very little excess powder in the pan. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation that applied well to the skin and didn’t look dry or powdery, while it blended out well and became more natural-looking in finish after it was diffused. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

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Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter
Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter

Lancome Glowing Lights Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Burberry No. 04 Rose Gold (P, $68.00) is cooler (95% similar). Dose of Colors Mírame (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Jouer Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Milani Sunset Glow (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Whipped (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Huda Beauty Malibu (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Padded Down (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $48.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Galet (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Blow a Fuse Pearl (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Jouer Skinny Dip (LE, $24.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Wisp (P, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Rose Gold (P, $42.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Must Have It (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Kitten (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter is a “buildable cream highlighter” that gives a “soft-focused glow.” It’s available in five shades, and I purchased two to review (the other will be reviewed shortly!). The texture is dense, lightly spongy, and very emollient to the touch–it feels quite wet initially–but it goes on smoothly and dries down to a powder-like finish, so it doesn’t look wet or glossy (nor does it slide right off the face, either!). If you thought, “Hey, that looks like ColourPop!” — you’re right on the money; the texture is very much in that vein, and to my knowledge, I’ve really only seen ColourPop use that cream formula in a cheek product (but they were not the first to use it in eyeshadows–Chanel, BUXOM, Dior, and MAC have also used it). I find Lancome’s formula to be more slippery to the touch, but they perform largely the same otherwise. Glowing Lights had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that applied evenly, blended out easily, and lasted for over nine hours.

Also, a note: the interior plastic pan that product actually sits in was offset in both of mine, so that it could pop out, which I do not think was intentional, and I was able to pop it fully in and haven’t had them lift out on their own since.

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