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Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder
Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a white gold with strong, yellow-gold shimmer. LORAC Star Reader (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). J. Cat Beauty White Goddess (-, $9.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Helia (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Pearl Flashes Gold (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Huda Beauty Santorini (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Holographic Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Vanilla Quartz (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Coloured Raine No Flash Needed (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Extra (LE, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Sun Ceremony (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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 stronger, more dramatic golden sheen compared to some versions of this shade (probably the most well-known is NARS’ Albatross) that pulls yellower on me rather than white, which should make it more versatile for a greater number of skin tones. However, the white base is visible and almost appears grayish against my warmer skin tone, which may or may not be something that you’re looking for. The shimmer gives a noticeable sheen and glow to the skin, not quite metallic or frosted, but it is a medium-level highlighter overall. The texture was blendable but felt a little soft, powdery, and a smidgen dry in the pan, but I didn’t find it looked that way on the skin. On me, the highlighter lasted just over six and a half hours.

B

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Clinique Golden Glow Uplighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Golden Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder
Clinique Golden Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Golden Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder ($27.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a sparkling, gold shimmer-sheen finish. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Dayglow (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (Sahara) (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Miss Liberty (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Peaceful (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder is supposed to be a “sheer illuminating powder” that gives skin a “candle-lit, radiant glow” that can be used alone, as a finishing powder, or as a highlighter. While Nude Glow was subtle and sheer, this shade was not; it had semi-opaque coverage, which was buildable to full coverage with two layers, and it was noticeably shimmery on the skin–I can’t really imagine most wanting to use this as an all-over powder. If you’re looking for a soft, warming highlighter (or highlighting bronzer, perhaps) and like some sparkle, this might work on fair to medium-dark skin tones. The texture was soft enough that it was blendable on the skin, and it didn’t emphasize pores, but it is a little drier overall where some of the sparkle separates from the color itself. On my normal-to-dry skin, the color lasted just over eight hours before fading.

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Makeup Geek Desire Blush

Makeup Geek Desire Blush
Makeup Geek Desire Blush

Makeup Geek Desire Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, reddish plum with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Bite Beauty Biscotti (P, $24.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Anastasia Blackberry (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Infrared (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S502 (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Restores Dazzle (LE, $21.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). NARS Debbie Harry Blush (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is 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). It had good pigmentation that was mostly opaque to begin with, but it would be fully opaque in a layer and a half. The consistency was soft, smooth, and silky to the touch, which was fantastic to find, as it helped make this shade blendable on the skin. Despite the intensity and richness of the shade, it was easy to work with and diffuse on the skin. If you are fairer, you may want to use a feathery brush and very light hand, but it is forgiving enough that it can be sheered out if over-applied. When wore at less-than-opaque coverage, it tended to look pinker rather than red/plum. This shade lasted for nine hours on me before fading.

Desire
Desire
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a very pale yellow with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Smashbox Turn It On Pearl (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). J. Cat Beauty White Goddess (-, $9.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Pearl Flashes Gold (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Holographic Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Star Reader (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Burst (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Milani Summer Glow (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Hourglass Pure Strobe Light (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% 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.” I think it can be really lovely on the skin and yield a beautiful sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It’s not what I’d consider to be subtle glow, but it’s not a brilliant, high-shine highlighter either. The texture was smooth, but it ran a little dry and kicked up excess powder in the pan with ease. Luckily, it did not look dry or powdery on the skin, which is where it counts the most. The highlighter wore well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit

Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit
Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit

Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four sparkling, metallic highlighters in a cardboard palette. It’s new and limited edition, and it is also exclusive to the brand’s website. As you might expect with the Glow Kit, it’s not for someone who only likes a subtle highlighter; it is most suitable for someone who likes bright, bold, sparkling, and/or metallic highlighters. For some skin tones, three of the four shades may also work as luminous blushes. Sassy Grape and Butterscotch have larger sparkle/glittery flecks in them, while Marshmallow and Taffy are smoother and have a finer shimmer overall. All four shades were pretty pigmented, wore for eight to nine hours, and were blendable on the skin, but all four did emphasize the texture of my skin; Marshmallow I could apply without emphasis if I was careful, but the other three still added texture to the skin even when applied sheer.

As a note, two shades–Sassy Grape and Butterscotch–showed part of the powder lifting away from the edges. I dropped my palette a few times onto hardwood from 2-3 feet, and it didn’t seem to get any worse; then I pressed the powder together with my fingers and repeated dropping it, and they didn’t re-separate. However, I have seen almost a dozen photos of people receiving their Sweets kit with shades entirely broken (often Butterscotch, sometimes Sassy Grape or both). From what I have read, nobody has had an issue with Anastasia replacing and resending a palette.

Marshmallow is a bright, white gold with a cooler, whitish base and warmer, pale gold shimmer. It had good color payoff with a smooth, blendable texture that was soft without being too loose in the pan. It worked well with feathery brushes like a fan brush as well as more traditional blush or highlighter brushes. The color wore well for eight hours on me. J. Cat Beauty White Goddess (-, $9.00) is more muted (95% similar). Becca Pearl Flashes Gold (LE, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Santorini (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Vanilla Quartz (LE, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Milk Makeup White (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (DC, $8.00) is darker, more muted, less pigmented (90% similar). Colour Pop Stole the Show (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P, ) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sassy Grape is a medium, pinky-plum with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the texture was metallic and highly reflective on the skin. It did emphasize my skin’s natural texture noticeably when worn all-over the cheeks, and when I tried it as a barely-there highlighter, I still had a little bit of emphasis, but it was not as noticeable. The powder itself was looser in the pan, though soft and blendable. It wore well for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Angel Food (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Cover FX Blossom (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Amethyst Flashes Geode (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Wild Rose (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Blonde (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 10 Peach (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Adoration (Left) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Copacabana (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Botanic Dream (P, $4.99) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $11.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Iced (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Revolution All I Think About is You (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Gold Glow (LE, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunrise Glow (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is warmer (80% similar). Makeup Revolution Loved Me the Best (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Butterscotch is a bright, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. This shade has a very intense, reflective finish on the skin with barely any product as it is very pigmented. It has some noticeable sparkle that sits on the skin, and the more metallic finish paired with the denser, thicker consistency overall did result in emphasis of pores/skin texture for me. I think that it does reflect so much light that the emphasis wasn’t as noticeable as you might expect it to be. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. Anastasia White Sand (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Huda Beauty Seychelles (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Huda Beauty Fiji (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Kiss (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Ciate Starburst (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Highlight) (P, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 13 Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Boujee Call (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Azores (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Bloom (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Like to Watch (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Crique (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Taffy is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich color payoff with a smooth, blendable texture that felt almost cream-like to the touch. Though it wasn’t as sparkly as Butterscotch, it had a high-shine finish that reflected a lot of light and had some mild emphasis of skin texture/pores on my skin. This shade lated for almost nine hours before fading. Looxi Beauty Valley Girl (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Ginger Binge (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Light Year (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess (-, $9.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Highlight #2 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Moscow Mule (P, $34.00) is darker (80% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Marshmallow

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MAC Bright Response Blush

MAC Bright Response Blush
MAC Bright Response Blush

MAC Bright Response Blush ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “vibrant clean orange [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, tangerine orange with warm, yellow undertones paired with a frosted, golden shimmer. Fenty Beauty Chili Mango (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Esoteric (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Flamme (P, $32.00) is darker (85% similar). Becca Tigerlily (P, $34.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Solar Ray (LE, $27.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Taj Mahal (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is one of five new blush shades being added to the permanent range, but worth noting is that they are being added as a Small Powder Blush (the same size as MAC’s eyeshadows). I’m not sure if it will be available in pan-form or not (my guess is yes, since it is permanent) at this time. The formula is the same as their regular Powder Blush range, though, other than the size (and price). The new five are supposed to be pigmented with an even, smooth texture. Bright Response had fantastic color payoff that could easily be worn at true-to-pan intensity, but it had a softer, lightly dense texture that was really easy to work with on the skin, as it blended out beautifully. The texture produced a gorgeous sheen that didn’t emphasize pores and became more and more glowing as I diffused and buffed the powder on my skin. This shade lasted for eight hours on me.

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