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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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Clinique Nude Glow Uplighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Nude Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder
Clinique Nude Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Nude Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder ($27.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. NARS Give In Take Blush II (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC She's a Rainbow (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P, ) is more shimmery (90% 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. It had sheer, buildable coverage that could get up to semi-opaque (three layers) with a very soft, smooth, and blendable texture that felt almost cream-like to the touch. There are three shades available, and this is the lightest of the three (they get progressively darker). On my light-medium complexion, it gives just a hint of warmth that evens out the natural redness in my cheeks and gives a low-key sheen–enough that my skin looks awake and brightened but not metallic or shiny. I think fans of subtler highlighters will like this finish, whereas if you tend to gravitate towards more frosted and metallic highlighters, you’ll find this too subtle. This shade lasted for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

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Anastasia Moonchild Glow Kit

Anastasia Moonchild Glow Kit
Anastasia Moonchild Glow Kit

Anastasia Moonchild Glow Kit ($40.00 for 0.90 oz.) includes six, shimmering, sparkling highlighters. Three of the shades have a slight duochrome (very subtle–I think it works on cheeks, but it’s hard to capture in a still photo), while the other three are more consistent in color all the way through. I think it’s a really intriguing, versatile palette for those who like to experiment with color and layering with various blushes and bronzers. Anastasia does indicate this palette can be used on eyes as well (the other Glow Kits mention face and body but not eyes), so that may be an alternative use for some. The biggest issue I had with the palette was that some shades were a little drier/looser in the pan, and of course, these are sparkly and metallic, so they can emphasize pores, depending on how much you apply.

As a note, it does contain slightly less product than the 4-pan Glow Kits (which have 1.04 oz. of product) but is not significantly less (the upside is you get more shades, and if you rarely pan your products, it’s a better value to have the additional shades).

Blue Ice is an icy white base with blue sparkle and shimmer. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that was sparkling and lightly metallic on the skin. The texture is a smidgen loose in the pan, but it didn’t create a mess in the pan and did not look dry or sheer out too easily on the skin. It can emphasize pores if worn at semi-opaque or greater coverage, but when I used it as a highlight over another blush, it didn’t emphasize my skin’s texture. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Milk Makeup Icy Blue (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 6 Frozen Turquoise (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sugarpill Ice Angel (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Saphyre (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Twilight Tint (P, $7.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Skywalk (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (95% similar). NYX Frostbite (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Diamond Dust (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #1 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Roadstripe (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Blue Rhythm (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Halo (P, $42.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Cosmic (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin' (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Moon Phase (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Diamond Dust (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Amethyst (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Orion (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Honeymoon (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Prismatic Amethyst (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Star is a light silver with subtle, cool undertones paired with a metallic sheen. The amount of shine and reflectiveness in this shade is insane–it is very, very metallic and looks brighter on as it catches the light than viewed straight-on. The texture was soft and blendable, but it was also a little dry. It did emphasize my pores/skin texture noticeably. Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #1 (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 1 Frozen Silver (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Flowers 3 #1 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Blue Moon (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Purple Horseshoe is a bright, light pinky-lavender with iridescent purple and pink shimmer. This shade had a drier, looser texture–almost gritty with the way the larger sparkles separated from the powder–that applied better to the skin than it looks as a heavier swatch. The highlighter blended out well, but even at sheerer coverage, it did emphasize pores and my skin’s natural texture (which is something that isn’t always a deal-breaker, but it is worth noting). Colour Pop Trickles (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blacklight (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Twilight (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Hemisphere (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Tonic (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Over the Moon (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luna (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $31.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Spectra (P, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Violator (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pink Heart is a dirty, light beige with hints of green in its base that shifts from light pink to cooler violet. This was the least metallic in the palette, though it had more noticeable sparkly bits that sat on the skin. The texture was smooth, soft, and blendable without a hint of dryness. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. Coloured Raine Luxurious Bling (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NYX Snow Rose (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Laura Geller Diamond Dust (LE, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Milk Makeup Mars (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Diamond Dust (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Milk Makeup Icy Blue (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Trafalgar #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 3 Frozen Orange (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Honeymoon (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Believe (LE, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Prismatic Amethyst (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Iridescent (112) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Blush (Self-Made) (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Rockstar (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Zoeva Sheers & Voiles (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Psychedelic (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Eclipse (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Vex (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Prism (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lucky Clover is a very light, warm white that flits between yellowy gold and greenish gold with a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft, blendable texture (just a touch dry). It only emphasized pores if I wore it at near opaque coverage. The color started to break down after eight and a half hours of wear. Looxi Beauty Voodoo (P, $7.50) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Voltage (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Posh (P, $7.50) is darker (90% similar). Dior Dulcinee #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Flame (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Limelight (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (DC, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Zestful (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Buxom Room Service (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Left) (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blue Moon is an icy, bluish-silver with strong, cool undertones and a metallic sheen. There’s enough shimmer and pigmentation in this shade that it doesn’t look chalky or ashy against my skin tone, despite seeming to be white-based. The texture was very soft and a little went a long way, so I’d highly recommend using a light hand when applying this one and building up. It blended out fairly easily and lasted for eight hours on me. Viseart Blue Diamond (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Blue Rhythm (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Dark Energy #3 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Star (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Flowers 2 #1 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 1 Frozen Silver (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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B+

Blue Ice

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Star

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Purple Horseshoe

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Pink Heart

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Lucky Clover

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Blue Moon

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MAC Bright Pink Blush

MAC Bright Pink Blush
MAC Bright Pink Blush

MAC Bright Pink Blush ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “intense fuchsia pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. Colour Pop Pie (DC, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B216 (P, $23.00) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora I'm Shocked (09) (P, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Heavenly (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Viseart Rose #3 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Saucy Miss (P, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Homie (DC, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC This Could Be Fun (LE, $23.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Starscape (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Savage (P, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Unashamed (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora I'm Quite Tipsy (08) (P, $14.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Coin Purse (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (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 Pink was richly pigmented and needed very little product to show up as a pop of color on my medium complexion. The powder had a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t dusty or too dense, so it sat well on the skin and was manageable when it came to blending. It wasn’t as forgiving as some of the other mattes that MAC has in their blush range, but it wasn’t frustrating to diffuse and tamp down if over-applied. This shade wore well for just over nine hours on me.

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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Makeup Geek Covet Blush

Makeup Geek Covet Blush
Makeup Geek Covet Blush

Makeup Geek Covet Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark, coral-red with warm undertones and a barely-there golden sheen. MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (P, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Rose (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Brioche (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cerise (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, glossier (90% similar). NARS Out There (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S404 (P, $23.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Velvet (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Surreal Halo (LE, $35.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Tarte Dazzled (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Flush'd (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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 was one of the more “shimmery” shades in the new range, which has more of a satin-level of shimmer/sheen. It was nicely pigmented and yielded opaque results, if desired, but it was still soft and silky enough to easily diffuse and blend out if you wanted sheerer coverage. The finish was natural–it looked like skin–but not overtly shimmery. When I tested this blush, it wore well for eight and a half hours before visibly fading.

Covet
Covet
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder
MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “pastel soft pink with sparkles.” It’s a very light pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a satiny sheen. Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is less pigmented (95% similar). Benefit 10 (Highlighter) (DC, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Dose of Colors Pearl Dust (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Scrumptious (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry No. 03 Pink Pearl (P, $68.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever H100 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Pandora (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beauty Powders “can be applied as a highlight, soft blush, or overall finish,” according to MAC. The way you might use a particular shade of Beauty Powder very often depends on what your skin tone is. This particular shade is very, very light, so it will work as a highlighter on most complexions and on very fair skin tones as a barely-there highlighting blush. The texture was firmer without being stiff or chalky, while the powder was smooth, blendable, and easy to apply to the skin. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that gave a subtle glow to the skin without emphasizing pores. It wore well for eight hours on me.

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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