ColourPop Double Play Pressed Powder Face Duo ($16.00 for 0.52 oz.) features two large face powders–a blush and highlighter–housed in a cardboard palette with an interior mirror. The blush formula is supposed to have “long-wear” with a “soft” and “silky” feel that “can be layered for your desired intensity.” The highlighter formula is supposed to have “high-shine” with a “buttery-soft” feel that has “high colour intensity.” If you prefer your blushes buildable, then you might like the blush in this palette, but if you want true-to-pan color and coverage in one layer, I’d skip the duo. The highlighter had a more metallic finish with some sparkle but a lighter touch can get more subdued results.
In general, ColourPop’s powder blush formula is thinner and can feel a little dusty or powdery, depending on the shade, and has sheerer, more buildable coverage, while the powder highlighter formula is much denser, almost to the point where a dense brush is required to pick up a modicum of product. The upside is the denser quality of the highlighter makes it harder to overdo it from the get-go, so the highlighter has a more buildable glow. I wish their blushes had more of the substance that their matte eyeshadows have, which would give them better adherence and overall coverage.
LELimited Edition. $16.00.
Getting Handsy is a medium brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had medium, buildable pigmentation (up to semi-opaque coverage) paired with a thin, dusty texture. It was fairly blendable on the skin, but due to the thinner consistency, I would suggest powdering over any cream/liquid bases to ensure even application. This shade lasted for eight hours on me before fading.
- By Terry Tropical Sunset #6 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).
- Colour Pop Tulip to Quit (P, $7.00) is warmer (95% similar).
- MAC I'm Not Blushing (Bottom) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).
- Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Bronzer) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
- By Terry Savannah Love #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).
- Colour Pop Weirdough (P, $7.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
- Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
- MAC Scone (LE, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar).
- Milani Bronze Burst #2 (PiP, ) is cooler (85% similar).
$7.00/0.21 oz. - $33.33 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to go on "smoothly" and have a "natural and healthy flush" that has "long wear" and "can be layered to your desired intensity." It is a lightly to moderately powdery powder blush with semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable color payoff. The consistency has a drier, thinner feel and though it feels silky to the touch, I found it the type of powder blush can be tricky to blend out evenly on the skin, depending on one's skin type or base preferences. The drier the skin/base, the better the formula would blend, but any natural oils or slip caused the blush to go on unevenly and was difficult to blend out. The wear was between seven and eight hours on me on average.
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TALC, BORON NITRIDE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, POLYETHYLENE, ZINC STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, PTFE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, OCTOCRYLENE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), MICA (CI 77019), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).
LELimited Edition. $7.00.
Padded Down is a light-medium, golden copper with warm, brown undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. The key to applying this is to use a denser brush, not the typical highlighter, as the formula is quite dense–almost cream-like–and similar to other dimethicone-heavy powder formulas. It actually felt a lot like the brand’s metallic, powder eyeshadows, for reference. The powder felt smooth across the surface, and it blended out beautifully on the skin with little work. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, and the finish was fairly metallic. It layered well with the blush in the duo, and the blush could also be layered over the highlighter to reduce some of the shine, if preferred. On me, the highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours.
- Dose of Colors Sol Mate (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
- Anastasia Sunset Aura (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar).
- MAC Dima's Glow (LE, $37.00) is darker (90% similar).
- Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Huda Beauty Tahiti (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Flesh Beauty Twitch (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar).
- YSL Bronze Gold (P, $42.00) is darker (90% similar).
- Colour Pop Morning After (PiP, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
- MAC Baby It's Gold Outside (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
- Glossier Play Deep Copper (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
$8.00/0.23 oz. - $34.78 Per Ounce
The powder highlighter is supposed to have a "high-shine" finish with "high colour intensity." In general, ColourPop's pressed highlighter powders have a smooth, moderately dense texture that was soft enough to be picked up easily by a brush but not kick up any powder in the pan. The formula was semi-opaque to opaque but easily sheered out for less shine and coverage if desired. There were a few shades within the range that emphasized my skin's natural texture slightly but most did not. The wear ranged from seven and a half hours to nine hours.
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DIMETHICONE, ZINC STEARATE, PTFE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, BORON NITRIDE, SILICA, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, PHENOXYETHANOL, DIMETHICONOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).