MAC Sketch Blush

MAC Sketch Blush

MAC Sketch Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “rich plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Film Noir (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Sketch is one of the hardest blushes to blend out that I’ve ever encountered: it does not want to diffuse, even out, or otherwise look half-decent on the skin. Perhaps it is due to the incredibly dry, powdery consistency that drags across the skin’s surface and has that patchy, uneven coverage even as a swatch that results in an absolutely disastrous application. It seems quite pigmented, but it just doesn’t seem to go on well–even when I tried it over primer and with various brushes, I really couldn’t get decent results at all. The mess that I did make, however, seemed to wear for eight hours, so there’s that.

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MAC Powder Blush Sketch
F
Product
4
Pigmentation
9
Texture
2
Longevity
8.5
Application
1.5
Total
56%

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Sneak Peek: Too Faced Stardust Eyeshadow Palette Photos & Swatches

Too Faced Stardust Eyeshadow Palette
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Too Faced Stardust Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.48 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette exclusively available at ULTA in collaboration with @vegas_nay. It contains twelve eyeshadows, and it is a predominantly warm-toned palette with shades that range from mostly matte white to terracotta brown to glittery gold. It also includes a travel-sized mascara, primer, and glitter pigment. Full review to come, but hope you enjoy this sneak peek!

Kat Von D Doce Metal Crush Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Doce Metal Crush Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Doce Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic copper.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper with warm, red-orange undertones and a frosted finish. MAC Double Feature #8 #1 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Star Myth (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Brash (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Fireball (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Flame Thrower (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau #121 (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). YSL Steamy Coral (05) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Goddess (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Carnelian Opal (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Copper Sparkle (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Innocence (DC, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Melonie (P) is lighter (85% similar). Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Fyrinnae Fireside Interlude (P, $6.80) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

At last, the final shade in the Metal Crush Eyeshadow range has been released! It’s a really stunning range, and certainly one of the better eyeshadow formulas to-date. I was impressed by the other nine, and Doce is another slam dunk. It was intensely pigmented with a dense, buttery, and creamy consistency that glided across the skin beautifully without losing intensity. The texture adhered well to bare lids and lasted for nine hours on me.

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Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow Doce
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%

Chanel Melody (98) Illusion d’Ombre Velvet Eyeshadow

Chanel Melody (98) Illusion d'Ombre Velvet Eyeshadow

Chanel Melody (98) Illusion d’Ombre Velvet Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, light-medium peach with a hint of pink and a pearly sheen. Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Dream Boat (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Precious (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Third Eye Blinded (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Give Me Fire (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Enjoy (LE) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Stubborn (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Valhalla (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #5 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Empress (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Collection Desert Rose (P, $13.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’m happy to say that this is a better product than Fleur de Pierre! The newest iteration of the Illusion d’Ombre family is supposed to be a matte version, though I’m not sure where shimmer and matte became interchangeable; these have a drier, smoother consistency and much less sparkle/glitter compared to the permanent Illusion d’Ombre line-up, but this shade is nowhere near matte. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was blendable and could be sheered out for more of a wash of color (brightening for fair to medium skin tones) or used as a base. The color lasted for nine hours on me before fading.

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Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Velvet Long Wear Luminous Matte Eyeshadow Melody (98)
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
86%