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5 Shades of Rose Quartz

Not one but two shades were selected as “Color of the Year” by Pantone for 2016. Their decision of choosing two hues, a pastel blue and pink, commonly associated as gender-specific colors, was explained as, “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.” That’s what I like to hear! Here are five existing shades that line-up with the concept of Rose Quartz, which is a “warmer embracing rose tone.”

  1. Buxom Feather Boa — A Warm Pink with a Matte finish.
  2. NYX French Kiss — A Warm Pink with a Natural finish.
  3. Estee Lauder Desirable — A Warm Pink with a Natural finish.
  4. Zoya Rue — A Neutral Pink with a Cream finish.
  5. Inglot #356 — A Warm Pink with a Matte finish.

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BUXOM Pink Coquette, Ultraviolet, Voodoo Spice Bold Gel Lipsticks

BUXOM Pink Coquette Bold Gel Lipstick
BUXOM Pink Coquette Bold Gel Lipstick

BUXOM Pink Coquette Bold Gel Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 o z.) is described as a “satin bright warm pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a creamy, emollient texture that had a moderate amount of slip. The formula was moisturizing and comfortable to wear, but it only lasted for four hours with minor settling into lip lines. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is glossier (95% similar). Estee Lauder Impulsive (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Native (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Morning After (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Native (DC, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek BFF (P, $12.00) is cooler (85% similar). YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Ultraviolet Bold Gel Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 o z.) is described as a “matte bright violet.” It’s a bright, medium-dark magenta purple with cool undertones and a flat, matte finish. This was the most matte shade that I tried from the six I bought. It had good pigmentation with a velvety-smooth texture that didn’t drag or tug on the lips, but it does cling slightly. On me, the color wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay Bittersweet (DC, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay ZZ (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Party Girl (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D K-Dub (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Stylist's Tip (LE, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Up the Amp (P, $17.00) is lighter, more muted, glossier (85% similar). Sephora African Violet (LE, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 (LE, $17.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Heroine (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Have Your Cake (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Privacy Please (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Silvia (P, $32.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). Kat Von D Susperia (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Unicorn (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Madison (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Voodoo Spice Bold Gel Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 o z.) is described as a “matte deep blue red.” It’s a deep, burgundy red with subtle, cooler pink tones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage (almost opaque but not quite!) that applied evenly and smoothly without tugging on the lips. On me, it wore for a solid six hours and was very slightly hydrating. MAC Such Flare (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blow (210) (P, $30.00) is glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #48 (P, $19.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Bite Beauty Scarlet (LE, $24.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Blood (DC, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Raging Raisin (P, $7.49) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Just a Bite (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Maybelline Smoking Red (P, $7.49) is darker (85% similar). Bite Beauty Mistletoe (LE, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Dreaming of You (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (DC, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Homegirl (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Chateau (P, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | BUXOM Bold Gel Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 o z.) is supposed to be a “lightweight” lipstick with “one-stroke color” available in matte and satin finishes that is “moisturizing.” The formula is semi-opaque to opaque with a lightly creamy to velvety consistency–the satins tend to be noticeably softer and creamier, while the mattes are more velvety and denser–with four to six hour wear time. Some shades are hydrating, while others are simply not drying.

Buxom Bold Gel Lipstick Pink Coquette
B+

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Buxom Bold Gel Lipstick Ultraviolet
A

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Buxom Bold Gel Lipstick Voodoo Spice
A-

Permanent

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

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BUXOM Coral Confession, Evocative Petal, Graphic Grape Bold Gel Lipsticks

BUXOM Coral Confession Bold Gel Lipstick
BUXOM Coral Confession Bold Gel Lipstick

BUXOM Coral Confession Bold Gel Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 o z.) is described as a “satin coral pink.” It’s a light-medium coral with warm undertones and a hint of pink and very fine micro-shimmer. It has a little more shine to it than a true satin finish (to me), but it wears down to satin within an hour or so. This shade had good pigmentation with a lightweight consistency that turns creamy as it heats up against the lips (from the bullet). I did have trouble with the color pulling into lip lines somewhat after two and a half hours of wear, but the creaminess of the formula made it so I could press and rub my lips together to even it back out again. It wore well for four and a half hours in total and was lightly hydrating. MAC Razzledazzler (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Modern Wow! (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bare Peach (23) (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Express Yourself (LE, $20.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Naked Coral (21) (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Snitch (P, $17.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Guerlain Fancy Kiss (LE, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Eccentric (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Breaking Free (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Centifolia (LE, $28.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Magic (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Style Surge (P, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Laura Mercier Pink Grapefruit (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Chella (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Nude Beach (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Kitty (P, $20.00) is lighter (80% similar). NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Understudy (114) (DC, $30.00) is warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Evocative Petal Bold Gel Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 o z.) is described as a “matte deep rose.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark reddish-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation (you can see my lip freckle peeking out just barely!). The consistency was velvety and smooth and did not tug on the lips when applied from the tube. It wore well for six hours and left behind a stain. It was neither drying nor hydrating for me, but it was pretty comfortable to wear for a matte. NARS Pop Life (P, $27.00) is brighter (90% similar). Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Rozz (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Graphic Grape Bold Gel Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 o z.) is described as a “satin deep purple.” It’s a medium-dark, berry purple with cooler undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It had a lot of slip to it, which gave it that glossy look (by no means a satin!), and there was more translucency with this shade compared to the others–it was only semi-opaque. The color lasted for four and a half hours on me, but it did feather along the upper lip line for me, and it tended to slide around a bit, so I felt like you had to take more care that it didn’t slide right off. The formula was hydrating, though! Urban Decay Venom (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Bee (LE, $55.00) is more muted (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Brocade (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Rebel (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Venom (DC, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy (85% similar). YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (DC, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Plum Bright (LE, $17.00) is more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | BUXOM Bold Gel Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 o z.) is supposed to be a “lightweight” lipstick with “one-stroke color” available in matte and satin finishes that is “moisturizing.” The formula is semi-opaque to opaque with a lightly creamy to velvety consistency–the satins tend to be noticeably softer and creamier, while the mattes are more velvety and denser–with four to six hour wear time. Some shades are hydrating, while others are simply not drying.

Buxom Bold Gel Lipstick Coral Confession
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Buxom Bold Gel Lipstick Evocative Petal
A

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Buxom Bold Gel Lipstick Graphic Grape
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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5 Faves: Emerald Eyeshadows

Long-time readers will know that emerald-hued eyeshadow is a favorite of mine, but it is hard to find high-performing ones, and the last couple of years have brought us some really great shades, like:

  1. BUXOM Pre-nup — a brightened, medium emerald green
  2. Kat Von D Iggy — a bright, true emerald green
  3. Make Up For Ever ME304 — a medium-dark emerald green
  4. Sugarpill Midori — a warmer emerald green
  5. Giorgio Armani Emeraude — a blackened emerald green

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BUXOM Eyeshadows x 9

BUXOM Eyeshadows
BUXOM Eyeshadows

BUXOM Room Service Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “iridescent mint.” It’s a brightened, light-medium aqua green with a warm, golden sheen that gives it a more metallic finish overall. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that ran a smidgen dry in the pan but didn’t appear that way on the lid. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear on me. Lancome Fashion Forward (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Promesse #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Dulcinee #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #5 (LE) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Flame (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #5 (LE) is more muted (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #4 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Zestful (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Lucky Clover (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #53 (LE, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Jealous Girl (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Makeup Geek Abracadabra (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). theBalm #36 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Tarvos (P, $29.00) is darker (80% similar). City Color Hint of Mint (P, $6.99) is darker (80% similar). City Color Tide Pool (P, $6.99) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM No Faux Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “iridescent snakeskin.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark reddish brown with green-teal shimmer, so it has a multi-faceted appearance and flashes cooler, greener and then warmer and redder. I felt like the duochrome effect was particularly noticeable with this one, even on the lid, without having to contort yourself into weird positions. The texture was really dense and “thick,” even though it is a powder, and it applied well on the skin with smooth, even color that was easily blended out. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. Urban Decay Lounge (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Ardency Inn Peacock (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC I've Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D On the Road (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Insomnia (LE, $9.99) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Black Pearl (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Girly (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Castor Gray (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Natasha Denona Orion (105DC) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC When in Rio (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Malacca (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Midnight Luminance (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #21 (P) is warmer (80% similar). Natasha Denona Calypso Blue (05M) (P, $29.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Cool Caviar Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering gunmetal.” It’s a dark, charcoal gray with a subtle, cool undertone and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, fairly blendable and easy to use texture–but it was just a smidgen dry–that lasted for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Smoky #3 (P) is lighter (95% similar). CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Surf's Up (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Nuit (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Uninhibited #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Obsidian (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Burberry Nickel (304) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Tin Man (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Quick Silver (09M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #4 (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Dior Blue Garden #5 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Granite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Diamond Darling Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering frost.” It’s a brightened, light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a dense, buttery consistency that adhered really well to bare skin. The color blended out without issue, and it wore for eight hours before it started to fade. LORAC Dream Girl #9 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Blanc Scintillant (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Vanilla (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Yves (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Rainbow (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Gluten Free (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Skulls (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Jardin #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #1 (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Coloured Raine Clutch Pearls (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Spoiled Sexy Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “matte deep mauve.” It’s a muted, medium-dark mauve with warm, brown undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer color coverage, which was likely the result of it being incredibly powdery and prone to sheering out–so little of it stuck to bare skin. This is a shade that absolutely needs some sort of primer to help it adhere to the lid. What little of it I could see on the skin seemed to stay on all right for seven hours. Viseart Cool Matte #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Pink Mauve (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Pink Mauve (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #4 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Dusty Rose (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Ooh La Café! (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Haux (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Eco-chic (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Made to Last (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Almond Truffle (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Misty Mauve (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte For Realism (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Red Earth (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Wild West (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Vintage (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM IT Crowd Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “glimmering cayenne.” It’s a bold, medium-dark orange with warm undertones and a dusting of gold shimmer over a matte finish. It had rich color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that didn’t sheer out too readily, but I noticed it was thinner and didn’t play as well with some of the denser frosts from the range. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Inglot #123R Bottom (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Inglot #123R Middle (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Red Brick (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Sugarpill Flamepoint (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Orange (DC, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Mandala (LE) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #8 (P) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Elixir (LE, $5.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Farasha (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Persia (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #8 (P) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Well-Behaved (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Criss Cross (P, $5.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Disney by Sephora Rajah (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Party Girl Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “fuchsia luster.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but I found it really hard to blend out on the lid, and it had a tendency to stick where it applied and not wanting to diffuse. It lasted for eight hours before I saw fading, but I would use this one over a primer. Urban Decay Noise (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.75) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Totally Fetch (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (95% similar). Urban Decay Cake (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Backlash (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #7 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Cherry Topped (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Hello Mickey! (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced I Love TF (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Party Dress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Infra-violet (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Bubblegum (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $13.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay 1985 (P, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Gossip (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #1 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM VIP Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “sparkling orchid.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a matte finish. It was incredibly powdery and dry, which yielded sheerer, uneven color coverage and made it difficult to blend as it got all over the place. It lasted for six hours before it had faded noticeably. NARS Fashion Rebel #2 (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Fashion Addict (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Nina's Orchid (82V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Anthem (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Inglot #386 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Carnival (P, $6.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Feather Boa Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “matte pastel pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that ran a little powdery but applied well to bare skin and only sheered out slightly when blended. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC The Wrong Man (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #4 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #5 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 18 (LE) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Flock & Roll (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Too-Too (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Fortune (LE) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Sorbet (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Inglot #359 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Say I Do (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | BUXOM Eyeshadow ($12.00 each or $40 for six) is a new formula that is available as a customizable palette system, where you can purchase a single shade and an individual compact for $13 or purchase a six-pan palette, plus six eyeshadows to go inside of it, for $40. Each eyeshadow is held inside a metal pan that is (presumably) glued into a plastic pan that snaps into the compact/palette. The eyeshadows are easily lifted in and out of the palette, so you can rearrange them or create a new combination if you have more than one set of six. They will fit into a Z-palette, but you’ll need to add a magnet to keep it in place. The eyeshadow formula is one that works better in action than swatched, as several of the mattes seemed on the thinner, more powdery side, but then they would blend exceptionally well while adhering to bare skin–and they wouldn’t fade any faster than the more shimmery eyeshadows. The more shimmery shades tended to outperform the matte shades with better color payoff. These eyeshadows seem to have a slightly firmer press to them (more in the style of your average MAC eyeshadow), and they feel quite different compared to bareMinerals’ Ready line, as those have a thicker, denser consistency.

Buxom Eyeshadow Room Service
B+

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Buxom Eyeshadow No Faux
No Faux
No Faux
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Buxom Eyeshadow Cool Caviar
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Buxom Eyeshadow Diamond Darling
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Buxom Eyeshadow Spoiled Sexy
Spoiled Sexy
Spoiled Sexy
F

Permanent

4
Product
4
Pigmentation
5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
53%
Total
Buxom Eyeshadow It Crowd
It Crowd
It Crowd
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Buxom Eyeshadow Party Girl
B-

Permanent

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total
Buxom Eyeshadow VIP
VIP
VIP
F

Permanent

4
Product
4.5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3
Application
51%
Total
Buxom Eyeshadow Feather Boa
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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