Milani Desire & Romance Amore Matte Lip Cremes

Milani Desire Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a smooth, matte finish. It was intensely pigmented and applied with even coverage, though the more liquid-y consistency does make it a little harder to maneuver around the edges. As always, I recommend trying to remove excess product from the applicator or using a lip brush to make it easier to apply. It wore well for eight hours with minimal fading and was a little drying after seven hours. Colour Pop Succulent (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is glossier (95% similar). Hourglass Raven (P, $28.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Maneater (P, $24.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Tijuana (P, $21.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Milani Desire Amore Matte Lip Creme
Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Desire
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
92%
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5 Faves: Autumn-Inspired Eyeshadows (Warm-Toned Edition)

One of my favorite color combinations is a very “fall” eye with coppers and rich browns, and I love to add purple or burgundy to that mix for darkening and keeping the look from looking too warm-toned. Here are my favorites:

  1. ARDENCY INN Rose Gold — a pinky-copper
  2. MAC Amber Lights — copper
  3. Make Up For Ever I824 — a rosy pink
  4. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear — a warm, medium-dark brown
  5. Make Up For Ever ME828 — deepened burgundy

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MAC Fleur Power Blush

MAC Fleur Power Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “soft bright pinkish-coral [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Hipness (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Fleur Power Blush
MAC Powder Blush Fleur Power
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
82%

MAC She-Rebel, How Chic is This, Modern Drama Vamplify Lipglosses

MAC She-Rebel Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark blue-purple.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple with bluish shimmer. It looks a lot bluer swatched, but the semi-opaque coverage means the natural color of the lips comes through noticeably–and I think that’s why it appears less blue and more purple on lips. Initially, I expected it to be closer to OCC Technopagan, but it really isn’t. I wish it was more opaque, because application is troublesome as the color goes on unevenly and looks patchy. It lasted for four hours and was somewhat moisturizing while worn. NYX Betrayal (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Estee Lauder Shameless Violet (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less glossy (85% similar). NYX Immortal (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Be-dazzled (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Giorgio Armani #604 (P, $29.00) is lighter, less pigmented (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC She-Rebel Vamplify Lipgloss
MAC Vamplify Lipgloss She-Rebel
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
78%
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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. Chanel Promesse #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Fashion Forward (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Dior Dulcinee #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Zestful (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #5 (LE) is more muted (90% similar). theBalm #36 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #53 (LE, $23.00) is darker (85% 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, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC I've Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Ardency Inn Peacock (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Malacca (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D On the Road (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Castor Gray (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Girly (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC When in Rio (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% 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). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Uninhibited #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Obsidian (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Burberry Nickel (304) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Surf's Up (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome Nuit (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Stila Black Diamond (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). 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) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Vanilla (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Jardin #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Yves (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (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. LORAC Pink Mauve (P) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Pink Mauve (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Haux (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #4 (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Dusty Rose (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Eco-chic (LE) 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). 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. Sugarpill Flamepoint (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Inglot #123R Bottom (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Red Brick (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Inglot #123R Middle (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Farasha (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Mandala (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Orange (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Persia (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #8 (P) is lighter, more muted (85% 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, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Backlash (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (95% similar). Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Infra-violet (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $13.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $18.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Bubblegum (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay 1985 (LE, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). Sugarpill Decora (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #1 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). 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, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #386 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% 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). Too Faced Too-Too (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Fortune (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Inglot #359 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (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+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
Buxom Eyeshadow No Faux
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%
Buxom Eyeshadow Cool Caviar
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
Buxom Eyeshadow Diamond Darling
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%
Buxom Eyeshadow Spoiled Sexy
F
Product
4
Pigmentation
4
Texture
5
Longevity
7.5
Application
3.5
Total
53%
Buxom Eyeshadow It Crowd
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
Buxom Eyeshadow Party Girl
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
81%
Buxom Eyeshadow VIP
F
Product
4
Pigmentation
4.5
Texture
5
Longevity
6.5
Application
3
Total
51%
Buxom Eyeshadow Feather Boa
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
86%

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NYX Pastel Chic & Baby Doll HD Blushes

NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a very pale pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It is almost like a washed-out lavender. There is a strong white base, so on my skin tone, it looks chalky, and obviously I’m unable to show it to its best appearance as a result, even though it had semi-opaque coverage. (It is going to be ideal for someone who is fairer and finds most blushes too dark for their preferences.) The texture is very, very powdery, despite having an incredibly silky consistency to the touch but remains easy to blend out on the skin and looks even applied. On me, it wore for seven hours before fading. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Full of Joy (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush
NYX HD Blush Pastel Chic
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
78%
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