Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a mix of darker, more satin to matte shades that range from brown to blue to plum. There were a few eyeshadows that were just average, while there were a few that were exceptionally lovely to work with. The eyeshadows that I had trouble with were workable, even on bare skin, and typically the less pigmented shades were buildable in practice. I was still a little disappointed to see issues in the palette, though, at this price point. The palette can be used to create looks using just the contents, but it does work better when paired with Viseart’s other palettes to bring in more light and mid-tone shades (which is how the palette system is designed to be used).

Dark Matte #1 is a lightly brightened, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was rich, while the texture was silky and extremely easily blended out on the skin. It wore well for nine hours on me. MAC Uninterrupted (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Yes Please (P, ) is cooler. MAC Terre (Right) (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is lighter, more muted. Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Undeniable (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Atmosphere #3 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Infinity #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Givenchy Delicate #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #2 is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a drier, powdery consistency that gave it a more faded appearance. It started to show signs of actual fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Stila Being (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Brown (LE, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Dare (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Aromatic (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unedited (P, ) is darker. Tarte Sweet Tea (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #3 is a muted, medium-dark red-toned brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that ran a little powdery but didn’t look that way applied. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Beautyburst (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #4 (P, ) is cooler. Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Viseart Dark Matte #4 (P, ) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Hot Tamale (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Colour Pop Mittens (P, $5.00) is darker. NARS Dolomites (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Amorous Alloy (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is darker. NARS Naiade (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #4 is a muted, medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque coverage that applied with smooth, even color and blended beautifully on the skin. It showed signs of fading after nine hours of wear. MAC Exposed (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE, ) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is lighter. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is darker. Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery. MAC Amorous Alloy (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #3 (P, ) is cooler. Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is lighter. Zoeva Freshly Toasted (P, ) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #3 (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #5 is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm, red undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture felt a little soft and dry, so it had some powderiness to it, but it wasn’t too difficult to apply or blend on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Deep Damson (P, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Kir Royal (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is darker, cooler. MAC Sketch (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Viseart Dark Matte #6 (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #6 is a muted, medium-dark eggplant purple with subtle, warmer reddish tones and a semi-matte finish. The texture on this shade was a little firmer and drier, which showed in its application (fussy and harder to blend) and color payoff (semi-opaque). It lasted for eight and a half hours, though. bareMinerals Nightcap (P, ) is darker, brighter. MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Hyperviolet (LE, $18.00) is darker. Kat Von D Fur Elise (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Deep Dahlia (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P, ) is cooler. Tarte Plums Up (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Fabulous Three #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Pulsion (112) (P, $29.50) is darker, more muted. Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is darker. Colour Pop Doe-a-Deer (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler. Tarte Boudoir Noir (LE, ) is darker. Hourglass Exposure #2 (P, ) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #7 is a brightened, light-medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly as the texture was silky and blendable. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Vulgar (P, ) is brighter. MAC Rule (P, $16.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora Rajah (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever M726 Sienna (P, $21.00) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is brighter. Ardency Inn Tangerine (P, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Chickadee (P, $5.99) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #8 is a brightened, medium-dark orange with hints of rusty red and a satin finish. It had fantastic pigmentation with a silky, smooth, and blendable texture. The color lasted for nine hours before fading. Kat Von D Cleopatra (P, ) is darker. Buxom It Crowd (P, $12.00) is darker, brighter. Kat Von D Mandala (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Viseart Brique (P, ) is more muted. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Hot Paprika (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #9 is a muted, medium-dark purple with strong blue tones and a mostly matte finish. It had a silky texture that ran a little powdery, so it was prone to sheering out on the skin. On me, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Giorgio Armani #02 (P, $32.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is better quality. MAC Indigo Blend #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #3 (P, $2.29) is lighter. bareMinerals Maven (LE, ) is darker. Laura Mercier Deep Night (P, $23.00) is more muted, cooler. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #2 (LE, $2.29) is lighter. MAC Naval (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Kamchatka (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Graphology (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Indian Ink (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Exotic Purple (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #4 (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Le Cordon Bleu (LE, ) is brighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #10 is a deepened, muted navy blue with a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented with a slightly firmer consistency, but luckily, this just made it apply more intensely while still maintaining its blendability on the skin. It lasted for ten hours and left a slight stain behind, so you might want to use a primer with this one to avoid that. bareMinerals Lagoon (LE, $14.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Heroine (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever S226 Abyssal Blue (P, $21.00) is warmer. Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC Prussian (P, $16.00) is warmer. Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is lighter. Inglot #389 (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #11 is a muted, medium-dark cool-toned green with a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was fairly buildable on the skin, and it blended without too much trouble, but it was on the powdery side. It started to fade after nine hours of wear. Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Green Room (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler. Giorgio Armani Iridescent Jade (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Velvet Emerald (LE, $14.00) is lighter. MAC Bottle Green (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #12 is a slightly muted, medium-dark olive green with warm, khaki undertones and a semi-matte finish (there’s a slight sheen). It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily and wore well for nine hours. Makeup Geek High Tea (P, $5.99) is darker. NARS Shade III (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Marsh (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Clarins Forest #1 (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

L'Oreal Ice Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator
L’Oreal Ice Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator

L’Oreal Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is supposed to be a highlight powder that can be used all-over or on the high planes of the face, and there are three shades. Each shade is divided into four colors, though you’ll end up using at least two together unless you use a very, very small brush. I didn’t feel like it mattered a whole lot whether you mixed evenly or leaned towards one side or the other. The texture of these feels soft and smooth in the pan, but it’s a drier powder where the shimmer separates from the powder to a degree, which makes the shimmer emphasize the skin’s natural texture even more than it already does do to the high shimmer and micro-sparkle amount. It read more like a glittery highlighter on the skin than a luminous sheen. I can’t imagine using this all-over as a highlighter unless you were going for a very over-the-top, disco-ball effect, but I don’t think that’s going to work for most. The wear was eight hours across the board, but the sparkle and shimmer travel all over–I had sparkle on my neck and around my nose, so by the end of the day, all of me was effectively highlighted. On my skin tone, there isn’t a big difference between Ice and Rose; on very fair or cooler-toned skin, you might pick up more of a difference applied. What’s funny about this particular highlighter is I think it looks ten times better in photos than in does in person, so maybe if you aren’t actually going out and just need to take a photo, these might do the trick! I’m very disappointed, because the powder seemed promising just touching the powder itself, and there aren’t nearly enough budget-friendly highlighter options on the market.

L’Oreal Ice Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is a brightened, pink-tinged white with warmer gold shimmer and pink sparkle. It was intensely pigmented and very frosted on the skin with visible specks of sparkle/micro-glitter that emphasized pores and the skin’s natural texture (it made my cheeks look dry and textured). It wore for eight hours, but I had glittery bits all over my face and neck by the end of the day. The powder itself feels really smooth in the compact but can be powdery. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Golden Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is a brightened, orange-based gold with a frosted sheen and lighter gold sparkle. It was intensely pigmented with a very soft feel to the powder’s surface but was quite powdery once you worked with it. Again, the sparkly bits tended to lift from the base color and get everywhere. The powder itself lasted for eight hours, and this was the only one with visible color on my medium skin tone. The sparkly, metallic finish emphasized pores and gave my cheeks a drier look. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is lighter, brighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Rose Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is a light beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen with visible sparkle/micro-glitter. The texture was soft, smooth, and only a little powdery, but as soon as you start to blend it out, the shimmer and sparkle separate from the powder. This shade had the least visible sparkle compared to the other two. It’s actually a product best applied wet or with fingertips, I think. The highlighter emphasized the skin’s texture and made it look worse for the wear as pores looked enormous! On me, the effect lasted for eight hours but the sparkle migrated all over the face. MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00)

BECCA collaborated with YouTube beauty celebrity and makeup artist Jaclyn Hill to create a new limited-edition shade of their number one bestselling luminizer powder. Featuring her dream shade, Champagne Pop—a soft white, gold shade with pinky peach undertones—this creamy luminizer leaves the skin with a soft pearlized glow. It’s infused with light-reflecting pearls that beautifully catch the light, allowing your favorite features to pop. Just apply to targeted areas, or simply sweep it up on the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose for quick, radiant perfection.

  • Champagne Pop Soft white gold with pinky peach undertones

Availability: July 2nd at 9AM PST/Noon EST at Sephora

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Maybelline Vibrant Violet ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Vibrant Violet ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Vibrant Violet ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, purple with strong, pink undertones giving it a warmer undertone overall paired with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency so the color applied evenly. The color lasted for five and a half hours, while the formula was neither drying nor hydrating but fairly comfortable to wear. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is brighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Grind (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Anastasia Vintage (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy. Colour Pop Lychee (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Zipper (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Electric Pink ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium pink with strong, cool blue undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly initially, though I had some color slip into lip lines after four and a half hours of wear. This shade lasted for five and a half hours in total and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Buds (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy. NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted. Clinique Wow Pop (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. Anastasia Party Pink (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter, less glossy. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is warmer, glossier. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is lighter, glossier. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is darker. Maybelline Pink ‘n Chic (P, $7.99) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Pink ‘n Chic ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and a satin finish. It’s definitely not what you’d think of for a matte finish, though it is a lot more comfortable to wear than your average matte as it had more slip. The texture was creamy and lightweight, almost velvety, and lasted for four and a half hours but some color pulled into lip lines over time.
Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier. Kat Von D Armageddon (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mannequin (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted, glossier. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted. Maybelline Electric Pink (P, $7.99) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Blushing Pout ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, light-medium pink with hints of cooler, mauve tones to it, though it had more of a neutral-to-cool undertone paired with a satin finish. It had fairly opaque coverage that applied evenly overall, but there is some translucency so if you have a stronger natural lip color, it may pull differently on you. It was lightweight, comfortable to wear, and lasted for five hours on me. I did notice some color pulled into lip lines after three and a half hours of wear. Maybelline Ravishing Rose (P, $7.99) is darker, less pigmented, warmer. Colour Pop Shimmy (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy. Maybelline Lust for Blush (P, $7.99) is darker, warmer. Bite Beauty #005 (LE, $36.00) is brighter, less glossy, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: It is supposed to “deliver a burst of bold lip color” with a “creamy texture” and a matte finish. In general, the formula has good color payoff with a velvety, creamy consistency that covers evenly and most shades seem to make lips appear smoother but some shades were prone to pulling into lip lines as the color wore away. The big thing about these is that they have a mostly matte finish and are more comfortable to wear than many matte formulas due to the velvety feel (almost like a silicone primer, but not quite as heavy and not clingy). The formula was neither drying nor hydrating on me. It had a sweet, plastic-like scent but no taste.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Sugarpill Heavenly Creatures Collection
Sugarpill Heavenly Creatures Collection

Nail Lacquer ($13.00)

  • Angel Cake Multi-colored glitter in a pastel peach base
  • Catmosphere Multi-colored glitter in a bubblegum aqua blue base
  • Celestia Most glamorous pink and champagne glitter in a color-shifting holographic, metallic gold base
  • Cloud Castle Pastel glitter floating through pink cotton candy clouds
  • Divinity Flashiest gold glitter of varying sizes with a subtle sprinkling of silver holographic glitter
  • Electric Halo Hypnotic blend of holographic silver glitter in varying sizes
  • Meteora Dark alley under a swirl of multi-colored stars
  • Space Junk Kaleidoscope of multi-colored glitter in a Barbie pink base
  • Starcastic Chunky multi-colored glitter in a deep violet base
  • Supermoon Turquoise glitter of varying sizes in a color-shifting, holographic base with violet sheen

Availability: Now at Sugarpill

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Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette
Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette

Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette ($65.00 for 1.06 oz.) includes a brow wax, two brow powders, four face powders, nine eyeshadows, and a double-ended brush. The palette is neutral-to-warm in tone overall, with the contour powder leaning neutral, almost cool in tone. All of the products in the palette had fairly soft, finely-milled textures that were blendable and easy enough to use. The eyeshadows can be a little powdery to work with when applying without a primer for the powder to adhere to, so that would be my bit of advice when working with them: use a primer, though they are workable on bare skin. The more matte highlight shade may look chalky on medium and darker skin tones, and the more shimmery highlight powder has a strong white base and can be stark when not buffed out.

Brow Tech Powders

Taupe is a light-medium taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency, but it may be a little too soft for brows (though works nicely as an eyeshadow). It wore for eight hours. Smashbox Soft Brown (P, ) is darker. Viseart Café (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is lighter. Divergent Radiant Initiation (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Soft Brown is a medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had very nice pigmentation with a smooth, silky texture that blended well on the skin. This one wasn’t too soft or too firm. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is lighter. Smashbox Taupe (P, ) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Viseart Café (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Viseart Tabac (P, ) is darker, cooler. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Taupe of the World (LE, ) is more shimmery. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler. Anastasia Warm Taupe (P, $12.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is cooler. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Contour & Highlight Powders

Contour is a medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque and more blendable in practice than it seemed swatched. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Kat Von D Sombre (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is warmer. LORAC Light Contour (P, ) is more shimmery. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is cooler. MAC Taupe (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a medium brown with soft, warmer yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with smooth texture that was slightly firmer in the pan, and I found it a little more difficult to blend out than most of the powders in this palette. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is warmer. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $65.00) is darker. Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter. Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is lighter. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer. Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Highlight is a light yellow with a semi-matte finish–a very subtle sheen that gets lost on my normal-to-dry skin but may be more apparent on those with normal-to-oily skin types. The texture of this one is silky and smooth but excessively powdery to work with, so a little goes a long way and it is better to build up the color slowly. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. LORAC Yellow Highlight (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Lyric (P, ) is darker, brighter. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Glow is a muted, buttery gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, but it was soft enough to be a little powdery and I felt like the shimmer came away from the powder (the two weren’t binding well), so more shimmer is pronounced on the skin compared to the underlying color–which is better for medium and darker skin tones. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores for me, and the highlighter lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Photo Op Eyeshadows

Vanilla is a light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, lightly powdery texture that lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is warmer. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #1 (LE, ) is cooler. Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $18.00) is lighter, brighter. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is warmer. Dior Sundeck #1 (LE, ) is cooler. Too Faced Heaven (P, $16.00) is cooler. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Zoeva Bitter Start (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Rock Candy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P, ) is brighter, warmer. Tarte Compassionate (LE, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Totally Nude is a muted, medium pink with a hint of beige and warm undertones paired with a matte finish. The texture was slightly powdery but very silky in feel, while it had good pigmentation that adhered fairly well to the skin. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) (P, $23.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Cashmere (P, $23.00) is darker. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is darker. Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Laced (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler. Inglot #359 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne is a brightened pop of gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s a light-medium, orange-leaning gold with a frosted, metallic sheen. The texture was soft, silky, and a smidgen powdery to work with on bare skin, as it sheered out a little, but it blended well. The color wore for eight hours before fading. Dior Contraste Horizon #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tarte Golden Locket (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is darker. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is darker. Stila Vitality (P, ) is darker. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE, ) is darker. bareMinerals Surreal (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stripped is a soft, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage with a silky, smooth texture that applied well to the skin. It faded after seven and a half hours, but it was easy to work with. bareMinerals Tres Chic (P, ) is lighter. bareMinerals Nirvana (P, ) is more shimmery. Buxom Famous Flirt (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #5 (P, ) is lighter, more muted. Kat Von D Ludwin (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Geek (LE, ) is darker. bareMinerals Shhh… (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Posh is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It’s a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had a soft, smooth consistency that applied well to bare skin and wore for eight hours. MAC After Dusk (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Scratch (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Maybelline Inked in Pink (P, $6.99) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) is cooler. bareMinerals Page Six (P, ) is lighter. Inglot #399 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Abstraction (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Platinum is a light-medium, golden pewter with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with on the lid. On me, the color wore for eight hours before fading. Viseart Jeu de Paume (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Anastasia Beigely (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Colour Pop I Heart This (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Delaney (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Telepathy (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sumatra is a dark brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that took a little extra effort to blend but lasted for eight hours. MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is warmer. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is lighter. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is darker, warmer. MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is warmer. Hourglass Obscura #2 (P, ) is lighter. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Aubergine is a blackened plum-purple with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This was the hardest shade to work with, as it was a little stiffer and had trouble adhering as well to bare skin as some of the other shades. It lasted for eight hours before fading, though. MAC Black Plum (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Bombshell (LE, ) is brighter. Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE, ) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is warmer. theBalm #27 (P, $6.50) is lighter, more muted. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Spellcaster (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Matt Batali (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Ensemble (LE, ) is more muted. MAC Shadowy Lady (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blackout is a deep black with neutral undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for eight hours. Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Guerlain Crazy Paris #6 (LE, ) is cooler. Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #3 (LE, $2.29) is cooler. Urban Decay Crave (P, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Blackout (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Righteous (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Shax (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is . Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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