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City Color Tide Pool, Evergreen, Under the Sea, Sandstorm Shimmer Shadows

City Color Tide Pool Shimmer Shadow
City Color Tide Pool Shimmer Shadow

City Color Tide Pool Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a slightly muted, light-medium green with subtle, warmer undertones but a cooler shimmer finish. It had good color coverage with a blendable, dense, and almost cream-like feel. I felt like this one wasn’t quite as intense or as easy to apply compared to the other shades. It wore well for eight hours on me. Buxom Made of Jade (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #5 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Jade Shore (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Garden Pastels #5 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Tarvos (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sea Green (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Jealous Girl (LE, $22.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #4 (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Room Service (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #5 (LE) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Dior Jardin #1 (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC All Hands on Deck (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Evergreen Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a bright, medium green with warm, golden shimmer and sheen. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the consistency was dense and cream-like (though still a powder). It applied well, diffused easily, and wore for eight hours before creasing. Too Faced Very Merry (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #12 (P) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Darling (P) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #2 (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Clover (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Dior Garden Pastels #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Swimming (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Under the Sea Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a muted, medium blue with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic finish. The consistency was very dense, which made it harder to apply without really smoothing it out as it had a very textured, raised look applied initially. It had intense pigmentation and lasted for eight hours on me. Sugarpill Starling (P, $13.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Haight (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Mysterious Tinamou (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Petroleum Blue (92M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Unhinged (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Timeless Blue Spark (760) (P, $7.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #5 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Ulta Teal (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Sandstorm Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, rich bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a creamy-like, very smooth and dense consistency that applied well to bare skin. The advantage to the denser formulation is really how well it applies without needing primer to boost coverage or help with evenness. On me, I noticed slight creasing after eight and a half hours of wear. Tarte Firecracker (P) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Woodwinked (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Fire (584) (P, $29.50) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Pocket Change (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Telesto (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Firm (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Golden Flesh (68M) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Drizella (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Enchanted Forest (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Bold Bling (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Lithium (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Faerie Fayre (LE, $20.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | City Color Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “heavy metallic finish” that also has “long-wear.” There are 16 shades in the range, and this post features six of them. The majority of the shades in the formula have a very dense, thick, and cream-like consistency–I have best results using a firmer, flatter and synthetic brush than I do with a really soft, natural hair brush, though natural brushes offer a little more control over how metallic the finish gets and my MAC 239s were just fine with it (and those are natural hair). They are intensely pigmented, and they blend out and apply well to bare skin. The formula wore for around eight to eight and a half hours on me with very slight creasing. A few of the very frosted, metallic shades seemed to emphasize the natural texture of parts of my lid and need a little extra blending to smooth out. These reminded me of Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows (but City Color’s are much denser) as well as Sleek’s more metallic eyeshadows.

City Color Shimmer Shadow Tide Pool
Tide Pool
Tide Pool
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
City Color Shimmer Shadow Evergreen
Evergreen
Evergreen
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
City Color Shimmer Shadow Under the Sea
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
City Color Shimmer Shadow Sandstorm
Sandstorm
Sandstorm
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Maybelline Midnight Merlot, Smoking Red, Dynamite Red, Orange Danger The Loaded Bolds Color Sensational Lipcolors

Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a dark, red-burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a fine pearl. It had a more natural sheen to its finish without being truly glossy, but it did suffer from more uneven application and sheerer coverage due to the extra slip. If it had been more satiny like other shades, I think it would have applied better. This shade lasted for six hours on me, left a stain behind, and only had minor settling into lip lines for me over time. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is cooler, glossier (95% similar). MAC Power Driven (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Living Legend (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Brazen (P, $30.00) is glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Shame (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Tutu (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Orchid (LE, $50.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Soul (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Smoking Red (P, $7.49) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Raging Raisin (P, $7.49) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, muted burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was intense, while the consistency was smooth, creamy, and easy to apply. The lipstick went on evenly and lasted for six hours while leaving a stain behind. The formula wasn’t hydrating, but it also wasn’t drying. MAC Runner (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Diva (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is glossier (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Audace (59) (LE, $36.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Bad Behavior (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Orchid (LE, $50.00) is more shimmery, cooler, glossier (90% similar). NARS Mona (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Raging Raisin (P, $7.49) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Your Majesty (P, $35.00) is glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mistletoe (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Dreaming of You (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Buxom Voodoo Spice (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Chocoholic (P, $7.49) is darker (85% similar). Maybelline Midnight Merlot (P, $7.49) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, bright medium-dark red with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation with a smooth, creamy consistency that wasn’t too heavy or too thin. It sat well on the lips and didn’t slide around over the six hours it lasted. The formula was comfortable to wear but not particularly hydrating. NARS Mysterious Red (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Starlett Scarlet (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Heroic Red (321) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Doubt (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Von Teese (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC My Inner Femme (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $32.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Dubonnet (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Besame Red Velvet 1946 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (85% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay 714 (LE, $18.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is bold, bright, medium-dark orange with strong red undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was one of the more matte shades in the range, but the consistency was firmer and harder to apply–I felt like I really had to press the bullet to my lips in order to get smooth coverage. It lasted for five hours but was somewhat drying. Tarte Mai Tai (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Dangerous (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Temper (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bootie (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Chilean Sunset (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Barbecue (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Flame (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M300 (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Volatile (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Lady Danger (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Habanero (P, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Persimmon (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Feu (57) (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Lover's Lane (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC So Chaud (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty #008 (LE, $36.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a new set of shades that’s supposed to have “one-stroke intensity” in an “opaque, creamy clay base.” For the most part, the shade range is mostly opaque to fully opaque with some falling short with semi-sheer to semi-opaque, more uneven coverage. The texture is smooth, creamy, lightweight, and it glides on without tugging or dragging; some shades feel more satiny while others have a bit more slip. Unfortunately, some of the ones in this review were particularly slippery, which made them harder to apply evenly. I’m a fan of the Color Sensational formulas, but the one thing that I’m not a fan of (and that can be a deal-breaker) is the scent, which is a very strong, sweet, lightly perfume-y scent that lingers and sometimes tastes soapy.

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Midnight Merlot
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Smoking Red
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Dynamite Red
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Orange Danger
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with cooler undertones and a mostly matte finish. Bite Beauty Lotus (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). Benefit Hervana (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Blush (P)(85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Zoeva PK030 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). YSL Singuliere (1) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The new blush formula is supposed to have “rich pigmentation,” “a fade-resistant formula,” and a “smooth, buttery feel.” In the same sentence as “rich pigmentation,” they also say “buildable, long-lasting color,” though “buildable” is more that it can be used lightly and gradually built-up based on watching the launch video/reading through the brand’s Instagram (as well as routinely mentioning how pigmented the blushes were). The new formula definitely kicks up less powder with a thinner consistency and a firmer press, and they seem even more matte than before (this is by design/was intentional per the brand), so some shades can look somewhat flat on the skin. As the brand mentioned, it is by design so that they’ll pair easily with your favorite highlighters if you want a more shimmery finish. The line, in general, also got desaturated; the color range seems a lot more muted, and the shades that were kept (at least by name), seem to have undergone slight color changes to make them softer/more muted as well. I think the more skin-like, semi-matte to satin finish of the original formula is actually what made it standout in a sea of blush formulas, so I’m personally bummed that they didn’t retain that element in most of the shades. I think a lot of it will come down to personal preference which formula is better to you, but the new formula, so far, has been good. The new compacts are definitely an upgrade from the last iteration, though–much sleeker with more heft.

Valentine had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and very lightly dusty consistency; it had a thinner feel but wasn’t so thin that it lost its ability to blend out or stay true-to-color on the skin (it didn’t sheer out immediately). I didn’t have any trouble diffusing and sheering out the color on the cheeks, and the color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Makeup Geek Blush Valentine
Valentine
Valentine
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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City Color Gypsy, Cleo, U Jelly?, Yas! Shimmer Shadows

City Color Gypsy Shimmer Shadow
City Color Gypsy Shimmer Shadow

City Color Gypsy Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with reddish tones and a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that wasn’t quite as dense as other shades–somewhere between the cream-like feel of formulas like the Shimmer Shadow and traditional powder eyeshadow. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Frizzyplum (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Cosmic (275) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Fyrinnae Meerkat (Pressed) (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Sangria (LE, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Masquerade (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Caravaggio #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Violet Impact (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC A Medley of Mauves #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Cleo Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was very, very pigmented with a creamy, dense texture that blends out well and adheres to the skin intensely without primer. The only issue I had with this shade is really that it’s so dense and pigmented that it can look thicker in places until blended and smoothed out–so use less than you think you need. It wore well for eight hours before creasing. Ciate Shine Bright (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Some Like It Dot (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Cool Bronze (31M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Huda Beauty #Blessed (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Pure Ganache (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stardream (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). LORAC Amber (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). City Color Cheers to Life (P, $6.99) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Copper (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #13 (P) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop KathleenLights (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Ambient (P) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NYX Liquid Gold (P, $6.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color U Jelly? Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark pink-plum with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoffs with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t as dense as other shades, and it was also a smidgen powdery in the pan. It still seemed to apply easily and blend out without issue, though. It showed slight creasing after eight hours of wear. L'Oreal Glistening Garnet (P, $7.99) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME840 Pink Chrome (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Serenade (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Burst Into Bloom (759) (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sprinkles (Holiday 2016) (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC A Medley of Mauves #2 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Stylishly Merry (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P) is cooler (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #10 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). Stila Sangria (LE, $18.00) is darker (80% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Last Call (P, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Yas! Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was a good balance between creamy, blendable, and dense–it applied well without losing its intensity, but it was very easy to apply and difficult to overdo. I noticed faint creasing after nine hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #3 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). MAC Reward Yourself (LE, $16.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Muse (LE, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Lancome Brune Glace (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Oxidize (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Weenie (P, $5.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Imagine (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Melonie (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). City Color Homecoming Queen (P, $6.99) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $45.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Arrow (LE, $5.00) is brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | City Color Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “heavy metallic finish” that also has “long-wear.” There are 16 shades in the range, and this post features six of them. The majority of the shades in the formula have a very dense, thick, and cream-like consistency–I have best results using a firmer, flatter and synthetic brush than I do with a really soft, natural hair brush, though natural brushes offer a little more control over how metallic the finish gets and my MAC 239s were just fine with it (and those are natural hair). They are intensely pigmented, and they blend out and apply well to bare skin. The formula wore for around eight to eight and a half hours on me with very slight creasing. A few of the very frosted, metallic shades seemed to emphasize the natural texture of parts of my lid and need a little extra blending to smooth out. These reminded me of Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows (but City Color’s are much denser) as well as Sleek’s more metallic eyeshadows.

City Color Shimmer Shadow Gypsy
Gypsy
Gypsy
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
City Color Shimmer Shadow Cleo
Cleo
Cleo
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total
City Color Shimmer Shadow U Jelly?
U Jelly?
U Jelly?
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
City Color Shimmer Shadow Yas!
Yas!
Yas!
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead Baked Blusher

Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead Baked Blusher
Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead Baked Blusher

Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead Baked Blusher ($5.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a light-medium pinky-peach with warm undertones and a lightly frosted sheen. Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (LE) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). CoverGirl Light Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Porcelain Pink (LE, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Top) (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals The Big Break (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Pink Cloud (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blusher formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” and have a “natural soft effect” with a “hint of shimmer.” Sadly, this shade was also not nearly as pigmented as described, which was consistent across all shades I tried from the range–they are sheer, lightly buildable, so they are better for someone who prefers that level of coverage. The texture of this particular shade was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, while the shimmer diffused nicely into a soft glow that didn’t make my pores look any worse for the wear. On me, I started to see signs of fading after six hours of wear, which was also typical wear across this formula, so a good primer or base might help enhance the longevity of this formula.

Makeup Revolution Baked Blusher Make Love Instead
C

Permanent

7
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
74%
Total

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Sneak Peek: Makeup Geek Blushes Photos & Swatches (2016)

Makeup Geek Desires Blush
Makeup Geek Desires Blush

A few days ago, Makeup Geek Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) launched with an updated formula and in 20 shades, which expands on the previous shade range (about half of the previously existing shades are MIA from the new range). I’ll have full reviews as I work through testing them, but the photos and swatches are already available for you to peruse. One thing worth noting is that several of the shades carried over from the prior formula aren’t quite the same in color–some looked more different in the pan than swatched, but some did look different swatched (might not be as apparent when applied, diffused, and worn with semi-sheer/semi-opaque coverage, of course).

Here are my notes:

  • Spell Bound is less satiny, darker (Blind Date is more similar to previous Spell Bound)
  • Romance is lighter and goes on pinker
  • Rendezvous is deeper and richer
  • Secret Admirer has a stronger purple tone in the pan and to a lesser degree on
  • Summer Fling is deeper and more red-toned but less saturated
  • Infatuation is deeper, more red-toned, less orange
  • Bliss is lighter, more peach than coral now
  • I felt like Promise Ring was very similar to First Love (now discontinued).

Makeup Geek Blushes

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