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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). Chanel Jade Shore (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #5 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Tarvos (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Garden Pastels #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sea Green (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Jealous Girl (LE, $22.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Up and Up (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #4 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #5 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC All Hands on Deck (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Dior Jardin #1 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Buxom Room Service (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (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). Pretty Vulgar Jealous (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Coloured Raine Side of Olives (P, $6.99) is darker (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. Urban Decay Haight (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sugarpill Starling (P, $13.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Backseat (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Unhinged (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Petroleum Blue (92M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Mysterious Tinamou (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Ulta Teal (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). L'Oreal Timeless Blue Spark (760) (P, $7.99) is darker, cooler (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). Makeup Geek Pocket Change (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Woodwinked (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Fire (584) (P, $29.50) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Enchanted Forest (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Push-up (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Firm (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Telesto (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Bold Bling (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Drizella (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Golden Flesh (68M) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Coconut Shell (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #5 (P, ) is 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). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Makeup Geek Risque (P, $15.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is cooler, glossier (95% similar). Tarte High Dive (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Power Driven (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Living Legend (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Rock with You (P, $26.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Tutu (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Burberry Black Cherry (439) (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Soul (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Brazen (P, $32.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Orchid (LE, $54.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Carnivorous (P, $21.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Shame (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Smoking Red (P, $7.49) is warmer (85% similar). Hourglass When I'm Alone (P, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (80% 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. Marc Jacobs Beauty Bad Behavior (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Diva (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Audace (59) (LE, $37.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Bette (P, $34.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Runner (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Mona (P, $34.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Your Majesty (P, $35.00) is glossier (90% similar). Anastasia Brandy (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Tarte High Dive (P, $21.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Raging Raisin (P, $7.49) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mistletoe (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Orchid (LE, $54.00) is more shimmery, cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Dreaming of You (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Buxom Voodoo Spice (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Midnight Merlot (P, $7.49) is cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Chocoholic (P, $7.49) is darker (85% similar). Pat McGrath McMenamy (LE, $38.00) is darker (80% 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. MAC Dynasty Red (LE, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Rita (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (95% similar). Hourglass Secretly (P, $34.00) is cooler (95% similar). Burberry Military Red (P, $34.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Starlett Scarlet (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Von Teese (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nikita (Left) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Doubt (P, $17.00) is cooler (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). Hourglass I Crave (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC My Inner Femme (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $34.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Just Push Play (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (85% similar). Besame Red Velvet 1946 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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). Makeup Geek Free Spirit (P, $12.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Dangerous (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Ardente (175) (LE, $37.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty #076 (P, $18.00) is more muted (95% similar). NYX Pure Red (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Uninhibited (P, $32.00) is brighter, glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Temper (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Barbecue (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Habanero (P, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Persimmon (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Flame (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Light My Fire (P, $26.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Volatile (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Feu (57) (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Bootie (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Lady Danger (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (90% 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). Urban Decay Nooner (Blush) (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Hervana (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S214 (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Milani Pink Play #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Native Blush (-, )(85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva PK030 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Peony Petal (LE, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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
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). Anastasia Gemstone (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Alluring (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Fyrinnae Meerkat (Pressed) (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Masquerade (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #10 (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Caravaggio #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Stila Sangria (LE, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Violet Impact (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (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. Anastasia Adorn (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Huda Beauty #Blessed (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Ciate Shine Bright (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Some Like It Dot (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Vintage (P, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Cool Bronze (31M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Friendspiration (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Coloured Raine Your Majesty (LE, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). Zoeva Pure Ganache (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #6 (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). LORAC Amber (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Jewel (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Stardream (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Anastasia Sunset (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). City Color Cheers to Life (P, $6.99) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop KathleenLights (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Aubade (126K) (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% 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. MAC Enigmatic (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #12 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% 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 Glistening Garnet (P, $7.99) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Gemstone (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). L'Oreal Burst Into Bloom (759) (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Stylishly Merry (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Empress (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Sprinkles (Holiday 2016) (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). MAC A Medley of Mauves #2 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #10 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is darker (80% similar). Stila Sangria (LE, $18.00) is darker (80% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #13 (P, ) is darker (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). Makeup Geek Hocus Pocus (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Reward Yourself (LE, $16.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Morphe S.B.N. (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Muse (LE, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Oxidize (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (Eye Color) (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Lancome Brune Glace (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Scorched (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Cause a Fuss (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Rose Gold (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #7 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Gal (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Weenie (P, $5.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Clueless (P, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Karoline (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Colour Pop Iced (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Milani Pink Play #1 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Light Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Full Service (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Bold Spirit (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Milani Berry Rays #1 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Antigua (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Ciate Moondust (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Porcelain Pink (LE, $33.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals The Big Break (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Chanel Pink Cloud (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Top) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Top) (LE, ) is more 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).

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