Milani Corallina Baked Blush

Milani Corallina Baked Powder Blush ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium coral-orange with gold shimmer. NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Peach Shimmer (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Milani Corallina Baked Powder Blush
Milani Baked Blush Corallina
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
87%

MAC Black Walnut, Cat’s Meow, Squid Modern Twist Kajal Liners

MAC Modern Twist Kajal Liner ($17.00 for 0.01 oz.) is supposed to be an “easy-glide formula” with a “soft texture that’s perfect for rimming the sensitive waterline” that has “colour intensity and extreme depth” in a “long-wearing waterproof formula.” It’s a slim, twist-up eyeliner thas has light slip–not enough to slide around too easily but enough not to tug–with semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage in one stroke. They felt creamier rather than waxy to me. On me, the formula wore between six and nine hours on me before noticeably thinning. None of them lasted for more than a few hours on the waterline, and some shades applied better/worse on the waterline. Some shades flaked while they wore, between four and six hours in (noted by the shade).

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MAC Black Walnut Modern Twist Kajal Liner
MAC Modern Twist Kajal Liner Black Walnut
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
82%
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Natasha Denona Oxide, Golden Rose, Golden Beige, Petroleum Blue, Deep Pacific Eyeshadows

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.08 oz.) comes in 66 shades with four distinct finishes (Matte, Duo-Chrome, Metallic, and Sparkling). According to the brand, the eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “full, rich and intense color that won’t fade out, be “long-lasting,” and smooth. The majority of the shimmery shades were very pigmented with a soft consistency that was something just right and other times a little prone to crumbling/loosening in the pan, while the mattes were smooth but quite powdery, which resulted it color that didn’t adhere to bare skin as readily. The texture of most shades is soft, blendable, and most of the shimmery shades I’ve tested applied well to bare skin. The wear was fairly consistent, but there was some variance from shade to shade (which didn’t seem related to finish). The wear has ranged from five to eight hours, depending on the shade. Primer helps with longevity, adding two to three hours to the shade’s no-primer wear time, but they seem like shorter-wearing eyeshadows compared to most powder formulas I’ve tried.

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Natasha Denona Navy (01V) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Oxide (63M)
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
93%
Permanent
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Laura Mercier Amaretto Swirl, Juicy Papaya, Pink Grapefruit Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm

Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have the “comfort of a lip balm, the coverage of a lipstick, and the shine of a gloss.” The three I tried were really quite pigmented, creamy, and hydrating; their downfall was longevity was less than similar-hued shades with a less emollient consistency (not entirely unexpected). There was a slight, sweet scent to them but no discernible taste. It’s a really comfortable formula to wear, and if you don’t mind reapplying or transfer, well worth a look!

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Laura Mercier Amaretto Swirl Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm
Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm Amaretto Swirl
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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Anastasia Birkin, Gem, Gold Rush, Metallic, Suede Eyeshadows

Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer color payoff with a very powdery consistency that was difficult to use on bare skin, as it would sheer out and get everywhere. This shade lasted for six hours before fading. Too Faced Millennial (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Cannelle (P) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Birkin
F
Product
5.5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
5
Longevity
6.5
Application
3.5
Total
57%
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MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette (Zac Posen)

MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette ($43.50 for 0.19 oz.) is a pink and plum-hued palette with a subdued gray in the mix. There are six shades, and two appear to be totally new-to-me, while three are repromotes from past releases (two are from larger permanent palettes) and one is permanent as a single (Phloof!). It’s decent, and I was able to use all six shades on their own with some success, but some of the shades are drier to work with.

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MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 6 Palette Eye Z You
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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