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Marc Jacobs Beauty Object of Desire Face & Eye Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Object of Desire Face & Eye Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty Object of Desire Face & Eye Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Object of Desire Face & Eye Palette ($69.00 for oz.) includes three cheek colors and six eyeshadows. They are in a gold, zippered case with a large, black tassel. As far as traveling goes, the upside is that it is rather cushioned and shouldn’t break easily, but it is thicker than most palettes. Some of the shades were decent, others were below average; it’s not a palette that seems worthy of splurging on for the holidays as a result. Those with several neutral palettes may find that this palette is rather repetitive. I did like that the cheek colors coordinated with the eye products, at least.

Tantric is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, and on the thinner side, but it wasn’t dusty or hard to blend out on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is more muted, darker (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (-) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) (P, $53.00) is brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is darker (85% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Bronzer (P) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Exhibitionist is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was incredibly soft and silky, but as a result, it was also more powdery and prone to sheering out on the skin. It was more buildable than I anticipated, so I think it applied well and unless you wanted intense coverage in one pass, I don’t think most would notice the sheerness in practice. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek XOXO (P, $10.00) is more muted (95% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva CR020 (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pinch O' Peach (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Pop (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Santa Baby (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (DC, $8.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make a Sheen is a light gold with warm undertones and a chunky, frosted shimmer. The texture was drier and looser with a real noticeable grit from the shimmer/sparkle in it. The color applied decently to the skin, but it was hard to even out and looked patchy up-close. It lasted for seven hours on me. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less pigmented, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is darker (90% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lights On is a light, yellow gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a really soft, silky texture that felt finely-milled and was just a touch powdery. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Mellow Yellow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #2 (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #38 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Champs-Elysees (P) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #1 (P) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Candlelight is a medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. The consistency felt soft and smooth, but it was looser and thin, which made it dustier to work with and prone to sheering out on the lid. The color wore for just over seven hours on me. Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Gates of Eden (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Beaux-Arts (P) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $19.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rubenesque (DC, $18.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Collective Chic #1 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Hieroglyph (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Siros (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #2 (LE) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Iris (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 03 (LE) is darker (85% similar). MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #1 (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dimmer is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque with a smooth, silky texture but ran thin and was better over a primer. It wore well for seven hours. Stila Warm Honey (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Tiki Hut (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Fawn (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Raw Sienna (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Frappe (LE, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Puree (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Titania (108CM) (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Terracotta (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Dulce de Leche (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Nude #4 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Violet Hour is a muted, medium lavender with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the dustier texture made it darken on the skin, which made it harder to blend out as it would stick strongly to some areas but less to others. This shade wore well for seven hours on me. LORAC Overcast (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Romance (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Dusty Mauve (LE, $19.00) is brighter (85% similar). Lancome Rich History (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Enchanting (P) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Twilight is a muted, dark plum with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had a firmer consistency in the pan, which led to difficulty blending and diffusing the color on the lid as it would look patchy. It had decent, buildable coverage, and the color itself started to fade after seven hours of wear. Anastasia Aubergine (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Stereo (LE, $5.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Girlish Appeal (LE) is brighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Rosewood #4 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Raspberry (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00)(90% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #5 (P) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Remix (LE, $19.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Eggplant (LE) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pink Union #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #4 (P) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

In the Dark is a dark black with warm, brown undertones and flecks of copper and bronze sparkle. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that was a little powdery but dense enough that it didn’t sheer out immediately on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me, but the sparkles did not bind with the base color, so there was some fall out over time (a lot of it didn’t even make it to the lid to begin with). MAC Beyond Gorgeous (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 17 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Black Diamond (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Night Whisper (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Gilded Night #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2016 Face & Eye Palette Object of Desire
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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Surratt Beauty Classique Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Classique Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Classique Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Classique Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, bold pinky-red with cooler undertones and a satin finish. MAC Never Say Never (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Chanel Chamade (67) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Quiver (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Apple Red (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). Classique was richly pigmented, and a little went on a very, very long way–this is ideal for someone who needs and wants a lot of coverage in their blush. The texture was incredibly smooth and silky, which made it easier to blend and diffuse, but you’ll still want to be careful about how much you apply to avoid having to really buff it out. The finish became more satiny as I blended and worked the powder into the skin. This shade wore well for nine hours before I noticed fading.

A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush Classique
Classique
Classique
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
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Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case

Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector's Makeup Case
Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case

Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case ($59.00 for 1.59 oz.) includes 24 eyeshadows, four cheek colors, miniature size Glossy Lip Paint, black liquid eyeliner, and miniature sized mascara. It’s another middling mega set from Tarte-it’s disappointing with some real misses in the palette. There were only a few shades that were actually good. The set itself is contained within a zippered case, but it is pretty bulky for traveling (and storing). The best part about the set were the punny art-inspired names.

Moment is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a fine, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) with a slightly firm texture in the pan. It applied decently and lasted for eight hours (but not the 12 promised). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Cream Soda (LE, $22.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Luminoso (P, $8.49) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). NARS Fame (LE, $30.00) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals The Big Break (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Authentic is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that lasted for eight and a half hours on me. It did emphasize pores slightly. Marc Jacobs Beauty Make a Sheen (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Noctum (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less pigmented, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 13 Ivory (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Daytime Halo (P, $6.99) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is darker (85% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is brighter, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Unique is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. The color coverage was fully opaque, but the texture was still soft, silky, and easily blended on the skin, so it could be sheered out or diffused as desired. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is glossier, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Provocative is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty, but blendable, consistency. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glitter Glue is a light beige with warm undertones and a glittery finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which was not buildabl,e and the texture was looser in the pan, so there was a lot of fall out during application as well as during wear. This one, as the name might allude to, needs a glitter adhesive to function. MAC Diamond Butterfly (LE, $16.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Givenchy Tentation #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Virgin (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Preferred Blonde (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Prosecco (LE, $19.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shroom (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pure Bred #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Call of the Canyon (LE, $16.00) is brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nudes is a light-medium beige with a mostly matte finish. The texture was incredibly stiff and had such a hard press in the pan that it was difficult to get any color out of it. It was a challenge to apply as so little color showed up, and what did apply, immediately melded to the skin and did not want to blend. It lasted for four and a half hours before it had faded. Laura Mercier Bone (LE, $23.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). NARS Madrague #1 (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Tabby (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). LORAC Buff (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Casting is a medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and flecks of copper sparkle. It had sheer coverage, which I did not find buildable at all, and the sparkle was loose and sat on top of the underlying color, so there was noticeable fall out after six hours of wear. Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE)(95% similar). Lancome Midnight Haze (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Sunset Seine (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Warm Wash #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (P) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Hieroglyph (LE) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Gingersnap (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Sassy Bun (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Silhouette is a dark black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. There seemed to be a slight sheen to the finish, which kept it from being totally matte. The consistency was a little thinner and firmer, which made it harder to blend out without getting some patchiness. With enough effort, I was able to blend it out, though. It had good pigmentation and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Laura Mercier Tuxedo (P, $28.00) is glossier (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fin (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is less glossy, less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Punk (P) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Wanted (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Point 'n' Shoot (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Overnight (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Waterlilies is a light beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that had a tendency to sheer out when applied to the skin. It lasted for six hours on me. Too Faced Ginger Cream (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Double Scoop (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Assistant (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Conch (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #4 (LE, $19.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Van Gogh With It is a medium brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was opaque, while the texture felt soft and smooth to the touch, and it blended out well on the eye. I noticed fading after seven hours of wear. Makeup Geek Bake Sale (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Seaside (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Succubus (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Crisp (P) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #10 (P) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #9 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 05 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Latte (P, $6.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Fire (P) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Metal Work is a medium-dark coppery brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, though the consistency was thinner and firmer in the pan, so it was difficult to diffuse and blend out on the lid. It started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. LORAC Pink Bronze (LE, $19.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Tarte On the Monet (LE) is more muted, darker (85% similar). MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). theBalm #39 (P, $6.50) is darker (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #2 (P) is darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charcoal Sketch is a blackened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and it had a soft, thin texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. It wore well for eight hours on me. Tarte Smoked (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Chocolate (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Right) (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso Bean (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Join My League (LE, $16.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Cashmere #3 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fairfax (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #5 (P) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #2E (P, $20.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Embark (P, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pearl Earring is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was easy to work with and lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). Givenchy Tentation #4 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bootycall (P, $19.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Exposure #1 (P) is warmer, darker (95% similar). NARS Give In Take I (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Sugar (LE, $19.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Kifu (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Pearl (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #1 (P, $2.29) is warmer, darker (90% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is warmer, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frameworthy is a medium brown with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was thin and difficult to blend, as the press rather hard in the pan. It had semi-opaque color payoff and lasted for six and a half hours on me. Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bold (P) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Feature (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Cake & Biscuits (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Unrequited (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Skinny Latte (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocaholic (LE, $16.00)(85% similar). bareMinerals Granted (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Publisher (P) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Wilshire (LE, $5.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (P, $5.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Anastasia Sherbert (LE, $12.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

First Impressionism is a dark gray with cooler undertones and a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier, chunkier texture that was hard to diffuse evenly, as it would look patchy when blended. This would perform better over primer or a glitter adhesive. It lasted for seven hours with minor fall out. LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #18 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Time (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Gunmetal (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Diesel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Graphite (07M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starry Night is a blackened navy blue with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had medium color coverage, and it was hard to build up as the color was rather dusty and prone to sheering out. It wore well for six hours.
MAC Blue Velvet (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #6 (P) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Lagoon (LE, $14.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Tornay (P) is warmer (85% similar). Lancome Midnight Purple (LE, $19.00) is less pigmented, more muted, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fresco is a light-medium beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was lightly dusty, but it was silky and blendable on the skin and did not appear dry on. It had good pigmentation and wore for seven hours before fading. Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 09 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced White Chocolate (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Natural #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Biarritz (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Vanilla Candles (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Crosses (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Nassau (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Nano Nude #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Alabaster (P) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Tempera (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hearts & Crafts is a light-medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was somewhat powdery, so it sheered out without a primer to help it adhere to the lid. It wore well for six and a half hours before starting to fade. Tarte Chic (P) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Clay (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Sweetheart (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pleasing to the Eye (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Commando (P, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Demitasse (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Millennial (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Selfie Portrait is a medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm. The color was easy to apply to the lid and lasted for seven and a half hours. Makeup Geek Luna (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Palace (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #9 (P, $33.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #3 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Rose Bronze (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sultana (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Exposure #3 (P) is warmer (85% similar). Clarins Rosewood #2 (P) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

One Too Manet is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was decent, while the texture was firmer and harder to diffuse the edges of, but it wasn’t too much extra work to apply and blend out. It wore well for seven hours on me. NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte A Beautiful Degas (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Abyss (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Factory (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Chestnuts Roasting (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Tonka Imperiale #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Focus (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Charmed, I'm Sure (P, $16.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). MAC Rebellious (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Clinique Pink Chocolate #4 (P, $15.00) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Kiss Me, I'm Tipsy (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Porcelain Dali is a very light pink with neutral-to-warm undertones paired with a matte finish. It was very sheer, due to the incredibly dusty and thin texture. The color just seemed to turn to dust and disappear on the skin. It lasted, seemingly, for about five hours. Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Monochrome is a light taupe with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a smooth, firmer feel in the pan (but it wasn’t stiff) that was blendable on the skin and lasted for seven hours. Dior Fairy Golds #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #16 (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Morning Frost (DC, $18.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hot MoMA is a medium-dark cranberry red with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted finish. The eyeshadow had opaque color coverage with a fairly soft, smooth, and blendable consistency. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Static (LE, $5.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Frock Talk (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Dominate (P) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Maroon (22M) (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #10 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #1 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Ciate Fierce (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Gash (LE, $19.00) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Inglot #450 (P, $6.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is warmer, brighter (80% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Makeup Geek Curtain Call (P, $9.99) is warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stained Glass is a deep, reddish plum with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was rather thin and dusty, so the color had a tendency to sheer out easily, but it was also one that turned patchy as I blended it. The performance was better over primer, but it was still harder to blend out. It lasted for seven hours on me. MAC All's Rosy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Central Perk (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Natasha Denona Electra (115CM) (P) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Drama (P) is more muted, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Love Letter (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pastel is a light peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky, and lightly dusty consistency. The color started to fade after six hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M810 Flesh-Colored Pink (P, $21.00)(100% similar). Makeup Geek Sorbet (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Naked (LE) is cooler (95% similar). L'Oreal Little Beige Dress (P, $5.99) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Ambrosia (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I Louvre It is a light-medium mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was so firmly pressed in the pan that it was difficult to get color payoff out of it without digging at it with a metal spatula or the end of my brush (the pointed end). It wore for four and a half hours–from what I could determine. Smashbox Totally Nude (P) is warmer, darker (90% similar). LORAC Pink Mauve (P, $19.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Bois des Indes #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Malt (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Cordial (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Get Surreal is a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cooler, lavender shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that had a bit of fall out during application but none during wear. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Leap #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Kitschmas (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Macaroon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Double Date (LE, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Still Life is a deep purple with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, while the texture was on the dustier side but was fairly easy to apply and blend out. It wore well for eight hours on me. YSL Paris #10 (LE) is darker (100% similar). Tarte Mulled Wine (LE) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Plum (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Editor (P) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P) is lighter (90% similar). Ciate Day Dream (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Define) (P) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Aubergine (24V) (P, $29.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Nightcap (P) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #325 (P, $6.00) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Obvi is a medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a fine, white pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied evenly but some color sat in lip lines, which became more noticeable as time went on. The gloss lasted for three hours, was lightly moisturizing, and comfortable to wear. (I reviewed this previously here and did not retest.)

Tarte Holiday 2016 Collector’s Makeup Case Pretty Paintbox
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total
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Surratt Beauty Chaleur Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Chaleur Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Chaleur Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Chaleur Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, medium-dark red-toned brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Destiny (61) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Becca Amaretto (LE, $32.00) is cooler, more shimmery (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Inhibition (P, $60.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). Chaleur had mostly opaque color coverage with a natural finish that didn’t look flat or dull on the skin but wasn’t shimmery either. The texture was so soft, silky, and finely-milled that you could easily blend it to sheerer coverage if desired (or use a lighter touch). It lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me.

A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush Chaleur
Chaleur
Chaleur
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
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NARS Non-Fiction Touch-Up Kit

NARS Non-Fiction Touch-Up Kit
NARS Non-Fiction Touch-Up Kit

NARS Non-Fiction Touch-Up Kit ($65.00 for 0.52 oz.) includes a palette with two blushes and a pressed setting powder, plus a miniature-sized lipgloss and mascara. I wish they had opted for a third blush rather than the pressed powder, because the texture of the powder felt like cardboard–it was stiff, dry, and did absolutely nothing on the skin because next to no product came off of the pan to begin with. The blushes were decent, and if you aren’t too concerned about intensity levels dry vs. damp, they’re pretty easy to use and work together well. The gloss had good coverage and didn’t appear streaky, but it pulled into lip lines quite a bit. This was definitely one of the less impressive offerings from NARS for this holiday season.

Formula Overview

  • Dual-Intensity Blush: $45.00 for 0.21 oz. or $214.29/oz.
  • Pressed Powder: $37.00 for 0.24 oz. or $154.17/oz.
  • Lipgloss: $26.00 for 0.18 oz. or $144.44/oz.
  • Mascara: $26.00 for 0.32 oz. or $81.25/oz.
  • Set Value: $43.86 worth of blush, $12.33 worth of pressed powder, $17.33 worth of lipgloss, $9.75 worth of mascara
  • Total Value: $83.27

Noctum is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture or the look of my pores. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage applied dry, which wore for seven hours before fading, and it had more visible shimmer particles. When I used it damp, the finish had more of a smooth sheen than visible bits of shimmer, and it had more medium to full coverage that wore for eight hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (Original) (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Sun Ceremony (LE, $2.99) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vu is a light-medium coral with warm, peach undertones and a metallic sheen. It was less shimmery and a bit more subdued when applied dry, whereas damp application was more metallic and brighter on the skin. The dry application was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque with seven hour wear, while the damp application was mostly opaque and lasted for closer to eight hours. The damp application did emphasize my skin’s natural texture slightly. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $60.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Miss Cupcake (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shell Pearl (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Stila Peach Shimmer (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chelsea Girls is a muted, medium pink-coral with a milkier, creamier finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and didn’t look streaky, but the color pulled into lip lines immediately. The gloss lasted for three hours on me and was a touch hydrating. MAC Artful (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto (P, $22.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Tarte Goals (P, $20.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Super Nude (137) (LE, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Vida Loca (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pure Delight (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Mystery (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). NYX Tres Leches (P, $5.99) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (LE, $24.00) is more muted, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Visionary (LE) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Giza (P, $26.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is darker (85% similar). MAC Anything But Demure (LE, $20.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Light-Reflecting Setting Powder Pressed is a translucent pressed setting powder, and by itranslucent, it actually ended up being invisible–there was just no product that would come off the pan’s surface, as it was so firm and stiff. It felt incredibly dry, smooth, but noisy as I ran my brush or finger across the surface… yet no product transferred. I tried to swatch it, even jabbing at it to loosen product, and nothing appeared on my skin. This doesn’t function at all, not even remotely. This is one of the very few, possibly only, instances where I couldn’t even manipulate the product to make it work (scraping off product and so forth). I haven’t tried this in years, but when it first launched, I didn’t have an issue getting it onto the skin, though the standalone version was very finnicky with respect to hardening/darkening if any oils/liquid touched it.

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NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette
NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette ($69.00 for 0.78 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and three blushes in the Dual-Intensity formula. The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be sheerer when applied dry and more opaque with a “high-impact finish” when used damp. The Dual-Intensity Blush formula is supposed to have a “high-impact” flush when used damp and a “natural-looking glow” when used dry. In general, regardless of whether it’s an eyeshadow or blush, they are sheer to semi-opaque with more of a frosted, shimmery finish when used dry, and then more opaque and more metallic when used damp. The blushes can be more difficult to blend and diffuse when used damp, but I don’t have that issue (or at least, not as often) with the eyeshadows applied with a damp brush–I expect this is partially due to how blush is often applied at sheerer coverage levels than eyesahdow, so it is more obvious when it is not diffusing as readily. Both formulas wear between six and nine hours for me.

The value of the set is ridiculously good, period, but it’s particularly high for NARS, which doesn’t typically do truly value-packed palettes or sets. I think, perhaps, it’s the result of the Dual-Intensity range being rather pricey individually that they could only go so high before the palette reached a price point they did not feel their customer base would pay. Each eyeshadow in the palette is larger than a full-sized Dual Intensity Eyeshadow! If you like the colors, it’s worth checking out. I’m not in love with the shade range or how the blushes and eyeshadows coordinate with each other–the blushes seem like they’re too warm and could be more in a pink/plum/mauve family–I just felt like it looked a bit disjointed together. The quality is fairly consistent with my experience with the formula in full-sized shades, so if the color combination appeals to you, I’d definitely keep an eye out for it.

Minor quibble: why didn’t they give these individual shade names?! They did it for several other palettes this year!

Value

  • Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow: $29.00 for 0.05 oz. or $580.00/oz.
  • Dual-Intensity Blush: $45.00 for 0.21 oz. or $214.29/oz.
  • Set Value: $243.60 worth of eyeshadow, $77.14 worth of blush
  • Total Value: $320.74

Give In Take I is a dirty beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation both dry and damp, but the damp application made it apply more smoothly and amplified the sheen. The texture was soft, firmer in the pan but not stiff to work with, and applied well to bare skin. It lasted for seven hours (both dry and damp) on me before fading. LORAC French Toast (LE, $19.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Cream (21S) (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vex (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Pearl Earring (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I542 Pinky Clay (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Telepathy (P) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Clarins Silver Ivory (04) (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Indulge (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #2 (LE) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Mother's Milk (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). bareMinerals Air (P) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take II is a muted, medium-dark gray with cool, bluish tones and a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, while damp yielded nearly opaque coverage. It was easier to diffuse and blend around the edges when I used it dry, but the coverage was hard to build up, so I had the best luck applying it damp initially and then using it dry to diffuse and soften the edges. It lasted for seven hours dry, seven and a half hours damp. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Ace (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Left) (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Denim Smokey (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Retrograde (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $21.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take III is a blackened teal with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It appeared more muted in color but had semi-opaque coverage when I applied it dry, and it lasted for eight hours. When I tried it damp, it was more intense and fully opaque, but it took extra effort to diffuse the edges, though it lasted for almost nine hours on me. Guerlain Les Aquas #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Midnight Swim (16) (P, $10.00) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Rhinestone (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Houdini (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). The Estee Edit Wavy (LE) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Mermaid (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take IV is a bright beige with subtle, cooler undertones and a satin finish (even though it looked warmer in the pan). It was more muted and a lot less bright–looked almost faded–when I applied it dry, though it was still semi-opaque in coverage. When I applied it with a damp brush, it was brighter and looked starker against my skin tone with semi-opaque coverage. It was easier to use this one damp, though, as the texture was a bit firmer to work with in the pan, so having the dampness on the brush stretched the color out more. It lasted for seven and a half hours both dry and damp on me. Too Faced Frosty Nog (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Blanc (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take V is a light-medium taupe with warmer, brown undertones and a gray overtone paired with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer coverage when applied dry, and the color itself was much warmer and lacked the gray overtone. If I used it with a damp brush, the color was more intense, grayer, and more opaque. I noticed fading after seven hours when I used it dry, and then after eight hours when I used it damp. Sephora Cashmere Coat (P, $10.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #7 (LE, $25.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take VI is a deep, blackened brown with subtle, warmer, olive undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer coverage applied dry, which looked more like a dark brown than a blackened brown, while damp application yielded rich, opaque color that was much deeper and darker. The consistency was soft, firm without being stiff, and blended out fairly well on the lid. It lasted for seven hours dry and eight hours damp. Too Faced Cup of Joe (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Zoeva Infusion (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Beluga (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Cinders (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Lava Cake (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Join My League (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #12 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Topkapi #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Ankh (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Earthy Scent (LE, $16.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Nude #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush I is a light, white gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had similar, medium, buildable coverage both dry and damp, but the damp application was definitely more intense with a smoother, but stronger, sheen. The consistency was smooth, a touch dry in a way, but it was blendable and did not appear dry on the skin. It lasted for eight hours both dry and damp on me. Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more muted, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush II is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin sheen. The coverage with medium, buildable dry and then semi-opaque, buildable damp. It had a more obviously, pearlescent sheen when applied damp, but it was never flat even when applied dry. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and it did not emphasize my pores or skin’s natural texture. It wore well for seven hours dry and eight hours damp. Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Nectar (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush III is a bright pop of peony pink with subtle, warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was soft, firm but blendable on the skin, and it was flattering on the skin and did not enhance pores or the skin’s natural texture. It had semi-sheer coverage dry and semi-opaque coverage damp, and it was buildable regardless of application method. On me, it lasted for eight hours both dry and damp. NARS Undefeated (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Blush) (P, $30.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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