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ColourPop Santos & New Lowes Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Santos Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Santos Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Santos Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft golden bronze.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, rosy undertones and a pearly sheen. There’s a plum/rosy vibe I get from it that makes it appear less bronzy, especially as I blended it out (even against my warmer undertones). The texture was smooth, soft, and blendable without being too dry or too emollient. It had buildable color coverage from semi-sheer to opaque, depending on how you applied it (which is how it is described). This shade wore well for ten hours before fading. Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Bronze) (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Stila Kitten (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 17 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop New Lowes Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned berry.” It’s a medium-dark berry with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to mostly opaque with a natural finish that wasn’t shimmery but not totally matte. The more this is blended out (and sheered out), the more it appears as a stain. The texture was smooth, thin, and a little drier compared to the more shimmery shades in the cheek color range. It was fairly blendable, but it wasn’t quite as effortless as Santos. It wore well for ten hours before starting to fade. LORAC Chroma (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Violet #2 (P) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Fantastic (66) (DC, $38.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Chic (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Blind Score (LE, $22.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Hot Nights (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $26.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Santos
Santos
Santos
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek New Lowes
New Lowes
New Lowes
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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Too Faced Love Flush Blush Palette

Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe
Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe

Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe ($36.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes six, miniature-sized blushes–all six that exist in the Love Flush range. The palette contains $52 worth of blush, and it is a nice way to try six for less than the price of two full-sized ones. I love the concept, and I think the quality is on-par with or better than the permanent, individual pans that came out. The big takeaway is that I think the formula is better than it rates, as it primarily gets dinged for not lasting the 16-hours promised (wear is between eight and ten hours), so if getting half the stated wear-time isn’t a deal-breaker, the formula is well-worth a look, whether an individual shade or the palette. The shades were extremely consistent with the individual compacts I tested previously; I specifically tested the shades in the palette for quality and wear, but for the photos of the blushes on my face, those were taken from original reviews.

I know the most frequently asked question/made comment was with respect to the physical width/size of the pans, and they’re large enough for an average-sized blush brush to fit (I tried a Wayne Goss Blush Brush and MAC 159 Blush Brush), but even still, the reason why it works is there is enough space between each pan, so you do not have to worry about colors mixing. Also worth noting, the packaging is very long, so it is harder to store in an average-sized makeup bag.

Love Hangover is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation (more pigmented than the individual I have!) with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to apply and diffuse on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Laugh (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is cooler (95% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). KIKO 103 Golden Peach (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Baby Love is a muted, medium rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily on the skin. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours. Tarte Empowering (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Elevated (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Black Opal Hibiscus (P, $8.95) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I Will Always Love You is a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a fine, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had nice color payoff with a very soft, finely-milled, and smooth texture. The color went on nicely and lasted for eight and a half hours. Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Reflex (82) (LE, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tasty (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sparkling Bellini (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Solar Ray (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Moon Beach (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC My Paradise (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Shape the Future (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

How Deep is Your Love is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation–not fully opaque–with a soft, smooth texture. I found the version in the palette to actually be easier to blend out than the individual compact version I have. This shade lasted for nine hours. Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Sid (Shade) (P) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Coral #2 (P) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Justify My Love is a brightened, light-medium bubblegum pink with cool, blue undertones and a dusting of gold sparkle over a semi-matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that was just a smidgen powdery, but it did not appear dry or powdery on the skin. The color wore well for almost nine hours. Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dream (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Robotic (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC I'm the One (LE, $22.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Peony Pavillion (LE, $21.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Rose #1 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Your Love is King is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that applied well and wore for nine and a half hours on me. It was easier to blend out the palette version than the compact version I have, though the palette version didn’t seem quite as bright swatched (but more similar applied). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is brighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is more pigmented, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is cooler (95% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Impudique (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Warmhearted (LE, $28.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is supposed to be an exceptionally long-wearing (16 hours), pigmented, and “buttery soft” blush. It’s a nice blush, but unsurprisingly, it doesn’t last 16 hours. Some shades last eight hours, others last a little closer to ten hours–it is nice wear for powder blush generally, but you’ll find that many shades’ ratings took a hit because of the 16-hour wear claim. The blush has a soft texture that’s just firm enough not to kick up a lot of excess powder, but it’s not too firm where you can’t get good color payoff when you use it. Pigmentation varied from shade to shade and ranged from semi-opaque to totally opaque, while the blush tended to blend well on the skin with a satin to luminous finish. The compacts may be a little hard to open if you have larger fingers/hands (like me), and sometimes I felt like the pattern made it harder to get good pigmentation out of the blush if I used a more feathery brush.

Too Faced Blush Wardrobe Love Flush
Love Flush
Love Flush
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
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MAC Cheek Pollen & Spellbinder Blushes

MAC Cheek Pollen Blush
MAC Cheek Pollen Blush

MAC Cheek Pollen Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “warm nude [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin shimmer-sheen finish. It was richly pigmented with a really soft, smooth, almost buttery consistency that applied well to the skin. It blended out beautifully, while the satin finish gave the skin luminosity without emphasizing pores. On me, it lasted for eight hours. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Becca Amaretto (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio II (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is cooler (85% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Takeover (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Nude (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is less shimmery, cooler (80% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is brighter, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Spellbinder Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pastel yellow pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a slightly softened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color payoff and a soft, smooth texture that blended out easily on the skin. The sheen becomes more pronounced the more it is buffed into the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading. MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). CoverGirl Light Rose (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blind Date (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Legendary (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P) is less shimmery (85% similar). Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Powder Blush Cheek Pollen
Cheek Pollen
Cheek Pollen
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
MAC Powder Blush Spellbinder
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Nights Palette

MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit
MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit

MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit ($44.00 for 0.36 oz.) includes four powder eyeshadows and one Cream Colour Base (cream product), with the cream product housed underneath the powders, so you shouldn’t get too much cross-contamination from the powders. I liked it overall, though it is, of course, more dupable given it is a set of neutral shades. I think it would be an easier to sell if it was a quad of powder eyeshadows (it would also be more streamlined, as it wouldn’t have a second level to it) with the Cream Colour Base sold separately. It is priced pretty similarly to most limited edition, specially-packaged eyeshadow quads (which contain the same amount of powder product), so it’s almost like getting the CCB for free.

This Love is described as a “pinky orange-pearl.” It’s a light-medium, peachy copper with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a thin, lightly emollient consistency (I want to say greasy, but it’s not truly greasy!) that glides over the skin well and gives it a dewy finish. As a highlighter, it lasted for seven and a half hours (marketed for eight-hour wear, so not bad). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Summer Opal (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Forward March (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Stila Sending My Love Highlighter (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starry Eyed is described as a “cream high pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a sparkling, light white with warm undertones and a glittery finish. It appears darker and more peach-like in the pan, but it is much lighter and whiter when I swatched it, which may have been due to the drier, flakier texture where little powder came off but lots of sparkle did. It was a messy one to apply, and I think it would be best over a tacky base. I actually thought it was a Lustre when I tested it, and I was surprised to see it was a Frost. Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Alchemy (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Lancome My French #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #3 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Stila Nude Shimmer (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Diamond Butterfly (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Light Touch (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #2 (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Crystal Spark (LE) is darker (90% similar). Dior Golden Reflections #3 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek I'm Peachless (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

You My Everything is described as a “mid-tone peachy brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was smooth and finely-milled with decent to good pigmentation, but I had some issues with it sticking to bare skin, though it should be fine over a primer–it’s probably a wee bit too dry to get along with bare skin (which is normal-to-dry). It lasted for seven hours on me. Makeup Geek Tuscan Sun (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Nectar (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Lantana (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sugarpill Suburbia (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Sweetheart (P) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Placebo (LE) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Saddle is described as a “golden orange brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a matte finish. It had an incredibly smooth, finely-milled, and silky consistency that applied well and blended out beautifully. This shade is part of MAC’s permanent range, so if it’s the only shade that catches your eye, you can purchase it individually. It wore well for eight hours on me. Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Substitute for Love (P) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Tan Lines (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cookie (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Walnut (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Crenshaw (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Cognac (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Riff (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Brique (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Sienna (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Morocco (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is more muted (85% similar). Stila Individual (P) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Natasha Denona Sand Storm (90V) (P, $29.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Uninterrupted (DC, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Exposed (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hanging On is described as a “muted plum-brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark, taupe brown with subtle, warmer undertones but a more pronounced gray tone on top paired with a satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation with a slightly firmer consistency, but it was blendable and easy enough to apply onto the lid. This shade wore for eight hours before fading. Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Black #5 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Fairfax (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Dark Sienna (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Vendome #4 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Aromatic (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Nevermind (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Nights
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days Palette

MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit
MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit

MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit ($44.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes four Cream Colour Bases and one Blot Powder/Pressed. I am totally baffled by the inclusion of the Blot Powder, given that it is in shade “Medium Dark,” which will obviously not suit many skin tones. Why not a powder highlighter instead? Two of the Cream Colour Bases (Tint and Root) are part of the permanent range. If you’re unfamiliar with the Cream Colour Base formula, it’s pretty much a versatile cream-based product that can be sheer, buildable, creamy, or shimmery and can be used on the eyes, lips, or face (some shades have restricted usages). They can be used alone or over products (including powder) and are supposed to last for eight hours on face and body (with “lasting wear for hours on eyes”).

Medium Dark is a light-medium beige with a matte finish. It is similar to the color of my forearm, but it is lighter than face. The product itself is really, really chalky and looks powdery on my normal-to-dry skin. I’m not oily, so it was hard to determine if it was really helping combat that, but it seemed to extend the wear of my base by an hour or two.

Wished I Stayed is described as a “light cream pearl.” It’s a golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage with a lightweight, creamy consistency that glided on and blended out well. As a cheek highlighter, it lasted for seven hours on me. Stila Sending My Love Highlighter (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Moonstone (59M) (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tint is described as a “soft peachy brown with shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a soft pearl shimmer. It had semi-opaque to opaque coverage, though the creamy, emollient consistency makes it easy to apply less or really diffuse it for sheerer coverage. The color lasted for seven and a half hours as a blush. LORAC Pink Bronze (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Every Time You Go is described as a “creamy peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a creamy finish. It had semi-sheer to opaque pigmentation with a creamy, light-medium thick consistency–thicker than the other two–and has no shimmer. It blended out well on the skin and wore for seven and a half hours as a blush. Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Root is described as a “red taupey brown with shimmer.” It’s a dark, taupe brown with strong, gray shimmer with a warmer undertone. The more opaque it is applied, the grayer it appears, but the more it is sheered out, the browner it looks. It had semi-sheer to opaque pigmentation with a lightweight, emollient texture that glided and blended well on the skin without becoming patchy. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on my cheeks. MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Days
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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MAC x Ellie Goulding I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo

MAC I'll Hold My Breath Blush Duo
MAC I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo

MAC I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.) consists of a brown and pink, with the brown taking up about two-thirds of the space in the pan. Not bad, not out of this world. I wish they would have just kept it as true duo–half of each–as I think it would be more versatile that way. They are more dupable, particularly the coral (even within MAC’s range). It is a larger compact, and it’s nice to see that they put together special packaging for the collection.

I’ll Hold My Breath #1 is described as a “medium warm bronze.” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a dusting of gold shimmer. The texture was really smooth, but there was a firmness to it that made it a little harder to get the product to transfer onto a brush, even though it didn’t feel hard/stiff to the touch. It had semi-opaque pigmentation at best, but it was blendable on the skin and applied evenly overall. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #6 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’ll Hold My Breath #2 is described as a “peachy pink pearl.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation with a smooth consistency that was a little dry, but it applied without issue and blended out nicely. The color started to fade after eight hours on me. MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00)(95% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Legendary (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Impress (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ellie Goulding Powder Blush Duo I'll Hold My Breath
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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