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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 darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) (P, $53.00) is brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is darker (85% 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). Makeup Geek XOXO (P, $10.00) is more muted (95% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE) is lighter (95% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pinch O' Peach (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva CR020 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Pop (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (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). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (DC, $8.00) is darker, cooler (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. Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (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. theBalm #38 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #2 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Viseart Champs-Elysees (P) is darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Mellow Yellow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is 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). Sleek MakeUP Gates of Eden (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Hieroglyph (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Collective Chic #1 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Rubenesque (DC, $18.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Iris (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Beaux-Arts (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #2 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #1 (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 03 (LE) is darker (85% similar). MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Bellatrix (103M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, cooler (80% similar). 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). Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Fawn (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Raw Sienna (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Tiki Hut (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Frappe (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Kid (DC, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Nude #4 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Dulce de Leche (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Terracotta (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Titania (108CM) (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $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. IT Cosmetics Romance (P) is more shimmery, lighter (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. 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). Anastasia Aubergine (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Stereo (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00)(90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Raspberry (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Eggplant (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Clarins Rosewood #4 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Girlish Appeal (LE) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Remix (LE, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #5 (P) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #4 (P) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Pink Union #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (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). NARS Night Clubbing (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 17 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Gilded Night #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Black Diamond (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Night Whisper (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (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). Urban Decay Quiver (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Chamade (67) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (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 less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Cream Soda (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Milani Luminoso (P, $8.49) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE) is lighter (80% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals The Big Break (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, 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. NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Make a Sheen (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Noctum (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is darker, brighter (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. NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is cooler, glossier (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 less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (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 more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Givenchy Tentation #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shroom (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Call of the Canyon (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Prosecco (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Preferred Blonde (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Virgin (P, $19.00) 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. NARS Madrague #1 (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Buff (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bone (LE, $23.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). MAC Tabby (LE, $22.00) is glossier (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). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Midnight Haze (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Sunset Seine (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE)(95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Hieroglyph (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingersnap (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Warm Wash #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sassy Bun (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (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). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Point 'n' Shoot (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fin (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Wanted (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Punk (P) is cooler (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is less shimmery, less glossy (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is more shimmery (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). Tarte Super Mom (LE) is brighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Double Scoop (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #4 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P) is 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). Kat Von D Succubus (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Latte (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 05 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is warmer (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 lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte On the Monet (LE) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #2 (P) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). theBalm #39 (P, $6.50) is darker (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. Stila Chocolate (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Smoked (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Join My League (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso Bean (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Right) (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Cashmere #3 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Embark (P, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #5 (P) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #2E (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (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. Urban Decay Bootycall (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Givenchy Tentation #4 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Exposure #1 (P) is darker, warmer (95% similar). NARS Give In Take I (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Kifu (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #1 (P, $2.29) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Sugar (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is darker, warmer (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. Tarte Bold (P) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Cake & Biscuits (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Skinny Latte (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Unrequited (P) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocaholic (LE, $16.00)(85% similar). bareMinerals Granted (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Wilshire (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Sherbert (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (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 more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Gunmetal (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Time (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #18 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Graphite (07M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Diesel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (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). 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). Tarte Vanilla Candles (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Biarritz (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced White Chocolate (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 09 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Natural #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Nassau (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Alabaster (P) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nano Nude #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Crosses (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Tempera (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Pleasing to the Eye (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Sweetheart (P) is 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. Giorgio Armani #9 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sultana (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Rose Bronze (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Palace (LE) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #3 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Luna (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Clarins Rosewood #2 (P) is cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Exposure #3 (P) is warmer (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. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Abyss (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Chestnuts Roasting (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte A Beautiful Degas (LE) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Factory (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Charmed, I'm Sure (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Focus (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Tonka Imperiale #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Kiss Me, I'm Tipsy (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Clinique Pink Chocolate #4 (P, $15.00) is lighter (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). Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is lighter (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). MAC Morning Frost (DC, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #16 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is darker (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 less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Static (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Maroon (22M) (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #1 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Gash (LE, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #10 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Inglot #450 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Ciate Fierce (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Curtain Call (P, $9.99) is warmer (80% similar). 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. NARS Indes Galantes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Central Perk (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Love Letter (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC All's Rosy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Electra (115CM) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Drama (P) is darker, more muted (85% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% 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). L'Oreal Little Beige Dress (P, $5.99) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Naked (LE) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE) is 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 darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Bois des Indes #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Becca Cordial (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Pink Mauve (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Malt (P, $16.00) is 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 Kitschmas (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Leap #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Macaroon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (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). LORAC Plum (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Mulled Wine (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Define) (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Day Dream (LE) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Nightcap (P) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Aubergine (24V) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (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). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Chanel Destiny (61) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (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 more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Amaretto (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% 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%
Total

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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. Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (Original) (P) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Sun Ceremony (LE, $2.99) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (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). MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Stila Peach Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Shell Pearl (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Miss Cupcake (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (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 darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Vida Loca (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Mystery (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Super Nude (137) (LE, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Pure Delight (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Visionary (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Goals (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NYX Tres Leches (P, $5.99) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Giza (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Anything But Demure (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (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.

NARS Touch Up Kit (Holiday 2016) Non-Fiction
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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. Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Cream (21S) (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Vex (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I542 Pinky Clay (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Pearl Earring (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Indulge (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Telepathy (P) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #2 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Silver Ivory (04) (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Air (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Mother's Milk (LE, $16.00) is 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. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Left) (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Denim Smokey (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Retrograde (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury #2 (LE, $21.00) is 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. Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Midnight Swim (16) (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Rhinestone (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). The Estee Edit Wavy (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Mermaid (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Houdini (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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). Anastasia Blanc (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% 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, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #7 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (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). Disney by Sephora Cinders (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Lava Cake (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Beluga (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Infusion (P) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Black Magique (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Earthy Scent (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Ankh (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Topkapi #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Clarins Nude #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #12 (P) is lighter (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 shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is more shimmery, darker (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. MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Nectar (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is more shimmery, 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. Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Blush) (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette (Holiday 2016) Give In Take
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