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Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.54 oz.) is a cooler-toned eyeshadow palette with one blush. The palette has some misses and a few nicer shades, but if you already have a few of Tarte’s palettes, you may want to check your stash–there were a lot of Tarte eyeshadows that I ended up pulling as similar shades across this palette. The mattes were on the powdery side, while the more frosted shades were more pigmented and applied better to bare skin.

As a note, the back of the packaging lists 1.91 oz. for the blush with a 5.4g weight, but when you covert 5.4 grams into oz., you get 0.19 oz. (1.91 oz. is a massive amount of product in makeup, whereas 0.19 oz. is more in line with the size of it in the palette and what you’d expect to see with the average blush).

Full Moon is a light beige with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had a very silky feel to it, but it was prone to sheering out as it also became somewhat powdery. It had semi-opaque coverage and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Kinky (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Dainty (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is brighter. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is brighter. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charged Up is a subdued, medium-dark taupe brown with a frosted finish and warm undertones. The eyeshadow had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t powdery or dry. On me, it started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC Superwatt (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Chrome (P, ) is darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) (P, $28.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Anastasia Custom (P, $12.00) is warmer. Too Faced Rum Raisin (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Cle de Peau Satin Moon #3 (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Buxom Mink Magnet (P, $12.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Drive is a blackened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-sheer with a drier texture that kicked up excess in the pan and ended up being difficult to blend on the eye, as the eyeshadow applied unevenly. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Don’t Turn A-Brown (LE, ) is warmer. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P, ) is more muted. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is . Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Tarte Dim the Lights (LE, ) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE, ) is cooler. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Zoeva Beans are White (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stone Unturned is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It was very powdery, which resulted in sheer coverage that didn’t apply well to bare skin. It was noticeably faded after five and a half hours on me. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Cover (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is warmer. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Puddin’ (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker, cooler. Viseart Tabac (P, ) is darker. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker, cooler. NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Up Too Slate is a medium-dark, purple-taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to work with. The texture felt a little denser compared to the rest of the palette. The eyeshadow started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is cooler. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #2 (P, ) is lighter. MAC Aristocratic Aura (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Prom Night (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, warmer. YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Buxom Patent Leather (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Vendome (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Misty Mauve is a softened, medium-dark purple-taupe with a matte finish and cooler undertones. It was a smidgen on the powdery side, but it was denser and had a much smoother feel, which helped the color payoff. The color went on with mostly opaque coverage and started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Tarte I Think I Cannes (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Natural Beauty (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Unexpected (P, $5.99) is lighter. Tarte Best Friend (LE, ) is darker. Colour Pop Bill (P, $5.00) is lighter. Buxom Spoiled Sexy (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer. Hourglass Monochrome #4 (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Eco-chic (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Plum Smoke (P, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer. LORAC Wisteria (LE, ) is warmer. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $29.50) is warmer. MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Power Plum is a deepened, eggplant purple with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was powdery and dusty in the pan, which made it harder to blend on the lid without it turning into a patchy/uneven mess. The color wore well for seven hours on me. Make Up For Ever #160 (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. bareMinerals Nightcap (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE, ) is . LORAC Plum (P, ) is lighter. theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Fig. 1 (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Lunar Eclipse is a medium-dark black with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque with a firmer, drier consistency that was difficult to blend on the skin. It lasted for just over six hours before fading. Anastasia LBD (LE, $12.00) is warmer. Dior Pied de Poule #3 (P, ) is lighter. Sephora Collection Black Lace (P, $13.00) is darker. NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Blackboard (LE, $16.00) is less pigmented, lower quality. Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Crystal Spark is a brightened, light peachy-beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had a denser texture, but it was prone to “thickening” on the lid, so it would look uneven or emphasize the texture of the lid itself. It had good pigmentation and was fairly blendable, while the color lasted for seven and a half hours. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P, ) is darker, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE, ) is warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is brighter. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Viseart Kifu (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Devotion (P, ) is more shimmery. NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Unearthed is a rosy copper with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage that was fairly buildable with a lightly powdery texture that was at least finely-milled. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading, but it fell short of the 12-hour wear time claimed. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is cooler. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is warmer. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Fall 2015 Eye & Cheek Palette Energy Noir
Energy Noir
Energy Noir
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total
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Laura Geller Guava Baked Gelato Swirl Blush

Laura Geller Guava Baked Gelato Swirl Blush
Laura Geller Guava Baked Gelato Swirl Blush

Laura Geller Guava Baked Gelato Swirl Blush ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink-coral with a subtle, golden sheen. Charlotte Tilbury Las Salinas (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Panic (Right) (P, ) is warmer. MAC Secret Admirer (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is warmer. NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $30.00) is warmer. NARS Realm of the Senses #1 (LE, $30.00) is warmer. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as having vivid and “translucent, vibrant color” with a “flirty, natural-looking flush” that goes on “like a powder but feels like a cream.” They have a very similar texture as the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators I reviewed earlier this year, which I totally fell in love with. The texture has a smooth, denser feel to it that has good color payoff that’s incredibly easy to blend out on the skin. The pigmentation varies from shade to shade, but they are generally quite pigmented. Guava was intensely pigmented with a soft, blendable consistency that was dense and almost cream-like but applied and blended exactly as a powder blush would. I felt like it almost melted into the skin and gave a more stained-like appearance, but it was very even (and stains can be tricky to work with for that reason, at least for me!). What’s nice about the formula is you can use less and blend out for a tint of color or apply normally and get a bold cheek look. The blush has a luminous sheen that gives it a dewy look without emphasizing pores. It wore well for almost nine hours on me before fading slightly.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Blush Guava
Guava
Guava
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Becca Sweet Pea Mineral Blush

Becca Sweet Pea Mineral Blush
Becca Sweet Pea Mineral Blush

Becca Sweet Pea Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “rosy plum nude.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. I really didn’t see the rose/plum tones in it; even in the pan, I feel like I’m stretching to see rose/plum. Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Liberating (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. Becca Fig (P, $25.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Cheeky (79) (LE, $38.00) is darker, glossier. Too Faced Peach Beach (P, $30.00) is lighter. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, ) is lighter, warmer. NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The color payoff of this shade was more in line with what the formula is supposed to be–buildable–as the color was semi-sheer to semi-opaque. It had a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t powdery nor was it too firm. It applied with ease, as the powder diffused softly along the edges and didn’t turn patchy or appear uneven in the end. This could be more like a satiny bronzer for some skin tones that won’t get too bright, as there is a muted quality to the color overall. On me, the blush lasted for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

Becca Mineral Blush Sweet Pea
Sweet Pea
Sweet Pea
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick ($46.00 for 0.40 oz.) is described as a “soft, warm pink glow.” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe-brown with warm undertones and pink and bronze shimmer that gives it a more metallic sheen. Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Taupe Shape (, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Superb (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

I was expecting to review the newest Shimmer Brick for summer/fall, but I received this shade (I honestly have been so overwhelmed with new products releasing that I just photographed and reviewed without a lot of thought!), and it was only when I started putting together the written review did I notice! Oh, well, it’s a long-time favorite and has been out for awhile, so no harm in a full review, right? 🙂 Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick formula is an intensely shimmered set of five strips of shades that allow you to customize the overall color (use the top half for a pinker, darker hue, while you can use the bottom half for a lighter, warmer hue) or individually. Together, they are richly pigmented and very shimmery, which gives a beautiful glow to the skin, but it can be over-applied and then emphasize pores. I like using a fan or feathery brush and a lighter hand to build up the shimmer as desired to minimize the chance of overdoing it. I felt like this particular shade was easier to apply than some of the other Shimmer Bricks I’ve tried, almost as if it was smoother with finer shimmer. This may be more of a blush, bronze, or highlighter depending on your natural skin tone. On me, it wore well for eight hours.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Pink Quartz
Pink Quartz

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Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a rich, medium-dark coppery red with lighter gold sparkle. It had sheer coverage, which gives the skin a tint of color and a dewy sheen. A little went a long way, so you can achieve a stronger tint if desired. The sparkle in this shade made it harder to blend over foundation, as it seemed prone to disturbing anything underneath it, but it worked without issue on bare skin. I noticed a few bits of sparkle migrated over night as well, which isn’t a problem I’ve had with other shades in the range. The color itself wore for nine hours. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is more muted, more pigmented. NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is darker, more pigmented. NARS Mauritanie (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 18
No. 18
No. 18
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Style Maven Face Kit

MAC Style Maven Face Kit
MAC Style Maven Face Kit

MAC Style Maven Face Kit ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, two blushes, and two lipsticks. It’s a cooler-toned, more purple-based palette. The eyeshadows are disappointing, while the blushes were decent. The lipsticks are okay, but they have a thinner consistency that makes them feel clingier applied (and Girl About Town lost some of its depth). Over the last few years, MAC palettes like these have typically been bigger disappointments, and unfortunately, this year’s Nordstrom exclusives haven’t broken that cycle.

Girls Do Blush is described as a “mauve plum.” It’s a dusty, muted, purple-plum with cooler undertones and a satiny sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage with a texture that was a smidgen powdery, but it sat well on the skin and was blendable. The color wore for eight hours. Urban Decay Rapture (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Crazed Imagination (LE, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is warmer. Chanel Rose Temptation (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shy One is described as a “mid-tone tan.” It’s a muted, medium peach-beige with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was on the powdery side, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin and blended out nicely. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / View dupes side-by-side.

Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner Bag is described as a “deep navy.” It’s a blackened purple with a hint of blue and satin finish. It was dry, firm, uneven, difficult to blend out, and had sheer coverage. Applied, the color lasted for seven hours, so I guess there was a pro. Colour Pop Rex (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo (Right) (LE, ) is less shimmery. Sephora + Pantone Universe Moonlight Blue (LE, ) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Midnight (LE, ) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Heavy Metal (P, $16.00) is cooler. theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Ardency Inn Purple Hearts (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Apparition (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. compare dupes side-by-side.

Malt is described as a “soft pinkish beige.” It’s a softened, medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish, but it doesn’t look anything like the permanent version, which has a pinky tone to it overall. Since it’s pretty different, I don’t want to muck-up the official list of dupes for the permanent version, but here’s a link that’ll show you similar shades to the one in this palette. The texture was firmer and harder to blend out, and it lasted for seven hours on me.

Nearing Dark is described as a “purple plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple with cooler undertones and a pearly sheen. It suffered from a very firm press that made it difficult to get more than sheer coverage out of it, and it was a challenge to work with. Once on, even though it looked pretty ragged, it lasted for seven hours. Dior Dulcinee #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Poppycock (LE, ) is darker, brighter. theBalm rem (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. Chanel Campanule (107) (LE, $34.00) is darker, more pigmented. Chanel Campanule (107) (LE, $34.00) is darker, more pigmented. Sephora Collection Getaway (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker. Anastasia Iridescent Purple (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Makeup Geek Pop Culture (P, $5.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler.See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Performance Art is described as a “sterling silver.” It’s a gold-shimmered, pinky-mauve with a frosted sheen. This version in the palette is dominated by the gold shimmer, which gives it a more pinky-beige kind of coloring (it’s no “sterling silver” though). It had so-so pigmentation with a smooth but firm texture. It wore for almost even hours. Colour Pop Prickly Pear (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, lighter. Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) (P, $38.00) is darker. Dior House of Pinks #4 (LE, ) is darker, warmer, better quality. bareMinerals Catch Me If (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Make a Mauve (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Dolomites (Left) (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is lighter. MAC After Dusk (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted. View dupes side-by-side.

Shadowy Lady is described as a “blackened plum.” It’s a very dark, blackened eggplant with warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade is part of the permanent range, and its permanent counterpart isn’t exactly the best eyeshadow on the market, but its iterations in palettes is so bad sometimes–including this time. It skips, drags, adheres unevenly, doesn’t blend, and has really shoddy pigmentation. Whatever I manage to get onto the lid wears for seven hours, but it looks terrible. Smashbox Aubergine (P, ) is lighter. MAC Black Plum (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Boudoir Noir (LE, ) is lighter, more muted. bareMinerals Ensemble (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Nude #7 (LE, ) is cooler. Chanel Pulsion (112) (P, $29.50) is darker, cooler. bareMinerals Ensemble (LE, ) is darker. Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler. theBalm Presto (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #4 (P, ) is warmer. theBalm Matt Batali (LE, $16.00) is brighter. theBalm #27 (P, $6.50) is lighter. theBalm Matt Batali (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Graphology (DC, $16.00) is darker, more pigmented. / View dupes side-by-side.

Sweet Allure is described as a “light pearl beige.” It’s a light, pink-tinged white-beige with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture (hey, there’s one in every palette!). It wore well for eight hours before fading. Buxom Cocker Spaniel (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Sellout (P, $18.00) is warmer. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Dior Pastel Fontanges #5 (LE, ) is lighter. Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is lighter. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever I528 Pearl (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. Chanel Tisse Venitien #2 (P, ) is less shimmery. Stila Rose Quartz (P, ) is warmer. Dior Trafalgar #1 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Blush (LE, ) is more shimmery. Hello Kitty Friendship (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Whisper Pink (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. View dupes side-by-side.

Naked Dream is described as a “mid-tone pinky nude.” It’s a light-medium, muted pink with subtle warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque coverage that went on evenly with some emphasis of the natural lip lines. It wore well for four hours but was slightly drying over time. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Dusk (P, $50.00) is darker. Kat Von D Lovecraft (P, $21.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Boca (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Love Happens (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Ace (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Flynn (LE, $32.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Addison (LE, $32.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Sable (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Pretty Natural (LE, $16.00) is cooler, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Girl About Town is described as a “bright blue fuchsia.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. The permanent version of this has a lot more pigmentation and depth, and the finish is more luminous. This version wore for four and a half hours and left a stain behind but was on the drying side. Urban Decay Menace (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Tats (LE, $16.00) is cooler, more muted. Clinique Punch Pop (P, $18.00) is brighter, glossier, lighter. MAC Hollywood Cerise (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Bite Beauty #004 (LE, $36.00) is brighter, lighter, cooler. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is less glossy, darker, warmer. MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy, glossier, brighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is cooler. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy, less pigmented, glossier. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy, more pigmented, more shimmery, glossier, brighter. Bite Beauty Vigne (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is darker. View dupes side-by-side.

MAC Face Kit Style Maven
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
71%
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