Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Master Class Holiday 2015 Palette

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Master Class Holiday 2015 Palette ($65.00 for 1.24 oz.) includes 32 eyeshadows, six blushes, and two highlighters. It’s a disappointing palette as the majority of the shades were somewhere between dry, powdery, and dusty (or some combination thereof) with sheerer coverage and a short-wearing formula.

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Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Master Class Holiday 2015 Palette
Smashbox Master Class Holiday 2015 Palette Art. Love. Color.
C-
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
70%
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MAC Frankly Scarlet Blush

MAC Frankly Scarlet Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “vivid rose-red [with a matte finish].” It’s a bright, medium red with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Oh My! (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Apple Red (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Frankly Scarlet Blush
MAC Powder Blush Frankly Scarlet
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%

MAC Full Fuchsia Blush

MAC Full Fuchsia Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “bright intense fuchsia [with a Frost finish].” It’s a bold, bright, medium fuchsia-pink with strong, blue undertones and a fine shimmer-sheen. MAC Azalea (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Pegacorn (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Let's Be Friends (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sephora Collection I'm Shocked (09) (P, $15.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Jilted (P) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Full Fuchsia Blush
MAC Powder Blush Full Fuchsia
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
92%

MAC Love Joy Mineralize Blush

MAC Love Joy Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “warm mid-toen brown with gold pearl.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle reddish tones and soft, gold shimmer. MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Tint (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Love Joy Mineralize Blush
MAC Mineralize Blush Love Joy
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%

Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector’s Set

Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector’s Set ($49.00 for 1.23 oz.) includes 24 eyeshadows, three blushes, travel-sized mascara, and a twist-up jumbo lip crayon. It’s a mixed bag; some are nice, some are duds, and some are somewhere in-between. It’s a lot of product for your money, so if the shades appeal to you, and you generally like Tarte’s formula and typically wear a primer, it might be worth looking at. They are more dupable shades than not, and you’ll find some shades are similar (enough) to past Tarte releases. I liked how the palettes were separate from the packaging, so you can easily ditch the exterior (with the sequins), though that’s obviously a lot of waste. They could have made this a lot slimmer by skipping the lip crayon and mascara, as that is all that is contained in the drawer!

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Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector's Set
Tarte Holiday 2015 Collector’s Set Greatest Glitz
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Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
74%
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MAC Fever Blush

MAC Fever Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as an “intense reddish-burgundy [with a Matte finish].” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark plummy-pink with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. MAC Hot Nights (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Morticia (Shade) (P) is less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop New Lowes (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Fever Blush
MAC Powder Blush Fever
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
91%