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bareMinerals Be Beautiful Holiday 2016 Face & Eye Palette

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette
bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, three cheek colors, and a finishing powder. It is most bizarre that there’s a finishing powder, and it is, frankly, an odd color choice–it is very, very yellowy orange with no real sheen or satiny quality to it, so it is drier, powdery, and sits poorly on the skin while adding a yellow tint. Of all the inclusions in the palette, that was the most odd, and then of course, bareMinerals is a multiple-time offender of putting out an endless slew of neutral palettes so once you have a few, the rest start having less appeal.

I wasn’t particularly impressed by the cheek colors in the palette, as they had a firmer press that made it harder to get color payoff out of them. The eyeshadows were good and consistent with the Ready formula, but they seem unbalanced in depth–there are two very light shades and then two browns that are just a shade or two different; even sticking with neutrals, the composition could be more versatile. The palette itself is housed in a plastic compact this year, which is new, and for some, I imagine they’ll consider it an upgrade from cardboard, but it did feel bulkier as a result.

Value

  • Cheek Colors: $24.00 for 0.21 oz.; palette contains 0.27 oz. or $30.86 worth of cheek color
  • Finishing Powder: $23.00 for 0.30 oz. (using pricing for the Touch Up Veil, closest available product); palette contains 0.09 oz. or $6.90 worth of finishing
  • Eyeshadows: $21.00 for 0.09 oz.; palette contains 0.30 oz. or $70.00 worth of eyeshadow
  • Total Value: $107.76

Formula Overview

Ready Eyeshadow is supposed to have 12-hour wear, “vivid, pure, provocative color” that “looks like a powder, feels like a cream” and blends seamlessly. In general, I quite enjoy this formula, and it’s one of my favorites, as it is typically soft without being too powdery or dusty and more shimmery shades have a real creaminess to them. They wear between eight and twelve hours on me (without primer), blend well, and sit nicely on the skin. The majority of the shades I’ve tested in the past have been mostly opaque to opaque, but there have been a few misses over the years (not too many, though). Ready Blush is supposed to have “buildable color” with eight-hour wear, and those things are both true: they tend to be medium in coverage, somewhat to moderately buildable, and wear around eight hours.

Presence is a pale beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, creamy texture that was a smidgen dusty. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Let It Snow (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Thirteen (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #1 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Compassionate (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Charmer (P) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Graceful is a soft, light-medium taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. This shade seemed to wear well for nine hours on me before it started to fade. Kat Von D Lazarus (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Mud Mask (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Buxom Trendsetter (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Stone (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Exhale is a dark taupe with subtle, brown undertones and a grayer overtone paired with a matte finish. It had opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty texture that remained blendable and did not look dry or powdery applied to the skin. This shade wore for just over nine hours on me. Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Revelry (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Suspend (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Haze (P) is cooler, lower quality (95% similar). Too Faced Be You (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #5 (P) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cool Gray (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Password (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Fuze (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Bust (P, $19.00) is cooler, more shimmery (80% similar). Kat Von D Night Crawler (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Promise is a pale pinky-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage that applied easily as the texture was soft, blendable, and not too dusty or too firm in the pan. I was able to wear this shade for nine hours. Tarte Popcorn Strand (LE)(100% similar). Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Naked (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Wink (LE) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pale, Please (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Lithe Spirit (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Cream (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Pale Pink (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Fancy Dress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Cheers (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Pastel (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Orb (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Nude (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Toasted Marshmallow (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beautiful is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dustier, thinner texture, which resulted in the product sheering out on the lid and not applying as evenly as the other shades. It wore for seven hours before fading on me. LORAC Tan (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Base) (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Missing My Baby (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Wood Pink #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Desire (P) is brighter (90% similar). Stila Rose (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Huda Beauty Shy (LE) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Confident is a dark burgundy with subtle, warm reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, while the consistency had a firmer feel to it, though it was more buildable on the lid in practice. I noticed that this one had a tendency to stick unevenly to bare skin, so it would benefit from a primer. It wore well for ten hours on me. Anastasia Beauty Mark (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Friendly (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Ensemble (LE) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Gate Matte is a subdued, medium rose pink with warmer undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was firm, which made it difficult to really get color out of the pan, and when it did, it seemed to be chalkier and powdery. It lasted for eight hours, which is all the product promises, but the texture and way it looked on the skin left something to be desired. Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Balm Beach (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rose Bronze (P, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Limelight (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is brighter (85% similar). KIKO 102 Natural Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Inner Beauty is a soft, peachy brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It’s supposed to be all-over color for face (which seem to be what the brand uses for highlighters), but there’s no real sheen to it this when it is on the skin–possibly because it’s so firm that hardly any product comes off to begin with. It also had a chalkiness to it that just didn’t sit well on skin–it looked like it was just on top but not seamlessly blended. It wore for seven hours on me. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Highlighter) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Moment (LE, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Faux Tan Matte is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a satin finish. It had medium, buildable coverage with a fairly soft texture that ran a little dusty. It applied well and blended easily along the edges while lasting for seven hours on me. Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Be Beautiful Finishing Powder is a light-medium yellow with warm, yellowy orange undertones and a matte finish. The texture was powdery and clumpy–where the powder would come off in chunks, but they would blend out if you worked at it. This was such a strange inclusion to begin with, and the quality is just terrible–it does nothing but make skin look worse: dry, powdery, and noticeably yellower. It seemed to wear fine; it seemed to even prolong the wear of my base products by an hour or so.

bareMinerals Holiday 2016 READY Face & Eye Palette Be Beautiful
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush
Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush ($35.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four, deluxe-sized blushes and a synthetic, blush brush.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. There’s a lot to like about Tarte’s formula, as it is softer (sometimes dusty), blendable, and fairly smooth with good pigmentation, but for me, I rarely get 12-hour wear–I do get between 8 and 10-hour wear, though. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel that the blushes in the set were representative of the quality of the regular formula. The blushes are disappointing; two of the four were so stiff that I had to scrape off layers of product to get enough product to transfer and show on the skin as a swatch.

Value

  • Full-size cost: $28.00 for 0.20 oz., $140.00/oz.
  • Set cost: $35.00 for 0.20 oz., $175.00/oz., plus full-sized brush
  • Value: $28.00 worth of blush, $20-30 value for brush, $48 to $58 total value

Genius is a muted, medium rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly powdery and dry to the touch, which resulted in a color that sheered out too easily on the skin and did not want to stick to the skin evenly. It seemed to brighten on my cheeks, almost like when a matte powder darkens on the skin due to the natural oils. It lasted for seven hours on me (which is a far cry from 12).
Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Icon (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is lighter (85% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Out There (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Royal is a muted, rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had such a stiff texture that made it difficult to use at all; I could not get product to transfer on my brush, and I could barely get any color to transfer after jabbing a finger in the pan–I had to scrape off layers of product to loosen it from the pan, which is what I used for swatches (both on my arm and on my face). Without scraping and mangling the powder, it had next to nothing for color payoff and not enough product to blend or diffuse across my cheeks. It lasted for eight hours on me. Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Ven Conmigo (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Plum Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Guest List (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vibrant is a bright pop of orange-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The consistency was soft, just a bit dusty, but blendable and sat well on the skin. It had more of a natural matte finish when blended on the skin, so it didn’t look dry or flat applied. It had good pigmentation as well. On me, the color wore well for just over eight hours. KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Milani Coral Cove (05) (P, $8.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Tongue Tied (LE, $8.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pop is a bright cotton candy pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. This was the other shade that had an incredibly stiff, firm texture; I had to scrape away at the surface of the pan to dislodge enough powder to show swatches or to use it, but what powder was dislodged was softer and more finely-milled than Royal, so I did not have any issues with applying or blending out the color once I was able to pick up product with my brush. It lasted for eight and a half hours on my cheeks. Tarte Surreal (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Santa Baby (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Shadore (P, $37.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sculpted Cheeks Brush is a larger cheek brush that flares from the ferrule to a rounded edge. It looked more like a highlighting brush than the average blush brush, but it definitely works for applying cheek color. It had a lot of spring, and I would say floppier than desired for precise cheek color application. I liked it more for blending or using with something very sheer than applying a pigmented blush, as it seemed to apply in a very large area. The brush itself was fairly soft and wasn’t prickly or scratchy when I tried to use. I didn’t experience any shedding or issues after washing it a few times, but my experience with is limited. The brush head was 24.28mm in width, 48.15mm in length, and 24.28mm in thickness. It had a total length of 6.50 inches / 16.5 centimeters.

[Please note: it is not possible to average the Sculpted Cheeks Brush scores with the blush scores as the things they are measuring are different, so I have only taken the Product rating for the brush to average a Product rating for the set.]

Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush Sculpted Cheeks
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
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Genius

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Royal

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B+

Vibrant

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D+

Pop

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Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick

Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick
Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick

Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. MAC Yash (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Lady Be Good (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Noble (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Skinny Dip (P, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Covetous Nude (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Platform (DC, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Oxblood (LE, $17.00) is brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sorry Not Sorry (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Stark Naked (DC, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Doe (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. Creme Caramel had buildable coverage from medium to fully opaque. The texture was smooth, velvety, and just creamy enough not to tug on the skin or lips when applied directly from the tube but was a bit less emollient compared to about half the range. It worked best as a cream blush when I tested it, as it emphasized and sunk into lip lines when worn as a lip product and creased like crazy as a cream eyeshadow.

On the cheeks, the color blended out beautifully on the skin, and it was easy to spread out the color without becoming uneven or patchy. I found it equally easy to apply on bare skin as well as over (liquid) foundation. The texture didn’t fully dry down, so it had a natural, skin-like sheen, but I didn’t have issues with it moving or settling over time. It wore well for eight and a half hours as a cream blush.

On the lips, it applied fairly evenly, though it wasn’t quite as even as the majority of the range. The texture, while comfortable, settled into lip lines early on and worsened over the four and a half hours the color lasted. It felt smooth going on, and it didn’t tug. The formula wasn’t drying nor was it hydrating.

On the eyes, the color applied well and blended out nicely with smooth, even coverage. The problem I had with it was how quickly it creased and pulled into lines on my lid, and while it did not seem to dry down, it also looked a little dry where it had creased (almost powdery).

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Bite Beauty Multistick Crème Caramel
C+

Permanent

7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total

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ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rusty red copper.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery red with warm, red-orange undertones and fine pinky-red and gold shimmer. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Ambering Rose (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Margin (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is supposed to be buildable with sheerer coverage when used with brushes and richer coverage when applied with fingertips. The texture of this was very smooth, and it felt wetter than past iterations of this formula. It was intensely pigmented when applied with fingertips, but it blended out easily and could be buffed out if over-applied. When I used a synthetic stippling brush with it, the color was definitely sheerer but blended better with fingertips than a synthetic brush. While it is a cream-based product, it dries down to a more powder-like finish and was never tacky or glossy on the skin. It wore well for over nine hours before starting to fade on me.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Bardot
Bardot
Bardot
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette
Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette ($69.00 for 0.52 oz.) includes three Shimmer Bricks, which are very shimmery powders. Each Shimmer Brick has five shades, so the color that you get can vary depending on where you concentrate your brush. All three shades have been released before, though only Bronze is part of the permanent range from what I could tell! It’s a powder highlight that features five colors, which are designed to be used together (though you can concentrate your brush in areas as well, or if you have an eye brush, you can use them individually) and applied to the face to highlight.

The three included in the palette all highlight the skin and add noticeable color on my light-medium complexion, so they be even more blush-like on fairer complexion and will likely show up on deeper skin tones with subtler tints. The texture of Gold and Bronze was smoother and more finely-milled with less overt sparkle, whereas Wild Rose was drier and seemed to have larger chunks of sparkle, which were more prone to emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. They were easy to apply, wore for about eight hours, and are well-worth a look for someone who likes a more intense, noticeable highlight. They’re the type of highlighter where a little can go a long way to adding luminosity, so they can definitely be too intense for some people’s preferences.

Value

  • Cost of full-size: $46.00 for 0.40 oz., $115.00/oz.
  • Cost of palette: $69.00 for 0.52 oz., $132.69/oz.
  • Value: $59.80

Gold is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones paired with a frosted, lightly metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that blended out easily on the skin. I did not find that it emphasized my skin’s natural texture, but it does have a strong sheen to its finish. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, warmer, lower quality (95% similar). Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Golden Dawn (LE) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a softer, light-medium golden bronze shimmer. The pigmentation was rich, but the texture was soft and blendable, so it could easily be applied in sheerer layers or diffused for less intense coverage if desired–a little did go a long way, though, and I’d recommend using a lighter hand initially. On me, the powder lasted eight hours before fading. Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Do Not Disturb (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Stila Kitten (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wild Rose is a slightly muted, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and cooler, frosty pink shimmer. The shimmer particles in this shade seemed larger with both finer and more obvious flecks of sparkle used, which gave it a bit of a drier, looser consistency that was sheerer in coverage. The texture and shimmer in this one did emphasize my pores a bit, making them seem larger than they were. I didn’t have any trouble blending out the color, though, and it still wore for eight hours like the other two. Anastasia Sassy Grape (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose (LE, $46.00) is cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Palette (Holiday 2016) Bobbi to Glow
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Coor Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette ($44.00 for 0.84 oz.) includes 10 blushes housed in a circular compact that opens and reveals five blushes on each side (there is no mirror as a result). Each pan is a decent size at 0.084 oz. a pop with a wide enough diameter that most blush brushes fit easily in them. The pans did not appear removable (I tried three pans with tweezers, and I didn’t feel any give). It would be a travel-friendly way to take so many blushes with you without taking up a lot of space.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. There’s a lot to like about Tarte’s formula, as it is softer (sometimes dusty), blendable, and fairly smooth with good pigmentation, but for me, I rarely get 12-hour wear–I do get between 8 and 10-hour wear, though. Overall, the quality was consistent with the full-sized Tarte blushes I’ve tried with only one shade having a firmer, stiffer texture. I think they could have varied the colors used in the palette a bit more, but at least there is some variety in undertones and finishes. If you have a few blush palettes from Tarte, you may find that there is a lot of overlap, even if shades are not exact dupes, as the brand is prone to repeating itself each holiday! I think this a wish list worthy option for someone who is a big fan of Tarte’s formula or needs to have an instant blush stash.

Value

  • Full-size cost: $28.00 for 0.20 oz., $140.00/oz.
  • Palette cost: $44.00 for 0.84 oz., $52.38/oz.
  • Value: $117.60 worth of blush / $4.40 per shade

Crafty is a light peach with warm undertones and gold shimmer. This will work more as a highlighter than a blush for most skin tones, though it has a whiter base, so deeper skin tones may want to layer it over another cheek color. The texture was soft, blendable, and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture when applied. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Goddess (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Concept is a muted, medium-dark rosy coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation paired with a soft, blendable texture that was a bit thin and dusty, so it sheered out noticeably when applied to the cheeks. Luckily, it could be built up to greater intensity. This shade wore for nine hours before starting to fade on me. MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #7 (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Between the Sheets (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is darker (85% similar). The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Icon is a muted, medium rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had the type of finish that seemed matte initially, but it had a more natural matte finish when blended and buffed on the skin–it didn’t look dry or flat. This shade had a soft, lightly dusty texture that was very blendable and easy to use, and it did not sheer out unduly like Concept did, so the dustiness wasn’t noticeable when I used it on the cheeks. I was able to wear this one for nine hours before it started to show signs of wear. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Formal (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Montage is a deep raspberry pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was good, while the consistency was smooth but too firm in the pan, so it was harder to blend out on the skin. It had more of a natural finish as it was blended on the skin. On me, this shade wore well for nine hours. MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ironic is a medium-dark, pinky plum with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. This blush had excellent color payoff, while the texture was soft, just a smidgen powdery, and blended easily on the skin. I noticed the finish looked less matte and flat as I blended the product on my cheeks. The wear came in closer to nine hours on this particular color. Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Plum #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Black Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Idol is a light-medium, yellowed gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty texture–this one was prone to sheering out, but I imagine that for most this will be used as a highlighter and that sheerness will be more appreciated than not. The sheen is subtle on my skin, and the color didn’t seem to translate as noticeably as I had anticipated, but as always, this will likely have more color impact on fairer complexions. It wore well for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE) is darker (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Culture is a bright pop of peony pink with warmer undertones (though not strongly warm) paired with warmer, golden shimmer. It had good color coverage with a powdery texture, though it was soft, finely-milled, and remained blendable on the skin. There seemed to be pigmentation to spare, as it did not sheer out noticeably in practice. This shade lasted for almost nine hours on me. Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00)(95% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Laugh (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Delight (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal is a bright, medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It was nicely pigmented, and I felt like a little went a long way, possibly due to the general brightness of it as well as the richness in pigment. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a bit on the dusty side, but it did not appear dry or chalky applied to my skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. Tarte Pop (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Temper (LE) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Blush (P) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Pink Explosion (LE, $45.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Shadore (P, $37.00) is more muted (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deco is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder felt soft, smooth, and neither dusty nor too firm in the pan. This shade applied and blended out without trouble and lasted for nine hours. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is brighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Revelation (63) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Life's a Picnic (LE, $22.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mod is a brightened, medium peachy-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. The blush was richly pigmented and applied true-to-color on my skin. It had a soft, smooth consistency, and wasn’t dusty or powdery. This shade lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me. Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Vibrant (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dolline (P, $37.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Holiday 2016 Blush Palette Color Wheel
Color Wheel
Color Wheel
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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