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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 Harmony (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Destiny (61) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Becca Amaretto (LE, $32.00) is cooler, more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is cooler, darker (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. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (Original) (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Sun Ceremony (LE, $2.99) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (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. MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Miss Cupcake (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shell Pearl (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Stila Peach Shimmer (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is warmer (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 more muted, darker (90% similar). Tarte Goals (P, $20.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Super Nude (137) (LE, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Vida Loca (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pure Delight (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Mystery (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). NYX Tres Leches (P, $5.99) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (LE, $24.00) is more muted, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Visionary (LE) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Giza (P, $26.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is darker (85% similar). MAC Anything But Demure (LE, $20.00) is cooler, darker (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. Natasha Denona Cream (21S) (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vex (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Pearl Earring (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I542 Pinky Clay (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Indulge (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #2 (LE) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Telepathy (P) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Clarins Silver Ivory (04) (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Mother's Milk (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). bareMinerals Air (P) is warmer, 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. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Ace (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Left) (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Denim Smokey (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Retrograde (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $21.00) is cooler, 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. Guerlain Les Aquas #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Midnight Swim (16) (P, $10.00) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Rhinestone (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Houdini (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). The Estee Edit Wavy (LE) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Mermaid (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (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). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Blanc (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #1 (LE) is warmer (90% 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, $10.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #7 (LE, $25.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (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). Zoeva Infusion (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Beluga (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Cinders (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Lava Cake (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Join My League (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #12 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Topkapi #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Ankh (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Earthy Scent (LE, $16.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Nude #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is warmer (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 muted, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is darker, more shimmery (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. Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Nectar (P, $5.00) is 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. NARS Undefeated (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Blush) (P, $30.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is darker, more shimmery (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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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Mineralize Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Mineralize Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Mineralize Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Mineralize Kit ($55.00 for 0.46 oz.) includes a full-sized Mineralize Rich Lipstick, full-sized Mineralize Lipglass, and a miniature sized Mineralize Skinfinish. The lipstick and highlighter are both part of the permanent range, while the gloss is new and exclusive to the set. The kit comes with a large, zippered makeup “box” (less of a bag, more of a rectangular box where the top zips open). The glosss was the real miss in the kit, as it settled into lip lines, while the lipstick and highlighter worked fairly well.

Value

  • Mineralize Rich Lipstick: $25.00 for 0.14 oz.
  • Mineralize Glass: $25.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.
  • Mineralize Skinfinish: $33.00 for 0.35 oz. or $94.26/oz.
  • Set Values: $25.00 worth of lipstick, $25.00 worth of lipgloss, $11.55 worth of highlighter
  • Total Value: $61.55

Pure Pout is a subdued, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a fine, pearly sheen. The formula is supposed to have medium, buildable coverage with a hydrating feel that lasts six hours. It had semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage with a soft, lightly creamy texture that felt emollient on but did not slide around as it was thinner overall. It wore well for three and a half hours and was moisturizing while worn. Bite Beauty Musk (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Woodrose (LE, $17.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Jersey Rose (DC, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $50.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pure Zen (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Revolve Around Me (LE, $52.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Maybelline Sin-a-mon (935) (P, $7.49) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Taffy (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Oh Snap (LE, $5.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $55.00) is cooler, more pigmented (90% similar). Guerlain Gillian (LE, $55.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Vanished (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Fresh Brew (P, $17.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Alexander (2016) (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Ingenue (168) (P, $37.00) is less glossy, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Kiddo (P, $5.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Honeybun (P, $20.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Happiness is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and gold pearl. It’s supposed to be a sheer formula with “modern shine.” It had sheer color coverage, which is as described, and it applied somewhat evenly–the issue I had was that the color settled into lip lines. The gloss was comfortable and hydrating for the two hours it lasted. MAC Fashion Whim (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Perfect Nude (04) (P, $12.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). MAC Lap Dog (LE, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). YSL Nude Carat (No. 20) (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (L.S.D.) (LE, $22.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Chloe (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Double Happiness (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Telegenius (LE, $22.00)(90% similar). Maybelline Enthralling Nude (500) (P, $8.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Long Live the Night (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Water Deities (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Prancin' Dancin' (LE, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Global Glow is a medium, golden bronze with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a luminous shimmer-sheen finish. The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is supposed to have a “velvety soft” feel and a “radiant finish” with “sheer coverage.” It had medium, buildable coverage with a soft, thin, slightly dusty texture that blended out easily on the skin. It just barely emphasized my skin’s natural texture if worn at medium or higher coverage. It’s more of a highlighting bronzer on my skin tone, and when I wore it on my cheeks, the color lasted for seven hours before fading. Urban Decay Baked (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Honeychild (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Secret Radiance (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is brighter, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Bronze (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes
Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes ($49.00 for 1.46 oz.) includes 18 eyeshadows, two blushes, one bronzer, and a deluxe sized mascara. While I don’t always have great luck with Too Faced’s eyeshadow formula (I have found it to be thinner and dustier, so it tends to require primer to perform well), I found this set of palettes to be particularly disheartening. I feel like this set is why people have dismissed holiday palettes more this year compared to previous years; it is everything wrong with holiday: an intense focus on packaging and presentation and seemingly little to no focus on actual product quality and consistency. There were many shades that were very sheer, dusty, or dry, and only a handful of shades were decent. Even two of the three cheek colors had a clumpy, powdery consistency that was just really surprising–in the worst of ways–and sealed the deal on this being a total disappointment.

Peppermint Cream is a bright white with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a light, dusty texture (though smooth) that lasted for six hours before fading. Viseart Bright Editorial #1 (P)(100% similar). Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00)(100% similar). MAC Gesso (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Kat Von D Skull (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Flat White (LE, $22.00) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Sephora Daisy's My BFF (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #1 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC White (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Christmas Blend is a medium-dark peach with warm, brown undertones and a sparkling finish. It had sheer coverage with a dry, dusty, and chunky texture that was a total pain to use as it did not apply to bare skin (or even over regular primer). It lasted for four hours–if that–on me. Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome My French #5 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Give Me Fire (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte #SFS (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Catnap (-, $5.00) is better quality, more pigmented, more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Sweeter End (P) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Baby (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Melody (98) (P, $32.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Luscious Lani (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Parallel Universe (Left) (LE, $25.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Peppermint Mocha is a dark brown with warm,r ed undertones and a mostly matte finish, though there were visible sparkles that sat on top and blended away. The texture was incredibly dusty and dry, which resulted in sheer coverage that turned patchy when blended. It lasted for six hours before fading. Too Faced Peach Pit (P, $16.00) is warmer, more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #5 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Age #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Silk Robe (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #4 (P) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Antique Bronze (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lucky Penny (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Candy Cane is a light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, powdery texture that tended to sheer out and fade within six hours. Too Faced Raspberry Rose (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #1 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink (P, $5.99) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Baby Cakes (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) (P) is more muted, darker (95% similar). MAC Flounce (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Kitten (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). LORAC Pink Cream (LE, $19.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (90% similar). NARS Douce France #1 (LE, $25.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Vintage (P) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 13 (LE) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Light Pink (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Caregiver (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sprinkles is medium-dark berry with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty, drier texture that still managed to blend out without too much work. It wore for seven hours. City Color It's a Girl (P, $6.99) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Glistening Garnet (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Alchemy (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Stylishly Merry (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). City Color U Jelly? (P, $6.99) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Marry in Monte Carlo (LE, $9.99) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #9 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Violet Blend #3 (LE) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME840 Pink Chrome (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coffee Chip is a blackened brown with hints of warmer, olive undertones and a fine, pearly shimmer. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the texture was soft, just a touch dusty, but one of the easiest shades to work with in the palette. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #4 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Dark Roast (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Bedazzled Spruce (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #6 (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bracken (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rock (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Snakebite (P, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Leopard (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Haute Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Darkhorse (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Clarins The Essentials #10 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Natasha Denona Dark Sepia (47P) (P, $29.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Burberry Gold #1 (LE) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Santa Baby is a bright pop of medium pink with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It was very chalky, powdery in the pan, and tended to clump on the brush. The color was difficult to blend out on the skin, as it would stick strongly to some places and not at all on other areas. It lasted for six hours on me. NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pinch O' Peach (P, $22.00) is better quality (95% similar). Zoeva PK020 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Zoeva PK030 (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Formal (LE) is more muted (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Lovecloud (P, $22.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Tarte Pop (LE, $28.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (DC, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frosty Nog is a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too dusty. It lasted for six hours on me before fading. NARS Give In Take IV (LE, $29.00)(100% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Highlight) (P) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Nude #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (P) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Extra Creamy (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eggnog Latte is a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a sparkling sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a firmer texture–it felt almost wet in the pan–and a smoother finish on the skin. The color lasted for seven hours but had some fall out. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Pastel Fontanges #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Alexandre Trois (P) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Bling (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain L'Heure de Nuit #1 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dust (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Iced Coffee is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a pearl sheen. It had decent color payoff with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that lasted for seven hours on me. Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #28E (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hot & Cold (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte On the Monet (LE) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Caramelized (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Peace (P) is lighter (90% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #14 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Hammamet (Right) (LE, $25.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #3 (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Cote d'Azur (P, $16.00) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Mocha (P, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Peanut Butter Cup (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Skinny Latte is a light-medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a very powdery, clumpy texture that was hard to work with, as it would result in fall out on the lid and sheer, uneven coverage when applied. The color started to fade after six hours. Tarte Love Hue (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Kid (DC, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #1 (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Lancome Sante (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). NARS Yamal (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Bold (P) is brighter (90% similar). theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #2 (P) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Painkiller (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Tarte Frameworthy (LE) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Chocaholic (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cold Brew is a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and multi-colored sparkle. The texture was denser and felt wet to the touch, and it had a lot more sparkle, but the sparkle binded better with the base than usual. It had good pigmentation and applied fairly well to the lid. The color wore for seven hours with a touch of fall out. Tarte Under the Mistle-taupe (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Amethyst (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Grand-Palais (P) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Far Side (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Quartz Fume (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Showstopper Copper (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soft Steel (LE, $22.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Tan Lines (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Reef (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Golden Petals Scattering (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Radar (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Tea Leaves (LE, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Clinique Cocoa Pop (P, $17.00) is more muted (85% similar). Ardency Inn Vintage Gold (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Spiked Cider (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Chronosphere (LE, $19.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Central Perk is a rich, dark emerald green with cooler undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the texture was smooth, creamy, and blendable. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Scarab (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #414 (P, $6.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Sephora Walk on the Wild Side (08) (P, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox STFU (P) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Donna (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Dark Indulgence (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Hello Kitty Three Apples (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Indo (P, $19.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Emerald Power (LE, $22.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). theBalm Jealous Jordana (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Peach Cobbler is a bright, medium coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture, though it kicked up excess in the pan. It lasted for seven hours. LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is more muted (95% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is warmer, more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is warmer, darker (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $55.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $22.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Vibrant (LE, $28.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ginger Cream is a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a firmer texture that was very unlike Too Faced for their mattes. The color lasted for five hours on me. MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #2 (P)(100% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Golden Reflections #4 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte French Manicure (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Fresh (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Double Scoop (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Pure (LE) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Graphite #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Cheers (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Waterlilies (LE) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Drawing a Blanc (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maple Syrup is a medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a dusty texture that was prone to sheering out and looking patchy when blended. The color lasted for six and a half hours on me. Tarte Style (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Brownie Points (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Power Player (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Stone Unturned (LE) is cooler, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Vow (LE) is better quality, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cool Complement (P, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Renholder (P) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Fashion Fix (DC, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bandwagon (P, $6.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Jingle All the Grey (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Cover (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Almond Mocha (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gingersnap is a bright, medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and copper sparkle. The texture was almost wet to the touch with a smoother, more cream-like feel but was thinner overall (not really dense). It applied decently to bare skin, and it wore for seven hours with some fall out. Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Toasted Nut (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Bronze Casting (LE) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Breaking Bronze (P, $6.99) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Warm Wash #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome Midnight Haze (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Nude #2 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Winter Dream is a muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with warmer undertones and pink and white sparkle. The consistency was fairly smooth, almost wet to the touch, and blended out decently. It was sheerer, though, and it had some fall out after seven hours of wear. Sephora Free Hug (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Silver Pink (05) (P, $24.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Prickly Pear (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tinsel (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Lancome Exhibition (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Performance Art (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Soft Plum (LE, $19.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Dress Me Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Kari (P, $29.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sugared Raisin (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #3 (P) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Tarte Make a Mauve (LE) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cup of Joe is a deep, blackened brown with warm undertones and fine gold pearl scattered over a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that was fairly blendable. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Too Faced Lava Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Tempting (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Give In Take VI (LE, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Ankh (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Gilded Night #1 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). YSL Fetiche #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Zoeva Infusion (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Truffle (P, $19.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Witch (LE, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #8 (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Everlasting (P) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Smut (P, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Rising Passions (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Coffee is a dark black with neutral-t-cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a dustier, thinner texture that was prone to sheering out. It wore well for seven hours before fading. Dior Smoky Sequins #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Licorice (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Point 'n' Shoot (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #04 (DC, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Black Velvet (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Platonic (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gingerbread is a medium-dark brown with warmer, slightly rosy, undertones and a mostly matte finish. The consistency was clumpy, chalky, and a disaster on the cheeks, as it looked uneven and dry. It had semi-sheer coverage at best. It started to fade after six hours of wear. bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set Grand Hotel Café
6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
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LORAC Cue the Confetti Blush Palette

LORAC Cue the Confetti Blush Palette
LORAC Cue the Confetti Blush Palette

LORAC Cue the Confetti Blush Palette ($30.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes four full-sized blushes/highlighters. The three blushes are part of the permanent range, while the highlighter is a limited edition shade. The Color Source Buildable Blush formula is supposed to offer–you guessed it–buildable color coverage with a “silky-smooth” consistency available in matte and satin finishes. The Light Source Illuminating Highlighter formula is supposed to be buildable for both a “soft, natural sheen” or “layered for a high-shine, dramatic effect.” The four shades in the palette weren’t what I’d call buildable; they are very pigmented with a light to moderate touch of the brush to the pan–which will be a happy thing for someone who likes more pigmented cheek colors. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable across all four shades, and they lasted between seven and eight and a half hours on me. The brush is smaller than the average blush brush, but it didn’t seem too small (like it would take a lot of work to apply and blend over the cheek area), and it was fairly soft with only a few bristles that seemed out of place.

Value

  • Colour Source Buildable Blush: $22.00 for 0.17 oz. or $129.41/oz.
  • Light Source Illuminating Highlighter: $22.00 for 0.20 oz. or $110.00/oz.
  • Set Values: $55.64 worth of blush, $16.50 worth of highlighter
  • Total Value: $72.14

Spotlight is a medium, coppery bronze with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer. It had opaque pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that added luminosity to my skin but did not emphasize my pores. It is less buildable than it is very pigmented, but if you use a light touch and a fan brush, you can get sheerer coverage without a lot of work. The texture was very forgiving and easy to use. This is supposed to be the highlighting shade, and it will highlighter medium and darker skin tones but will work more as a highlighting bronzer on lighter skin tones. On my light-medium skin tone, it gave a subtle warmth and sheen when applied with a fan brush. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Bronze) (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Bronze Glow (P, $27.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bahama (LE, $38.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tinge is a pop of light-medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that was buildable to opaque coverage in two layers. The consistency was soft, lightly dusty, but smooth and blendable on the skin. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. For reference, this shade just barely shows up on my skin tone. KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC What I Fancy (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is darker (90% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Fun Ending (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). NARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is lighter (80% similar). Kat Von D Mallory (Light) (P) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Technicolor is a bright, medium-dark coral with warm undertones and a slight pink-leaning paired with a semi-matte finish. It seemed mostly matte but produced a more “natural matte” finish when blended on the skin–the kind of finish that looks like skin and not really flat or dry. It was intensely pigmented, though, where just a tiny bit went a long way, so I would not use the term buildable to describe this one at all. The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and blendable, and with a very, very light hand and some time spent buffing, it could be worn at a sheer coverage level. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (90% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vivid is a bright, light-medium cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and a satin finish. The version in the palette is much more intense and brighter than the permanent version I have. The pigmentation was ridiculously intense–it was opaque in no time at all; I felt like I had to use a feathery touch just to get medium coverage! The texture was incredibly soft, smooth, and finely-milled, and as I blended the color out, the finish became more and more satiny. I was pleased that it was rather easy to blend on the skin, because that’s something I find is truly a deal-breaker with such pigmented and bold/bright blushes like this one. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Saucy Miss (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Electro (P, $6.50) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sweet Sentiment (LE, $27.00) is more muted, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Peony Petal (P, $22.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Pegacorn (DC, $8.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #3 (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). Maybelline Pink Fever (20) (P, $8.99)(85% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Covered Strawberry (LE) is more muted, darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido (500) (P, $42.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

LORAC Color Source Buildable Blush Palette Cue the Confetti
B+

Limited Edition

9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
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Tinge

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