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theBalm Balm Beach Blush

01/07

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

Balm Beach

theBalm Balm Beach Blush ($21.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s the type of color that pairs well with a lot of looks so long as your skin tone is light-medium or fairer (it shows up as a subtle color on my skin tone, and I’m light-medium to medium). I did find that the color darkened just a tad on the skin, but if you are drier, you might get truer-to-pan color.

The consistency was soft, smooth, and slightly firmer in the pan, though it wasn’t too stiff to use. It had good pigmentation, somewhat buildable though never quite opaque, that went on evenly and blended out without issue. On me, the color started to fade after eight hours of wear.

theBalm Blush Balm Beach
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
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MAC x Mariah Carey My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

01/06

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

My Mimi

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($45.50 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium copper with warm, brownish undertones and a gold, sparkly finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage, but the texture was drier and more prone to separating–perhaps the larger bits of sparkle strewn through the powder were the issue. It took more effort to blend and diffuse the edges, as the color looked somewhat patchy initially. I don’t typically have issues blending out this formula, so I was rather surprised by the application of this shade on the skin. It lasted for eight hours before fading on me (out of the 10 the brand promises for this formula).

The price seems unusually high; regular Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are $33.00 for 0.31 oz., and while it’s not unusual for MAC to up-charge for collaborations by a bit, it’s usually a $1-4, not over $10. It seems like it is the result of the design of the powder itself, which is intricate to be sure, but I’m still surprised by the increase in price overall! I wish the product was better, too, because I know that this was one of the “star” products in the launch, to at least make the price more justifiable. It did seem, to my memory, that the price increases across most of the products in this collection were higher than normal (compared to past collaborations).

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish My Mimi
My Mimi
My Mimi
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet QuikTrik Stick Duo

A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) has a medium, shimmery copper shade on one end and a medium-dark, reddish-brown on the other. The duo seems like the bronzing pairing to me, as both shades will add warmth, luminosity, and a healthy sheen to the skin–very summer to my eye!

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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A Latte Sheen

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Semi-Sweet

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MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

Bare End/Earthnut

MAC Bare End/Earthnut Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) has a light-medium, pearly gold on one end and then a medium, warm brown on the other end. The gold seems ideal for highlighting, while the darker shade could be used to bronze or contour (on warmer skin tones). This one applied a bit better and lasted a touch longer than some of the other duos, but it’s still faster to wear away than most powder blushes on me.

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo Bare End/Earthnut
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Bare End

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Earthnut

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MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) is comprised of a sheer, shimmery silvery rose shade (best for highlighting) and muted, mid-tone brown with subtle, warmer undertones (best for bronzing or contouring).

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear. The pigmentation was semi-sheer, buildable up to semi-opaque coverage.

The downside to the formula is that both shades remained lightly tacky with a moderately dewy finish, and, unsurprisingly, the wear time was shorter at six hours. I get better wear (an extra hour or two) if I lightly pat translucent powder on top or pair with a similarly-hued powder blush. The finish is lovely if you like a dewier finish–they reminded me of the type of products I’d reach for in the summer to pat over bare skin.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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Softly Does It

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Tight and Tawny

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Object of Desire Face & Eye Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Object of Desire Face & Eye Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty Object of Desire Face & Eye Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Object of Desire Face & Eye Palette ($69.00 for oz.) includes three cheek colors and six eyeshadows. They are in a gold, zippered case with a large, black tassel. As far as traveling goes, the upside is that it is rather cushioned and shouldn’t break easily, but it is thicker than most palettes. Some of the shades were decent, others were below average; it’s not a palette that seems worthy of splurging on for the holidays as a result. Those with several neutral palettes may find that this palette is rather repetitive. I did like that the cheek colors coordinated with the eye products, at least.

Tantric is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, and on the thinner side, but it wasn’t dusty or hard to blend out on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) (P, $53.00) is brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Exhibitionist is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was incredibly soft and silky, but as a result, it was also more powdery and prone to sheering out on the skin. It was more buildable than I anticipated, so I think it applied well and unless you wanted intense coverage in one pass, I don’t think most would notice the sheerness in practice. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek XOXO (P, $10.00) is more muted (95% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE) is lighter (95% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pinch O' Peach (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva CR020 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Pop (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Santa Baby (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (DC, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make a Sheen is a light gold with warm undertones and a chunky, frosted shimmer. The texture was drier and looser with a real noticeable grit from the shimmer/sparkle in it. The color applied decently to the skin, but it was hard to even out and looked patchy up-close. It lasted for seven hours on me. Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lights On is a light, yellow gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a really soft, silky texture that felt finely-milled and was just a touch powdery. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours on me. theBalm #38 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #2 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Viseart Champs-Elysees (P) is darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Mellow Yellow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #1 (P) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Candlelight is a medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. The consistency felt soft and smooth, but it was looser and thin, which made it dustier to work with and prone to sheering out on the lid. The color wore for just over seven hours on me. Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Gates of Eden (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Hieroglyph (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Collective Chic #1 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Rubenesque (DC, $18.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Iris (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Beaux-Arts (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #2 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #1 (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 03 (LE) is darker (85% similar). MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Bellatrix (103M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dimmer is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque with a smooth, silky texture but ran thin and was better over a primer. It wore well for seven hours. Stila Warm Honey (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Fawn (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Raw Sienna (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Tiki Hut (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Frappe (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Kid (DC, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Nude #4 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Dulce de Leche (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Terracotta (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Titania (108CM) (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Violet Hour is a muted, medium lavender with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the dustier texture made it darken on the skin, which made it harder to blend out as it would stick strongly to some areas but less to others. This shade wore well for seven hours on me. IT Cosmetics Romance (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Dusty Mauve (LE, $19.00) is brighter (85% similar). Lancome Rich History (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Enchanting (P) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Twilight is a muted, dark plum with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had a firmer consistency in the pan, which led to difficulty blending and diffusing the color on the lid as it would look patchy. It had decent, buildable coverage, and the color itself started to fade after seven hours of wear. MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Aubergine (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Stereo (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00)(90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Raspberry (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Eggplant (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Clarins Rosewood #4 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Girlish Appeal (LE) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Remix (LE, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #5 (P) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #4 (P) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Pink Union #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

In the Dark is a dark black with warm, brown undertones and flecks of copper and bronze sparkle. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that was a little powdery but dense enough that it didn’t sheer out immediately on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me, but the sparkles did not bind with the base color, so there was some fall out over time (a lot of it didn’t even make it to the lid to begin with). MAC Beyond Gorgeous (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 17 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Gilded Night #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Black Diamond (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Night Whisper (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2016 Face & Eye Palette Object of Desire
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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