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MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft reflective golden-bronze.” It’s a golden brown with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. Stila Bronze (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC My Mimi (LE, $45.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is lighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Light Bronzer (P, $13.95) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pieno Sole (LE, $68.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Touch My Body (LE, $39.50) is less pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shaft of Gold (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Peach Nectar (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 10 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $28.00) is more muted, less shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish formula is supposed to add “highlight to the face and body” with a “velvety soft” texture and “radiant finish.” Gold Deposit has noticeable sparkles in it, which gave the texture a more crumbly, gritty consistency–it just wasn’t as smooth as some of the Mineralize face products. It had semi-opaque color coverage that was easily applied more heavily or with a lighter hand to adjust the coverage. It has a metallic, high-shine finish that emphasize pores slightly on my skin, so it may be one that doesn’t appeal to everyone. My best tip is to apply with a fan brush, which will help you build up the shimmer better. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before starting to turn patchy.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Gold Deposit
Gold Deposit
Gold Deposit
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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MAC Shaft of Gold In Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Shaft of Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Shaft of Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Shaft of Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($35.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze.” It’s a medium, orange-brown with warm undertones and a frosted gold shimmer-sheen finish. NARS Craving (Right) (P) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Touch My Body (LE, $39.50) is less pigmented, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (P, $34.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC My Mimi (LE, $45.50) is less pigmented, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Strange New Worlds (LE, $34.00) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The texture was incredibly soft, smooth, and finely-milled without being dry or powdery, which enabled it to apply with good intensity but still blend out easily along the edges for a diffused glow. The only downside was that it can emphasize pores if you aren’t careful, as the frost level is on the higher side. If you love more over-the-top highlighters that give a more metallic sheen to the skin, you may enjoy this formula, while if you prefer subtler highlighters, this might not be your cup of tea. The pigmentation was good, and you could easily apply less or sheer it out if desired. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Shaft of Gold
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette
theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette ($28.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a slim, travel-friendly palette featuring three of theBalm’s famous highlighters. I’ve loved all three over the years, and to have them in a palette like this is awesome! The quality is exactly the same as the full-sized versions I have: rich, smooth, and buttery textured combined with great color payoff and luminous finishes. The full-sized versions retail for $24.00 and contain 0.30 oz. of product (or $80.00/oz.), so this palette contains $26.40 worth of product. You pay a tiny bit more to try three, but you get three for about the cost of one single shade, and the sizes provided will last quite awhile and are still large enough to get most blush brushes into them.

Mary-Lou Manizer is described as a “honey-hued.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen that gives the skin a luminous glow. The texture is soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and the shimmer toes the right side of the line where it doesn’t emphasize pores, but it is a noticeable highlighter. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Flexitarian (P, $8.00) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Craze (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Stroked) (LE, $55.00) is cooler (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lower quality (95% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is darker (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (Original) (P) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Auréole (P, $32.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cindy-Lou Manizer is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a subdued, light-medium peach with a hint of pink in its undertone and pink shimmer. Of the three, this has the least shimmery finish, though it still produces a soft glow on the skin. It’s one of those products where the sheen becomes more pronounced as the product is blended and worked into the skin. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency. The texture is less dense (a little thinner) compared to the other two shades. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Lust (LE, $32.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Perles d'Etoiles (LE, $60.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). The Estee Edit Gleam (LE) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Betty-Lou Manizer is described as a “sun-kissed glow.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a golden, frosted sheen. It is intensely pigmented with a lush, buttery, dense texture that applies beautifully and blends out with ease. It has a strong sheen, but it doesn’t emphasize pores. The color wore well for almost nine hours on me. Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

theBalm The Luminizing Collection The Manizer Sisters
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 1.93 oz.) is a large, limited edition holiday set that has a little bit of everything, but it is primarily an eyeshadow and blush palette with a few extras thrown in. There are a lot of chunky, glittery eyeshadows included in the palette, which are difficult to use without a really good tacky primer (which is why I think they should have included their own Glitter Glue adhesive instead of their regular eyeshadow primer!). The packaging is very giftable, but it is bulky, so those who have a fair amount of palettes in their stash may find that a lot of the packaging ends up in the recycling bin. This review is focused only on the eyeshadows and cheek products and excludes the primer, mascara, and liquid lip color (that I’ve reviewed as a standalone product in the past).

The value is more complicated to calculate, as Too Faced’s eyeshadow formula is the one they use in palettes but seems quite different from their only available single formula (Exotic Color). They also don’t indicate that the blushes in the palette are anything more than their go-to blush formula in palettes (I don’t think they’re the new Love Flush formula). That being said, here is what I did calculate:

  • Eyeshadows: 1.11 oz. = $102.46 value (palette price per ounce) or $333.00 (single price per ounce)
    • I think the price per ounce of their eyeshadows in their 9-pan palettes, which are $36.00 for 0.39 oz. or $92.31/oz. is more comparable, but if you go with the price per ounce of their Exotic Color Eyeshadow singles, then it would be $300.00/oz.
  • Blushes: 0.16 oz. = $19.81 value
    • Even though the blushes don’t seem to be the Love Flush formula, the $26.00 for 0.21 oz. or $123.81 seems about right for an equivalent standalone blush formula.
  • Highlighter: 0.08 oz. = $6.86 value
    • Their Candlelight Glow highlighter duo is $30.00 for 0.35 oz. or $85.71/ oz.
  • Bronzer: 0.08 oz. = $6.86 value
    • Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer is $30.00 for 0.35 oz. or $85.71/oz.
  • Shadow Insurance: 0.17 oz. = $9.71 value
    • The full-size is $20.00 for 0.35 oz. or $57.14/oz.
  • Melted Peony: 0.16 fl. oz. = $8.40 value
    • The full-size is $21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz. or $52.50/oz.
  • Better Than Sex Mascara: 0.17 oz. = $14.48 value
    • The full-size is $23.00 for 0.27 oz. or $85.19/oz.
  • Total Value: $168.58 or $399.12

White Christmas is a cool-toned white with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, was lightly powdery, and lasted seven and a half hours. Makeup Geek White Lies (P, $6.00)(100% similar). Smashbox Snow (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Banshee (LE) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Stitch by Stitch (P) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). MAC Pick Me Up (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Linen (P, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC White (P, $19.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Ivy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Satin Sheets is a pink-tinged peach with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It had so-so pigmentation with a slightly drier texture that was prone to sheering out when applied. It faded after seven and a half hours of wear. Anastasia Treasure (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Champagne Rose (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Nude Shimmer (LE, $18.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Fizz the Season (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #4 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek I'm Peachless (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Raspberry Rose (White) (LE, $16.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Jardin Zen #2 (LE) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). NARS Thessalonique (Left) (P, $25.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vintage Lace is a light-medium, pale yellow with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and was powdery to work with. It lasted for seven hours before fading. IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Undressed (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Tabby (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Entomology (P) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Real Fantasy (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Summer Breeze (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Glamour Light (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Pre-Game (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Custard (LE, $19.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 4 (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bone (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Delightful is a bright, pale pinky-white with a metallic sheen. It had decent color payoff with a fairly soft, blendable texture that lasted for eight hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Let's Skate (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I528 Pearl (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Touch of Lilac (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Ex-boyfriend (LE) is cooler (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Coated (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Lily (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Alabaster Starling (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is warmer, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moon on Their Wings is a glittery, light-medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. The glitter doesn’t bind with the eyeshadow, which is also on the more powdery side, so this shade has a ton of fall out during application as well as during wear, plus it sheers out too readily. The color started to crease after seven hours of wear. Divergent Choose (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Vivacious (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pastelluxe #1 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Uninhibited (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Natural Vigor #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC 2x Dare #2 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Nude Beach (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Butter Pecan (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sunstoned (LE, $16.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cobblestone is a muted, medium brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was easily blended on the lid. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Too Faced Painkiller (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Flirt in a Skirt (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Wanderer (LE) is darker (95% similar). Lancome Sante (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Suede (58V) (P, $29.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). LORAC Clay (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Jetsetter (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Anaheim (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Lt. Brown (P, $19.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Lights is a brightened, medium-dark orange-toned brown with subtle, gold micro-shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It wasn’t glittery, but you’ll find this works more as a matte than a shade with shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wore for eight hours. Urban Decay Riff (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #4 (P) is darker (95% similar). Zoeva Substitute for Love (P) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Dormouse (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #2 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Frappe (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia RTW (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Stinger (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Terracotta (62S) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop As If (LE, $5.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). LORAC Melon (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Tout Suite (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Crenshaw (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #2 (P) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dreamlight is a medium-dark, bronzyb rown with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fantastic color coverage with a rich, smooth, and buttery texture that applied beautifully to the skin. This shade started to crease after eight hours of wear. LORAC Mocha (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Infinity #3 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay YDK (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Rose Quartz (LE, $19.00) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Eyeshadow #5 (LE, $19.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Lancome My French #6 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Metallic Bronze (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Boss (P) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Mosaic (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #6 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Rosewood (51M) (P, $29.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Don't Tell (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

String of Lights is a glittery, silvery-white with iridescent glitter that flashes violet and blue. This seemed more like a shade you’d layer over something else for a pop of sparkle, but it functioned horribly as a standalone eyeshadow as it was chunky and got everywhere but where you wanted it. NARS Opal Coast (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Swan (LE, $5.00) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lapisluxe #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Cosmic (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Electric Illumination (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE) is more pigmented (95% similar). Lancome Tower Bridge (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Plumluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Eau d'Argent (02) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Filament (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Yule Log is a muted, dark brown with multi-colored shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a dusty texture that made it hard to blend out without looking patchy and uneven. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. Dior Exuberante #5 (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $19.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #1 (P, $6.50) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Jagged (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Gilded Ganache (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Gucci Beauty Fumé (Right) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Low (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). NARS Zagreb (LE, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Friendly (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Dior Night Golds #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wish List is a bright, orange-leaning gold with a metallic sheen. The texture is almost crumbly, as it is very soft but also quite dense, so it can “thicken” on itself on the lid, which can emphasize the texture of the lid. It wore for seven and a half hours before creasing. Too Faced Bonjour (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Up to No Gold (LE) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Vision (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Golden Nugget (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Vitality (P) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Amber (P, $12.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Unlimited (P, $19.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Sephora Some Like It Dot (LE) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Arc de Triomphe is a muted, light-medium peachy beige with warm undertones, metallic sheen, and slight glitter. It had good pigmentation with a blendable, smooth texture, though there was fall out while it wore for seven and a half hours. Colour Pop Koosh (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay High (P, $19.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Lancome My French #4 (LE) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Benefit RSVP (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Champagne Buzz (P, $12.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.49) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Devotion (P) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #1 (LE) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Crystal Spark (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Nude Beach (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Belle Femme is a muted, dark brown with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a silky, soft texture that ran a little powdery but blended out well on the skin. It started fade after eight hours of wear. LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00)(100% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE)(100% similar). Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is warmer (100% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Chocolate Espresso (LE, $23.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). Tarte Don't Turn A-Brown (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC How You Thrill Me (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Pick Me Up at 8 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is warmer, more muted, lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Dim the Lights (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M620 Gray Brown (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stiletto is a deep black with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was somewhat dusty and a little firm in the pan, but it was okay. The coverage was semi-opaque, while it didn’t fade until after eight hours of wear. Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00)(100% similar). MAC Overnight (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Cinderblack (LE, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Black Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Cookies and Cream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte On a Good Notre Dame (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Wanted (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (P) is lighter (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Point 'n' Shoot (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Deadline (P) is lighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eiffel is a glittering, warm-toned gray with gold and olive glitter. It was chunky, dry, and prone to fall out during wear. It was a real mess to work with. MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Pistol (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Divergent Diverge (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Hazy Day (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Garden Roses #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop That Girl (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #4 (P) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P) is cooler, darker (85% similar). MAC Pastelluxe #5 (P) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Disco Ball (LE, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Midnight in Paris is a glittery, navy blue with chunky sparkle. The texture was crumbly, almost like sand (not quite that bad), and virtually unusable without an adhesive base as none of it would stick. I could blow lightly at the swatch I did and watch the glitter fly. Too Faced Blueberry Swirl (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Stormy Seas (113) (LE, $13.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Bleuluxe #2 (P) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Viseart Sapphire (P)(90% similar). Too Faced Party Time (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #4 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). The Estee Edit Trip (LE) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Heavy, Black and Pendulous (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champs Elysees is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a drier, slightly firm texture in the pan. It lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Plumluxe #3 (P) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Campanule (107) (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Lunacy (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Violet Sugar (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Iridescent Purple (P, $12.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Get Physical (LE, $21.00) is cooler, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Canberra (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Dance Party (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Party Dress is a bright, fuchsia pink with subtle, cool undertones and faint gold sparkle. It was dry, dusty, and prone to sheering out on the skin, plus the gold sparkle fell below the lid while worn over a seven hour period. Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Noise (LE, $19.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Available in Petite (LE, $16.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (90% similar). Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $13.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). CoverGirl Fired-up Pink (305) (P, $4.99) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Party Girl (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Backlash (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Infra-violet (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.75) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stardust is a muted, light-medium coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was firm in the pan and had semi-sheer coverage that was hard to build-up on the skin. It lasted for seven hours before fading. Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Every Time You Go (LE, $21.00) is glossier, lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00)(90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Skyline is a muted, light-meidum pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture with color that lasted for seven and a half hours. Makeup Geek Valentine (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Audacious Plum (P, $34.00) is cooler (95% similar). Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). YSL Singuliere (1) (P, $47.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Bonnie (Shade) (P) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00)(90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flush is a soft, light-medium yellow gold with a fine, pearly sheen. This illuminated the skin beautifully without emphasiznig pores, though it was a little thin in texture. It wore well for eight hours. Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Spoon (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sun Bunny #1 is a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, but the texture was powdery and thinner. The standalone version (and past ones I’ve tried) had greater density, because I noticed with this palette’s version, a lot of the shimmer dusted away and didn’t remain on the face–it looked more like a satin finish applied, which was quite strange. It lasted for eight hours. Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Vientiane (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Craving (Right) (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $32.00) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Holiday 2015 Christmas in Paris Palette Le Grand Palais
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.29 oz.) includes three Ambient Lighting Powders, two Ambient Lighting Blushes, and one Ambient Lighting Bronzer in a large, plastic palette with an interior mirror. If you don’t mind having to finagle your brushes just so or have no issues using two or three shades at a time, and you’re a fan of the Hourglass Ambient formulas, then it might be worth looking at. I think that with how out of line it is compared to their other palettes that it is hard to recommend, even if the quality is good, because I see more value in picking up one or two that you’d use often and love. I had some texture issues with Luminous Flush, which was much more powdery/dusty this time around. Otherwise, the blushes/bronzers were more or less of one shade due to the nature of it being a mixed composition (so they can vary from pan to pan quite a bit).

With respect to the size and quantity of the palette, here is what I wrote previously: One of the main concerns I saw from readers when the palette was announced was with respect to the size of the palette, both actual size as well as quantity. The pans are smaller than prior palettes, and the majority of blush brushes are too small (even my SUQQU/Chikuhodo Z brushes barely fit, and those are smaller cheek brushes). Here is how it breaks down for value:

  • Ambient Lighting Edit:  0.294 oz. for $80.00 = $272.11/oz.
    • Contains:  $18.90 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder; $22.87 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush; and $6.28 worth of Ambient Lighting Bronzer
    • Value:  $48.05
  • Ambient Lighting Blush Palette: 0.33 oz. for $58.00 = $175.76/oz.
    • Value:  $77.00 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush
  • Ambient Lighting Powder Palette: 0.35 oz. for $58.00 =$165.71/oz.
    • Value:  $45.00 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder
  • Ambient Lighting Powder: 0.35 oz. for $45.00 = $128.57/oz.
  • Ambient Lighting Blush: 0.15 oz. for $35.00 = $233.33/oz.
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer: 0.39 oz. for $50.00 = $128.21/oz.

It’s a real shame that Hourglass priced this year’s palette so high; the value is really out of sync compared to the past palette releases.  On one hand, you can justify spending more even if the quantity isn’t a great value to get six shades for the price of 2-3 products, but the difference in value of products to what you pay is so much more than most kits and palettes where a pesky thing like principles can come into play.  I also think that having the actual size of each pan being so small makes it very hard to use; you really can’t use a powder brush for all-over dusting with the Ambient Lighting Powders (which is how they’re often used) or a blush brush (and forget about a bronzer brush!).

Dim Light is described as a “neutral peach beige powder.” It’s a light, peachy beige with warm undertones and a fine, satiny shimmer. It’s very close to my skin tone, so it doesn’t add or take away from my natural coloring, but on fairer skin tones, it may warm up the skin. I find it works well as setting or finishing powder dusted all-over, and it does a nice job of making the skin appear smoother and more diffused without reading powdery or heavy.

Iridescent Light is a “sheer illuminating highlighter.” It is a very light, peach-hued beige with white shimmer. The texture is soft but dusty (more so than most Ambient Lighting products) and produces a light sheen. I imagine it will be appealing to anyone who finds the average highlighter too much. I’m not sure if this will work as well over deeper skin tones, as it has a whiter base against my skin tone, but it may work and it may also work if layered over a blush. It wore well for eight hours on me. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Diffused Light is described as a “soft, warm pale yellow.” It’s a very light, yellowed white with very subtle shimmer. This shade is supposed to “reduce redness and give skin clarity.” It should work as a finishing or setting powder on some skin tones, and then will likely be too light for deeper skin tones. The powder softens and gives skin a smoother appearance without making it look flat or totally matte. Though it is more of a finishing powder by design, Hourglass’ formula has enough powderiness to it that it also extends the wear of my base by an hour or two.

Mood Exposure is described as a “soft plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with warm undertones and a satin sheen. This performed just like the full-sized blush I have–soft, smooth, blendable–with eight hour wear. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is cooler (90% similar). Black Opal Hibiscus (P, $8.95) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Blush (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Baby Love (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is cooler, more muted, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (80% similar). MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Luminous Flush is described as a “champagne rose.” It’s a soft, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color was similar to the full-sized version I have, but the texture was more powdery and prone to sheering out. It seemed drier, though it still sat well on the skin and didn’t look powdery applied.
MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Red Obsessed (LE, $22.00) is glossier, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Luminous Bronze Light is described as a “medium tan shade infused with Luminous Light.” It’s a soft, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and soft shimmer. It had good color payoff with a glowing finish that didn’t emphasize pores but was still noticeable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $65.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is lower quality, warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Lit (P, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $32.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) (P, $64.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hourglass Holiday 2015 Ambient Lighting Palette Ambient Lighting Edit
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated
Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft bronze shimmer with golden bronze sparkle.” It’s a muted, medium-dark tan brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and gold sparkle. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $65.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is brighter, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is a baked formula that is supposed to have “microfine shimmer” and the “color payoff of a loose powder, with the convenience of a pressed powder.” Urban Decay’s idea of “microfine” and “just-perfect shimmer” is much larger in particle size than what I think of when I think of finely-milled shimmer–these are more like sparkle; visible as individual particles on the skin. You can buff and brush away much of the more obvious particles, which gives the skin more of a luminous sheen, but there are still some sparkles that I can detect on the skin. The texture is thin, lightweight, and very blendable on the cheeks. The color lasted for seven hours on me before fading.

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder Lit
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Lit
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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