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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 less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (-, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Soft Serve (LE, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $33.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Touch My Body (LE, $39.50) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC My Mimi (LE, $45.50) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Strange New Worlds (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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). Huda Beauty Capri (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Crique (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is darker (90% similar). Huda Beauty Seychelles (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Craze (-, ) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Highlight) (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Highlighter) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lower quality (95% similar). Cover FX Celestial (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Stroked) (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (Original) (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (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, $33.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Lust (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Perles d'Etoiles (LE, $60.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). The Estee Edit Gleam (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (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 less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Bronzer) (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (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 lighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, cooler (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). Kat Von D Banshee (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Skull (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 lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Pick Me Up (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Linen (P, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Zoeva Stitch by Stitch (P, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC White (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Ivy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is cooler (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). Too Faced Champagne Rose (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Fizz the Season (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek I'm Peachless (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Stila Nude Shimmer (LE, $18.00) is brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Raspberry Rose (White) (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Chanel Jardin Zen #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Thessalonique (Left) (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (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. Kat Von D Entomology (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #11 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Tabby (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Summer Breeze (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Undressed (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #1 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #1 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Real Fantasy (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Glamour Light (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 4 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Pre-Game (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M510 Vanilla (P, $21.00) 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). MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Touch of Lilac (P, $12.00) is darker (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). Sephora Ex-boyfriend (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I528 Pearl (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Coated (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Alabaster Starling (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Lily (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Rose Quartz (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Poodle (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Illusion (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Trafalgar #1 (P, ) is darker, warmer (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 less shimmery, darker (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 less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC 2x Dare #2 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Nude Beach (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (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 more shimmery, darker (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). 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). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #2 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Suede (58V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (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 darker, cooler (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 darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (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). Zoeva Substitute for Love (P, ) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #2 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Frappe (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Dormouse (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #4 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia RTW (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Stinger (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Terracotta (62S) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop As If (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (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). Sephora Clay (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Tout Suite (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Crenshaw (LE, $5.00) is darker (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. Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Mocha (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Infinity #3 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Rose Quartz (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Eyeshadow #5 (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Don't Tell (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Metallic Bronze (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Boss (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Mosaic (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #6 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome My French #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Rosewood (51M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay YDK (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% 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. 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). Sephora Ice (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Plumluxe #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Eau d'Argent (02) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Tower Bridge (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Opal Coast (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Swan (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Filament (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (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 less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is lighter, cooler (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 more shimmery, lighter (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 more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Friendly (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (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). Chanel Vision (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Honey Pot (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Up to No Gold (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Stila Vitality (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Amber (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Unlimited (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Hoopla (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Golden Nugget (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Some Like It Dot (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Golden Copper (P, $12.00) is darker (80% 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. Urban Decay High (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Lancome My French #4 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Koosh (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (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). Benefit RSVP (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Jouer Bikini (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Champagne Buzz (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.49) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Devotion (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Nude Beach (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Oyster (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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). Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Chocolate Espresso (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC How You Thrill Me (LE, $16.00) is darker (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). Sephora Pick Me Up at 8 (LE, ) 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 darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Don't Turn A-Brown (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P, ) is cooler (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). Kat Von D Shax (P, ) is lighter (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). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is cooler (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). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Overnight (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Noir Satin (26) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Wanted (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Devotion (LE, ) 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). Tarte On a Good Notre Dame (LE, ) is cooler (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 more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (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 less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Pastelluxe #5 (P, ) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Disco Ball (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (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 less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Stormy Seas (113) (LE, $13.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Bleuluxe #2 (P, ) is darker, cooler (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 darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Heavy, Black and Pendulous (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (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 more shimmery, lighter (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 darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lunacy (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (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 more shimmery, cooler (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 more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Available in Petite (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $13.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). CoverGirl Fired-up Pink (305) (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom Party Girl (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Backlash (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Infra-violet (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.75) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (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 more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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 lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Every Time You Go (LE, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00)(90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (-, ) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $23.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $27.00) 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). Kat Von D Bonnie (Shade) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). YSL Singuliere (1) (P, $47.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $23.00)(90% 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 brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S214 (P, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is darker (80% 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. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). 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). Urban Decay Bliss (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Spoon (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Liquid Clock (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Capri (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (-, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Vientiane (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Bronzer) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Craving (Right) (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is 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 more shimmery, lighter (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, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (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. Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Perfect Peach (P, $60.00) is lighter (90% similar). Black Opal Hibiscus (P, $8.95) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Blush (-, ) 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). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE, ) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (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 lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Blush) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (-, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% 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 less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (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, $70.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is lighter, warmer, lower quality (90% similar). Urban Decay Lit (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (-, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) (P, $64.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Medium Deep (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, 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 more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $48.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, brighter (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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Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Contour

Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush
Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush

Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a fine, gold shimmer-sheen. Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Contour (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. As described, Fiji is a buildable shade from semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage (two to three layers, and it doesn’t look like you’ve over-applied powder) with a soft, very lightly powdery consistency, that is blendable on the skin without emphasizing pores. The shimmer is noticeable but flatters the skin by giving it a lovely sheen. If you like your contour to have some shimmer, it could certainly be used as a contour on some skin tones, but it seems more like a traditional bronzing shade. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Sephora Colorful Blush Fiji (25)
Fiji (25)
Fiji (25)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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