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Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case

Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector's Makeup Case
Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case

Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case ($59.00 for 1.59 oz.) includes 24 eyeshadows, four cheek colors, miniature size Glossy Lip Paint, black liquid eyeliner, and miniature sized mascara. It’s another middling mega set from Tarte-it’s disappointing with some real misses in the palette. There were only a few shades that were actually good. The set itself is contained within a zippered case, but it is pretty bulky for traveling (and storing). The best part about the set were the punny art-inspired names.

Moment is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a fine, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) with a slightly firm texture in the pan. It applied decently and lasted for eight hours (but not the 12 promised). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Milani Luminoso (P, $8.49) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Fame (LE, $30.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Cream Soda (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals The Big Break (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Authentic is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that lasted for eight and a half hours on me. It did emphasize pores slightly. NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Make a Sheen (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Noctum (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Unique is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. The color coverage was fully opaque, but the texture was still soft, silky, and easily blended on the skin, so it could be sheered out or diffused as desired. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Provocative is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty, but blendable, consistency. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glitter Glue is a light beige with warm undertones and a glittery finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which was not buildabl,e and the texture was looser in the pan, so there was a lot of fall out during application as well as during wear. This one, as the name might allude to, needs a glitter adhesive to function. MAC Diamond Butterfly (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Givenchy Tentation #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shroom (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Call of the Canyon (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Prosecco (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Preferred Blonde (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Virgin (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nudes is a light-medium beige with a mostly matte finish. The texture was incredibly stiff and had such a hard press in the pan that it was difficult to get any color out of it. It was a challenge to apply as so little color showed up, and what did apply, immediately melded to the skin and did not want to blend. It lasted for four and a half hours before it had faded. NARS Madrague #1 (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Buff (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bone (LE, $23.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). MAC Tabby (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Casting is a medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and flecks of copper sparkle. It had sheer coverage, which I did not find buildable at all, and the sparkle was loose and sat on top of the underlying color, so there was noticeable fall out after six hours of wear. Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Midnight Haze (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Sunset Seine (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE)(95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Hieroglyph (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingersnap (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Warm Wash #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sassy Bun (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Silhouette is a dark black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. There seemed to be a slight sheen to the finish, which kept it from being totally matte. The consistency was a little thinner and firmer, which made it harder to blend out without getting some patchiness. With enough effort, I was able to blend it out, though. It had good pigmentation and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Laura Mercier Tuxedo (P, $28.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Point 'n' Shoot (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fin (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Wanted (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Punk (P) is cooler (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is less shimmery, less glossy (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Overnight (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Waterlilies is a light beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that had a tendency to sheer out when applied to the skin. It lasted for six hours on me. Too Faced Ginger Cream (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE) is brighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Double Scoop (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #4 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Van Gogh With It is a medium brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was opaque, while the texture felt soft and smooth to the touch, and it blended out well on the eye. I noticed fading after seven hours of wear. Makeup Geek Bake Sale (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Succubus (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Latte (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 05 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Fire (P) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Metal Work is a medium-dark coppery brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, though the consistency was thinner and firmer in the pan, so it was difficult to diffuse and blend out on the lid. It started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. LORAC Pink Bronze (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte On the Monet (LE) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #2 (P) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). theBalm #39 (P, $6.50) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charcoal Sketch is a blackened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and it had a soft, thin texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. It wore well for eight hours on me. Stila Chocolate (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Smoked (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Join My League (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso Bean (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Right) (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Cashmere #3 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Embark (P, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #5 (P) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #2E (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pearl Earring is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was easy to work with and lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Urban Decay Bootycall (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Givenchy Tentation #4 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Exposure #1 (P) is darker, warmer (95% similar). NARS Give In Take I (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Kifu (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #1 (P, $2.29) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Sugar (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frameworthy is a medium brown with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was thin and difficult to blend, as the press rather hard in the pan. It had semi-opaque color payoff and lasted for six and a half hours on me. Tarte Bold (P) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Cake & Biscuits (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Skinny Latte (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Unrequited (P) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocaholic (LE, $16.00)(85% similar). bareMinerals Granted (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Wilshire (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Sherbert (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

First Impressionism is a dark gray with cooler undertones and a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier, chunkier texture that was hard to diffuse evenly, as it would look patchy when blended. This would perform better over primer or a glitter adhesive. It lasted for seven hours with minor fall out. LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Gunmetal (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Time (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #18 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Graphite (07M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Diesel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starry Night is a blackened navy blue with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had medium color coverage, and it was hard to build up as the color was rather dusty and prone to sheering out. It wore well for six hours.
MAC Blue Velvet (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #6 (P) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Lagoon (LE, $14.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Tornay (P) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fresco is a light-medium beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was lightly dusty, but it was silky and blendable on the skin and did not appear dry on. It had good pigmentation and wore for seven hours before fading. Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Vanilla Candles (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Biarritz (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced White Chocolate (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 09 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Natural #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Nassau (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Alabaster (P) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nano Nude #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Crosses (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Tempera (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hearts & Crafts is a light-medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was somewhat powdery, so it sheered out without a primer to help it adhere to the lid. It wore well for six and a half hours before starting to fade. Tarte Chic (P) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Clay (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Pleasing to the Eye (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Sweetheart (P) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Commando (P, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Demitasse (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Millennial (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Selfie Portrait is a medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm. The color was easy to apply to the lid and lasted for seven and a half hours. Giorgio Armani #9 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sultana (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Rose Bronze (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Palace (LE) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #3 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Luna (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Clarins Rosewood #2 (P) is cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Exposure #3 (P) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

One Too Manet is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was decent, while the texture was firmer and harder to diffuse the edges of, but it wasn’t too much extra work to apply and blend out. It wore well for seven hours on me. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Abyss (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Chestnuts Roasting (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte A Beautiful Degas (LE) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Factory (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Charmed, I'm Sure (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Focus (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Tonka Imperiale #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Kiss Me, I'm Tipsy (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Clinique Pink Chocolate #4 (P, $15.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Porcelain Dali is a very light pink with neutral-to-warm undertones paired with a matte finish. It was very sheer, due to the incredibly dusty and thin texture. The color just seemed to turn to dust and disappear on the skin. It lasted, seemingly, for about five hours. Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Monochrome is a light taupe with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a smooth, firmer feel in the pan (but it wasn’t stiff) that was blendable on the skin and lasted for seven hours. Dior Fairy Golds #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Morning Frost (DC, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #16 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hot MoMA is a medium-dark cranberry red with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted finish. The eyeshadow had opaque color coverage with a fairly soft, smooth, and blendable consistency. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Static (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Maroon (22M) (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #1 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Gash (LE, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #10 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Ciate Fierce (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). Inglot #450 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Curtain Call (P, $9.99) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stained Glass is a deep, reddish plum with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was rather thin and dusty, so the color had a tendency to sheer out easily, but it was also one that turned patchy as I blended it. The performance was better over primer, but it was still harder to blend out. It lasted for seven hours on me. NARS Indes Galantes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Central Perk (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Love Letter (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC All's Rosy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Electra (115CM) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Drama (P) is darker, more muted (85% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pastel is a light peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky, and lightly dusty consistency. The color started to fade after six hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M810 Flesh-Colored Pink (P, $21.00)(100% similar). L'Oreal Little Beige Dress (P, $5.99) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Naked (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sorbet (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Ambrosia (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I Louvre It is a light-medium mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was so firmly pressed in the pan that it was difficult to get color payoff out of it without digging at it with a metal spatula or the end of my brush (the pointed end). It wore for four and a half hours–from what I could determine. Smashbox Totally Nude (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Bois des Indes #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Becca Cordial (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Pink Mauve (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Malt (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Get Surreal is a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cooler, lavender shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that had a bit of fall out during application but none during wear. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Kitschmas (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Leap #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Macaroon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Still Life is a deep purple with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, while the texture was on the dustier side but was fairly easy to apply and blend out. It wore well for eight hours on me. YSL Paris #10 (LE) is darker (100% similar). LORAC Plum (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Mulled Wine (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Define) (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Day Dream (LE) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Nightcap (P) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Aubergine (24V) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #325 (P, $6.00) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Obvi is a medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a fine, white pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied evenly but some color sat in lip lines, which became more noticeable as time went on. The gloss lasted for three hours, was lightly moisturizing, and comfortable to wear. (I reviewed this previously here and did not retest.)

Tarte Holiday 2016 Collector’s Makeup Case Pretty Paintbox
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total
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Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eggnog Latte is a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a sparkling sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a firmer texture–it felt almost wet in the pan–and a smoother finish on the skin. The color lasted for seven hours but had some fall out. Dior Pastel Fontanges #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Bling (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Alexandre Trois (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Fortune (LE) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Fall Collection 2012 #2 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold Bar (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

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

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

Central Perk is a rich, dark emerald green with cooler undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the texture was smooth, creamy, and blendable. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Scarab (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #414 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Walk on the Wild Side (08) (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Donna (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hello Kitty Three Apples (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Dark Indulgence (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Indo (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Emerald Power (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). theBalm Jealous Jordana (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Peach Cobbler is a bright, medium coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture, though it kicked up excess in the pan. It lasted for seven hours. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is more muted (95% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Vibrant (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $55.00) is darker (85% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

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

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

Winter Dream is a muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with warmer undertones and pink and white sparkle. The consistency was fairly smooth, almost wet to the touch, and blended out decently. It was sheerer, though, and it had some fall out after seven hours of wear. MAC Dress Me Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Silver Pink (05) (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tinsel (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Free Hug (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Prickly Pear (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Performance Art (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Lancome Exhibition (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Soft Plum (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Kari (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sugared Raisin (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Make a Mauve (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

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

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

Too Faced Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set Grand Hotel Café
6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
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Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder
Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, reddish brown with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $68.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a limited edition bronzing powder for the holidays, which is supposed to give the face an “enhanced and illuminated” effect, and it is scented with the brand’s Shalimar scent (which is noticeable in the pan and to a lesser degree, on the skin). The consistency was soft, just a smidgen dusty, but very blendable and forgiving on the skin, as it didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. There was fine shimmer in the powder that translated to more of a satiny sheen as it was blended and buffed on my skin, so the finish looked natural and luminous but not shimmery or metallic. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Terra India
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
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bareMinerals Be Beautiful Holiday 2016 Face & Eye Palette

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

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

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

Value

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

Formula Overview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

bareMinerals Holiday 2016 READY Face & Eye Palette Be Beautiful
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer ($65.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

There is not much said about this bronzer, beyond that it is a “matte bronzer” and “is as natural-looking as it gets” (which could refer to finish, color, or even coverage!). The texture is incredibly soft and silky, very smooth to the touch without being too powdery or too dusty, though there’s a little bit of excess product kicked up in the pan. Speaking of the pan, the amount you get is massive, so you’ll want to really be a fan of this if you want to hit pan! It had good pigmentation that was true-to-pan, while the silkier texture made it easy to blend and diffuse (or sheer out). It wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Bronzer Java Sun
Java Sun

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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes a finishing powder, bronzer, two blushes, and highlighter inspired by Surreal Light, which is a new shade in the Ambient Lighting Powder family (currently only available in this palette). This palette will work best for someone who is less concerned about a “value-packed” palette/is unlikely to finish their products and really needs everything in a single compact. I think the palette, all being in the same family of Surreal Light, ends up getting muddled a bit between the blush, bronzer, and highlighter with the Surreal Effect blush being the one lone shade that stands out as a bit different. It is a distinctively warm-toned palette, so it will likely not work for everyone. The texture seemed a bit drier across the majority of the powders as the permanent range, though I did not notice the dryness as applied to the face in practice.

Like last year’s palette, the only value is in whether you like the idea of getting five shades for less than the cost of two or three full-sized Hourglass Ambient Lighting products (which range from $38 to $50 in price). There’s only $53.30 worth of product in the palette, so it’s obviously not a value-packed palette. This is something that will be best for someone who wants everything in a single palette and will wear at least three of the five shades often. This year’s palette is marginally better in value than last year’s (which was $48.05 in product value at the same $80.00 price point), but their palettes prior to that were significantly better in value.

  • Ambient Lighting Powder | 0.14 oz. is worth $18.40
    Ambient Lighting Blush | 2 x 0.04 oz., 0.08 oz. total, is worth $20.27
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer | 0.04 oz. is worth $5.13
  • Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder | 0.04 oz. is worth $9.50
  • Total Value: $53.30

Surreal Light is a light, yellowed beige with fine gold shimmer over a matte finish. This is the original Ambient Lighting Powder, which is a finishing powder, so it is something applied after setting powder, at the very end (hence “finishing!”) to “diffuse” and “soften the look of the skin.” It added very subtle warmth and made my skin appear smoother and more matte, but this particularly iteration had very subtle shimmer, which added a little bit of light all-over but was only noticeable in certain lighting in person. The texture was soft, a little dusty and prone to kicking up excess product in the pan, but it applied well and dispersed easily. It was sheer, as promised (and as you would expect for a finishing powder). Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Filtered Light (P) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Glow is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, which is in line with the brand’s promise of “buildable color.” It does not deliver the “otherwordly glow” much, as it is more satiny and just keeps the blush from appearing totally flat. The texture was soft, a little dry and dusty, but it blended well and was impossible to overdo on my skin tone as it barely showed up (that’s a warning for those with similar skin tones!). I think this color would be better on fairer complexions. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. NARS Silent Nude (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is cooler (85% similar). Zoeva CR040 (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Effect is a light-medium pink with warm, coral undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation that was very soft, silky, and smooth without being dusty or excessively powdery. The texture sat well on the skin, and it did become a little more satiny when buffed and blended on the skin. For reference, I get noticeable color when applied to my skin, but it is very subtle and doesn’t get any more intense than as shown in the face swatch below, so it would not be good for someone with deeper skin and/or someone who wanted bolder blush. This shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is brighter (95% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #6 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Spellbinder (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Fun Ending (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Bronze Light is a soft, light-medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a soft, dusting of gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to medium, buildable coverage that sat well on the skin, even though the texture seemed a little thin and dusty. I had no trouble blending and diffusing the color, and it showed up a little more noticeably than Surreal Glow. I think it would be a lovely option for someone wanting a subtle bronzing shade that wasn’t too yellow or too orange in tone. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Streak Bronzer (P) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Optical (LE) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Strobe Light is a soft, light-medium yellowed peach with warm undertones and gold shimmer. It had sheer coverage that did not really build-up, while the texture was drier and looser. It is supposed to be sheerer, though this is a lot sheerer than the other permanent shades. I do not think this would apply as well over drier skin types as it would just not stick well, but if you normally wear primer, liquid foundation, and so forth, it should be okay. It does add a nice, luminous glow that isn’t metallic or shiny, so I think those who like a a more subtle sheen may like the finish of it. This highlighter wore well for seven hours on me. MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Essence Be My Highlight (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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