bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe Palette

bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe Palette ($39.00 for 0.65 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows, two blushes, one highlighter, and one bronzer. The palette has $56.47 worth of eyeshadow, $15.33 worth of blush, $7.20 worth of highlighter, and $8.00 worth of bronzer for a total value of $87.00. I liked it, though it’s not quite as impressive as most of the Ready palettes are (they are nearly perfect), and one aspect that I really appreciated was that one row of eyeshadows was warmer and one row was cooler (though not truly cool-toned). The palette is also slim, so it doesn’t take up a lot of space.

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bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe Palette
bareMinerals Holiday 2015 Eye & Cheek Palette The Regal Wardrobe
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%
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bareMinerals The Royal Court Ready Face Color Trio

bareMinerals The Royal Court Ready Face Color Trio ($29.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a limited edition, slim set of cheek colors–highlighter, blush, and bronzer–for the holidays. I tried to calculate the value, but I’m not sure if these products are sold individually, so for the highlighter and bronzer, I used the Ready Luminizer Duo and the Ready Bronzer for calculations. There is $11.20 worth of highlighter, $15.33 worth of blush, and $11.20 worth of bronzer, which is a total of $37.73 (bareMinerals lists it as $49.50 value, which it may very well be, given the formulas aren’t quite translating).

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bareMinerals The Royal Court Ready Face Color Trio
bareMinerals Ready Face Color Trio The Royal Court
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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NARS One Shocking Moment Blush Palette

NARS One Shocking Moment Blush Palette ($69.00 for 1.01 oz.) includes a highlight/contour duo, bronzer, and four blushes. Two of the blushes (Robotic and Blasphemy) are limited edition and exclusive to the palette, while the other products are part of the permanent range. For those keeping track of value, this palette contains: $36 worth of contour/highlight duo, $40 worth of bronzer (it is actually larger than a full-sized bronzer), and $90 worth of blush, which yields a total value of $166; this is good as far as palettes go, and it’s particularly good for high-end and for the NARS brand. I do think that a contouring duo is risky, since it will not suit all skin tones, and of course, we have seen Laguna umpteen amount of times, so that might be a waste for those who have a few NARS palettes already! Otherwise, it’s a decent to good palette that will be best for those who like buildable blushes, rather than richly pigmented ones.

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NARS One Shocking Moment Blush Palette
NARS Steven Klein Holiday 2015 Blush Palette One Shocking Moment
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
86%
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MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft reflective golden-bronze.” It’s a golden brown with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Physicians Formula Light Bronzer (P, $13.95) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pieno Sole (LE, $68.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Peach Nectar (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Shaft of Gold (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 10 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is lighter (85% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

MAC Shaft of Gold In 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 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

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.

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theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette
theBalm The Luminizing Collection The Manizer Sisters
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%
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