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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). Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00)(100% similar). MAC Gesso (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Kat Von D Skull (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Flat White (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Sephora Daisy's My BFF (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #1 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC White (P, $19.00) 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. Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome My French #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Give Me Fire (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte #SFS (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Catnap (-, $5.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, better quality (95% similar). Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Sweeter End (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Baby (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Melody (98) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Luscious Lani (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE, ) is more shimmery, 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. Too Faced Peach Pit (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #5 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Age #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Silk Robe (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Antique Bronze (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Lucky Penny (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% 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). L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink (P, $5.99) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Baby Cakes (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) (P, ) is darker, more muted (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 Bonfire (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Kitten (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Jelly Donut (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). LORAC Pink Cream (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Vintage (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 13 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Light Pink (P, $19.00) 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 Enigmatic (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Alchemy (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Stylishly Merry (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Glistening Garnet (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Marry in Monte Carlo (LE, $9.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Violet Blend #3 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). City Color U Jelly? (P, $6.99) is lighter, more muted (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). LORAC Dark Roast (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Bedazzled Spruce (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bracken (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rock (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Snakebite (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Leopard (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Haute Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Darkhorse (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Clarins The Essentials #10 (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Dark Sepia (47P) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (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. NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pinch O' Peach (P, $22.00) is better quality (95% similar). Zoeva PK020 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Formal (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lovecloud (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Zoeva PK030 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Pop (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (DC, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Kash (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% 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). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Highlight) (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Nude #1 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (P, ) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Extra Creamy (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted, warmer (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. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Pastel Fontanges #3 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Alexandre Trois (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Bling (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain L'Heure de Nuit #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dust (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (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. Tarte Wings (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Hot & Cold (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte On the Monet (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Caramelized (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Peace (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #14 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Hammamet (Right) (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Cote d'Azur (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #28E (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (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 Tan-gled Up in You (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Love Hue (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Kid (DC, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #1 (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 2 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Lancome Sante (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Bold (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Levitation (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Painkiller (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Chocaholic (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Frameworthy (LE, ) 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. Tarte Under the Mistle-taupe (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Amethyst (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Grand-Palais (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Far Side (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Quartz Fume (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Showstopper Copper (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soft Steel (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Stila Smoky Storm (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Tan Lines (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Reef (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Golden Petals Scattering (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Ardency Inn Vintage Gold (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Spiked Cider (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Chronosphere (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Radar (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Tea Leaves (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Cocoa Pop (P, $17.00) is more muted (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). Urban Decay Graffiti (LE, $19.00) is warmer (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, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox STFU (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Donna (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hello Kitty Three Apples (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Indo (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Dark Indulgence (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). theBalm Jealous Jordana (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Emerald Power (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (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. LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (-, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $23.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Vibrant (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #2 (P, )(100% similar). MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Colour Pop Hear Me Out (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Fresh (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Double Scoop (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Pure (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Hourglass Graphite #1 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Cheers (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Waterlilies (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Golden Reflections #4 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte French Manicure (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Fire Fly (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $19.00) 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). MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Brownie Points (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Stone Unturned (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Vow (LE, ) is warmer, better quality (90% similar). MAC Cool Complement (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Renholder (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Fashion Fix (DC, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bandwagon (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Jingle All the Grey (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Cover (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Almond Mocha (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (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). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Toasted Nut (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bronze Casting (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Breaking Bronze (P, $6.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Warm Wash #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Aubade (126K) (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Lancome Midnight Haze (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Luscious (LE, $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). Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Nude #2 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Sephora Free Hug (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Silver Pink (05) (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Prickly Pear (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tinsel (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Lancome Exhibition (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Performance Art (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Soft Plum (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #2 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Dress Me Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Kari (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sugared Raisin (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Make a Mauve (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (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). NARS Give In Take VI (LE, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #4 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Ankh (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Gilded Night #1 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). YSL Fetiche #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Noir Petrole (812) (P, $36.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Tempting (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Truffle (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Zoeva Infusion (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Witch (LE, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #8 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Everlasting (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Smut (P, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Rising Passions (LE, $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). Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Point 'n' Shoot (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Les (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Licorice (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Platonic (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #04 (DC, $20.00) is darker (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. bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Burnished (P, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P, ) is more shimmery, 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, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $68.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Glow With It (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Compassion (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Malibu Soleil (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% 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%
Total

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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. Viseart Petit Pro #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #1 (P, ) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Thirteen (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P, ) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Compassionate (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Let It Snow (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P, ) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Charmer (P, ) is cooler (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. Tarte Mud Mask (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Trendsetter (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lazarus (P, ) is cooler (95% 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. Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #5 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Haze (P, ) is cooler, lower quality (95% similar). LORAC Cool Gray (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Revelry (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Be You (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Suspend (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Password (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% 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). MAC Soot #2 (DC, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Charming #5 (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Bust (P, $19.00) is cooler, more shimmery (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). Tarte Cheers (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Fancy Dress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Pale Pink (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Wink (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cream (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lithe Spirit (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pale, Please (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Smashbox Naked (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Toasted Marshmallow (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Orb (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Pastel (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Morning Dew (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (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). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Missing My Baby (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Wood Pink #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC For Your Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Dreamboat (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Desire (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P, ) is warmer (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 Rose Bronze (P, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Limelight (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). theBalm Balm Beach (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 102 Natural Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is brighter (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. By Terry Savannah Love #4 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Ciate Summer Love (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Highlighter) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Moment (LE, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, 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. Marc Jacobs Beauty Tan-tastic (LE, $49.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Capri Coast (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Bronzer) (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Bronzer) (P, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Seaside (LE, $40.00) is brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Falaises (LE, $40.00) is darker, 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). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $110.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Baiana Bronze (LE, $27.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tan-tastic (LE, $49.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Bronzer) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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 Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Filtered Light (P, ) is 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). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is cooler (85% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #4 (LE, ) is lighter, 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. LORAC Wavelength (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Fun Ending (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #6 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Tinge (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (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 (-, ) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Optical (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is warmer (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). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (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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Surreal Light

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Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette

Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette
Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette

Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette ($56.00 for ) contains a slew of products for the eyes and cheeks. It’s a decent palette, but the eyeshadows have room for improvement, as they are not consistent. They also need to be applied over a primer in order to have decent or better pigmentation, to last at least eight hours, and for blending as some of the shades are drier and tended to sheer out when applied. Without primer, they have a more faded appearance and most of the shades lasted six to seven hours. I think the brand should have included their Glitter Insurance, instead of their standard Eyeshadow Primer (but worth reiterating is that Too Faced touts their eyeshadows as highly pigmented and long-wearing as a formula), because three of the eyeshadows, plus the glitter, absolutely need an adhesive base or else it is a one-way ticket to Fallout City.

As a lot of readers have noted in the initial launch post, the palette looks a lot like every other holiday palette Too Faced has released. I struggled a bit myself trying to pair the shades together, as it didn’t feel as cohesive as you might have expected, and the drier, more crumbly textures of the metallic shades didn’t blend well with the thinner matte shades. The two blushes and bronzers are permanent shades, though Justify My Love is a much darker, brighter, and cooler-toned shade in the palette than my single (by a lot). The highlighter, Champagne Truffle, is actually an eyeshadow from another palette, so you might have that already in your stash.

Ivy is a pale, muted white with a matte finish. It had a very smooth, finely-milled consistency with some excess powder that would kick up in the pan. It is chalky against my skin tone, for reference, and I tried to mix it with Painkiller to make it a workable brow bone highlight on my skin tone. On fairer skin tones, it should work better. It lasted six hours on me before disappearing. Urban Decay Bump (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Gesso (P, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P, ) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party #1 (LE, $2.29) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Skull (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Starlight (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC White (P, $19.00)(100% similar). Too Faced Coconut Cream (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Snow (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced White Christmas (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Linen (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Liberatus (P, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Ivoire (P, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek White Lies (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Extra Creamy (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugar Coated is a light pink with warmer undertones paired with a frosted finish and silver sparkle. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was drier and tended to sheer out on its own. The glittery bits blended away from the base color, so this shade would need an adhesive base to perform well. The color lasted seven hours before creasing and had fallout. Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Garden Pastels #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Ex-boyfriend (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Shiseido Mist (WT 901) (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pink Freeze (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Pink Pearl (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Rose Garden #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Whimsical (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Ballet Baby (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Delightful (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frosted Yum is a muted, light silver with neutral-to-warm undertones and a metallic, sparkly finish. The glitter of this one also separated away from the base color, so it didn’t stay where it was initially applied and resulted in fall out over time. The base color was mostly opaque and wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. The dryness of the powder made it harder to blend with the matte shades in the palette. Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Vivacious Maguari (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Aluminum (10M) (P, $29.00) is brighter (95% similar). Buxom Pure Platinum (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sugarpill Grand Tiara (P, $13.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Diamond Dust (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Silver Coin (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Blue Garden #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00)(90% similar). Kat Von D Moonshine (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Tin (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Iridescent Shell (110) (LE, $13.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Liberty (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Benefit Blingo (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Smoky #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Irresistible is a sparkling, medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. Like the previous three shades, the glitter doesn’t stick to the base, which resulted in the sparkles transferring beyond the base color and would fall below the lid over time. I would highly recommend a glitter primer or an adhesive base to work with this palette. This shade lasted for six and a half hours before creasing. bareMinerals Standing O (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Night Thrill (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Eclaire (P, $29.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #18 (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Treasure Hunt (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Jouer Skinny Dip (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Stila Gold Goddess (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay 1987 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Ardency Inn Heaven (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Shiny Happy (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Painkiller is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a very soft, finely-milled consistency that applied well to bare skin, but it did not work well with the more shimmery shades in the palette as it was too thin and dusty, so it did not layer well. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Too Faced Chocaholic (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Cobblestone (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Illamasqua Heroine (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Yamal (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Skinny Latte (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Wanderer (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #2 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Love on the Run (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Hello Kitty Hot Cocoa (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Latte (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Clay (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup & Chill is a deep, reddish brown with a matte finish. Though the powder was silky and soft, it was also powdery in the pan, so it kicked up a lot of powder in the pan with even a soft touch of a brush. It applied well to bare skin with full, opaque coverage that wore well for seven and a half hours–it’s just a shade you have to use carefully to avoid initial fall out. Ciate Queen Bee (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Bark (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Violeta (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Java (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Siren (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Cocoa (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bittersweet (LE, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bark (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mystic Hour is a deep bluish-teal with a frosted finish. This shade had a lot of potential, but it fades immediately after applying–it just doesn’t retain that depth and intensity it has in the pan on the lid. Even over Too Faced’s primer, it was still underwhelming; I would try using it wet and over a glitter primer as the drier, frosted consistency would likely benefit from both changes. This shade started to crease after seven hours of wear. Make Up For Ever ME230 Peacock Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Mint Chip (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #18 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Controversy (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pre-Packaged (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Dior Electrify #5 (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Stormy Seas (113) (LE, $13.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wham Bam is a bright, medium-dark purple with warmer, pink undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly drier texture that blended out fairly well and didn’t seem to fade immediately like Mystic Hour did. The color wore well for seven hours on me. Coloured Raine Fetish (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). MAC Selena (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Amethyst (P, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Snowboarding (P, $6.75) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Illamasqua Trance (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Amethyst #6 (P, ) is more muted (85% similar). MAC Zip Me Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Flash (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery (85% similar). Sugarpill Hysteric (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wanted is a deep black with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a firmer texture, which made it harder to get color out of but also seemed to impede blending, as it applied unevenly and was difficult to pull and diffuse from wherever the powder initially landed. The color had noticeable fading after six and a half hours of wear. Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE, ) is warmer, lower quality (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Raven-Eyed (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Night Sky (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Pandora (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is warmer, better quality (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Chrome #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I Will Always Love You is a bright, medium coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer. You can find my original review for the formula and shade here for a more detailed look at claims and the like. Suffice to say, this wore a lot like the permanent version I have, but it appeared to be a bit less shimmery and had stronger pink tones while wearing the same (eight and a half hours but way short of the 16-hour wear claimed). NYX Synthetica (P, $7.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Reflex (82) (LE, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tasty (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sparkling Bellini (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Moon Beach (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Solar Ray (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC My Paradise (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Shape the Future (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Justify My Love is a bright, bold, cotton candy pink with a satiny finish. It is much, much brighter and darker with stronger blue undertones than the permanent version (read my original review here). It is also more pigmented, so that’s an upside, with a slightly looser consistency. The color wore well for nine hours, a half hour longer than the permanent version did for me. Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC I'm the One (LE, $22.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Robotic (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Dream (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido (500) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Pageant (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Soleil is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The powder was firmly packed into the pan, which made it difficult to work with as I struggled to chip away at it to get any color coverage. For swatching alone, I had to scrape away the top layer to get enough pigment to show up on my arm. I had to do the same to apply it to my face. It was unexpected, as Too Faced includes this shade in palettes regularly, and it’s typically quite soft and silky. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Toffee (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Bronzer) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $27.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Paloma Contour (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Tan (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Truffle is a light, pinky-white with a golden sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage that was buildable to mostly opaque pigmentation. It seemed less pigmented than the previous palette version (where it was released as an eyeshadow). The color lasted for seven and a half hours before separating on my cheeks. Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Glitterati (LE, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Andromeda (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). LORAC Vanilla (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE, )(100% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Treasures Untold (LE, )(100% similar). Chanel Tisse Cambon #2 (P, ) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Lyric (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Wipe Out (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #4 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced #selfie (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black is a deep black with cool undertones and a satiny sheen. The Sketch Marker formula is supposed to be a long-wearing, waterproof, and vivid liquid eyeliner. It was very pigmented with a smooth, fluid consistency that applied easily and did not seem too watery nor did it apply unevenly. The tip had enough flex that you could maneuver around the curves of the eyelid without issue. The formula takes a bit of time to dry down and set, so if using on the upper lash line, I’d keep my eye shut for about 20 seconds after applying if you can. It did not bleed when I tested it under water. It lasted for eight hours on me. Illamasqua Abyss (P, $27.50)(100% similar). Bobbi Brown Really Black (LE, $24.00)(100% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Deeper (01) (P, $55.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (P, $25.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (P, $30.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is cooler, glossier (95% similar). MAC Cat's Meow (P, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glitterally appears as a light silver glitter that reflects pink, blue, and gold as it catches the light. It is a loose glitter, so it has virtually no claims on its own. It is a product that needs to be used with something else–adhesive, mixed with gloss, etc. in order to adhere and wear for any length of time. If you apply it on bare skin, it will just dust away. None of that is a criticism, and as there’s not much to rate it on, you will not find this one rated.

Too Faced NikkieTutorials Palette The Power of Makeup
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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