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theBalm Balm Beach Blush

01/07

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

Balm Beach

theBalm Balm Beach Blush ($21.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s the type of color that pairs well with a lot of looks so long as your skin tone is light-medium or fairer (it shows up as a subtle color on my skin tone, and I’m light-medium to medium). I did find that the color darkened just a tad on the skin, but if you are drier, you might get truer-to-pan color.

The consistency was soft, smooth, and slightly firmer in the pan, though it wasn’t too stiff to use. It had good pigmentation, somewhat buildable though never quite opaque, that went on evenly and blended out without issue. On me, the color started to fade after eight hours of wear.

theBalm Blush Balm Beach
Balm Beach
Balm Beach
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
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MAC x Mariah Carey My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

01/06

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

My Mimi

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($45.50 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium copper with warm, brownish undertones and a gold, sparkly finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage, but the texture was drier and more prone to separating–perhaps the larger bits of sparkle strewn through the powder were the issue. It took more effort to blend and diffuse the edges, as the color looked somewhat patchy initially. I don’t typically have issues blending out this formula, so I was rather surprised by the application of this shade on the skin. It lasted for eight hours before fading on me (out of the 10 the brand promises for this formula).

The price seems unusually high; regular Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are $33.00 for 0.31 oz., and while it’s not unusual for MAC to up-charge for collaborations by a bit, it’s usually a $1-4, not over $10. It seems like it is the result of the design of the powder itself, which is intricate to be sure, but I’m still surprised by the increase in price overall! I wish the product was better, too, because I know that this was one of the “star” products in the launch, to at least make the price more justifiable. It did seem, to my memory, that the price increases across most of the products in this collection were higher than normal (compared to past collaborations).

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish My Mimi
My Mimi
My Mimi
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet QuikTrik Stick Duo

A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet

MAC A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) has a medium, shimmery copper shade on one end and a medium-dark, reddish-brown on the other. The duo seems like the bronzing pairing to me, as both shades will add warmth, luminosity, and a healthy sheen to the skin–very summer to my eye!

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo A Latte Sheen/Semi-Sweet
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

Bare End/Earthnut

MAC Bare End/Earthnut Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) has a light-medium, pearly gold on one end and then a medium, warm brown on the other end. The gold seems ideal for highlighting, while the darker shade could be used to bronze or contour (on warmer skin tones). This one applied a bit better and lasted a touch longer than some of the other duos, but it’s still faster to wear away than most powder blushes on me.

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo Bare End/Earthnut
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Bare End

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Earthnut

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MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) is comprised of a sheer, shimmery silvery rose shade (best for highlighting) and muted, mid-tone brown with subtle, warmer undertones (best for bronzing or contouring).

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear. The pigmentation was semi-sheer, buildable up to semi-opaque coverage.

The downside to the formula is that both shades remained lightly tacky with a moderately dewy finish, and, unsurprisingly, the wear time was shorter at six hours. I get better wear (an extra hour or two) if I lightly pat translucent powder on top or pair with a similarly-hued powder blush. The finish is lovely if you like a dewier finish–they reminded me of the type of products I’d reach for in the summer to pat over bare skin.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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Softly Does It

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Tight and Tawny

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Object of Desire Face & Eye Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Object of Desire Face & Eye Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty Object of Desire Face & Eye Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Object of Desire Face & Eye Palette ($69.00 for oz.) includes three cheek colors and six eyeshadows. They are in a gold, zippered case with a large, black tassel. As far as traveling goes, the upside is that it is rather cushioned and shouldn’t break easily, but it is thicker than most palettes. Some of the shades were decent, others were below average; it’s not a palette that seems worthy of splurging on for the holidays as a result. Those with several neutral palettes may find that this palette is rather repetitive. I did like that the cheek colors coordinated with the eye products, at least.

Tantric is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, and on the thinner side, but it wasn’t dusty or hard to blend out on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Becca Capri Coast (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Saffron Sun (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (-, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Nude Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tan-tastic (LE, $49.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) (P, $53.00) is brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Original (P, $50.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Bronzer (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Exhibitionist is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was incredibly soft and silky, but as a result, it was also more powdery and prone to sheering out on the skin. It was more buildable than I anticipated, so I think it applied well and unless you wanted intense coverage in one pass, I don’t think most would notice the sheerness in practice. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Kash (P, ) is more muted (95% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek XOXO (P, $10.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Pop (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva CR020 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pinch O' Peach (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (DC, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Santa Baby (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make a Sheen is a light gold with warm undertones and a chunky, frosted shimmer. The texture was drier and looser with a real noticeable grit from the shimmer/sparkle in it. The color applied decently to the skin, but it was hard to even out and looked patchy up-close. It lasted for seven hours on me. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is darker (90% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lights On is a light, yellow gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a really soft, silky texture that felt finely-milled and was just a touch powdery. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Mellow Yellow (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #2 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Hot Pants (P, ) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #38 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Viseart Champs-Elysees (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty She Was (P, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Ounce (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Dior Feel #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Candlelight is a medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. The consistency felt soft and smooth, but it was looser and thin, which made it dustier to work with and prone to sheering out on the lid. The color wore for just over seven hours on me. Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #2 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Collective Chic #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Hieroglyph (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #2 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Iris (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Old Church Street (Left) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Gates of Eden (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Beaux-Arts (P, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Siros (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Rubenesque (DC, $18.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #16 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dimmer is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque with a smooth, silky texture but ran thin and was better over a primer. It wore well for seven hours. Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Glasswing (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Fawn (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Stila Warm Honey (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Tiki Hut (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Raw Sienna (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Frappe (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Puree (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Terracotta (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Titania (108CM) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Nude #4 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Kid (DC, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Dulce de Leche (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Violet Hour is a muted, medium lavender with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the dustier texture made it darken on the skin, which made it harder to blend out as it would stick strongly to some areas but less to others. This shade wore well for seven hours on me. LORAC Overcast (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Romance (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Dusty Mauve (LE, $19.00) is brighter (85% similar). Lancome Rich History (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Enchanting (P, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Twilight is a muted, dark plum with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had a firmer consistency in the pan, which led to difficulty blending and diffusing the color on the lid as it would look patchy. It had decent, buildable coverage, and the color itself started to fade after seven hours of wear. Anastasia Aubergine (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Stereo (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Girlish Appeal (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Rosewood #4 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Raspberry (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00)(90% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #5 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Remix (LE, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Eggplant (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pink Union #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #4 (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

In the Dark is a dark black with warm, brown undertones and flecks of copper and bronze sparkle. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that was a little powdery but dense enough that it didn’t sheer out immediately on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me, but the sparkles did not bind with the base color, so there was some fall out over time (a lot of it didn’t even make it to the lid to begin with). MAC Beyond Gorgeous (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 17 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty As Well (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #4 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Cursed (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Night Whisper (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Gilded Night #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Black Diamond (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2016 Face & Eye Palette Object of Desire
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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