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NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette
NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette ($69.00 for 0.78 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and three blushes in the Dual-Intensity formula. The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be sheerer when applied dry and more opaque with a “high-impact finish” when used damp. The Dual-Intensity Blush formula is supposed to have a “high-impact” flush when used damp and a “natural-looking glow” when used dry. In general, regardless of whether it’s an eyeshadow or blush, they are sheer to semi-opaque with more of a frosted, shimmery finish when used dry, and then more opaque and more metallic when used damp. The blushes can be more difficult to blend and diffuse when used damp, but I don’t have that issue (or at least, not as often) with the eyeshadows applied with a damp brush–I expect this is partially due to how blush is often applied at sheerer coverage levels than eyesahdow, so it is more obvious when it is not diffusing as readily. Both formulas wear between six and nine hours for me.

The value of the set is ridiculously good, period, but it’s particularly high for NARS, which doesn’t typically do truly value-packed palettes or sets. I think, perhaps, it’s the result of the Dual-Intensity range being rather pricey individually that they could only go so high before the palette reached a price point they did not feel their customer base would pay. Each eyeshadow in the palette is larger than a full-sized Dual Intensity Eyeshadow! If you like the colors, it’s worth checking out. I’m not in love with the shade range or how the blushes and eyeshadows coordinate with each other–the blushes seem like they’re too warm and could be more in a pink/plum/mauve family–I just felt like it looked a bit disjointed together. The quality is fairly consistent with my experience with the formula in full-sized shades, so if the color combination appeals to you, I’d definitely keep an eye out for it.

Minor quibble: why didn’t they give these individual shade names?! They did it for several other palettes this year!

Value

  • Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow: $29.00 for 0.05 oz. or $580.00/oz.
  • Dual-Intensity Blush: $45.00 for 0.21 oz. or $214.29/oz.
  • Set Value: $243.60 worth of eyeshadow, $77.14 worth of blush
  • Total Value: $320.74

Give In Take I is a dirty beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation both dry and damp, but the damp application made it apply more smoothly and amplified the sheen. The texture was soft, firmer in the pan but not stiff to work with, and applied well to bare skin. It lasted for seven hours (both dry and damp) on me before fading. Natasha Denona Cream (21S) (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vex (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Pearl Earring (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I542 Pinky Clay (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Indulge (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #2 (LE) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Telepathy (P) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Clarins Silver Ivory (04) (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Mother's Milk (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). bareMinerals Air (P) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take II is a muted, medium-dark gray with cool, bluish tones and a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, while damp yielded nearly opaque coverage. It was easier to diffuse and blend around the edges when I used it dry, but the coverage was hard to build up, so I had the best luck applying it damp initially and then using it dry to diffuse and soften the edges. It lasted for seven hours dry, seven and a half hours damp. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Ace (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Left) (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Denim Smokey (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Retrograde (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $21.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take III is a blackened teal with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It appeared more muted in color but had semi-opaque coverage when I applied it dry, and it lasted for eight hours. When I tried it damp, it was more intense and fully opaque, but it took extra effort to diffuse the edges, though it lasted for almost nine hours on me. Guerlain Les Aquas #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Midnight Swim (16) (P, $10.00) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Rhinestone (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Houdini (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). The Estee Edit Wavy (LE) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Mermaid (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take IV is a bright beige with subtle, cooler undertones and a satin finish (even though it looked warmer in the pan). It was more muted and a lot less bright–looked almost faded–when I applied it dry, though it was still semi-opaque in coverage. When I applied it with a damp brush, it was brighter and looked starker against my skin tone with semi-opaque coverage. It was easier to use this one damp, though, as the texture was a bit firmer to work with in the pan, so having the dampness on the brush stretched the color out more. It lasted for seven and a half hours both dry and damp on me. Too Faced Frosty Nog (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Blanc (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take V is a light-medium taupe with warmer, brown undertones and a gray overtone paired with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer coverage when applied dry, and the color itself was much warmer and lacked the gray overtone. If I used it with a damp brush, the color was more intense, grayer, and more opaque. I noticed fading after seven hours when I used it dry, and then after eight hours when I used it damp. Sephora Cashmere Coat (P, $10.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #7 (LE, $25.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take VI is a deep, blackened brown with subtle, warmer, olive undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer coverage applied dry, which looked more like a dark brown than a blackened brown, while damp application yielded rich, opaque color that was much deeper and darker. The consistency was soft, firm without being stiff, and blended out fairly well on the lid. It lasted for seven hours dry and eight hours damp. Too Faced Cup of Joe (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Zoeva Infusion (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Beluga (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Cinders (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Lava Cake (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Join My League (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #12 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Topkapi #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Ankh (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Earthy Scent (LE, $16.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Nude #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush I is a light, white gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had similar, medium, buildable coverage both dry and damp, but the damp application was definitely more intense with a smoother, but stronger, sheen. The consistency was smooth, a touch dry in a way, but it was blendable and did not appear dry on the skin. It lasted for eight hours both dry and damp on me. Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more muted, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush II is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin sheen. The coverage with medium, buildable dry and then semi-opaque, buildable damp. It had a more obviously, pearlescent sheen when applied damp, but it was never flat even when applied dry. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and it did not emphasize my pores or skin’s natural texture. It wore well for seven hours dry and eight hours damp. Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Nectar (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush III is a bright pop of peony pink with subtle, warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was soft, firm but blendable on the skin, and it was flattering on the skin and did not enhance pores or the skin’s natural texture. It had semi-sheer coverage dry and semi-opaque coverage damp, and it was buildable regardless of application method. On me, it lasted for eight hours both dry and damp. NARS Undefeated (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Blush) (P, $30.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette (Holiday 2016) Give In Take
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Mineralize Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Mineralize Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Mineralize Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Mineralize Kit ($55.00 for 0.46 oz.) includes a full-sized Mineralize Rich Lipstick, full-sized Mineralize Lipglass, and a miniature sized Mineralize Skinfinish. The lipstick and highlighter are both part of the permanent range, while the gloss is new and exclusive to the set. The kit comes with a large, zippered makeup “box” (less of a bag, more of a rectangular box where the top zips open). The highlighter is the best part of the set, which can be purchased individually (but in full size); the lipstick and lipgloss are misses for me.

Value

  • Mineralize Rich Lipstick: $25.00 for 0.14 oz.
  • Mineralize Glass: $25.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.
  • Mineralize Skinfinish: $33.00 for 0.35 oz. or $94.26/oz.
  • Set Values: $25.00 worth of lipstick, $25.00 worth of lipgloss, $11.55 worth of highlighter
  • Total Value: $61.55

Be Fabulous is a light pink with cool, blue undertones and a fine, pearly sheen. The formula is supposed to have medium, buildable coverage with a hydrating feel that lasts six hours. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied evenly but had a tendency to settle into lip lines. The consistency was smooth, lightweight, thin without being clingy or dry, and comfortable to wear over the three and a half hours (but not the six promised) it lasted. The formula felt slightly hydrating overall. MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Obvi (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Rose Lily (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC To Savour (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $37.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). MAC Dreaminess (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $55.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jude (DC, $35.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Real Doll (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Bubblegum Bloom (965) (LE, $7.49) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Lavender (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Petal Pink (710) (P, $7.49) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Dressed to Thrill (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Alexander (LE, $35.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Kingdom of Sweets (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Candeur (P, $37.00) is cooler, more muted, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Elegantly Elegant is a light-medium pastel pink with a creamy finish and very fine white pearl. It’s supposed to be a sheer formula with “modern shine.” It had semi-opaque coverage that didn’t look streaky in terms of application, but the color emphasized every single lip line I had on my lips, so it still looked streaky and uneven at a glance. The texture was smooth, lightweight, mostly non-tacky, and comfortable to wear. It lasted for three hours on me. MAC Pure Fiction (LE, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). Revlon Bejeweled (P, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Tender (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pink Fade (LE, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Carousel (LE, $15.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Such Sweeties (LE, $20.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC The Wee Coquette (LE, $15.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Angel (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Look Who's Here (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bite Beauty Two (Watercolor) (LE) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Fashion Scoop (LE, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Patentpink (P, $20.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dress the Part (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Three (Watercolor) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Demure (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Embraceable Me (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lightscapade is a very light, gold-tinted white with a luminous finish. The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is supposed to have a “velvety soft” feel and a “radiant finish” with “sheer coverage.” It had semi-sheer, buildable color coverage with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t dusty or powdery in the pan. The powder blended out easily on the skin, and it gave an ethereal glow to the skin that did not emphasize my pores or the natural texture of my skin. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00)(90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Pretty Bonnes (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Pink Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is cooler, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Kit Pink
Pink
Pink
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total
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Make Up For Ever #01 and #02 Pro Light Fusion Highlighters

Make Up For Ever #01 Pro Light Fusion Highlighter
Make Up For Ever #01 Pro Light Fusion Highlighter

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter ($39.00 for 0.30 oz.) is supposed to “naturally enhance and highlight” with a “silky-smooth” “ge-powder” formula. The powder has a soft, very lightly dusty texture that was smooth, blendable, and easy to work with on the skin as it diffused well and applied evenly. Both shades were pigmented, but they were controllable so one could use a lighter touch or a less dense brush for sheerer coverage. They both highlighted where they were applied without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. Both shades lasted eight hours on me.

The formula is in the same type as MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Estee Lauder Illuminating Gelee, NARS Dual Intensity Blush, and so forth.

Make Up For Ever #01 Pro Light Fusion Highlighter ($39.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a very light pink with warm undertones and a luminous, lightly metallic finish. It was nicely pigmented with a soft, smooth, and lightly dusty texture that applied easily to the skin and did not emphasize my pores or natural texture. The highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading. Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Devotee (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Gleam (P) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is darker (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Stunner (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is less pigmented, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Stunner (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Pink Beige (P, $24.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever #02 Pro Light Fusion Highlighter ($39.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a bright, medium gold with warm, coppery-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the consistency was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable. The product spread evenly across the skin and edges were easily diffused for a gradual blend. I did not find the finish emphasized my skin’s natural texture. It lasted for eight hours on me before starting to fade. Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior #003 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is cooler (95% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Fire (P) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter #01
#01
#01
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter #02
#02
#02
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact ($35.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes a powder highlighter and blush. The Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are supposed to have 10-hour wear, while the Extra Dimension Blush formula is supposed to have six-hour wear.

Tutu is a bright, very light beige with warm, peachy undertones and a metallic finish. It had excellent color payoff paired with a soft, smooth, finely-milled texture that wasn’t too firm or too loose in the pan. It seemed smoother than past iterations of this formula, though this color is new (and limited edition). The highlighter applied easily, blended out effortlessly, and lasted for eight hours on me. Even when worn heavily, I didn’t notice any emphasis of my skin’s natural texture with this shade. Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Smokin' Whistles (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Crafty (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Flexitarian (P, $8.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Lightscapade (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

At Dusk is a muted, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was a bit firmer compared to the highlighter, but it wasn’t stiff or difficult to get color payoff out of. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that sat well on the skin, and the finish became more luminous as I buffed and blended the powder on my skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours before it started to fade. (This shade has been released before.) Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Formal (LE) is brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Birthday Suit (P, $8.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is cooler, more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Tres Fab (LE) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva PK030 (P) is cooler, brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Rosy Outlook (P, $23.50) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact Peach Face Compact
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact ($35.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes a powder highlighter and blush. Both shades are repromotes, though Whisper of Gilt is one of those shades that many wanted to make a return. The Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are supposed to have 10-hour wear, while the Extra Dimension Blush formula is supposed to have six-hour wear.

Whisper of Gilt is a brighter, light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a soft, smooth, and finely-milled consistency; it actually felt smoother and less dry to the touch compared to the standalone version I have from the last release. The powder blended out better, and it was easier to get sheerer coverage, especially as I could use fan and feathery brushes with ease with the finer texture. The finish was more metallic when applied at medium or higher coverage, and it started to emphasize pores just slightly when worn at semi-opaque coverage. It wore well for eight hours on me. Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, less pigmented (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Yellow Topaz (LE, $21.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Highlighter (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is warmer, darker (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pieno Sole (LE, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Jubilation (Left) (P) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pleasure Model is a medium-dark, coppery orange with warm undertones and a satin sheen. The pigmentation was great–full coverage–while the texture was smooth but firmer, so it was easier to control the intensity if you wanted sheerer coverage. It applied well to bare skin, as the finish became more satin-like as I blended and worked the product on my cheeks. The finish was natural and did not emphasize pores. On me, the blush wore for seven and a half hours before fading. This shade is a repromote, and it seemed slightly more muted this time around but overall similar in color and tone. Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is warmer, more muted, lighter (90% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $22.00) is more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $22.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Elegance (370) (P, $45.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Unlawful (P, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 18 (P, $62.00) is cooler, less pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Hansel (Shade) (P) is more muted, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Shape the Future (LE, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact Copper Face Compact
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
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NARS Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette
NARS Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes four cheek colors plus lip pencil. This palette is exclusive to Nordstrom and will be available November 1st. The palette includes three permanent shades–Albatross, Sex Appeal, and Golshan–and two new shades–Illusive and Make Believe. As was the case with True Story, the palette skewed lighter and will work better for fairer skin tones. I wish this was deeper overall (so that the offerings had something lighter and something deeper to cater to more skin tones). I also felt like the two center shades were a little closer, just warmer, than the two center shades in True Story as well. NARS’ Powder Blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented, natural, healthy-looking color” with a “blendable application.” The palette was decent; Albatross actually seemed more powdery and weaker than the permanent version, while the other four products were better.

Albatross is a very light, white gold with a more matte, powdery base that is white-based with lighter, warmer yellow shimmer. Albatross is a nice highlighter for someone who wants a very pale, ethereal base. On my skin tone, I find I have to be careful with application or else the white base is too prominent, but it mixes and layers well with a lot of blushes (which is how I tend to wear my highlighters). The texture of the version in the palette was more powdery and more prone to sheeringout–you can see how it looks chalkier overall than past iterations of the shade and less shimmery. It wore well for seven hours on me. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Stole the Show (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Divergent Gleaming Pearl (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #1 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Inner Light (LE) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sex Appeal is a light pinky-peach with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The texture was silky, finely-milled, and soft enough that it was a touch dusty in the pan, but it didn’t look dry or chalky on my skin tone., though the color doesn’t really show up on my complexion (I’m so sorry!) and will obviously be more visible on someone of a lighter skin tone. I tried to really pack it on, but as it was hard to see on me, I was only able to guess that it was still on after seven hours (I looked for a sheen coming through, since it did have a mattifying effect that I could detect). NARS Conquest (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Corol #1 (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Swept Away (-, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Stay By Me (P, $23.50) is darker (95% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Nancy (Light) (P) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Mallory (Light) (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Petunia (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Georgia (DC, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Illusive is a muted, medium pinky-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage, though not fully opaque, paired with a soft, lightly dusty texture that was easily blended on the skin. One nice thing is that it didn’t seem to darken on the skin like some matte blushes can, so what I saw in the pan is what I saw swatched and applied. This shade did show up more noticeably on my skin tone, but it is subtler, so it may not be in line with your needs or preferences, depending on your skin tone. It wore well for eight hours before fading on me. bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Buddy (Matte) (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is brighter (90% similar). NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Believe is a brighter, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. The blush had mostly opaque color payoff, while the consistency was soft, smooth, and not too firm or too soft, so it didn’t seem dusty or powdery to me. It applied and blended out well, and the flat matte finish did not appear dry on the skin. This shade started to fade after eight hours on me. Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $22.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golshan is a slightly muted, medium-dark brick red with warm undertones and a cream finish that had a light sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentaiton with a smooth, velvety texture that glided on effortlessly and delivered even coverage in one stroke. The texture was lightly creamy with some slip, but the product didn’t slide around while worn. This shade lasted for six hours, was lightly hydrating, and left a stain behind. Too Faced Melted Velvet (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $17.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). NARS Fire Down Below (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Maple (P, $26.00) is less glossy, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Lost (P, $6.00) is more muted (95% similar). Bite Beauty Braised Maple (LE, $24.00) is glossier, darker (95% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is less glossy, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (DC, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is glossier, cooler (95% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $25.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Project Chimps (LE, $20.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). MAC Rusty (LE, $20.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (P, $17.00) is glossier, cooler, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop TGIF (LE, $5.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Temper (DC, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $50.00) is glossier, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Cheek & Lip Palette Recurring Dare
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