MAC Oh, Darling! In Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($35.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “metallic gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with warm, orange-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pieno Sole (LE, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is darker (90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Left) (P) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (LE, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Oh, Darling!
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%

Chanel Coups de Minuit Joues Contraste Lumiere

Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) Joues Contraste Lumiere ($45.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “peach beige.” It’s a light, muted peachy-beige with warm undertones and a slight rosiness paired with a soft sheen. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Highlighter (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Otherearthly (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) Joues Contraste Lumiere
Chanel Joues Contraste Lumiere Highlighting Blush Coups de Minuit (12)
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%

Becca Afterglow Cheek Palette

Becca Afterglow Palette ($39.50 for 0.26 oz.) is a cheek palette that features three of the brand’s pressed highlighters and two of their blushes. I think it’s a great concept, and it is a nice way to try their famous cheek products, but I do wish the pans were on the larger side; they are the size of your typical eyeshadow (the palette itself is the same size as Becca’s eyeshadow palettes), like MAC, Urban Decay, etc. There is a little space between each pan, so it is possible to use some blush brushes without issue, but it’s something to consider if you tend to use medium or large-sized blush brushes. If you use a highlight brush to apply the pressed highlighters, I think you’ll be just fine, though. The quality of the palette’s contents is fairly comparable to the standalone versions, but I noticed all five seemed ever-so-slightly drier here, as if there was less binder, which actually made the highlighters more forgiving on the skin (Becca’s highlighters have a fine line between gorgeous glow and pore-emphasizing). This palette contains $20.36 worth of highlighters and $17.92 worth of blush for a total value of $38.28, so you’re paying just over a $1 for the “for the price of about one, I get to try five” point of view. (Becca’s highlighters cost $38 each, while the blush comes in at $32 a pop). This particular palette is VERY warm-toned, and I wish they had done a cooler-toned option or else mixed up the shades more to make it more versatile across skin tones. If I could have chosen the shades (assuming only one edition), I would have gone for Pearl (yes, creating a pressed version just for the palette!), Moonstone, Blushed Copper, Hyacinth, and Nightingale–which is really proof that Becca needs to consider adding cooler and more neutral-toned shades into the ranges.

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Becca Afterglow Palette
Becca Holiday 2015 Palette Afterglow Palette
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette ($28.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a slim, travel-friendly palette featuring three of theBalm’s famous highlighters. I’ve loved all three over the years, and to have them in a palette like this is awesome! The quality is exactly the same as the full-sized versions I have: rich, smooth, and buttery textured combined with great color payoff and luminous finishes. The full-sized versions retail for $24.00 and contain 0.30 oz. of product (or $80.00/oz.), so this palette contains $26.40 worth of product. You pay a tiny bit more to try three, but you get three for about the cost of one single shade, and the sizes provided will last quite awhile and are still large enough to get most blush brushes into them.

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theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette
theBalm The Luminizing Collection The Manizer Sisters
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9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%
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Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites

Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites ($80.00 for 1.00 oz.) is described as a “frosted light, radiance, and iridescence.” It’s a translucent, gold-shimmered beige with a luminous sheen. Guerlain Teint Beige (DC, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Perles de Nuit (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Mythic (P, $59.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Teint Rose (DC, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Snowglobe (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles du Dragon (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Teint Dore (DC, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Parure de Nuit (LE, $67.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites
Guerlain Holiday 2015 Meteorites Perles des Neiges
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%

Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 1.93 oz.) is a large, limited edition holiday set that has a little bit of everything, but it is primarily an eyeshadow and blush palette with a few extras thrown in. There are a lot of chunky, glittery eyeshadows included in the palette, which are difficult to use without a really good tacky primer (which is why I think they should have included their own Glitter Glue adhesive instead of their regular eyeshadow primer!). The packaging is very giftable, but it is bulky, so those who have a fair amount of palettes in their stash may find that a lot of the packaging ends up in the recycling bin. This review is focused only on the eyeshadows and cheek products and excludes the primer, mascara, and liquid lip color (that I’ve reviewed as a standalone product in the past).

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Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Holiday 2015 Christmas in Paris Palette Le Grand Palais
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Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
77%
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