NYX Narcissistic & Chaotic Illuminators

NYX Narcissistic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had a soft, lightly powdery consistency that was blendable and didn’t read dry or powdery on the skin. The powder imparted a soft but noticeable glow to the skin without adding a lot of color on my skin tone (but fairer complexions may see more warmth). It wore well for seven hours on me. MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NYX Narcissistic Illuminator
NYX Illuminator Narcissistic
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
88%
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MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days Palette

MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit ($44.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes four Cream Colour Bases and one Blot Powder/Pressed. I am totally baffled by the inclusion of the Blot Powder, given that it is in shade “Medium Dark,” which will obviously not suit many skin tones. Why not a powder highlighter instead? Two of the Cream Colour Bases (Tint and Root) are part of the permanent range. If you’re unfamiliar with the Cream Colour Base formula, it’s pretty much a versatile cream-based product that can be sheer, buildable, creamy, or shimmery and can be used on the eyes, lips, or face (some shades have restricted usages). They can be used alone or over products (including powder) and are supposed to last for eight hours on face and body (with “lasting wear for hours on eyes”).

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MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit
MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Days
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%
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Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette ($45.00 for 0.87 oz.) includes two highlighters, a yellow correcting powder (which could be used as a highlighter, depending on your skin tone), two contour powders, and one blush. The quality is disappointing, depending on the shade, but the biggest downside is that it’s one-size-fits-all mentality. Obviously, this will flatter some and not work at all for others. I think the powders are a little on the chalky side, so I don’t know if they would work well on drier skin (I am normal right now, so I didn’t notice it overly much on my skin). The powders also seemed to have a little sweet smell, which was unusual.

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Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette
Tarte Contour Palette Tarteist
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Stila Sending My Love Set

Stila Sending My Love Set ($49.00 for 0.69 oz.) includes three cheek colors, five eyeshadows, an eyeliner, and a lipgloss. I was pleasantly surprised by this set! It’s not particularly unique, but it’s well-done and high quality.

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Stila Sending My Love Set
Stila Holiday 2015 Sending My Love Set Sending My Love
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Makeup Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette ($165.00 for 0.79 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows, one highlighter, and one contour powder. My favorite products are the highlighter and contour powders, which will come as no surprise, as I have reviewed them favorably in the past as standalones. You actually get more of each product in the palette than in the individual compact, but for $65 you could purchase the Contour Book Volume II, which also contains 0.17 oz. worth of the Celestial Powder and 0.14 oz. of the Sculpting Powder (plus other standout product sin the brand’s line, like a small version of Starlight and larger sizes of the cream versions of the highlight/contour found in this palette). I don’t think the eyeshadows are worth the additional expense; the shades themselves are dupable, but the formula feels dusty, dry, and sometimes powdery and other times stiffer. They blended out better than I expected, and they lasted seven to eight hours (so not too shabby), but they were more semi-sheer to semi-opaque and prone to sheering out when applied.

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Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin Holiday 2015 Makeup Palette The Legacy
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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ColourPop Electric Slide Super Shock Cheek & Leopard Pressed Pigment

ColourPop Electric Slide Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish–pretty much just as the brand described it. The texture was smooth, creamy, and a cinch to blend out on the skin. I love that the formula can be used over foundation without disturbing your base products. The coverage is semi-sheer to opaque, depending on how much you apply initially or with what, which is in line with what the formula is supposed to be. The color was going strong after ten hours of wear. NARS Jubilation (Left) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pieno Sole (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Electric Slide Super Shock Cheek
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Electric Slide
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
Limited Edition
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