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Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case

Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector's Makeup Case
Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case

Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case ($59.00 for 1.59 oz.) includes 24 eyeshadows, four cheek colors, miniature size Glossy Lip Paint, black liquid eyeliner, and miniature sized mascara. It’s another middling mega set from Tarte-it’s disappointing with some real misses in the palette. There were only a few shades that were actually good. The set itself is contained within a zippered case, but it is pretty bulky for traveling (and storing). The best part about the set were the punny art-inspired names.

Moment is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a fine, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) with a slightly firm texture in the pan. It applied decently and lasted for eight hours (but not the 12 promised). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Cream Soda (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Milani Luminoso (P, $8.49) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Fame (LE, $30.00) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals The Big Break (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Authentic is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that lasted for eight and a half hours on me. It did emphasize pores slightly. Marc Jacobs Beauty Make a Sheen (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Kiss (P, $9.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Noctum (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 13 Ivory (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Heat Wave (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Daytime Halo (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt (Top) (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Unique is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. The color coverage was fully opaque, but the texture was still soft, silky, and easily blended on the skin, so it could be sheered out or diffused as desired. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Provocative is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty, but blendable, consistency. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glitter Glue is a light beige with warm undertones and a glittery finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which was not buildabl,e and the texture was looser in the pan, so there was a lot of fall out during application as well as during wear. This one, as the name might allude to, needs a glitter adhesive to function. MAC Diamond Butterfly (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Givenchy Tentation #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Virgin (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Preferred Blonde (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Prosecco (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shroom (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pure Bred #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Call of the Canyon (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nudes is a light-medium beige with a mostly matte finish. The texture was incredibly stiff and had such a hard press in the pan that it was difficult to get any color out of it. It was a challenge to apply as so little color showed up, and what did apply, immediately melded to the skin and did not want to blend. It lasted for four and a half hours before it had faded. Laura Mercier Bone (LE, $23.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). NARS Madrague #1 (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Tabby (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). LORAC Buff (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Casting is a medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and flecks of copper sparkle. It had sheer coverage, which I did not find buildable at all, and the sparkle was loose and sat on top of the underlying color, so there was noticeable fall out after six hours of wear. Lancome Midnight Haze (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Sunset Seine (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE)(95% similar). Kat Von D Hieroglyph (LE) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Gingersnap (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Warm Wash #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Copper Aura (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Sassy Bun (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Silhouette is a dark black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. There seemed to be a slight sheen to the finish, which kept it from being totally matte. The consistency was a little thinner and firmer, which made it harder to blend out without getting some patchiness. With enough effort, I was able to blend it out, though. It had good pigmentation and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Laura Mercier Tuxedo (P, $28.00) is glossier (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fin (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is less shimmery, less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Punk (P) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Wanted (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Point 'n' Shoot (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Overnight (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Waterlilies is a light beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that had a tendency to sheer out when applied to the skin. It lasted for six hours on me. Too Faced Ginger Cream (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Double Scoop (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Assistant (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Conch (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #4 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Van Gogh With It is a medium brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was opaque, while the texture felt soft and smooth to the touch, and it blended out well on the eye. I noticed fading after seven hours of wear. Makeup Geek Bake Sale (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Seaside (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Succubus (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Crisp (P) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #10 (P) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #9 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 05 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Latte (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Fire (P) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Metal Work is a medium-dark coppery brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, though the consistency was thinner and firmer in the pan, so it was difficult to diffuse and blend out on the lid. It started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. LORAC Pink Bronze (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte On the Monet (LE) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). theBalm #39 (P, $6.50) is darker (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #2 (P) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charcoal Sketch is a blackened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and it had a soft, thin texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. It wore well for eight hours on me. Stila Chocolate (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Montaillou (LE, $25.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Smoked (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Right) (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso Bean (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Join My League (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Viseart Cashmere #3 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fairfax (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #2E (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Embark (P, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #5 (P) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pearl Earring is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was easy to work with and lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Givenchy Tentation #4 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bootycall (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Exposure #1 (P) is darker, warmer (95% similar). NARS Give In Take I (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Sugar (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Kifu (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Pearl (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #1 (P, $2.29) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frameworthy is a medium brown with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was thin and difficult to blend, as the press rather hard in the pan. It had semi-opaque color payoff and lasted for six and a half hours on me. Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bold (P) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Feature (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Cake & Biscuits (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Unrequited (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Skinny Latte (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocaholic (LE, $16.00)(85% similar). bareMinerals Granted (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Publisher (P) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Wilshire (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Anastasia Sherbert (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

First Impressionism is a dark gray with cooler undertones and a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier, chunkier texture that was hard to diffuse evenly, as it would look patchy when blended. This would perform better over primer or a glitter adhesive. It lasted for seven hours with minor fall out. LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #18 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Time (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Gunmetal (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Diesel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Graphite (07M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starry Night is a blackened navy blue with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had medium color coverage, and it was hard to build up as the color was rather dusty and prone to sheering out. It wore well for six hours.
MAC Blue Velvet (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #6 (P) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Lagoon (LE, $14.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Tornay (P) is warmer (85% similar). Lancome Midnight Purple (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted, less pigmented (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fresco is a light-medium beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was lightly dusty, but it was silky and blendable on the skin and did not appear dry on. It had good pigmentation and wore for seven hours before fading. MAC Elemental (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Natural #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Biarritz (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Vanilla Candles (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 09 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced White Chocolate (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Nassau (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Nano Nude #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Alabaster (P) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Crosses (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Tempera (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hearts & Crafts is a light-medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was somewhat powdery, so it sheered out without a primer to help it adhere to the lid. It wore well for six and a half hours before starting to fade. Tarte Chic (P) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Clay (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Sweetheart (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pleasing to the Eye (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Commando (P, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Demitasse (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Millennial (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Selfie Portrait is a medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm. The color was easy to apply to the lid and lasted for seven and a half hours. Makeup Geek Luna (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Palace (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #9 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #3 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Rose Bronze (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sultana (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Exposure #3 (P) is warmer (85% similar). Clarins Rosewood #2 (P) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

One Too Manet is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was decent, while the texture was firmer and harder to diffuse the edges of, but it wasn’t too much extra work to apply and blend out. It wore well for seven hours on me. NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte A Beautiful Degas (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Abyss (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Factory (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Chestnuts Roasting (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Tonka Imperiale #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Focus (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Charmed, I'm Sure (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). MAC Rebellious (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Clinique Pink Chocolate #4 (P, $15.00) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Kiss Me, I'm Tipsy (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Porcelain Dali is a very light pink with neutral-to-warm undertones paired with a matte finish. It was very sheer, due to the incredibly dusty and thin texture. The color just seemed to turn to dust and disappear on the skin. It lasted, seemingly, for about five hours. Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Monochrome is a light taupe with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a smooth, firmer feel in the pan (but it wasn’t stiff) that was blendable on the skin and lasted for seven hours. Dior Fairy Golds #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #16 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Morning Frost (DC, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hot MoMA is a medium-dark cranberry red with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted finish. The eyeshadow had opaque color coverage with a fairly soft, smooth, and blendable consistency. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Static (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Frock Talk (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Maroon (22M) (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Dominate (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #10 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #1 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Ciate Fierce (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Gash (LE, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Inglot #450 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Curtain Call (P, $9.99) is warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stained Glass is a deep, reddish plum with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was rather thin and dusty, so the color had a tendency to sheer out easily, but it was also one that turned patchy as I blended it. The performance was better over primer, but it was still harder to blend out. It lasted for seven hours on me. MAC All's Rosy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Central Perk (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Natasha Denona Electra (115CM) (P) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Drama (P) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Anastasia Love Letter (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pastel is a light peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky, and lightly dusty consistency. The color started to fade after six hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M810 Flesh-Colored Pink (P, $21.00)(100% similar). Makeup Geek Sorbet (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Naked (LE) is cooler (95% similar). L'Oreal Little Beige Dress (P, $5.99) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Ambrosia (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I Louvre It is a light-medium mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was so firmly pressed in the pan that it was difficult to get color payoff out of it without digging at it with a metal spatula or the end of my brush (the pointed end). It wore for four and a half hours–from what I could determine. MAC Malt (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Cordial (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Totally Nude (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Pink Mauve (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Bois des Indes #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Rustique (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Get Surreal is a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cooler, lavender shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that had a bit of fall out during application but none during wear. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Leap #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Kitschmas (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Macaroon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Double Date (LE, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Still Life is a deep purple with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, while the texture was on the dustier side but was fairly easy to apply and blend out. It wore well for eight hours on me. YSL Paris #10 (LE) is darker (100% similar). Tarte Mulled Wine (LE) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Plum (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Editor (P) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P) is lighter (90% similar). Ciate Day Dream (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Define) (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Aubergine (24V) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Nightcap (P) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #325 (P, $6.00) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Obvi is a medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a fine, white pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied evenly but some color sat in lip lines, which became more noticeable as time went on. The gloss lasted for three hours, was lightly moisturizing, and comfortable to wear. (I reviewed this previously here and did not retest.)

Tarte Holiday 2016 Collector’s Makeup Case Pretty Paintbox
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
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Algenist Drop & Glow Luminizing Duo

Algenist Drop & Glow Luminizing Duo
Algenist Drop & Glow Luminizing Duo

Algenist Drop & Glow Luminizing Duo ($22.00 for 0.46 fl. oz.) contains two miniature size liquid highlighters in a gold and pink shade. The Reveal Concentrated Luminizing Drops formula is supposed to be a liquid highlighter that gives a “soft focus, illuminated radiance” for a subtle effect. It can be used alone or mixed with other products (moisturizer, primer, foundation, and so forth) on face and body. There are three shades in the permanent range, so this set gives you two of those to try. I really liked this set, and it’s what I wished to see from Cover FX (side note: Algenist’s formula is much, much finer and less metallic on the skin in comparison; more comparable to Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheers), because liquid highlighters can go a long way, so the full sized bottles are often too large and subsequently, rather pricey.

The formula was thin without being watery. It yielded a subtle highlight and luminosity wherever I applied it, which I think looks best in person but tends to get muted on camera. I also had no trouble mixing either shade into my foundation or moisturizer for a slightly dewier finish, and I didn’t feel like they really tinted or changed the color of my foundation, though I am light-medium and neither of these is that deep so if you are fairer, it might be different. As a standalone highlighter (tested on cheeks), both shades wore well for eight hours. When I mixed with foundation, they did not seem to shorten the wear of my base.

Value

  • Luminizing Drops: $38.00 for 0.50 fl. oz. or $76.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $34.96

Champagne is a light-medium gold with fine pearl. It was semi-sheer and buildable to medium coverage (two layers). The consistency was thin and spread well across the skin and dried down within thirty seconds and did not remain tacky on the skin. The product gave the skin a subtle glow that did not look shimmery or emphasize my skin’s natural texture. I find liquids, like this one, particularly good on bare skin or over tinted moisturizers. It wore well for eight hours on me. NYX Daytime Halo (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $41.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Lancome Amber Lights (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Goldlite (P, $33.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Golden Hour (P, $6.99) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Celestial (P, $52.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose is a light pink with warmer undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (medium coverage in two layers), and it seemed in line as described–subtle radiance. The finish was luminous but did not emphasize pores, and it did not look greasy or oily, either. The texture was thin, smooth, and blendable on the skin, whether applied on bare skin or over makeup. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Softly Does It (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate (Illuminate) (LE) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Ecliptic (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Iced (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Algenist Luminizing Duo Drop & Glow
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Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye & Face Palette

The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye & Face Palette
The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye & Face Palette

The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye & Face Palette ($58.00 for 1.62 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and six cheek colors. Even though neither palette seems that large, they both contain a ton of product, and for the price point, I think it’s an excellent value for mid-to-high-end sets. It’s hard to tease out the value, as the permanent range doesn’t seem to have these products in it. The eyeshadow formula is dense, thick, and very pigmented, and it lasted between seven and eight and a half hours before creasing. The cheek color formula wasn’t quite as dense, which was good, as if it had been, it would have been hard to pick up color with a blush brush; instead, it was soft, dense enough to have a richness to it and opaque pigmentation, but it blended out easily and sat well on the skin. The cheek colors lasted between seven and nine hours on me. Also, the “Face” palette is actually a “Face and Eye” palette, so they can be used on the eyes as well (per the brand) — that bit is actually what took me longer to test the set as I had to go back and test the six cheek colors as eyeshadows (though three of the six cheek colors are very similar to the eyeshadows, so they seem redundant as eyeshadows)!

I don’t think that this is that similar to the Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette, which has a lighter and darker gold/copper shade, a brighter blue, much warmer green, and then a warm brown instead of a burgundy. The texture is also much, much denser and thicker in the Estee Edit palette and feels more silicone-heavy, while the Victoria Beckham Eye Palette felt more like traditional powder eyeshadow, just richer in overall pigmentation. The Estee Edit eye palette reads cooler, smokier, and… grittier. I see an “at a glance” similarity, but when I start going shade by shade, I don’t see real dupes.

Swerve is a rich, medium-dark coppery brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was dense, cream-like, and very, very smooth on the lid. It was intensely pigmented but still blended out beautifully on the skin. The color started to crease on me after eight and a half hours of wear. Stila Rose Gold (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Friendspiration (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). LORAC Cider (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). The Estee Edit Ray (LE) is more muted, warmer (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Stardream (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Minx #5 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Game Face (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Louder (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Showgirl (LE, $16.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Isolde #1 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Legend (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Gold (DC, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Riff is a light-medium peach with warm, golden shimmer and pink undertones. It had good color coverage with a lightly dusty, but smooth, consistency that applied best with a flatter brush (dampen the brush for even better results). This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Brighten) (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Champagne (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Seashell (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Precious (LE) is darker (95% similar). Clinique Ballet Flats (P, $15.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Pound Cake (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC MACnificent Me (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Tulle (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Burn is a deep burgundy-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly opaque, while the texture was smooth, dense, and felt like a cream in the pan. It applied well to bare skin, and it blended out nicely without having to work at it. I noticed subtle signs of creasing after nine hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Sinful (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Raffinement #4 (P) is less shimmery, brighter (95% similar). MAC Constructivist (DC, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Dark Truffle (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Nutmeg (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Rich Java (P, $6.99) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Cocoa (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Jardins Eclatants #4 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Turandot #4 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Rebellious (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Going Nuts (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Right) (LE) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wavy is a deep teal with a black base and a frosted shimmer. The texture of this one wasn’t quite as smooth, as it had larger sparkly bits in it, but it looked smooth and was intensely pigmented. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. Coloured Raine Forbidden (P, $6.99) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Blue Karma (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Give In Take III (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Kat Von D Watt (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Patchwork (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mood is a dark black with subtle, cool undertones and a smattering of silver and teal sparkle over a mostly matte finish. The consistency was a bit firmer compared to the other shades, and it did not seem as dense, which made it a more buildable eyeshadow. It had good pigmentation, which I was able to build up to true-to-pan color in two to three layers. It blended out fairly easily and lasted for eight hours on me. Too Faced Black Sugar (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #1 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Blackout (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 19 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Dogon #2 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 17 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Noir (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Charbon (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Black Tie Beauty (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Trip is a blackened brown with tons of navy blue sparkle and shimmer. The consistency felt almost wet, and it wasn’t as dense as the other shades, though it still felt smooth to the touch. Of all the shades, this is the only one that was a bit harder to blend and diffuse, especially as the sparkle pulled away from the base, so the color looked less bluish in practice. I had some fall out over the eight hours this shade lasted for. Revlon Neptune Star (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Reveuse (271) (LE, $31.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Midnight in Paris (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Across the Universe (100) (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Snowlit is a very light white gold with darker, warmer yellow gold shimmer. It had good color payoff with a denser, slightly thicker consistency in the pan, but it blended out easily on the skin and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading as a blush; seven hours on the eyelid. Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Holographic Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Rivage (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Chardonnay (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Short Shorts (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Skylight (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Iced Gold (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

14K Glow is a medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had opaque color coverage with a soft, denser texture that was easy to work with on the skin as it blended and diffused nicely. The finish gave a noticeable glow on the skin but did not emphasize my pores or skin’s natural texture. This shade wore for eight hours on both eyes and cheeks. NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Heat Wave (LE, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Salé (LE) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Jinxie (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Ciate Vaycay (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Frosted (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced You Light Up My Life (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Like to Watch (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior #003 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lithe (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

1st Light is a light-medium peach with a warm, golden sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a denser, slightly stiffer texture. This shade worked best when applied with a denser blush brush, and it did show up subtly as a pinkish-toned color on my skin tone (but it will be more of a highlighter on those darker than me). The product well for seven and a half hours on me as a blush and seven hours as an eyeshadow. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #4 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Goddess (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Brighten) (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC MACnificent Me (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Top) (LE) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Precious (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clinique Ballet Flats (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Stunner (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek I'm Peachless (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gleam is a medium peach with warm, copper undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation, while the consistency was soft, lightly dusty but appeared smooth and remained blendable on the skin. I thought this one might emphasize my skin’s natural texture, but it just yielded a luminous glow. It started to fade after eight hours on cheeks and seven and a half hours on eyes. theBalm Third Eye Blinded (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #2 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Zinc (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Blossom (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rekindle (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #4 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Made Me Do It (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Pure Bred #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Kiss (P, $9.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Lancome My French #5 (LE) is lighter (80% similar). theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). bareMinerals Future (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). theBalm Luscious Lani (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ray is a rich, medium-dark copper bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was very similar to Swerve within the eye palette. The consistency was softer, not quite as dense or as thick as Swerve, so it worked better as a cheek color (most cheek brushes are less dense than eye brushes). It had intense color payoff, and the texture emphasized my skin’s texture just slightly, but it blended out fine otherwise. On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading no the cheeks and eyes (slight creasing on the eyes after eight hours). Ciate Shine Bright (LE) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit Swerve (LE) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Louder (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #3 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Gold (DC, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Game Face (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Penelope (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Isolde #1 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beachy is a medium-dark copper brown with warm undertones and a softer, golden sheen. This had more of a satin finish, so it didn’t appear as golden or as metallic on the skin compared to Ray. The texture was soft, lightly dusty, and fairly smooth, which made it easier to work with on the skin as it blended and diffused well on the skin. As a cheek color, it wore well for eight and a half hours, and as an eyeshadow, it lasted for eight hours. Makeup Geek Firework (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NYX Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lust for Life (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC A Latte Sheen (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronzed Amber (LE, $58.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Estee Edit Magnetic Eye & Face Palette Gritty & Glow
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powders

Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powders
Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powders

Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powder ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “silky, pressed highlighting powder” that is “ultra-blendable” and “never looks dry.” It’s a good highlighter if you don’t already have several in your stash; there are three shades, and they are lovely but dupable, so given how many highlighters have been released in the last few years, you might have little need for one more. The texture of the formula is soft, smooth, and blendable–a little dusty if anything but not dry or powdery on the skin–and has a moderate to high sheen applied. One of three shades–Candlelight–seemed to emphasize my skin’s natural texture a bit, while the other two (Moonlight and Sunlight) looked more similar on my skin tone (there should be a more noticeable difference on much fairer and darker skin tones).

Candlelight is a rich, coppery bronze with warm, red undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented, and on lighter skin tones, it could be used as a bronzer or a coppery blush. It should be lovely on deeper skin tones as a highlighter or highlighting blush. The texture was a little drier to the touch, and though it did not look dry on the skin, I wondered if that was what made the overall texture of the powder more prone to emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. This shade also had more noticeable sparkle when applied. On me, the color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Cover FX Candlelight (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lust for Life (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). The Estee Edit Beachy (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moonlight is a light peachy gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth, and lightly dusty consistency that blended without issue. I didn’t feel like it made my pores look any bigger, but it had more noticeable shimmer compared to Sunlight but less noticeable compared to Candlelight. The highlighter started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Tarte Moonlight (P) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Crank It Up Pearl (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P) is darker (90% similar). Dior #001 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Lit (P) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker (80% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is darker (80% similar). Benefit Dandelion Twinkle (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sunlight is a light-medium peachy gold with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. This one seemed to have the subtlest, least shimmery finish on the skin–more luminous and smooth–and did not emphasize the appearance of my pores or my skin’s natural texture. It had good pigmentation that was easy to use at full intensity or with a lighter touch for sheerer coverage. The texture was soft, smooth, and just a touch dusty at times, but it applied well, blended out with ease, and wore for eight hours before fading. Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Moonbeam (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is darker (85% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior #001 (P, $56.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powder Candlelight
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powder Moonlight
Moonlight
Moonlight
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powder Sunlight
Sunlight
Sunlight
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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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. LORAC French Toast (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). 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). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (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). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Telepathy (P) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Silver Ivory (04) (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Indulge (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #2 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Mother's Milk (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). bareMinerals Air (P) is darker, warmer (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 more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is brighter, cooler (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 more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (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 more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (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 more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). The Estee Edit Wavy (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Mermaid (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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 darker, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (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 less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #7 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (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 less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Lava Cake (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Join My League (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #12 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (P) is less shimmery, lighter (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 less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Earthy Scent (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (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 lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (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 shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is more shimmery, darker (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, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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 more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (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 less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Blush) (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter (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 more shimmery, darker (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 darker, warmer (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 more shimmery, warmer (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 more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Lavender (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Petal Pink (710) (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter (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 darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Kingdom of Sweets (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Candeur (P, $37.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (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 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 Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Such Sweeties (LE, $20.00) is more muted (95% similar). 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). LORAC Foodie (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Look Who's Here (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bite Beauty Two (Watercolor) (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Fashion Scoop (LE, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Patentpink (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (DC, $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). MAC The Wee Coquette (LE, $15.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Angel (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00)(90% similar). Colour Pop Pretty Bonnes (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (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 more shimmery, cooler (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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