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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact

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

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

Whisper of Gilt is a brighter, light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a soft, smooth, and finely-milled consistency; it actually felt smoother and less dry to the touch compared to the standalone version I have from the last release. The powder blended out better, and it was easier to get sheerer coverage, especially as I could use fan and feathery brushes with ease with the finer texture. The finish was more metallic when applied at medium or higher coverage, and it started to emphasize pores just slightly when worn at semi-opaque coverage. It wore well for eight hours on me. Estee Lauder Heat Wave (LE, $45.00)(100% similar). Anastasia 143 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, more muted (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Yellow Topaz (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is darker (95% similar). NARS Jubilation (Left) (P) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Highlighter (-) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pieno Sole (LE, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

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

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

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

Albatross is a very light, white gold with a more matte, powdery base that is white-based with lighter, warmer yellow shimmer. Albatross is a nice highlighter for someone who wants a very pale, ethereal base. On my skin tone, I find I have to be careful with application or else the white base is too prominent, but it mixes and layers well with a lot of blushes (which is how I tend to wear my highlighters). The texture of the version in the palette was more powdery and more prone to sheeringout–you can see how it looks chalkier overall than past iterations of the shade and less shimmery. It wore well for seven hours on me. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Stole the Show (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Divergent Gleaming Pearl (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #1 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Inner Light (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sex Appeal is a light pinky-peach with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The texture was silky, finely-milled, and soft enough that it was a touch dusty in the pan, but it didn’t look dry or chalky on my skin tone., though the color doesn’t really show up on my complexion (I’m so sorry!) and will obviously be more visible on someone of a lighter skin tone. I tried to really pack it on, but as it was hard to see on me, I was only able to guess that it was still on after seven hours (I looked for a sheen coming through, since it did have a mattifying effect that I could detect). NARS Conquest (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Swept Away (-, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Corol #1 (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Luma (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Nancy (Light) (P) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Mallory (Light) (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Stay By Me (P, $23.50) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Benefit Georgia (DC, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Petunia (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

Make Believe is a brighter, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. The blush had mostly opaque color payoff, while the consistency was soft, smooth, and not too firm or too soft, so it didn’t seem dusty or powdery to me. It applied and blended out well, and the flat matte finish did not appear dry on the skin. This shade started to fade after eight hours on me. Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $23.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golshan is a slightly muted, medium-dark brick red with warm undertones and a cream finish that had a light sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentaiton with a smooth, velvety texture that glided on effortlessly and delivered even coverage in one stroke. The texture was lightly creamy with some slip, but the product didn’t slide around while worn. This shade lasted for six hours, was lightly hydrating, and left a stain behind. Colour Pop Lost (P, $6.00) is more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Melted Velvet (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). NARS Fire Down Below (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Maple (P, $26.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty Braised Maple (LE, $24.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (DC, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is cooler, glossier (95% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $27.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Project Chimps (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Rusty (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop TGIF (LE, $5.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Temper (DC, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Cheek & Lip Palette Recurring Dare
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NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette
NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes four cheek colors plus lip pencil. There are three permanentshades–Devotee, Outlaw, and Mysterious Red–and two new shades–Myth and Unwritten. This palette is going to work best for someone of a fairer complexion, as two of the cheek colors are rather light and matte, so they harder to distinguish on my skin tone. NARS’ Powder Blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented, natural, healthy-looking color” with a “blendable application.” The palette had good pigmentation, average to normal wear, and were blendable. I didn’t have any issues applying the blushes or the lip color, so if they are the kind of colors that appeal and would work for your skin tone, it might be a palette to check out this holiday season.

Devotee is a pink-tinged white with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that sat well on the skin and was easy to work with. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Luster (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Myth is a pale, light pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. If I pack it on, I can just barely see a tint of pink on my cheeks, but this will show up better on someone with a lighter skin tone, and it will be hard to overdo on even very fair skin. The texture was soft, silky, and just a touch dusty in the pan, but it didn’t look dry or chalky on the skin. It lasted for just over seven hours on me. Dior Intemporalle (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Poe (Light) (P) is darker (90% similar). NARS Threesome (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Conquest (LE, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is darker (85% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Unwritten is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, a touch dusty, but it was smooth and blendable on the skin and did not appear dry or dusty once I started to blend it out. It had good pigmentation initially, but it did sheer out a bit more readily than most blushes. Like Myth, I can pack this on and get just a hint of color on my skin tone, so it’s going to be more ideal for someone of a lighter skin tone or someone who wants almost no visible blush color that is similar to my skin tone. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Zoeva CR020 (P) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek XOXO (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Outlaw is a deep berry with subtle, cool undertones and warmer, golden shimmer. The version in the palette was actually better than the last standalone I tested! The version included in the palette was very pigmented, softer and smoother to the touch, and more blendable. I didn’t have any issues blending and diffusing the edges. The color wore well for nine hours on me before fading. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Plum #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Plumberry (P, $26.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). KIKO 104 Pastel Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Gentle (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Urban Decay TMI (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Easy (LE, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (P, $26.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). NARS Seduction (P, $30.00) is , less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mysterious Red is a bright, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a lightly creamy, velvety texture that glided on easily and didn’t sink into lip lines. It wore well for six and a half hours on me, left behind a stain, and was a touch drying overall. Maybelline Dynamite Red (P, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (DC, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Russian Red (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (P, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop TGIF (LE, $5.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $32.00) is more muted, glossier (95% similar). MAC Steam Heat (LE, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Feels So Grand (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Outlaw (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Lady Balls (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Doubt (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Makeup Geek Beauty Queen (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Experimente (154) (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Raven (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Lost (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Cheek & Lip Palette True Story
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Devotee

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Unwritten

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Anastasia Ultimate Glow Glow Kit

Anastasia Ultimate Glow Glow Kit
Anastasia Ultimate Glow Glow Kit

Anastasia Ultimate Glow Glow Kit ($45.00 for 0.96 oz.) includes six highlighters in a gold-hued theme. This palette is going to be best suited for someone who likes more over-the-top highlighters that run glittery, sparkling, and/or metallic and doesn’t mind if the texture of their skin is emphasized by their highlighter. The formula on some of the highlighters is rather dense, so airier, fluffier brushes did not work well with it–I felt like a denser or even a flat, synthetic brush worked better to get both color and shimmer out of the product. The more feathery brushes I tried tended to grab more of the sparkle and frost content than color, which resulted in a more uneven application.

Snow is a bright white with a metallic sheen and subtle, warmer undertones. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was lightly creamy and not too dense in the pan. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me and did not emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Forever Lit (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). NYX Twilight Tint (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Moon Phase (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Halo (P, $42.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Champagne Pink (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (85% similar). Colour Pop Honeymoon (LE, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

White Sand is a bright, light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The consistency was dense, more cream-like than powder-like, with opaque color coverage. The texture did not work as well with most highlighter brushes, as they were too feathery and did not have enough bulk or firmness to them to pick up the color. I had better luck with synthetic brushes as Elle as denser blush brushes. This blended out well on the skin, and as I blended it out, it did not seem to emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. Anastasia Butterscotch (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Kiss (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 13 Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Lancome Amber Lights (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior #003 (P, $56.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Anastasia Golden Dawn (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Dawn is a medium gold with warmer undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. The texture was denser, somewhat creamy, but it had a more noticeable sparkle to it, which gave it a drier feel. I felt like some of the shimmer loosened away from the base color, and this was a shade that I found a dense blush brush was what worked best for applying. When I used a tapered highlighting brush, I got a few stray sparkles but little color payoff. The color wore well for eight hours, but there was some emphasis of pores due to the chunkier frost/sparkle in it. Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sunray is a medium-dark, bronzy gold with warm undertones and copper sparkle over a metallic finish. It had more noticeable sparkles that lifted away from the base color, especially as I blended it on the skin, so it did not translate onto the skin overall. (This may be a good thing if you do not like noticeable glitter!) It had a stronger sheen, which emphasized my pores slightly, but it seemed to dissipate as I blended and buffed the color onto my cheeks. The texture was smooth, dense, and creamy-like to the touch. On me, the highlighter started to fade after eight hours of wear. Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Golden Dawn (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced You Light Up My Life (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Frosted (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Amber Gold is a muted, medium-dark rosy copper with a lot of warm rose and yellow gold sparkle and shimmer. The texture of the powder was very dense, and it really required firm pressure and a dense brush to get payoff out of it; the problem was less that it was firm so much as it was just like a very dense cream. It’s the type of texture that seems to work well for intensely pigmented eyeshadows, but it is too dense to get that same level of coverage when using with traditional cheek and face brushes. As I blended this shade out, the color pulled apart more and looked a little patchy. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Whipped (LE, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Glint (-) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hot Sand is a slightly muted, medium-dark coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and copper sparkle over a metallic finish. This shade was similar in texture to Amber Gold: very dense, cream-like, and smooth to the touch, but it was difficult to get good pigmentation and even coverage using most cheek brushes. I liked applying this with fingertips the best, actually, as it gave me better coverage and a smoother finish. The product didn’t diffuse well with a brush, as it had a tendency to stick strongly where it first landed and did not want to move from there. I was able to wear this shade for eight hours. MAC My Mimi (LE, $45.50) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Golden Bronze (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Bronzed Amber (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Touch My Body (LE, $39.50) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Glow Kit Ultimate Glow
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Burberry The Runway Palette Illuminating Powder

Burberry The Runway Illuminating Powder
Burberry The Runway Illuminating Powder

Burberry The Runway Illuminating Powder ($68.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Anastasia White Sand (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition highlighting powder described as a “luminous gold.” There is a strong, glittery overspray that sits on top of the powder, and while I did my best to brush it off, it took a few uses for it to really go away and reveal a more pearly finish. The initial glitter makes the finish more over-the-top with visible glitter particles that sit on the face without adding luminosity (they can look like dirt, if the light doesn’t hit them right!). To the touch, the powder had a drier consistency and didn’t feel finely-milled. I think it looked better on the skin than one would expect from the swatch, as the shimmer is softer and more luminous once blended and buffed into the skin. It had good pigmentation, and the color wore for just over eight hours before fading.

Burberry Illuminating Powder Face & Eyes The Runway Palette
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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bareMinerals Be Beautiful Holiday 2016 Face & Eye Palette

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette
bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, three cheek colors, and a finishing powder. It is most bizarre that there’s a finishing powder, and it is, frankly, an odd color choice–it is very, very yellowy orange with no real sheen or satiny quality to it, so it is drier, powdery, and sits poorly on the skin while adding a yellow tint. Of all the inclusions in the palette, that was the most odd, and then of course, bareMinerals is a multiple-time offender of putting out an endless slew of neutral palettes so once you have a few, the rest start having less appeal.

I wasn’t particularly impressed by the cheek colors in the palette, as they had a firmer press that made it harder to get color payoff out of them. The eyeshadows were good and consistent with the Ready formula, but they seem unbalanced in depth–there are two very light shades and then two browns that are just a shade or two different; even sticking with neutrals, the composition could be more versatile. The palette itself is housed in a plastic compact this year, which is new, and for some, I imagine they’ll consider it an upgrade from cardboard, but it did feel bulkier as a result.

Value

  • Cheek Colors: $24.00 for 0.21 oz.; palette contains 0.27 oz. or $30.86 worth of cheek color
  • Finishing Powder: $23.00 for 0.30 oz. (using pricing for the Touch Up Veil, closest available product); palette contains 0.09 oz. or $6.90 worth of finishing
  • Eyeshadows: $21.00 for 0.09 oz.; palette contains 0.30 oz. or $70.00 worth of eyeshadow
  • Total Value: $107.76

Formula Overview

Ready Eyeshadow is supposed to have 12-hour wear, “vivid, pure, provocative color” that “looks like a powder, feels like a cream” and blends seamlessly. In general, I quite enjoy this formula, and it’s one of my favorites, as it is typically soft without being too powdery or dusty and more shimmery shades have a real creaminess to them. They wear between eight and twelve hours on me (without primer), blend well, and sit nicely on the skin. The majority of the shades I’ve tested in the past have been mostly opaque to opaque, but there have been a few misses over the years (not too many, though). Ready Blush is supposed to have “buildable color” with eight-hour wear, and those things are both true: they tend to be medium in coverage, somewhat to moderately buildable, and wear around eight hours.

Presence is a pale beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, creamy texture that was a smidgen dusty. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Viseart Petit Pro #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #1 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Thirteen (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Compassionate (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Let It Snow (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Charmer (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Graceful is a soft, light-medium taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. This shade seemed to wear well for nine hours on me before it started to fade. Tarte Mud Mask (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Trendsetter (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lazarus (P) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Stone (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Exhale is a dark taupe with subtle, brown undertones and a grayer overtone paired with a matte finish. It had opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty texture that remained blendable and did not look dry or powdery applied to the skin. This shade wore for just over nine hours on me. Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #5 (P) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Haze (P) is cooler, lower quality (95% similar). LORAC Cool Gray (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Revelry (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Be You (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Suspend (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Password (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Fuze (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Soot #2 (DC, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Bust (P, $19.00) is cooler, more shimmery (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Promise is a pale pinky-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage that applied easily as the texture was soft, blendable, and not too dusty or too firm in the pan. I was able to wear this shade for nine hours. Tarte Popcorn Strand (LE)(100% similar). Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Cheers (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Fancy Dress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Pale Pink (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Wink (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cream (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lithe Spirit (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pale, Please (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Smashbox Naked (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Toasted Marshmallow (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Orb (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Pastel (LE) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Morning Dew (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beautiful is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dustier, thinner texture, which resulted in the product sheering out on the lid and not applying as evenly as the other shades. It wore for seven hours before fading on me. LORAC Tan (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Base) (P) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Missing My Baby (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Wood Pink #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC For Your Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Dreamboat (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Desire (P) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Rose (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Huda Beauty Shy (LE) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Confident is a dark burgundy with subtle, warm reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, while the consistency had a firmer feel to it, though it was more buildable on the lid in practice. I noticed that this one had a tendency to stick unevenly to bare skin, so it would benefit from a primer. It wore well for ten hours on me. Anastasia Beauty Mark (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Friendly (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Ensemble (LE) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Gate Matte is a subdued, medium rose pink with warmer undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was firm, which made it difficult to really get color out of the pan, and when it did, it seemed to be chalkier and powdery. It lasted for eight hours, which is all the product promises, but the texture and way it looked on the skin left something to be desired. Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rose Bronze (P, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Limelight (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is brighter (90% similar). theBalm Balm Beach (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 102 Natural Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Inner Beauty is a soft, peachy brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It’s supposed to be all-over color for face (which seem to be what the brand uses for highlighters), but there’s no real sheen to it this when it is on the skin–possibly because it’s so firm that hardly any product comes off to begin with. It also had a chalkiness to it that just didn’t sit well on skin–it looked like it was just on top but not seamlessly blended. It wore for seven hours on me. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Highlighter) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Moment (LE, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Faux Tan Matte is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a satin finish. It had medium, buildable coverage with a fairly soft texture that ran a little dusty. It applied well and blended easily along the edges while lasting for seven hours on me. Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Bronzer) (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Bronzer) (P) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Seaside (LE, $40.00) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Falaises (LE, $40.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Be Beautiful Finishing Powder is a light-medium yellow with warm, yellowy orange undertones and a matte finish. The texture was powdery and clumpy–where the powder would come off in chunks, but they would blend out if you worked at it. This was such a strange inclusion to begin with, and the quality is just terrible–it does nothing but make skin look worse: dry, powdery, and noticeably yellower. It seemed to wear fine; it seemed to even prolong the wear of my base products by an hour or so.

bareMinerals Holiday 2016 READY Face & Eye Palette Be Beautiful
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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