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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). MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Golden Hour (P, $6.99) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is lighter (85% 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). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is lighter (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. Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, cooler (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). Cover FX Celestial (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (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.

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10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
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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. 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). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Brighten) (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Pound Cake (LE, $16.00) is cooler (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). Clarins Nude #1 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Venitien #2 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #4 (P) is less shimmery (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). Too Faced Fingers Crossed (LE, $16.00) is less 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). Tarte Sinful (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Nutmeg (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Cocoa (P, $19.00) is 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). Chanel Jardins Eclatants #4 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Turandot #4 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Rebellious (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Rich Java (P, $6.99) is warmer (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). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Holographic Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Rivage (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is warmer (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). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Fortune (LE, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Skylight (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% 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). Wet 'n' Wild Precious Petals (LE, $4.99) is darker, cooler (95% similar). NARS Salé (LE) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Heat Wave (LE, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lithe (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Ciate Vaycay (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Frosted (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Hussy (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $4.49) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced You Light Up My Life (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Jinxie (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Like to Watch (LE) is lighter (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. 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). Jouer Rose Gold (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Top) (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #4 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% 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). Tarte Stunner (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Champagne (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (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). 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). YSL Rosy Glow #4 (P) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Bold Spirit (LE, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (85% 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). NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). theBalm Luscious Lani (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Lancome My French #5 (LE) is 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%
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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). LORAC Destined (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Highlighter) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Crank It Up Pearl (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior #001 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% 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). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Benefit Dandelion Twinkle (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Lit (P) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is darker, warmer (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). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Moonbeam (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Highlight) (P) is brighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Highlighter) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery (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). 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). Dior #001 (P, $56.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (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). 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). Cle de Peau Serenity (Right) (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Natasha Denona Cream (21S) (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% 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). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is warmer (90% 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). Kat Von D Telepathy (P) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Air (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Mother's Milk (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take II is a muted, medium-dark gray with cool, bluish tones and a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, while damp yielded nearly opaque coverage. It was easier to diffuse and blend around the edges when I used it dry, but the coverage was hard to build up, so I had the best luck applying it damp initially and then using it dry to diffuse and soften the edges. It lasted for seven hours dry, seven and a half hours damp. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Ace (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Left) (LE, $25.00) is 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). Anastasia Helia (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is more shimmery, darker (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, $33.00) 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). 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). MAC Into the Pink (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE) is darker (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, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Tender (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pink Fade (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Such Sweeties (LE, $20.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Pure Fiction (LE, $17.00) 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, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Angel (P, $17.00) 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). MAC Tutu (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer (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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Make Up For Ever #01 and #02 Pro Light Fusion Highlighters

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

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

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

Make Up For Ever #01 Pro Light Fusion Highlighter ($39.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a very light pink with warm undertones and a luminous, lightly metallic finish. It was nicely pigmented with a soft, smooth, and lightly dusty texture that applied easily to the skin and did not emphasize my pores or natural texture. The highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading. Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Devotee (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Gleam (P) is warmer (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Stunner (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Scrumptious (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Stunner (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Pink Beige (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever #02 Pro Light Fusion Highlighter ($39.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a bright, medium gold with warm, coppery-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the consistency was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable. The product spread evenly across the skin and edges were easily diffused for a gradual blend. I did not find the finish emphasized my skin’s natural texture. It lasted for eight hours on me before starting to fade. Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Dior #003 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Salé (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Frosted (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Heat Wave (LE, $45.00)(100% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Navagio Beach (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Lancome Amber Lights (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

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