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NYX Magnetic & Ritualistic Illuminators

NYX Magnetic Illuminator
NYX Magnetic Illuminator

NYX Magnetic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a frosted, golden sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, slightly dry consistency in the pan, but it applied well to the skin without looking caked on. The shimmer was just shy of pore-emphasizing-territory, so that was nice! I think this one is a more versatile shade that can be worn as a subtler highlighter or layered for greater glow. It wore well for seven hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Ritualistic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, white gold with a lighter, ivory base and stronger, darker gold shimmer. It had nice color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too dry or too stiff. The white base is strong enough that it may show through and look chalky on darker skin tones, but it shouldn’t impart much color on fair skin tones. It lasted for six and a half hours for me. MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Auréole (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is supposed to have “radiant shimmer” that gives skin a “subtle glow.” Most of the shades in the range (there are five) are moderately shimmery/frosty; only one is on the truly subtle side. The texture tended to be on the drier side, though I didn’t find them to appear dry on my skin (which is normal-to-dry). There is slight emphasis of pores, and the wear time varies from six to seven hours.

NYX Illuminator Magnetic
Magnetic
Magnetic
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
NYX Illuminator Ritualistic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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NYX Narcissistic & Chaotic Illuminators

NYX Narcissistic Illuminator
NYX Narcissistic Illuminator

NYX Narcissistic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had a soft, lightly powdery consistency that was blendable and didn’t read dry or powdery on the skin. The powder imparted a soft but noticeable glow to the skin without adding a lot of color on my skin tone (but fairer complexions may see more warmth). It wore well for seven hours on me. NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Lit (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Chaotic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a golden shimmer and sparkle. The texture was looser–noticeably drier–and a little powdery to work with. The shimmer was stronger in this shade than in Narcissistic as well. It worked more as a highlighting blush on my skin tone, and it may be more or less a blush or highlighter depending on your own skin tone. It just barely emphasized pores on my cheeks. The highlighter started to fade after seven hours of wear. Benefit CORALista (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Carnation (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Rose Gold (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.49) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is supposed to have “radiant shimmer” that gives skin a “subtle glow.” Most of the shades in the range (there are five) are moderately shimmery/frosty; only one is on the truly subtle side. The texture tended to be on the drier side, though I didn’t find them to appear dry on my skin (which is normal-to-dry). There is slight emphasis of pores, and the wear time varies from six to seven hours.

NYX Illuminator Narcissistic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
NYX Illuminator Chaotic
Chaotic
Chaotic
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days Palette

MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit
MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit

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

Medium Dark is a light-medium beige with a matte finish. It is similar to the color of my forearm, but it is lighter than face. The product itself is really, really chalky and looks powdery on my normal-to-dry skin. I’m not oily, so it was hard to determine if it was really helping combat that, but it seemed to extend the wear of my base by an hour or two.

Wished I Stayed is described as a “light cream pearl.” It’s a golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage with a lightweight, creamy consistency that glided on and blended out well. As a cheek highlighter, it lasted for seven hours on me. Stila Sending My Love Highlighter (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Moonstone (59M) (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tint is described as a “soft peachy brown with shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a soft pearl shimmer. It had semi-opaque to opaque coverage, though the creamy, emollient consistency makes it easy to apply less or really diffuse it for sheerer coverage. The color lasted for seven and a half hours as a blush. LORAC Pink Bronze (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Every Time You Go is described as a “creamy peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a creamy finish. It had semi-sheer to opaque pigmentation with a creamy, light-medium thick consistency–thicker than the other two–and has no shimmer. It blended out well on the skin and wore for seven and a half hours as a blush. Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Root is described as a “red taupey brown with shimmer.” It’s a dark, taupe brown with strong, gray shimmer with a warmer undertone. The more opaque it is applied, the grayer it appears, but the more it is sheered out, the browner it looks. It had semi-sheer to opaque pigmentation with a lightweight, emollient texture that glided and blended well on the skin without becoming patchy. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on my cheeks. MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Days
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Wished I Stayed

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Tint

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Every Time You Go

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Root

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Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette
Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

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

Highlight (Tarteist) is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It is a very subtle highlighter that gets more noticeable as it is buffed and blended into the skin, but it is never emphasizing or even shimmery enough to rise to the level of a moderate highlighter. The texture was smooth and silky without being powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me, but as a heads up, it looks chalky on my skin tone (medium). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (P) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Correct (Tarteist) is a pale, light-medium yellow with a matte finish. It is designed to correct, though I also think that yellow powders can be used as a “matte highlight” on yellower skin tones as well. The texture is quite powdery, and it was harder to blend out without losing all of the effect. It started to fade after seven hours on me. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is more muted (90% similar). NYX Cream (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Yellow Highlight (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Cirrus (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Contour Soft (Tarteist) is a light-medium brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a firmer consistency, so it wasn’t as powdery to work with and blended better without sheering out, though it doesn’t build up intensity either. The color wore well for seven hours. Zoeva Heavy Crown (P) is cooler (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Light (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Talia (Contour) (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Crevasse (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Contour (P) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Steal (P) is darker (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Smashbox Bronze (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Shade (P) is darker, glossier (80% similar). NARS Melina (Highlight) (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Contour Deep (Tarteist) is a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty consistency. The color blended out fairly well and lasted for seven and a half hours. MAC Sepia (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Subconscious (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Contour (P) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Hollow (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P) is glossier (85% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Accentuate (Tarteist) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had medium, buildable coverage with a lightly dusty texture. This faded really fast on me–six hours of wear–and I wasn’t expecting that at all. Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Elevated (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glow (Tarteist) is a light, ivory white with a pearly shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer consistency in the pan, which made getting product on a brush more challenging–I would recommend a flatter, denser brush to achieve visible coverage. This shade wore well for seven hours on me. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Givenchy Moonlight Saison (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Delice (78) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

Stila Sending My Love Set
Stila Sending My Love Set

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

Bark is a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that blended out well and wore nicely for eight hours. NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #6 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Obscura #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Belle Femme (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Bitter Clove (LE, $22.00)(90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #6 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Earthy Scent (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Two Spicy #2 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Viseart Chocolat (P) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Chocolate Kisses (LE) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cinnmaon is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery with excellent color payoff. This shade applied beautifully, blended out easily, and wore for eight hours. MAC Tempting (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Enchanted Forest (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Isolde #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Fallen (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #3 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Rose Gold (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Baked (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Paris (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Malted Milk Ball (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Caramelized (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Showgirl (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Brown Sugar (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva Pure Ganache (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #6 (LE, $19.00) is cooler (80% similar). Tarte Mosaic (LE) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sandstone is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had great pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that did kick up excess product in the pan, but it wasn’t truly powdery (didn’t sheer out or look dry on). The color started to crease after eight hours of wear. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). L'Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Fizz the Season (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Galore (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Devotion (P) is darker (95% similar). Natasha Denona Moonstone (59M) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop XO (DC, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Kifu (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Cava (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #4 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Crystal Spark (LE) is darker (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sangria is a medium-dark, plummy berry with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, dense, and smooth texture that blended and adhered well to the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Underhand (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Merlot (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Girlish Appeal (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #10 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). City Color Gypsy (P, $6.99) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Serenade (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Rosette (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Ciate Fierce (LE) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). City Color U Jelly? (P, $6.99) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pale Pink is a light pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was thinner compared to the other shades, but it wasn’t stiff nor was it powdery. It had good color payoff and lasted for eight hours. Tarte Popcorn Strand (LE)(100% similar). LORAC Pink Cream (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Pale, Please (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Wink (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Amour (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) (P) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Baby Cakes (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Vintage (P) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sending My Love Bronzer is a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color payoff with a soft, silky consistency that blended out easily on the skin. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #6 (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $25.00) is warmer, lower quality (90% similar). Illamasqua Disobey (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Bronze) (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Sweet Tea (LE) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). KIKO 100 Cookie (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pink Rose Blush is a light-medium, rosy pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a smooth texture that was just slightly stiff in the pan. It blended out without too much work (but it could have been better) and lasted for nine hours. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Rose (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Bonnie (Shade) (P) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Hyperfresh (360) (LE, $45.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sending My Love Highlighter is a light-medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was incredibly soft and smooth, though it was also a little loose as it was so soft. It blended out well on the skin, and it was richly pigmented. I found it to be just shy of getting into pore-emphasizing territory. This shade wore well for eight hours. MAC Wished I Stayed (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Teasecake (DC, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC This Love (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Wisp (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stingray is a deep black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was intensely pigmented in a single stroke, and it lasted for ten hours without thinning. MAC Definitely Black (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Too Faced Black (P, $20.00) is warmer, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Smolder (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Hourglass Obsidian (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (P, $21.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Cat's Meow (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet (P, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Black Moon (P, $24.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Graphblack (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Squid (P, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Guerlain Blackjack (P, $31.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Swerve (P, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Ardency Inn Black (P, $19.00) is less glossy (90% similar). bareMinerals Absolute Black (P) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Swerve (P, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Legend (P, $20.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (P) is less glossy (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guava is a light-medium, pinky-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had sheer coverage with a creamy, tacky consistency that wore for three hours and was lightly hydrating. It had a sweet, fruity scent. MAC Goodness Gracious (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Some Girls (328) (P, $28.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Chanel Bliss (181) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, more pigmented (90% similar). Tarte Goals (P, $20.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto (P, $22.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Artful (LE, $15.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Nebulous (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter, more pigmented (85% similar). MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Revlon Pango Peach (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (80% similar). Dior Pink Excess (663) (LE, $29.50) is darker, more pigmented, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose (P, $19.00) is darker, more pigmented (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

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

According to my calculations, the palette contains a total value of $263.20 worth of product. Here’s how the value breaks down:

  • $68 worth of The Celestial Powder
  • $56 worth of The Sculpting Powder
  • $139.20 worth of The Essential Eyeshadow (going off of The Essential Eyeshadow Set price per ounce)

Candlelight is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. The texture is soft, smooth, finely-milled, and it blends beautifully on the skin without emphasizing pores. The color wore well for just over nine hours before it started to fade. MAC Pearl (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Auréole (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Oasis (LE) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Light (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Strobe (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is less shimmery, darker, lower quality (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Pink Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Pretty Bonnes (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Reserve Your Cabana (P, $3.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Medium is a muted, medium-dark shadowy brown with hints of gray and a matte finish. The powder is incredibly silky and finely-milled, which helps it blend out well on the skin. It had good pigmentation and lasted for eight and a half hours. MAC Crevasse (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Contour Deep (Tarteist) (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Deep Contour (P) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Omega (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Sepia (LE, $23.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P) is warmer (85% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Contour (P) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Iced Gold is a cool-toned white base with slightly warm-toned gold with a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation and was a little dry and dusty. It lasted for seven hours on me. LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Snow (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Golden Glow #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #2 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Soft Gold (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #5 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Nylon (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Pin-up (LE, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Chardonnay (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Photosphere (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). The Estee Edit Snowlit (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne is a light-medium, beige-brown with warm undertones and a soft pearl shimmer. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that was just a smidgen powdery. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours. Laura Mercier Bamboo (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Sax Appeal (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Era (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Smash (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S642 Sahara (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wheat is a muted, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and was powdery to work with. The color started to fade after seven hours. Sephora Sandcastle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Toffee (LE, $19.00) is more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M408 Mustard (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Camel is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty consistency that made it prone to sheering out. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Wedge (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Givenchy Delicate #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Cove (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Desert (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Givenchy Delicate #2 (P) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Nano Nude #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). LORAC Cool Taupe (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coco is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was slightly drier in the pan, which made it stiffer to work with, and it turned patchy when I tried to blend it out. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation and lasted for seven hours. Tarte Jetsetter (P) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Heartbreaker (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Samael (P) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Warm Taupe (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Lockout (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #342 (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Picnic Basket (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Taupe (P, $19.00) is cooler, better quality (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Walnut (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Charmed, I'm Sure (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Faith (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Beware (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Bengali (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dune (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Chocolate is a smoky, taupe brown with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones and a soft shimmer. It had semi-opaque coverage, but it was thinner and dusty in texture, which resulted in it sheering out on the lid. This shade lasted for seven hours before noticeably fading. MAC Licorice Lane (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Truffle (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 20 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Defy (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Saleos (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Thunderbolt (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Persuade (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Sleigh Watch (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #5 (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Keep Your Cool (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Fuze (LE)(90% similar). MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Images of Rapture (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Permanent Press #3 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Burberry Graphite (No. 28) (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Jaq (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Cendre (P) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beige is a light beige with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin shimmer. It had good color payoff and was very soft and blendable, but it was dusty to work with, so it tended to sheer out on the lid and faded after seven hours. theBalm Wipe Out (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Crosses (LE) is darker (95% similar). Ulta Bone (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Flagstone (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Rust (Highlight) (P) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Divinity (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Sugar Cookie (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Sand (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Oh, Rocky! (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Broken (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Peach is a light-medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a powdery consistency that sheered out when I went to blend it. On me, this shade wore well for seven hours. Sephora Desert Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Dream Boat (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Valhalla (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Blue Garden #1 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (P) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Beige (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Light Grey is a light-medium, gray taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage with a very thin, dusty consistency that just wouldn’t build up no matter what. This shade started to fade after six hours of wear. Buxom Designer or Die (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Lazarus (P) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Frisk (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pewter is a muted, mauve plum with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dusty, powdery texture that sheered out readily. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #3 (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). theBalm #20 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Plum Grand (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Joy & Laughter #2 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #4 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm A1 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Violet Spell (LE, $14.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Espresso is a dark, taupe gray with cool undertones and a plummy vibe paired with a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was just a little dusty but easy enough to work with. This shade wore well for eight hours. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Taupe (05) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Electroplate (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Meow (DC, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Eclipse Eagle (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Cherie (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Black Orchid (130) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Mixed Tape (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Lhasa (P, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #4 (P) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S556 Taupe Gray (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Urban Decay Darkside (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Anastasia Antique (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black is a medium-dark black with cool undertones and a smattering of fine shimmer over a mostly matte base. It had sheer coverage, and it was incredibly powdery, which made it prone to sheering out and turning patchy on the lid when blended. It wore well for seven hours before fading on me. MAC Dark Energy #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Indigo (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Black Tied (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 19 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Star (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Penthouse (LE) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kevyn Aucoin Holiday 2015 Makeup Palette The Legacy
The Legacy
The Legacy
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
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