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Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 1.93 oz.) is a large, limited edition holiday set that has a little bit of everything, but it is primarily an eyeshadow and blush palette with a few extras thrown in. There are a lot of chunky, glittery eyeshadows included in the palette, which are difficult to use without a really good tacky primer (which is why I think they should have included their own Glitter Glue adhesive instead of their regular eyeshadow primer!). The packaging is very giftable, but it is bulky, so those who have a fair amount of palettes in their stash may find that a lot of the packaging ends up in the recycling bin. This review is focused only on the eyeshadows and cheek products and excludes the primer, mascara, and liquid lip color (that I’ve reviewed as a standalone product in the past).

The value is more complicated to calculate, as Too Faced’s eyeshadow formula is the one they use in palettes but seems quite different from their only available single formula (Exotic Color). They also don’t indicate that the blushes in the palette are anything more than their go-to blush formula in palettes (I don’t think they’re the new Love Flush formula). That being said, here is what I did calculate:

  • Eyeshadows: 1.11 oz. = $102.46 value (palette price per ounce) or $333.00 (single price per ounce)
    • I think the price per ounce of their eyeshadows in their 9-pan palettes, which are $36.00 for 0.39 oz. or $92.31/oz. is more comparable, but if you go with the price per ounce of their Exotic Color Eyeshadow singles, then it would be $300.00/oz.
  • Blushes: 0.16 oz. = $19.81 value
    • Even though the blushes don’t seem to be the Love Flush formula, the $26.00 for 0.21 oz. or $123.81 seems about right for an equivalent standalone blush formula.
  • Highlighter: 0.08 oz. = $6.86 value
    • Their Candlelight Glow highlighter duo is $30.00 for 0.35 oz. or $85.71/ oz.
  • Bronzer: 0.08 oz. = $6.86 value
    • Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer is $30.00 for 0.35 oz. or $85.71/oz.
  • Shadow Insurance: 0.17 oz. = $9.71 value
    • The full-size is $20.00 for 0.35 oz. or $57.14/oz.
  • Melted Peony: 0.16 fl. oz. = $8.40 value
    • The full-size is $21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz. or $52.50/oz.
  • Better Than Sex Mascara: 0.17 oz. = $14.48 value
    • The full-size is $23.00 for 0.27 oz. or $85.19/oz.
  • Total Value: $168.58 or $399.12

White Christmas is a cool-toned white with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, was lightly powdery, and lasted seven and a half hours. Makeup Geek White Lies (P, $6.00)(100% similar). Smashbox Snow (LE) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Linen (P, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pick Me Up (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Zoeva Stitch by Stitch (P) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Banshee (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC White (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Ivy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Satin Sheets is a pink-tinged peach with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It had so-so pigmentation with a slightly drier texture that was prone to sheering out when applied. It faded after seven and a half hours of wear. Anastasia Treasure (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Champagne Rose (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Nude Shimmer (LE, $18.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Fizz the Season (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #4 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek I'm Peachless (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Jardin Zen #2 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vintage Lace is a light-medium, pale yellow with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and was powdery to work with. It lasted for seven hours before fading. Tarte Summer Breeze (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Real Fantasy (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Entomology (P) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Tabby (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Undressed (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Glamour Light (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 4 (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Custard (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Pre-Game (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Delightful is a bright, pale pinky-white with a metallic sheen. It had decent color payoff with a fairly soft, blendable texture that lasted for eight hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I528 Pearl (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Let's Skate (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Ex-boyfriend (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Touch of Lilac (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Alabaster Starling (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Lily (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Coated (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moon on Their Wings is a glittery, light-medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. The glitter doesn’t bind with the eyeshadow, which is also on the more powdery side, so this shade has a ton of fall out during application as well as during wear, plus it sheers out too readily. The color started to crease after seven hours of wear. Divergent Choose (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Uninhibited (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pastelluxe #1 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Vivacious (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC 2x Dare #2 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Butter Pecan (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Natural Vigor #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Nude Beach (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cobblestone is a muted, medium brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was easily blended on the lid. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Sante (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Wanderer (LE) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Flirt in a Skirt (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Painkiller (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Jetsetter (P) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Clay (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Suede (58V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Lt. Brown (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Anaheim (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Lights is a brightened, medium-dark orange-toned brown with subtle, gold micro-shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It wasn’t glittery, but you’ll find this works more as a matte than a shade with shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wore for eight hours. Urban Decay Riff (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Frappe (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #2 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Dormouse (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Substitute for Love (P) is darker (95% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #4 (P) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia RTW (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Terracotta (62S) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Stinger (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop As If (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Melon (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Tout Suite (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Crenshaw (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dreamlight is a medium-dark, bronzyb rown with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fantastic color coverage with a rich, smooth, and buttery texture that applied beautifully to the skin. This shade started to crease after eight hours of wear. Hourglass Infinity #3 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay YDK (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Mocha (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Mosaic (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Don't Tell (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Metallic Bronze (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Lancome My French #6 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Rosewood (51M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #6 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Rose Quartz (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Moi (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Gingerbread Mansion (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

String of Lights is a glittery, silvery-white with iridescent glitter that flashes violet and blue. This seemed more like a shade you’d layer over something else for a pop of sparkle, but it functioned horribly as a standalone eyeshadow as it was chunky and got everywhere but where you wanted it. Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE) is more pigmented (95% similar). Colour Pop Swan (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Electric Illumination (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Opal Coast (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Cosmic (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Eau d'Argent (02) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lapisluxe #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Plumluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Filament (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Yule Log is a muted, dark brown with multi-colored shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a dusty texture that made it hard to blend out without looking patchy and uneven. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. Dior Exuberante #5 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). theBalm #1 (P, $6.50) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Jagged (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Gilded Ganache (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Gucci Beauty Fumé (Right) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Zagreb (LE, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Baby I'm a Star (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Low (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Night Golds #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Friendly (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wish List is a bright, orange-leaning gold with a metallic sheen. The texture is almost crumbly, as it is very soft but also quite dense, so it can “thicken” on itself on the lid, which can emphasize the texture of the lid. It wore for seven and a half hours before creasing. Too Faced Bonjour (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Vision (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Up to No Gold (LE) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Amber (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Stila Vitality (P) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Unlimited (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Golden Nugget (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Some Like It Dot (LE) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Arc de Triomphe is a muted, light-medium peachy beige with warm undertones, metallic sheen, and slight glitter. It had good pigmentation with a blendable, smooth texture, though there was fall out while it wore for seven and a half hours. Colour Pop Koosh (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome My French #4 (LE) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay High (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.49) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Champagne Buzz (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Crystal Spark (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Devotion (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Benefit RSVP (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Nude Beach (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Belle Femme is a muted, dark brown with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a silky, soft texture that ran a little powdery but blended out well on the skin. It started fade after eight hours of wear. LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00)(100% similar). Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is warmer (100% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE)(100% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Activist (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M620 Gray Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Pick Me Up at 8 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC How You Thrill Me (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Dim the Lights (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Don't Turn A-Brown (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Chocolate Espresso (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stiletto is a deep black with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was somewhat dusty and a little firm in the pan, but it was okay. The coverage was semi-opaque, while it didn’t fade until after eight hours of wear. Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00)(100% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Black Coffee (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Overnight (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte On a Good Notre Dame (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Point 'n' Shoot (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Cookies and Cream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Wanted (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Cinderblack (LE, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Scandal Eyes (Cream) (P) is glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eiffel is a glittering, warm-toned gray with gold and olive glitter. It was chunky, dry, and prone to fall out during wear. It was a real mess to work with. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Hazy Day (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Pistol (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Divergent Diverge (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Garden Roses #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop That Girl (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #4 (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Pastelluxe #5 (P) is darker (80% similar). Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Disco Ball (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Midnight in Paris is a glittery, navy blue with chunky sparkle. The texture was crumbly, almost like sand (not quite that bad), and virtually unusable without an adhesive base as none of it would stick. I could blow lightly at the swatch I did and watch the glitter fly. MAC Bleuluxe #2 (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Stormy Seas (113) (LE, $13.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #4 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Party Time (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Blueberry Swirl (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Sapphire (P)(90% similar). The Estee Edit Trip (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Heavy, Black and Pendulous (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champs Elysees is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a drier, slightly firm texture in the pan. It lasted for seven hours on me. Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Plumluxe #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Violet Sugar (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lunacy (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Campanule (107) (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Canberra (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Get Physical (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Iridescent Purple (P, $12.00) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Dance Party (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Party Dress is a bright, fuchsia pink with subtle, cool undertones and faint gold sparkle. It was dry, dusty, and prone to sheering out on the skin, plus the gold sparkle fell below the lid while worn over a seven hour period. Urban Decay Noise (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Available in Petite (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). CoverGirl Fired-up Pink (305) (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Infra-violet (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Backlash (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $13.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Party Girl (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.75) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stardust is a muted, light-medium coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was firm in the pan and had semi-sheer coverage that was hard to build-up on the skin. It lasted for seven hours before fading. Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00)(90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Every Time You Go (LE, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Skyline is a muted, light-meidum pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture with color that lasted for seven and a half hours. YSL Singuliere (1) (P, $47.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Valentine (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Audacious Plum (P, $34.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00)(90% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Bonnie (Shade) (P) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flush is a soft, light-medium yellow gold with a fine, pearly sheen. This illuminated the skin beautifully without emphasiznig pores, though it was a little thin in texture. It wore well for eight hours. MAC Bare End (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Spoon (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sun Bunny #1 is a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, but the texture was powdery and thinner. The standalone version (and past ones I’ve tried) had greater density, because I noticed with this palette’s version, a lot of the shimmer dusted away and didn’t remain on the face–it looked more like a satin finish applied, which was quite strange. It lasted for eight hours. Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Vientiane (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is darker (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Craving (Right) (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Holiday 2015 Christmas in Paris Palette Le Grand Palais
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.29 oz.) includes three Ambient Lighting Powders, two Ambient Lighting Blushes, and one Ambient Lighting Bronzer in a large, plastic palette with an interior mirror. If you don’t mind having to finagle your brushes just so or have no issues using two or three shades at a time, and you’re a fan of the Hourglass Ambient formulas, then it might be worth looking at. I think that with how out of line it is compared to their other palettes that it is hard to recommend, even if the quality is good, because I see more value in picking up one or two that you’d use often and love. I had some texture issues with Luminous Flush, which was much more powdery/dusty this time around. Otherwise, the blushes/bronzers were more or less of one shade due to the nature of it being a mixed composition (so they can vary from pan to pan quite a bit).

With respect to the size and quantity of the palette, here is what I wrote previously: One of the main concerns I saw from readers when the palette was announced was with respect to the size of the palette, both actual size as well as quantity. The pans are smaller than prior palettes, and the majority of blush brushes are too small (even my SUQQU/Chikuhodo Z brushes barely fit, and those are smaller cheek brushes). Here is how it breaks down for value:

  • Ambient Lighting Edit:  0.294 oz. for $80.00 = $272.11/oz.
    • Contains:  $18.90 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder; $22.87 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush; and $6.28 worth of Ambient Lighting Bronzer
    • Value:  $48.05
  • Ambient Lighting Blush Palette: 0.33 oz. for $58.00 = $175.76/oz.
    • Value:  $77.00 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush
  • Ambient Lighting Powder Palette: 0.35 oz. for $58.00 =$165.71/oz.
    • Value:  $45.00 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder
  • Ambient Lighting Powder: 0.35 oz. for $45.00 = $128.57/oz.
  • Ambient Lighting Blush: 0.15 oz. for $35.00 = $233.33/oz.
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer: 0.39 oz. for $50.00 = $128.21/oz.

It’s a real shame that Hourglass priced this year’s palette so high; the value is really out of sync compared to the past palette releases.  On one hand, you can justify spending more even if the quantity isn’t a great value to get six shades for the price of 2-3 products, but the difference in value of products to what you pay is so much more than most kits and palettes where a pesky thing like principles can come into play.  I also think that having the actual size of each pan being so small makes it very hard to use; you really can’t use a powder brush for all-over dusting with the Ambient Lighting Powders (which is how they’re often used) or a blush brush (and forget about a bronzer brush!).

Dim Light is described as a “neutral peach beige powder.” It’s a light, peachy beige with warm undertones and a fine, satiny shimmer. It’s very close to my skin tone, so it doesn’t add or take away from my natural coloring, but on fairer skin tones, it may warm up the skin. I find it works well as setting or finishing powder dusted all-over, and it does a nice job of making the skin appear smoother and more diffused without reading powdery or heavy.

Iridescent Light is a “sheer illuminating highlighter.” It is a very light, peach-hued beige with white shimmer. The texture is soft but dusty (more so than most Ambient Lighting products) and produces a light sheen. I imagine it will be appealing to anyone who finds the average highlighter too much. I’m not sure if this will work as well over deeper skin tones, as it has a whiter base against my skin tone, but it may work and it may also work if layered over a blush. It wore well for eight hours on me. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Diffused Light is described as a “soft, warm pale yellow.” It’s a very light, yellowed white with very subtle shimmer. This shade is supposed to “reduce redness and give skin clarity.” It should work as a finishing or setting powder on some skin tones, and then will likely be too light for deeper skin tones. The powder softens and gives skin a smoother appearance without making it look flat or totally matte. Though it is more of a finishing powder by design, Hourglass’ formula has enough powderiness to it that it also extends the wear of my base by an hour or two.

Mood Exposure is described as a “soft plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with warm undertones and a satin sheen. This performed just like the full-sized blush I have–soft, smooth, blendable–with eight hour wear. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Black Opal Hibiscus (P, $8.95) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Baby Love (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Strip Blush (P) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Luminous Flush is described as a “champagne rose.” It’s a soft, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color was similar to the full-sized version I have, but the texture was more powdery and prone to sheering out. It seemed drier, though it still sat well on the skin and didn’t look powdery applied.
Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Red Obsessed (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Newport Peach (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Luminous Bronze Light is described as a “medium tan shade infused with Luminous Light.” It’s a soft, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and soft shimmer. It had good color payoff with a glowing finish that didn’t emphasize pores but was still noticeable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $65.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is lighter, warmer, lower quality (90% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) (P, $64.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Lit (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Bronze (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hourglass Holiday 2015 Ambient Lighting Palette Ambient Lighting Edit
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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Anastasia Peach Nectar Illuminator

Anastasia Peach Nectar Illuminator
Anastasia Peach Nectar Illuminator

Anastasia Peach Nectar Illuminator ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “warm, rose gold.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with lighter gold and pink shimmer paired with a frosted finish. NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Just in time for fall, Anastasia has a powder highlighter available in four shades (I will review all of them). The formula is supposed to “impart a lit-from-within glow,” and they are a pressed, powder highlighter that is similar to products like MAC In Extra Dimension, NARS Dual Intensity Blush, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth. Peach Nectar had intense color payoff where a little went a long way. This was the only one of the four that I felt like emphasized pores ever-so-slightly on my skin, particularly after a few hours of wear. The texture was finely-milled, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and I had no trouble applying it or getting color out of the pan. On me, the highlighter (well, highlightling blush on me) wore well for eight hours before fading.

Anastasia Illuminator Peach Nectar
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Anastasia Riviera Illuminator

Anastasia Riviera Illuminator
Anastasia Riviera Illuminator

Anastasia Riviera Illuminator ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “sun-kissed coppery hue.” It’s a medium-dark, taupe brown with warm, rosy undertones and a metallic sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Tourmaline (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Superb (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Just in time for fall, Anastasia has a powder highlighter available in four shades (I will review all of them). The formula is supposed to “impart a lit-from-within glow,” and they are a pressed, powder highlighter that is similar to products like MAC In Extra Dimension, NARS Dual Intensity Blush, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth. Riviera was richly pigmented, and it could easily be applied as full intensity or sheered out for less color coverage, though the finish was pretty shiny. It stopped just short of emphasizing pores on my skin, but it you are more conscious of your pores, you may want to see if you can try it before you buy it. The texture was smooth, soft, and finely-milled and just blended beautifully over the skin. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

Anastasia Illuminator Riviera
Riviera
Riviera
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Anastasia So Hollywood Illuminator

Anastasia So Hollywood Illuminator
Anastasia So Hollywood Illuminator

Anastasia So Hollywood Illuminator ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “shimmery bronze hue.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P)(95% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Make a Sheen (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Just in time for fall, Anastasia has a powder highlighter available in four shades (I will review all of them). The formula is supposed to “impart a lit-from-within glow,” and they are a pressed, powder highlighter that is similar to products like MAC In Extra Dimension, NARS Dual Intensity Blush, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth. So Hollywood had good color payoff that was mostly opaque but could be applied with a lighter hand for sheerer coverage or blended out for less intense color/finish. It has a high-shine finish that looks nearly metallic on the skin, so this is a formula best suited for someone who likes a bold highlight. I was surprised, but it didn’t emphasize pores for me; almost like it was so reflective that the pores appeared smoother as a result. The texture was soft, smooth, and didn’t feel dry or dusty, while the wear was eight hours for me.

Anastasia Illuminator So Hollywood
So Hollywood
So Hollywood
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Anastasia Starlight Illuminator

Anastasia Starlight Illuminator
Anastasia Starlight Illuminator

Anastasia Starlight Illuminator ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “sheer, luminescent white.” It’s a light, white gold with warm undertones and a luminous, almost metallic, sheen. MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Crushed Pearl (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Auréole (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Divergent Gleaming Pearl (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is darker (85% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Just in time for fall, Anastasia has a powder highlighter available in four shades (I will review all of them). The formula is supposed to “impart a lit-from-within glow,” and they are a pressed, powder highlighter that is similar to products like MAC In Extra Dimension, NARS Dual Intensity Blush, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth. Starlight is the lightest of the four, and it is supposed to “flatter all skin tones.” It’s not at all sheer; if you want a truly sheer application, you’ll need to use a light touch and a more feathery brush (like a fan brush), otherwise it will be noticeable and more semi-opaque. It can be buffed and blended out for a less intense sheen, if desired. I think for those who like their highlighters more pearly and frosted, this might be a formula worth checking out, while if you prefer subtle, barely-there highlighters, I think this will be too shimmery and shiny. This particular shade didn’t emphasize pores, and it did work on my medium complexion but would be better paired with a blush or bronzer (I’ll be eager to hear from darker beauties on how it works on theirs). The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and the highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading.

Anastasia Illuminator Starlight
Starlight
Starlight
9
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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