NYX Tuscan HD Blush

NYX Tuscan (07) HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a bold, bright coral-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Toile (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Oh My! (LE, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Sid (Shade) (P) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NYX Tuscan (07)  HD Blush
NYX HD Blush Tuscan
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%

Too Faced Le Grand Chateau

Too Faced Le Grand Chateau Holiday Set ($49.00 for 1.46 oz.) includes three palettes, plus a travel-sized Better Than Sex Mascara. Each palette contains six eyeshadows and a face product (either a blush or bronzer). It’s a decent set with some hits and misses, and in general, there was just a dustiness/powderiness to some shades that resulted in either slightly sheerer color payoff or shorter wear time (things that a decent primer should fix quite well).

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Too Faced Le Grand Chateau Holiday Set
Too Faced Holiday 2015 Collector’s Set Le Grand Chateau
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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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.

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Stila Sending My Love Set
Stila Holiday 2015 Sending My Love Set Sending My Love
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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NYX Nude ‘tude HD Blush

NYX Nude ‘tude (02) HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a meduim brown with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is warmer (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NYX Nude 'tude (02)  HD Blush
NYX HD Blush Nude 'Tude
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
77%

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Makeup 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.

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Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin Holiday 2015 Makeup Palette The Legacy
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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ColourPop Electric Slide Super Shock Cheek & Leopard Pressed Pigment

ColourPop Electric Slide Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish–pretty much just as the brand described it. The texture was smooth, creamy, and a cinch to blend out on the skin. I love that the formula can be used over foundation without disturbing your base products. The coverage is semi-sheer to opaque, depending on how much you apply initially or with what, which is in line with what the formula is supposed to be. The color was going strong after ten hours of wear. NARS Jubilation (Left) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Sephora Collection Jubilant (21) (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Electric Slide Super Shock Cheek
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Electric Slide
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
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