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Surratt Beauty Chaleur Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Chaleur Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Chaleur Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Chaleur Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, medium-dark red-toned brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Chanel Destiny (61) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Amaretto (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). Chaleur had mostly opaque color coverage with a natural finish that didn’t look flat or dull on the skin but wasn’t shimmery either. The texture was so soft, silky, and finely-milled that you could easily blend it to sheerer coverage if desired (or use a lighter touch). It lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me.

A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush Chaleur
Chaleur
Chaleur
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye & Face Palette

The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye & Face Palette
The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye & Face Palette

The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye & Face Palette ($58.00 for 1.62 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and six cheek colors. Even though neither palette seems that large, they both contain a ton of product, and for the price point, I think it’s an excellent value for mid-to-high-end sets. It’s hard to tease out the value, as the permanent range doesn’t seem to have these products in it. The eyeshadow formula is dense, thick, and very pigmented, and it lasted between seven and eight and a half hours before creasing. The cheek color formula wasn’t quite as dense, which was good, as if it had been, it would have been hard to pick up color with a blush brush; instead, it was soft, dense enough to have a richness to it and opaque pigmentation, but it blended out easily and sat well on the skin. The cheek colors lasted between seven and nine hours on me. Also, the “Face” palette is actually a “Face and Eye” palette, so they can be used on the eyes as well (per the brand) — that bit is actually what took me longer to test the set as I had to go back and test the six cheek colors as eyeshadows (though three of the six cheek colors are very similar to the eyeshadows, so they seem redundant as eyeshadows)!

I don’t think that this is that similar to the Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette, which has a lighter and darker gold/copper shade, a brighter blue, much warmer green, and then a warm brown instead of a burgundy. The texture is also much, much denser and thicker in the Estee Edit palette and feels more silicone-heavy, while the Victoria Beckham Eye Palette felt more like traditional powder eyeshadow, just richer in overall pigmentation. The Estee Edit eye palette reads cooler, smokier, and… grittier. I see an “at a glance” similarity, but when I start going shade by shade, I don’t see real dupes.

Swerve is a rich, medium-dark coppery brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was dense, cream-like, and very, very smooth on the lid. It was intensely pigmented but still blended out beautifully on the skin. The color started to crease on me after eight and a half hours of wear. Stila Rose Gold (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). The Estee Edit Ray (LE) is more muted, warmer (95% similar). LORAC Cider (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Stardream (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Gold (DC, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Showgirl (LE, $16.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Louder (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Game Face (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Legend (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). NARS Isolde #1 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Minx #5 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Copper Shimmer (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Riff is a light-medium peach with warm, golden shimmer and pink undertones. It had good color coverage with a lightly dusty, but smooth, consistency that applied best with a flatter brush (dampen the brush for even better results). This shade wore well for eight hours on me. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Champagne (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Ballet Flats (P, $15.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Precious (LE) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Brighten) (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Seashell (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Pound Cake (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #4 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC MACnificent Me (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Venitien #2 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Clarins Nude #1 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Burn is a deep burgundy-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly opaque, while the texture was smooth, dense, and felt like a cream in the pan. It applied well to bare skin, and it blended out nicely without having to work at it. I noticed subtle signs of creasing after nine hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Constructivist (DC, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Raffinement #4 (P) is less shimmery, brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Sinful (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Dark Truffle (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Nutmeg (LE) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Cocoa (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Turandot #4 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Rich Java (P, $6.99) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Right) (LE) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wavy is a deep teal with a black base and a frosted shimmer. The texture of this one wasn’t quite as smooth, as it had larger sparkly bits in it, but it looked smooth and was intensely pigmented. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Blue Karma (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Give In Take III (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Watt (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mood is a dark black with subtle, cool undertones and a smattering of silver and teal sparkle over a mostly matte finish. The consistency was a bit firmer compared to the other shades, and it did not seem as dense, which made it a more buildable eyeshadow. It had good pigmentation, which I was able to build up to true-to-pan color in two to three layers. It blended out fairly easily and lasted for eight hours on me. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #1 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 19 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Blackout (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). NARS Dogon #2 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Charbon (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 17 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Heather Belles (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Noir (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #4 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Trip is a blackened brown with tons of navy blue sparkle and shimmer. The consistency felt almost wet, and it wasn’t as dense as the other shades, though it still felt smooth to the touch. Of all the shades, this is the only one that was a bit harder to blend and diffuse, especially as the sparkle pulled away from the base, so the color looked less bluish in practice. I had some fall out over the eight hours this shade lasted for. Revlon Neptune Star (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Reveuse (271) (LE, $31.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Midnight in Paris (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Across the Universe (100) (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Snowlit is a very light white gold with darker, warmer yellow gold shimmer. It had good color payoff with a denser, slightly thicker consistency in the pan, but it blended out easily on the skin and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading as a blush; seven hours on the eyelid. Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Short Shorts (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Chardonnay (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Artemis (LE, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain L'Heure de Nuit #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Soft Gold (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Iced Gold (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #1 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

14K Glow is a medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had opaque color coverage with a soft, denser texture that was easy to work with on the skin as it blended and diffused nicely. The finish gave a noticeable glow on the skin but did not emphasize my pores or skin’s natural texture. This shade wore for eight hours on both eyes and cheeks. Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is darker (95% similar). Ciate Vaycay (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Lithe (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Jinxie (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $4.49) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Hussy (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

1st Light is a light-medium peach with a warm, golden sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a denser, slightly stiffer texture. This shade worked best when applied with a denser blush brush, and it did show up subtly as a pinkish-toned color on my skin tone (but it will be more of a highlighter on those darker than me). The product well for seven and a half hours on me as a blush and seven hours as an eyeshadow. Looxi Beauty Goddess (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #4 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC MACnificent Me (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Brighten) (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Pixel (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek I'm Peachless (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Seashell (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gleam is a medium peach with warm, copper undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation, while the consistency was soft, lightly dusty but appeared smooth and remained blendable on the skin. I thought this one might emphasize my skin’s natural texture, but it just yielded a luminous glow. It started to fade after eight hours on cheeks and seven and a half hours on eyes. Viseart Highlight #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Third Eye Blinded (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Zinc (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #2 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rekindle (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #4 (P) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Pure Bred #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Lancome My French #5 (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). bareMinerals Future (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). theBalm Luscious Lani (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ray is a rich, medium-dark copper bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was very similar to Swerve within the eye palette. The consistency was softer, not quite as dense or as thick as Swerve, so it worked better as a cheek color (most cheek brushes are less dense than eye brushes). It had intense color payoff, and the texture emphasized my skin’s texture just slightly, but it blended out fine otherwise. On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading no the cheeks and eyes (slight creasing on the eyes after eight hours). Ciate Shine Bright (LE) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). The Estee Edit Swerve (LE) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Louder (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Game Face (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Legend (P, $9.99)(90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Isolde #1 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Gold (DC, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #3 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beachy is a medium-dark copper brown with warm undertones and a softer, golden sheen. This had more of a satin finish, so it didn’t appear as golden or as metallic on the skin compared to Ray. The texture was soft, lightly dusty, and fairly smooth, which made it easier to work with on the skin as it blended and diffused well on the skin. As a cheek color, it wore well for eight and a half hours, and as an eyeshadow, it lasted for eight hours. Makeup Geek Firework (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC A Latte Sheen (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronzed Amber (LE, $58.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lust for Life (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Estee Edit Magnetic Eye & Face Palette Gritty & Glow
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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NARS Non-Fiction Touch-Up Kit

NARS Non-Fiction Touch-Up Kit
NARS Non-Fiction Touch-Up Kit

NARS Non-Fiction Touch-Up Kit ($65.00 for 0.52 oz.) includes a palette with two blushes and a pressed setting powder, plus a miniature-sized lipgloss and mascara. I wish they had opted for a third blush rather than the pressed powder, because the texture of the powder felt like cardboard–it was stiff, dry, and did absolutely nothing on the skin because next to no product came off of the pan to begin with. The blushes were decent, and if you aren’t too concerned about intensity levels dry vs. damp, they’re pretty easy to use and work together well. The gloss had good coverage and didn’t appear streaky, but it pulled into lip lines quite a bit. This was definitely one of the less impressive offerings from NARS for this holiday season.

Formula Overview

  • Dual-Intensity Blush: $45.00 for 0.21 oz. or $214.29/oz.
  • Pressed Powder: $37.00 for 0.24 oz. or $154.17/oz.
  • Lipgloss: $26.00 for 0.18 oz. or $144.44/oz.
  • Mascara: $26.00 for 0.32 oz. or $81.25/oz.
  • Set Value: $43.86 worth of blush, $12.33 worth of pressed powder, $17.33 worth of lipgloss, $9.75 worth of mascara
  • Total Value: $83.27

Noctum is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture or the look of my pores. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage applied dry, which wore for seven hours before fading, and it had more visible shimmer particles. When I used it damp, the finish had more of a smooth sheen than visible bits of shimmer, and it had more medium to full coverage that wore for eight hours on me. Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (Original) (P) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Sun Ceremony (LE, $2.99) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vu is a light-medium coral with warm, peach undertones and a metallic sheen. It was less shimmery and a bit more subdued when applied dry, whereas damp application was more metallic and brighter on the skin. The dry application was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque with seven hour wear, while the damp application was mostly opaque and lasted for closer to eight hours. The damp application did emphasize my skin’s natural texture slightly. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Stila Peach Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Shell Pearl (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Miss Cupcake (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chelsea Girls is a muted, medium pink-coral with a milkier, creamier finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and didn’t look streaky, but the color pulled into lip lines immediately. The gloss lasted for three hours on me and was a touch hydrating. MAC Artful (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Vida Loca (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Mystery (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Super Nude (137) (LE, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Pure Delight (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Visionary (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Goals (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NYX Tres Leches (P, $5.99) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Giza (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Anything But Demure (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Light-Reflecting Setting Powder Pressed is a translucent pressed setting powder, and by itranslucent, it actually ended up being invisible–there was just no product that would come off the pan’s surface, as it was so firm and stiff. It felt incredibly dry, smooth, but noisy as I ran my brush or finger across the surface… yet no product transferred. I tried to swatch it, even jabbing at it to loosen product, and nothing appeared on my skin. This doesn’t function at all, not even remotely. This is one of the very few, possibly only, instances where I couldn’t even manipulate the product to make it work (scraping off product and so forth). I haven’t tried this in years, but when it first launched, I didn’t have an issue getting it onto the skin, though the standalone version was very finnicky with respect to hardening/darkening if any oils/liquid touched it.

NARS Touch Up Kit (Holiday 2016) Non-Fiction
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Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powders

Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powders
Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powders

Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powder ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “silky, pressed highlighting powder” that is “ultra-blendable” and “never looks dry.” It’s a good highlighter if you don’t already have several in your stash; there are three shades, and they are lovely but dupable, so given how many highlighters have been released in the last few years, you might have little need for one more. The texture of the formula is soft, smooth, and blendable–a little dusty if anything but not dry or powdery on the skin–and has a moderate to high sheen applied. One of three shades–Candlelight–seemed to emphasize my skin’s natural texture a bit, while the other two (Moonlight and Sunlight) looked more similar on my skin tone (there should be a more noticeable difference on much fairer and darker skin tones).

Candlelight is a rich, coppery bronze with warm, red undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented, and on lighter skin tones, it could be used as a bronzer or a coppery blush. It should be lovely on deeper skin tones as a highlighter or highlighting blush. The texture was a little drier to the touch, and though it did not look dry on the skin, I wondered if that was what made the overall texture of the powder more prone to emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. This shade also had more noticeable sparkle when applied. On me, the color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lust for Life (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). The Estee Edit Beachy (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moonlight is a light peachy gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth, and lightly dusty consistency that blended without issue. I didn’t feel like it made my pores look any bigger, but it had more noticeable shimmer compared to Sunlight but less noticeable compared to Candlelight. The highlighter started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P) is lighter (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior #001 (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Lit (P) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is darker (80% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sunlight is a light-medium peachy gold with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. This one seemed to have the subtlest, least shimmery finish on the skin–more luminous and smooth–and did not emphasize the appearance of my pores or my skin’s natural texture. It had good pigmentation that was easy to use at full intensity or with a lighter touch for sheerer coverage. The texture was soft, smooth, and just a touch dusty at times, but it applied well, blended out with ease, and wore for eight hours before fading. Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Dior #001 (LE, $65.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powder Candlelight
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powder Moonlight
Moonlight
Moonlight
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powder Sunlight
Sunlight
Sunlight
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette
NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette ($69.00 for 0.78 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and three blushes in the Dual-Intensity formula. The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be sheerer when applied dry and more opaque with a “high-impact finish” when used damp. The Dual-Intensity Blush formula is supposed to have a “high-impact” flush when used damp and a “natural-looking glow” when used dry. In general, regardless of whether it’s an eyeshadow or blush, they are sheer to semi-opaque with more of a frosted, shimmery finish when used dry, and then more opaque and more metallic when used damp. The blushes can be more difficult to blend and diffuse when used damp, but I don’t have that issue (or at least, not as often) with the eyeshadows applied with a damp brush–I expect this is partially due to how blush is often applied at sheerer coverage levels than eyesahdow, so it is more obvious when it is not diffusing as readily. Both formulas wear between six and nine hours for me.

The value of the set is ridiculously good, period, but it’s particularly high for NARS, which doesn’t typically do truly value-packed palettes or sets. I think, perhaps, it’s the result of the Dual-Intensity range being rather pricey individually that they could only go so high before the palette reached a price point they did not feel their customer base would pay. Each eyeshadow in the palette is larger than a full-sized Dual Intensity Eyeshadow! If you like the colors, it’s worth checking out. I’m not in love with the shade range or how the blushes and eyeshadows coordinate with each other–the blushes seem like they’re too warm and could be more in a pink/plum/mauve family–I just felt like it looked a bit disjointed together. The quality is fairly consistent with my experience with the formula in full-sized shades, so if the color combination appeals to you, I’d definitely keep an eye out for it.

Minor quibble: why didn’t they give these individual shade names?! They did it for several other palettes this year!

Value

  • Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow: $29.00 for 0.05 oz. or $580.00/oz.
  • Dual-Intensity Blush: $45.00 for 0.21 oz. or $214.29/oz.
  • Set Value: $243.60 worth of eyeshadow, $77.14 worth of blush
  • Total Value: $320.74

Give In Take I is a dirty beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation both dry and damp, but the damp application made it apply more smoothly and amplified the sheen. The texture was soft, firmer in the pan but not stiff to work with, and applied well to bare skin. It lasted for seven hours (both dry and damp) on me before fading. Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Cream (21S) (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Vex (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I542 Pinky Clay (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Pearl Earring (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Indulge (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Telepathy (P) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #2 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Silver Ivory (04) (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Air (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Mother's Milk (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take II is a muted, medium-dark gray with cool, bluish tones and a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, while damp yielded nearly opaque coverage. It was easier to diffuse and blend around the edges when I used it dry, but the coverage was hard to build up, so I had the best luck applying it damp initially and then using it dry to diffuse and soften the edges. It lasted for seven hours dry, seven and a half hours damp. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Left) (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Denim Smokey (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Retrograde (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take III is a blackened teal with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It appeared more muted in color but had semi-opaque coverage when I applied it dry, and it lasted for eight hours. When I tried it damp, it was more intense and fully opaque, but it took extra effort to diffuse the edges, though it lasted for almost nine hours on me. Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Midnight Swim (16) (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Rhinestone (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). The Estee Edit Wavy (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Mermaid (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Houdini (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take IV is a bright beige with subtle, cooler undertones and a satin finish (even though it looked warmer in the pan). It was more muted and a lot less bright–looked almost faded–when I applied it dry, though it was still semi-opaque in coverage. When I applied it with a damp brush, it was brighter and looked starker against my skin tone with semi-opaque coverage. It was easier to use this one damp, though, as the texture was a bit firmer to work with in the pan, so having the dampness on the brush stretched the color out more. It lasted for seven and a half hours both dry and damp on me. Too Faced Frosty Nog (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). Anastasia Blanc (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take V is a light-medium taupe with warmer, brown undertones and a gray overtone paired with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer coverage when applied dry, and the color itself was much warmer and lacked the gray overtone. If I used it with a damp brush, the color was more intense, grayer, and more opaque. I noticed fading after seven hours when I used it dry, and then after eight hours when I used it damp. Sephora Cashmere Coat (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #7 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take VI is a deep, blackened brown with subtle, warmer, olive undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer coverage applied dry, which looked more like a dark brown than a blackened brown, while damp application yielded rich, opaque color that was much deeper and darker. The consistency was soft, firm without being stiff, and blended out fairly well on the lid. It lasted for seven hours dry and eight hours damp. Too Faced Cup of Joe (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Cinders (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Lava Cake (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Beluga (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Infusion (P) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Black Magique (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Earthy Scent (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Ankh (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Topkapi #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Clarins Nude #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #12 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush I is a light, white gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had similar, medium, buildable coverage both dry and damp, but the damp application was definitely more intense with a smoother, but stronger, sheen. The consistency was smooth, a touch dry in a way, but it was blendable and did not appear dry on the skin. It lasted for eight hours both dry and damp on me. Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush II is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin sheen. The coverage with medium, buildable dry and then semi-opaque, buildable damp. It had a more obviously, pearlescent sheen when applied damp, but it was never flat even when applied dry. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and it did not emphasize my pores or skin’s natural texture. It wore well for seven hours dry and eight hours damp. MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Nectar (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush III is a bright pop of peony pink with subtle, warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was soft, firm but blendable on the skin, and it was flattering on the skin and did not enhance pores or the skin’s natural texture. It had semi-sheer coverage dry and semi-opaque coverage damp, and it was buildable regardless of application method. On me, it lasted for eight hours both dry and damp. Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Blush) (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette (Holiday 2016) Give In Take
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Mineralize Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Mineralize Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Mineralize Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Mineralize Kit ($55.00 for 0.46 oz.) includes a full-sized Mineralize Rich Lipstick, full-sized Mineralize Lipglass, and a miniature sized Mineralize Skinfinish. The lipstick and highlighter are both part of the permanent range, while the gloss is new and exclusive to the set. The kit comes with a large, zippered makeup “box” (less of a bag, more of a rectangular box where the top zips open). The glosss was the real miss in the kit, as it settled into lip lines, while the lipstick and highlighter worked fairly well.

Value

  • Mineralize Rich Lipstick: $25.00 for 0.14 oz.
  • Mineralize Glass: $25.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.
  • Mineralize Skinfinish: $33.00 for 0.35 oz. or $94.26/oz.
  • Set Values: $25.00 worth of lipstick, $25.00 worth of lipgloss, $11.55 worth of highlighter
  • Total Value: $61.55

Pure Pout is a subdued, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a fine, pearly sheen. The formula is supposed to have medium, buildable coverage with a hydrating feel that lasts six hours. It had semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage with a soft, lightly creamy texture that felt emollient on but did not slide around as it was thinner overall. It wore well for three and a half hours and was moisturizing while worn. Bite Beauty Musk (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Woodrose (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Revolve Around Me (LE, $52.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Vanished (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Gillian (LE, $55.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $55.00) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pure Zen (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Oh Snap (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Taffy (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $50.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Sin-a-mon (935) (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Jersey Rose (DC, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Ingenue (168) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Alexander (2016) (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Latte (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Honeybun (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Kiddo (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Happiness is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and gold pearl. It’s supposed to be a sheer formula with “modern shine.” It had sheer color coverage, which is as described, and it applied somewhat evenly–the issue I had was that the color settled into lip lines. The gloss was comfortable and hydrating for the two hours it lasted. MAC Fashion Whim (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). YSL Nude Carat (No. 20) (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Perfect Nude (04) (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Lap Dog (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Maybelline Enthralling Nude (500) (P, $8.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Double Happiness (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Telegenius (LE, $22.00)(90% similar). Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Chloe (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (L.S.D.) (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Long Live the Night (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Water Deities (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Prancin' Dancin' (LE, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Global Glow is a medium, golden bronze with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a luminous shimmer-sheen finish. The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is supposed to have a “velvety soft” feel and a “radiant finish” with “sheer coverage.” It had medium, buildable coverage with a soft, thin, slightly dusty texture that blended out easily on the skin. It just barely emphasized my skin’s natural texture if worn at medium or higher coverage. It’s more of a highlighting bronzer on my skin tone, and when I wore it on my cheeks, the color lasted for seven hours before fading. CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Baked (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Bronze (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Secret Radiance (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Honeychild (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Kit Nude
Nude
Nude
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
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