Thursday, October 17th, 2013

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blushes
MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blushes

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blush ($27.50 for 0.12 oz.) includes three new and limited edition shades just in time for the holidays. The finishes on these is a bit more metallic, high-shine than other iterations of the formula, so those who are very sensitive to pores being emphasized may want to look elsewhere for their blush fix.  It’s definitely a trade-off, and for some, it might be pretty enough on to overlook, but it’s going to be a matter of preference.  The textures of all three were soft, finely-milled,and very blendable, but they were prone to fading and did not last as long as regular powder blushes usually do (including MAC’s blushes).

Lavish Living is described as a “violet with silver pearl base with gold pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, plum with a little hint of berry and brown, with a frosted, partially metallic, finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. It emphasized pores slightly when I applied it for photos. It lasted for six and a half hours but was noticeably faded after that. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is browner. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is pinker. MAC Tea Petal (P, $21.00) is a cream product, browner. Chanel Rose Temptation (LE, $43.00) is similar. Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $43.00) is a bit warmer. See comparison swatches.

Lured to Love is described as a “coral pink base with pink frost.” It’s a light-medium, coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. This shade had the most natural finish of the three, as it had the least amount of shimmer/sheen. The texture was very soft, and it can be somewhat powdery depending on the brush you use with it. It does blend into the skin well, and once worked it, the blush doesn’t look powdery on the skin. It is just slightly emphasized pores, and it wore well for just over six hours. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is more orange. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is similar. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Blush (LE, $21.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, pinker. NARS Deep Throat (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is brighter, pinker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is pinker, softer. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is more orange. Chanel Fleur de Lotus (LE, $43.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Talk of the Town is described as a “warm brown base with yellow bronze.” It’s a soft, peach-pink with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was a little loose and glittery; it didn’t feel as smooth as it could have been. On cheeks, it can emphasize pores slightly, but if you use a dense brush and really buff it in, then a pretty, somewhat metallic glow, comes forward and doesn’t emphasize pores. This shade will only add a little color on very fair complexions but mostly shimmer/sheen on medium and deeper skin tones. The biggest downfall of this was that it was almost all faded/patchy by the sixth hour. MAC Light Year (LE, $23.50) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a two-in-one product that features a section that’s described as a “24 carat gold shimmer” and a larger area described as a “pastel peachy pink with fine pink shimmer.”  This was the least impressive Mineralize Skinfinish of the three, because the texture of the inner shade is quite gritty and chunky; it’s a very loose, glittery shade, so that flaw reaches everywhere–glittery bits visible on the cheeks, sheerer color payoff, and is just an unflattering texture against the skin.  I don’t have huge, huge pores (maybe you disagree!), but the texture of both the inner and outer (as well as swirled together) all emphasize pores to some degree with the outer shade emphasizing pores the least (only slightly).  For newer readers, MAC’s Mineralize products tend to be shorter-wearing on me, which is one of my biggest complaints about the formula overall; and Centre of Attention is no exception with the swirled shade almost completely missing-in-action after seven hours.

Centre of Attention (Inner) is a glittery, yellow gold with strong, warm undertones, and a soft, frosted finish–with lots of glittery bits. It is a chunky, glittery shade, so the texture is somewhat gritty and rough. The glitter seems very loose, too, so it tends to flake away from the color and gets everywhere. This was patchy on me after six hours of wear and the glitter has traveled to various points on my face. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is more metallic, less yellow. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is less yellow. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is lighter. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less glittery. Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $39.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $42.00) is yellower, less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Centre of Attention (Outer) is a pale, pearlescent of pink-tinged beige with a soft, pearly finish. It was very soft and a little powdery, and it does sheer out a lot. I would recommend applying this wet or over liquid foundation while still slightly damp to maximize adhesion to the skin This was almost entirely faded on me after seven hours of wear. NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Porcelain Pink (LE, $23.50) is darker, pinker. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Centre of Attention is a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic sheen. It’s less glittery than the inner shade alone, but the gold from it definitely alters the coloring of the outer. It’s just a slightly smoother, less chunky version of the inner shade. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is similar in color. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is darker. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is yellower. Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $39.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The big takeaway from this is the inner shade is very glittery, which tended to have a loose, obvious appearance on the skin–it was just bits of gold glitter all over the cheek when the inner shade was worn alone or when it was mixed with the outer color.

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This was the least impressive Mineralize Skinfinish of the three, because the texture of the inner shade is quite gritty and chunky; it's a very loose, glittery shade, so that flaw reaches everywhere--glittery bits visible on the cheeks, sheerer color payoff, and is just an unflattering texture against the skin. Centre of Attention, swirled together, was almost completely missing-in-action after seven hours.

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes
Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes

This is part two of our review on Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes ($45.00 for 1.28 oz.). You can read part one here.

Wish is a pale, caramel brown with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat powdery. Chanel Gri-Gri (101) (LE, $28.50) is darker, grayer. MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Heather Brown (LE, $29.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Palace (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Sultana (LE) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Les Poissons (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Bright Eyes is a vibrant, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE) is very similar. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is lighter. Urban Decay Noise (LE, $18.00) is slightly more muted. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 (LE, $21.00) is a touch darker. Sugarpill Decora (P, $12.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Sequin is a vibrant, jewel-tone teal with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, a soft, buttery texture, and applied smoothly. Best shade in the entire set. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is bluer. Milani Teal the Truth (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Marshmallow is a soft, light pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had a soft, buttery feel and great color payoff. Too Faced Taffy (LE) is lighter. theBalm Safe Bet Annette (P, $16.00) is similar. Maybelline Inked in Pink (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Love Power (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #303 (P, $20.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Mauvelous is a pale, softened mauve with coppery-red micro-glitter. It had semi-opaque color payoff but there was definitely a sheerness present. The glitter also was prone to fall out both during wear as well as during application. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is darker, less glittery. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is a touch darker. Urban Decay Provocateur is very, very similar. Giorgio Armani #29 is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Starry Night is a matte black with very fine silver sparkle. It had subtle warm undertones, good color payoff, and was just slightly powdery. There’s no shortage of this type of shade, so all of these are quite similar: Too Faced Pure Glam (LE), Kat Von D Oddfellow (LE), Guerlain Crazy Paris #6 (LE), Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #3 (LE), Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P), NARS Night Breed (LE, $24.00), and Sugarpill Stella (P, $12.00), See comparison swatches.

Inner Light is a pale, peachy-pink with a strong golden shimmer and sheen. It looks more like an iridescent gold highlighter applied than it does peach or pink. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture. The highlighter wore well for almost eight hours. It did just slightly emphasize pores but the sheen tended to minimize the impact overall. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) has a similar effect on, just not as warm.bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Lollipop is a cool-toned, medium pink with subtle blue undertones and a champagne shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours and started fading after eight and a half hours of wear. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is warmer. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is matte. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is darker, cooler-toned, less shimmery. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Overall, the Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup palette set is quite nice, and the Be Merry palette has solid pigmentation across the board with no troublesome shades; the "worst" was Chocolate Moon, which was a little drier compared to the other shades. The worst performer in Be Merry was Mauvelous, which was prone to fall out and sheerer.

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes
Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes ($45.00 for 1.28 oz.) features two palettes, one titled Be Merry, the other titled Be Bright. Each palette has six eyeshadows and two cheek colors. Each eyeshadow contains 0.06 oz. of product, while each cheek color contains 0.14 oz. The two palettes come in a zippered makeup bag with a full-sized Lash Injection mascara. The approximate value of this palette is $285, with a breakout of: $216 worth of eyeshadow, $48 worth of cheek products, and $21 worth of mascara.  Overall, the Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup palette set is quite nice, and the Be Merry palette has solid pigmentation across the board with no troublesome shades; the “worst” was Chocolate Moon, which was a little drier compared to the other shades.  The worst performer in Be Merry was Mauvelous, which was prone to fall out and sheerer.  The majority of the products wore well, with the eyeshadows ranging from eight to nine hours on average with Mauvelous was the only one that had fall out during wear.

Egg Nog is a pale, neutral beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff and was soft, smooth, and not powdery. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE) and Too Faced Snow Angel (LE) are both similar. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC Cream (P) is darker. Too Faced Dainty (LE) is pinker. bareMinerals Boss Lady (LE) is similar. theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is also similar. theBalm Adagio (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Very Merry is a light-medium green with golden, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Golden Olive (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Lucky Green (P, $15.00) is brighter. Dior Garden Pastels #1 (LE) is less frosted. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is lighter. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is more metallic but very similar. See comparison swatches.

Buttered Rum is a warm, golden medium-dark brown with a frosted, metallic finish and warm undertones. It had really nice color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. Sleek MakeUP Court in Cannes (LE, $9.99) is lighter. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is more sparkly. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Ambush (LE, $18.00) is less metallic. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $18.00) is browner. Too Faced Gangsta (LE) is slightly darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bubbly is a warm, light-medium peach with soft gold shimmer. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was smooth overall, but the gold shimmer seemed to flake away from the underlying color. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE) is darker. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) is warmer. MAC Her Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Brown Sugar is a dark, chocolate brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had excellent pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture. Too Faced Yule Log (LE) is less metallic, darker. MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay West (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Roasted Chestnut (LE, $32.50) is similar. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Chocolate Moon is a dark gray with brown undertones and a soft sparkle. It looked brown in the pan but swatched rather gray, so it was unusual in that respect. Kat Von D Dark Throne (LE) is similar. theBalm A4 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Poison (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is similar. MAC Steel (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Typographic (P, $15.00) is less sparkly, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Spice is a light-medium orange with subtle brown tones and a golden sheen. It had so-so color payoff with a slightly dry texture. On my medium complexion, it added slight golden warmth but didn’t look too orange, and the satin sheen did not emphasize pores. It wore well for eight hours but was faded after nine hours. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is more orange. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Peachy Keen is a warm, light-medium pink with gold shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft. This one did slightly emphasize pores with the higher shimmer content. It wore well for almost eight hours. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $11.99) is less shimmery. MAC Rio (LE, $23.50) is warmer. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is similar. MAC Star Wonder (LE, $23.50) is darker. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is darker. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is similar. bareMinerals The Natural High (LE, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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Be Merry, Be Bright

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Overall, the Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup palette set is quite nice, and the Be Merry palette has solid pigmentation across the board with no troublesome shades; the "worst" was Chocolate Moon, which was a little drier compared to the other shades. The worst performer in Be Merry was Mauvelous, which was prone to fall out and sheerer.

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Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58.00 for 0.35 oz.) contains three shades of the brand’s Ambient Lighting Powders. The three shades include Dim Light and Radiant Light, both which are part of the permanent range, and a new (and limited edition) shade called Incandescent Light. Each shade is 0.116 oz. in size, compared to the full-sized compact which contains 0.35 oz. At a $45 price point for individual shades, the palette is a nice way to try the new powders and have multiple shades to choose from.  You do also get a 0.16 oz. vial of Veil Mineral Primer (worth about $8), which I’ve reviewed here. It’s not a value-packed palette in terms of price-per-ounce (total value of the palette is $53, including the primer), but getting a variety of shades of a product that is quite pricey individually may be worth it–it will take awhile to get through these pans even at this size.

Dim Light is described as a “neutral peach beige powder.” It’s a pale, light beige with neutral to warm undertones and a very subtle satin shimmer/sheen. The color is barely visible against my skin tone when layered heavily (to show color), and it blends out seamlessly without making me look any darker or lighter. I applied this all over my face like a setting/finishing powder with Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Brush. I couldn’t think of anything I have that’s quite like this and in this shade. The closest product that I’m familiar with is Guerlain’s Meteorites Voyage Powders, which are more translucent and sheerer. According to Hourglass, the main purpose of Dim Light is to blur imperfections–which it does admirably.

Incandescent Light is described as a “pearlescent powder.” It’s a pale, light beige with neutral undertones and a soft ivory shimmer. It’s a bit different from the other Ambient Light powders, because it is a lot more shimmery, and Hourglass is positioning it to “highlight cheekbones and [brighten] the complexion with a celestial glow.” It works well for illuminating the skin where it is applied, and the shimmer doesn’t emphasize pores or make the skin appear oily. Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is more sparkly. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is similar but a smidgen warmer. NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Radiant Light is described as a “golden beige powder.” I reviewed it here when it was originally released. The purpose of Radiant Light is to had subtle warmth; very pale complexions will see this work more obviously on their skin tone than medium or deeper complexions. You can see some comparison swatches</> against Chanel Lucky Stripes, which is much more golden and darker (more of a bronzer on the skin) and NARS Miss Liberty, which is a bit more sparkly.

The Ambient Lighting Powders breathe life back into the skin after you’ve applied foundations and setting powders–especially if you have more mattifying base products on. They’re not full-on highlighters, but they’re not exactly setting powders (by Hourglass’ definition, they are finishing powders). If you have very oily skin, you may still need your usual setting powder, but for my normal-to-dry skin, the Ambient Lighting Powders work as a setting and finishing powder in one for me. I get extended wear out of my base products, but the powders also smooths the skin’s appearance, minimizes pores and imperfections, and gives the skin a natural luminosity (not shiny, not shimmery). It is that something extra that someone won’t see and go, “Oh, nice lipstick!” but “Did you do something different with your skin?” When people start asking you about your skincare routine, that’s when you know a product is really delivering on its promises! I’m not alone–there are 47 reader reviews with an overall rating of 4.5. The only negative I have to say about the products is that the texture is very, very soft, so depending on the brush you use, excess powder can be kicked up (and wasted).

If you were one of several readers wondering about my skin in my last NARS’ post, this palette is responsible as I wore Dim Light all over my face with Incandescent Light done the bridge of my nose and along the tops of my cheekbones as a highlighter.

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The Ambient Lighting Powders breathe life back into the skin after you've applied foundations and setting powders--especially if you have more mattifying base products on. It is that something extra that someone won't see and go, "Oh, nice lipstick!" but "Did you do something different with your skin?" When people start asking you about your skincare routine, that's when you know a product is really delivering on its promises!

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Friday, October 11th, 2013

Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette
Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette

Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette ($56.00) includes twenty eyeshadowa, two blushes, two bronzers, full-sized Lip Injection Color Bomb! (in Bee Sting), and travel-sized Better Than Sex Mascara.  Too Faced listed the value of the set at $436.

Overall, it’s a decent palette with a variety of shades from neutral to color as well as finishes that range from matte to satin to frost. The cheek products tended to run warmer rather than cooler, though one shade was neutral to cool. The palette itself is slim and doesn’t waste space; it feels as minimal as they could make it. There were definitely a few duds within the eyeshadows included in the palette (notably, Snowflakes, Moon on Their Wings, Woolen Mittens, and Party Time), which did bring down what otherwise felt like a good palette. These misses tended to be both sheer and powdery.

Blushes/Bronzers

Raindrops on Roses is a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and an overlay of gold shimmer. The more the color is blended out, the more frosted the finish becomes. It also seems to get warmer when it is sheered out, but it might be an illusion on my warmer-toned skin. It had fairly good color payoff, and it blended out easily. This shade wore well for seven hours and was noticeably faded after eight hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is less gold-shimmered. MAC Divine Desire (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Gentle (P, $25.00) is more muted. Chanel Pink Explosion (LE, $43.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is matte. See comparison swatches.

Chocolate Soleil is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a satin finish. It was nicely pigmented and applied easily. This shade is part of the permanent range. It wore well for seven and a half hours but was slightly faded after just over eight hours of wear. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is warmer. Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more golden. MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is similar. MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Melt Into Spring is a medium, pink-coral with a matte finish and warm undertones. It is extremely pigmented, and the texture is soft but a smidgen powdery. Luckily, it doesn’t look powdery on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours on me, and it started to look somewhat worn away after nine hours of wear. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Simmer (LE, $25.00) is slightly darker. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is similar. Dior Pink Happiness (LE, $42.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Sun Bunny #1 is a coppery brown with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was very soft but did emphasize pores when applied to the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours before looking faded at eight hours. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) See comparison swatches.

Sun Bunny #2 is a light-medium orange with gold shimmer and frost. It had fairly good pigmentation and was soft overall. It did somewhat emphasize pores. The bronzer wore well for seven and a half hours but was somewhat faded after eight hours of wear. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer (P, $13.95) is yellower. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is browner. Dior Coral Glow Bronzer (LE) is less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Eyeshadows

Snowflakes is a pale white gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was somewhat chunky in the pan, so it really has to be pressed and blended to smooth out the color, which is easier to do on the arm than on the lid. If you are not careful, this can layer and look chunky/crepe-y on the lid. This shade had some fall out while worn. MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is sheerer. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is similar, Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Whiskers on Kittens is a pale peach with a hint of pink and gold sparkle. It had fairly good color payoff, but the gold sparkle seemed to disperse off the surface of the underlying peach color, so I did have some fall out with this shade while worn. The texture was soft and not powdery. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) is less pink, more peach. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Chocolate Milk is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled without being powdery. It wore well on the lid and didn’t have any issues fading or creasing. Bobbi Brown Frappe (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is similar. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is more satiny, darker. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is darker, redder in tone. See comparison swatches.

Moon on Their Wings is a warm, golden beige with a frosted, metallic finish and gold micro-glitter. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was somewhat chunky. I had noticeable fall out while wearing this shade, and the color did crease somewhat after eight hours. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is less glittery. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Retrospeck (P, $15.00) is more beige. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Dark Chocolate is a dark brown with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery, but it was not as blendable as I’d expect it to be. It wore well for seven and a half hours but was slightly faded after eight hours. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is similar. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Foreshadow (P) is cooler-toned. Inglot #326 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Cream Colored Ponies is a pale, cool-toned ivory with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. The texture was soft without becoming powdery. It wore well for almost eight hours before starting to fade. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Kinky (LE, $18.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Ivory (LE, $29.00) is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $29.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Honey Honey is a warm, golden copper with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was slightly chunky, so it really needs to be pressed into the skin and then smoothed out for best results. It had good color payoff, and it wore well without fading/creasing for eight hours–I did see a smidgen of fall out, though. MAC Creative Copper (LE, $15.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is also similar. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Limelight (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. Dior Night Golds #2 (LE) is more glittery. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is similar. Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Buche de Noel is a medium-dark brown with a golden, frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for eight hours without fading or creasing. MAC Brownluxe #4 (P) is darker, less metallic.Urban Decay Chase (P, $18.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is similar. Inglot #409 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Evergreen is a medium-dark forest green with cool undertones and a pearly finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was on the drier side, so it didn’t have fully opaque color and wasn’t as blendable as I expected. It wore well for seven hours but was somewhat faded after eight hours of wear. Sephora Collection Rolling in the Grass (10) (P, $13.00) is more sparkly. Urban Decay Bender (P, $18.00) is darker. NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Humid (P, $15.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Greensmoke (DC, $15.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is similar. Make Up For Ever #310 (P, $20.00) is slightly darker. Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

Blue Satin Sashes is a deep, dark blue-teal with a matte finish and subtle gold sparkle. The gold sparkle might as well not exist, as it doesn’t show up visibly on the lid when applied. The color is very pigmented, but the texture is so soft that it is powdery, so it’s a shade that can have excessive fall out during application. Once applied, it did wear well for almost eight hours. MAC Prussian (P, $15.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #60 (P, $20.00) is richer. Make Up For Ever #8E (P, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

This review excludes the mascara and the Color Bomb!, for your information, with the latter excluded because Too Faced’s original Lip Injection brutalizes my lips in a way that few products ever have and I am not courageous enough to make an attempt to try the next iteration of the formula at this time.

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Overall, it's a decent palette with a variety of shades from neutral to color as well as finishes that range from matte to satin to frost. The cheek products tended to run warmer rather than cooler, though one shade was neutral to cool. The palette itself is slim and doesn't waste space; it feels as minimal as they could make it. There were definitely a few duds within the eyeshadows included in the palette (notably, Snowflakes, Moon on Their Wings, Woolen Mittens, and Party Time), which did bring down what otherwise felt like a good palette. These misses tended to be both sheer and powdery.

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