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MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush

MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush
MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush

MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone beige with gold pearl.” It’s a medium, peachy-orange with hints of beige and soft, gold shimmer. Urban Decay Streak Bronzer (-)(95% similar). MAC Cream Soda (LE, $22.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sensual (P, $28.00)(85% similar). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $22.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Crisp Whites (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula is supposed to be a “blush that builds lightly” that has a lightweight feel and “luminous colour.” Warm Soul had semi-opaque color coverage that could be sheered out, but it didn’t build to fully opaque color either. The texture was lightly dusty but smooth and easily blended and diffused on the skin. The finish is somewhere between natural and luminous; it is one of the less shimmery shades in the Mineralize Blush formula, but it appears more shimmery on the skin as it is blended in than it does in the pan or just swatched. This shade wore well for seven hours before fading on me.

MAC Mineralize Blush Warm Soul
Warm Soul
Warm Soul
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Too Faced Le Grand Palais Eyeshadow Palette

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

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

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

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

White Christmas is a cool-toned white with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, was lightly powdery, and lasted seven and a half hours. Makeup Geek White Lies (P, $6.00)(100% similar). Smashbox Snow (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Banshee (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Skull (LE) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). MAC Pick Me Up (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Linen (P, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Zoeva Stitch by Stitch (P) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC White (P, $19.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Ivy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Satin Sheets is a pink-tinged peach with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It had so-so pigmentation with a slightly drier texture that was prone to sheering out when applied. It faded after seven and a half hours of wear. Anastasia Treasure (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Champagne Rose (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Nude Shimmer (LE, $18.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Fizz the Season (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #4 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek I'm Peachless (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Raspberry Rose (White) (LE, $16.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Jardin Zen #2 (LE) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). NARS Thessalonique (Left) (P, $25.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vintage Lace is a light-medium, pale yellow with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and was powdery to work with. It lasted for seven hours before fading. IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Undressed (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Tabby (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Entomology (P) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Real Fantasy (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Summer Breeze (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Glamour Light (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Pre-Game (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Custard (LE, $19.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 4 (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bone (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

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

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

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

Dreamlight is a medium-dark, bronzyb rown with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fantastic color coverage with a rich, smooth, and buttery texture that applied beautifully to the skin. This shade started to crease after eight hours of wear. LORAC Mocha (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Infinity #3 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay YDK (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Rose Quartz (LE, $19.00) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Eyeshadow #5 (LE, $19.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Lancome My French #6 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Metallic Bronze (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Boss (P) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Mosaic (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #6 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Rosewood (51M) (P, $29.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Don't Tell (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

String of Lights is a glittery, silvery-white with iridescent glitter that flashes violet and blue. This seemed more like a shade you’d layer over something else for a pop of sparkle, but it functioned horribly as a standalone eyeshadow as it was chunky and got everywhere but where you wanted it. NARS Opal Coast (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Swan (LE, $5.00) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lapisluxe #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Cosmic (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Electric Illumination (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE) is more pigmented (95% similar). Lancome Tower Bridge (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Plumluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Eau d'Argent (02) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Filament (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Yule Log is a muted, dark brown with multi-colored shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a dusty texture that made it hard to blend out without looking patchy and uneven. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. Dior Exuberante #5 (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $19.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #1 (P, $6.50) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Jagged (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Gilded Ganache (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Gucci Beauty Fumé (Right) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Low (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). NARS Zagreb (LE, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Friendly (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Dior Night Golds #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Skyline is a muted, light-meidum pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture with color that lasted for seven and a half hours. Makeup Geek Valentine (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Audacious Plum (P, $34.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Bonnie (Shade) (P) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). YSL Singuliere (1) (P, $47.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00)(90% similar). Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flush is a soft, light-medium yellow gold with a fine, pearly sheen. This illuminated the skin beautifully without emphasiznig pores, though it was a little thin in texture. It wore well for eight hours. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Spoon (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

Too Faced Holiday 2015 Christmas in Paris Palette Le Grand Palais
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
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Tarte Bling It On Blush Palette

Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette ($44.00 for 0.75 oz.) is a decent to good blush palette if you like your blushes mid-tone and warm-toned with more satin-like finishes–and 12-hour wear-time isn’t a must. Four of the five are new (as far as I can tell), with Dollface being a shade in the permanent line (but I think the one in this palette isn’t quite as blue-based). That being said, Tarte has released a lot of limited edition blushes in the same type of shades, so you may already have ones similar enough. I’m not a fan of the packaging, as the black glitter is quite chunky and flakes off the palette. Tarte’s full-sized, standalone blushes cost $28.00 and contain 0.20 oz. or $140.00/oz. This palette contains $105.00 worth of blush for those of you keeping track of value this year!

The Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush formula is supposed to last for twelve hours (shocker!) with “soft to vivid” colors. They are longer-wearing than the average blush, but the tend to wear between eight and ten hours on me. The coverage is semi-sheer to mostly opaque, while the finishes are usually semi-matte to satin. One issue I have with the blushes is that they tend to develop hardened surfaces as they seem particularly sensitive to any oil getting on the surface (e.g. oils from your face transfer to your blush brush, which is dipped into the pan).

Fetching is a muted, medium rosy pink with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had a fairly soft, smooth texture that blended out easily on the skin while the color lasted for nine hours on me. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $28.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is cooler, brighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dollface is a soft, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage. The texture was soft, a little dusty, but applied well and didn’t look dusty or dry on the skin. On me, the blush lasted for eight and a half hours. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is darker (95% similar). Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Robotic (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Lotus (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is cooler, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (-) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Baby Doll (P, $6.50) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido (500) (P, $42.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Prim is a muted, rosy brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. The texture on this shade was a little firmer, which made it harder to get color payoff out of it, so it was more semi-sheer to semi=opaque and needed two to three layers to be visible on my medium skin tone. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tarte Impress (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate Matte (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Petunia (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Wavelength (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Rose Bronze (P, $45.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals The Love Letter (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smashing is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade was very soft and silky, but it kicked up excess powder in the pan, so it was also more powdery to work with. Luckily, it didn’t read powdery on the skin. It had good pigmentation and blended out with ease. On me, this shade lasted for nine hours.
NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Sid (Shade) (P) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $23.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beaming is a soft, light-medium peach with a hint of pink and silver sparkle and shimmer. The texture was somewhat dry and dusty to work with, and this is a shade that really sheered out when applied to bare skin. The sparkle/shimmer didn’t bind well with the base powder, so it actually looked quite matte applied. It wore for eight hours on me. Chanel Infiniment Chanel (P, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Nude Pink (LE, $35.50) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Unimaginable (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Holiday 2015 Blush Palette Bling It On
Bling It On
Bling It On
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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Fetching

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Prim

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

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

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

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

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

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

Iridescent Light is a “sheer illuminating highlighter.” It is a very light, peach-hued beige with white shimmer. The texture is soft but dusty (more so than most Ambient Lighting products) and produces a light sheen. I imagine it will be appealing to anyone who finds the average highlighter too much. I’m not sure if this will work as well over deeper skin tones, as it has a whiter base against my skin tone, but it may work and it may also work if layered over a blush. It wore well for eight hours on me. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

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

Luminous Flush is described as a “champagne rose.” It’s a soft, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color was similar to the full-sized version I have, but the texture was more powdery and prone to sheering out. It seemed drier, though it still sat well on the skin and didn’t look powdery applied.
MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Red Obsessed (LE, $22.00) is glossier, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (-) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Luminous Bronze Light is described as a “medium tan shade infused with Luminous Light.” It’s a soft, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and soft shimmer. It had good color payoff with a glowing finish that didn’t emphasize pores but was still noticeable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $70.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is lower quality, warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Lit (P, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (-) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $32.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) (P, $64.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hourglass Holiday 2015 Ambient Lighting Palette Ambient Lighting Edit
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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MAC x Guo Pei Lotus Blossom & Red Water Lily Blushes

MAC Lotus Blossom Blush
MAC Lotus Blossom Blush

MAC Lotus Blossom Blush ($40.00 for TBA oz.) is described as a “light blue pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a matte finish. The texture was smooth but on the drier side with a firmer press, though it was just fine for blending on the skin, and it didn’t look powdery on. It had medium coverage that was buildable to full coverage in two layers. On me, the color lasted for seven hours before fading. I also noticed that it darkened on my skin, so it appeared warmer on my complexion and may look pinker on others. Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Santa Baby (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry S/S15 Runway (LE, $65.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC What I Fancy (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Lovecloud (P, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Poe (Light) (P) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Singuliere (1) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more muted, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Red Water Lily Blush ($40.00 for TBA oz.) is described as a “light coral pink.” It’s a brighgt, medium pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a satiny sheen. It was intensely pigmented, and a little went a long way, so this will be a great option for a wide spectrum of skin tones. It may look cooler or warmer depending on your undertones as well. The texture was finely-milled, smooth enough that it blended out without a struggle, but it was a little dusty/dry to the touch. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is more muted (95% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Mata Hari (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is more muted, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Adoration (Right) (P) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Panic (Left) (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Whole Lotta Love (P, $23.50) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The MAC x Guo Pei collaboration launches online on September 24th at maccosmetics.com, and it will only be available at MAC 5th Avenue in NYC and MAC at South Coast Plaza (in southern California) for U.S. locations.

MAC Guo Pei Powder Blush Lotus Blossom
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
MAC Guo Pei Powder Blush Red Water Lily
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Style Blush

MAC Style Blush
MAC Style Blush

MAC Style Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “coral peach with gold pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, orange-coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer. Too Faced Sweet Peach Blush (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Infiniment Chanel (P, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sparkling Bellini (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $60.00) is cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Siena (P, $58.00) is more muted (85% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $32.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Style had really good, nearly opaque color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t powdery nor was it stiff. On the skin, it has a gorgeous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

MAC Powder Blush Style
Style
Style
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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