Make Up For Ever S732 Orange Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright pop of yellowed tangerine–mostly orange with very strong yellow undertones–and a satin finish. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is lighter. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is more muted. NARS Puerto Vallarta (LE, $39.00) is darker. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, redder. MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $27.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Make Up For Ever S732 Orange Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S732 Orange
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set ($59.00 for 2.05 oz.) includes a 20-pan eyeshadow palette, plus a deluxe sized mascara, cheek stain, Maracuja Oil, Smooth Operator finishing powder, and a LipSurgence Lip Gloss and Lip Tint, which are all housed in a zippered travel bag. Overall, it’s a decent palette. There were a couple of misses for eyeshadows, but I actually found that the lip/cheek products were more problematic, as they lacked staying power and the lip products weren’t hydrating for me. I think if you like more muted eyeshadows with more matte finishes, this might be a good palette to consider. Just for reference, this review only covers the eyeshadows, cheek and lip products (color cosmetics).

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Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set
Tarte Collector’s Set (Holiday 2014) Bon Voyage
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes ($36.00 for 1.08 oz.) includes six powder blushes and a cream highlighter–all shades from Benefit’s permanent line-up in a metal tin. I found the color of Bella Bamba and CORALista to be different in the palette compared to my standalone versions, with CORALista being very different and Bella Bamba more “within variation” that you might expect over the years and the like. The change in color may appeal to you, or it may disappoint you, depending on the color you prefer. Most of Benefit’s blushes run rather warm-toned, and there are a lot of warm pink/coral variations here, so it may feel redundant if you are on the hunt for a really diverse blush palette. The packaging is ridiculously bulky and clunky–all I could think of was, “Why is this so heavy and noisy?” A few readers mentioned they easily depotted the blushes from the palette, so hopefully that’s an option for others. It’s unnecessarily large and nowhere near travel-friendly, and of course, it is very decked out in holiday-print, so it may feel out of place in April.

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Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes
Benefit Box o’ Blushes Cheeky Sweet Spot
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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NARS Algorithm Bronzing Powder Palette

NARS Algorithm Laguna Bronzing Powder Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes a bronzing powder and a travel-sized Ita brush. I was surprised by how little bronzer is included in this, because it is such a huge palette (I think it is unnecessarily large–feels bulky in the hand). It actually contains less than a full-sized version of Laguna (which has 0.28 oz. for $38). I don’t have a full-sized Ita brush to compare the travel-sized one with, but I didn’t like the feel of the travel-sized, as the bristles were cut unevenly and felt scratchy and prickly against the skin. I liked the shape, as it does work well to contour the cheeks. However, at $89, you could purchase a full-sized Ita for $55 and a full-sized Laguna for $93. For $4 more, you would get something a lot more lightweight, versatile, and possibly better quality (again, I can’t weigh in on how it compares to the full-sized). Update on 10/13/2014:  NARS sent out a correction via email regarding price, and the price is supposed to be $59.

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NARS Algorithm Laguna Bronzing Powder Palette

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette ($65.00 for 0.95 oz.) includes a highlighter, three blushes, and a bronzer. It is a Sephora exclusive and launches November 1st. All of these shades have been released before with Sex Fantasy and Final Cut being limited edition, and the other four are part of the permanent range. It’s a decent palette, and I like the value behind it, though I wish the quality was at least as good as the standalone versions that have been released. They don’t fall too short, but in general, the texture had a thinner quality to it that made it less luxurious compared to full-sized blushes. Overall, the palette had good color payoff, blendable textures, and most wore for around eight hours. I felt like the palette was too bulky/heavy for what it was, but it at least doesn’t feel cheap.

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NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette
NARS Holiday 2014 Blush Palette Virtual Domination
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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NARS Modern Future (Roman Holiday) Set Review, Photos, Swathces

NARS Modern Future Set ($49.00 for 0.74 oz.) includes three products in the theme of Roman Holiday, a cool pink. The lipstick and nail polish are full size (0.12 oz. and 0.50 fl. oz. respectively), while the blush’s compact is the same size as a NARS’ single eyeshadow (but it contains 0.12 oz.). The set contains $26.00 of lipstick, $20.00 of nail polish, and $22.50 of blush for a total value of $68.50. The three products come inside a thick, plastic triangular box.

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NARS Modern Future Set