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Dior Blazing (631) DiorShow Fusion Mono

Dior Blazing (631) DiorShow Fusion Mono
Dior Blazing (631) DiorShow Fusion Mono

Dior Blazing (631) DiorShow Fusion Mono ($31.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a sparkling, soft champagne gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Nude Beam (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is lighter, more pigmented (85% similar). Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is warmer (85% similar). Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Vivacious (LE) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (85% similar). L'Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Baby It's Gold Outside (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). L'Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition shade for the holidays. The DiorShow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow formula is a cream eyeshadow formula that feels like a cross between cream and mousse, as it is spongy and less wet. The pigmentation varies from shade to shade with Blazing landing in the semi-opaque range with some ability to build-up to mostly opaque coverage. It has a soft, velvety texture that applies smoothly and blends easily. The sparkle is fine and not gritty, and there was minimal fall out over time, while the underlying color lasted a good nine hours on me.

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Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow Blazing (631)

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Chanel Rouge Noir Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “black red.” It’s a muted, dark plum with warmer undertones and fine gold and purple shimmer. Burberry Mulberry (24) (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior House of Pinks #5 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Aubergine (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Cabernet (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Stila Garnet (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Stila Plum (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Jammin' (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Wonderland (DC) is darker (90% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Deep Plum (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #3 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Pose (P, $12.00) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Illusion d’Ombre formula is a cream eyeshadow that applies like a cream but dries down and feels more like a powder, as it remains blendable and doesn’t cling or feel tacky. The texture is smooth, blendable, and forgiving on the skin. It had good color coverage, though not quite opaque in one layer, that can be sheered out, if desired, as it is quite easily diffused. On me, this shade stayed on for nine hours before creasing slightly.

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Rouge Noir (857)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Stroke My Ego Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Stroke My Ego Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Stroke My Ego Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Stroke My Ego Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “pale silver shimmer.” It’s a soft, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer. Clarins Nude #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Bounce Around (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Stag Film (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #3 (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Divine Rule (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Sequin Sparkle (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). YSL Golden Glow #5 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Stellar (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Wave (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chantecaille Triton (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Steel the Scene (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #16 (P) is lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Pain au Chocolat (P, $5.99) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Wrapped in Silk (P) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) (P, $39.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Satin Taupe (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Pro Longwear Paint Pot claims 15-hour wear with a formula that is “highly-pigmented,” “water-resistant,” and “crease-proof.” This isn’t a good example of “highly-pigmented,” though I could see many enjoying this for its more buildable, semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage as it’s this type of coverage in a cream eyeshadow that works well as an all-over eyeshadow (either alone as a quick look or as a base for other eyeshadows). The texture was lightly creamy with a gel-like feel, not too dense but not too thin, and spread out evenly without tugging on the skin and the shimmer didn’t disappear. It wore well for twelve hours on me before starting to crease.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Stroke My Ego
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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ColourPop Forever Freshman Super Shock Shadow Set

ColourPop Forever Freshman Collection
ColourPop Forever Freshman Collection

ColourPop Forever Freshman Collection ($30.00 for 0. oz.) is a set of six cream eyeshadows in shades of the 90s, and they continue to deliver what we’ve come to expect from ColourPop’s cream formula: good pigmentation and long-wear. The set works well together, and you can easily use two or three at a time to get even more versatility out of the combination. On one hand, they’re all loose pots so it’s not as convenient as a palette, but on the other hand, they’re readily incorporated with whatever other eyeshadows you own.

90210 is described as a “greyed out taupe softly sprinkled with pink and gold glitter in a satin luxe finish.” It’s a soft, medium-dark taupe brown with strong, warm brown undertones and gold and copper sparkle over a matte finish. The cream formula makes it so the sparkles actually bind/adhere with the base color, so you can actually get the sparkles to appear on the eye. I do get some fall out if I do a lot of blending, but the sparkles that are still left on seem to stay on pretty well throughout the ten-hour wear time. Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Fire Finch (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Adios (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #5 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Low (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Moss (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Jackpot (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Jagged (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #4 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

As If is described as a “mid-tone cool taupe in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a fairly soft and smooth texture, but it wasn’t quite as creamy (more velvety) in texture. It lasted for ten hours without creasing or fading. Becca Cognac (LE) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Stone (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Maya Bay (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Adore (P) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unspoken (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Charming #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Milk Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Taupe (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Lancome Voyage (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Lt. Brown (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Baby T is described as a “deep blackened blue in matte finish.” It’s a rich, navy blue with fine lighter blue pearl. It was nicely pigmented with a creamy consistency that applied evenly and smoothly, but it did have a tendency to sheer out slightly due to the amount of slip. Once on, the color didn’t show signs of fading even after ten hours of wear. Colour Pop School Bus (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Burberry Midnight Blue (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Glenan (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Aphrodisiatic (LE, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Etiquette (DC, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Night Sky (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Erogenous Zone (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier (85% similar). Kat Von D Estrella (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (P, $39.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Crimper is described as a “soft gold with multi-dimensional gold glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and gold sparkle. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to work with and apply (even with a brush). It wore well for ten hours with minor fall out. MAC Seasonal Spirit (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Baby It's Gold Outside (LE) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Primavera (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Rivage #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Mermaid (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Faire Maiden (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Disco (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Ciate Vaycay (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Fairy Land (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #2 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Cumin (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Dearest (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Nectar (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Minx (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Koosh is described as an “icy silver taupe with an ultra-metallic finish.” It’s a light-medium, bronzy beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation with a really creamy, smooth texture that felt wet but dried down without being stiff or clingy. It wore well for ten hours on me. Too Faced Arc de Triomphe (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Champagne Buzz (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Café au Lait (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pure Bred #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Mushroom (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #397 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Chroma #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Silver Mirage (18) (LE, $39.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chantecaille Seashell (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Trophy (LE, $16.50) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Fizz the Season (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). Natasha Denona Glaze (12M) (P, $29.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Melrose is described as a “true rust in a matte finish.” It’s an intense, medium-dark copper brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was incredibly pigmented with a lightly creamy consistency that blended out easily but never lost its vibrancy on the skin. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. Anastasia Sienna (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M738 Auburn (P, $21.00) is more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Wrath (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Nuts About U (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Cleopatra (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #3 (P) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Set Forever Freshman
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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90210

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As If

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A

Baby T

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Crimper

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A

Koosh

Limited Edition
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Melrose

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MAC Imaginary & Nice Composure Pro Longwear Paint Pots

MAC Imaginary Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Imaginary Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Imaginary Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “deep blue plum shimmer.” It’s a deepened, muted, navy blue with fine navy blue and violet pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly creamy consistency, but it is really dense in the pot. The denser texture made it less blendable on the skin; it was better as a defined area rather than used as a cream eyeshadow (so I preferred it as an eyeliner). The color lasted for twelve hours on me before starting fade (the formula has a stated wear time of 15 hours per MAC’s site). Tom Ford Beauty Night Sky (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (P, $39.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #4 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) (P, $23.00) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Heroine (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P) is darker (90% similar). Sephora So Demure (LE) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Goddess (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nice Composure Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone cool grey.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gray with cool, almost purple-like tones, and a satin finish. It had nice color payoff with a creamy enough formula that it applied well and still retained some blendability if you wanted to use it as a base or cream eyeshadow. The texture is still denser than your average cream eyeshadow, so you’ll want to work one eye at a time to maximize the time you have to blend out any edges. This shade lasted for twelve hours on me before fading. Urban Decay Slanted (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #11 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fabulous Fit (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Granite (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Silver Gull (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Trumpeter Koel (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Rose Blend #2 (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Imaginary
Imaginary
Imaginary
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Nice Composure
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Chanel Melody (98) Illusion d’Ombre Velvet Eyeshadow

Chanel Melody (98) Illusion d'Ombre Velvet Eyeshadow
Chanel Melody (98) Illusion d’Ombre Velvet Eyeshadow

Chanel Melody (98) Illusion d’Ombre Velvet Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, light-medium peach with a hint of pink and a pearly sheen. theBalm Dream Boat (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #2 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Party Girl (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Stubborn (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Valhalla (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Precious (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Christmas Blend (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Third Eye Blinded (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Give Me Fire (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Enjoy (LE) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’m happy to say that this is a better product than Fleur de Pierre! The newest iteration of the Illusion d’Ombre family is supposed to be a matte version, though I’m not sure where shimmer and matte became interchangeable; these have a drier, smoother consistency and much less sparkle/glitter compared to the permanent Illusion d’Ombre line-up, but this shade is nowhere near matte. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was blendable and could be sheered out for more of a wash of color (brightening for fair to medium skin tones) or used as a base. The color lasted for nine hours on me before fading.

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Velvet Long Wear Luminous Matte Eyeshadow Melody (98)
Melody (98)
Melody (98)
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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