Bite Beauty Nectar Multistick

Bite Beauty Nectar Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark, slightly muted purple with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Estee Lauder Shameless Violet (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $26.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Taro (LE, $26.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Ayesha (P, $20.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Twitch (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Makeup Geek Love Letter (P, $10.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bite Beauty Nectar Multistick
Bite Beauty Multistick Nectar
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
87%

Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a new finish within the Eye Tint family, which is a liquid eyeshadow formula that feels and performs like a cream but dries down to a powder-like eyeshadow within 10-15 seconds. The previously released shades in the Eye Tint formula have all had some shimmer (from pearl to glitter), and on the whole, I have quite liked them as they are fairly pigmented, long-wearing, and most are easy to use. I found the texture of the Matte shades to be similar to past shades, but I personally felt like the application was more challenging, especially with shades deeper than my natural skin tone. I can, however, see these working well as a good all-over shade and can even work as a flesh-toned base (if one of the six shades suits yours). I liked using flat, synthetic brushes over fingertips for anything that used more than one at a time, and I found the brush to apply the colors more evenly overall. What I like about the Eye Tint formula–that was present in the Matte shades–is that you can still diffuse the edges somewhat while it is dry, as it is more powder-like with better hold than a traditional powder product.

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Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Taupe Smoke (19)
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
72%
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MAC Cushy Life, Jealous Girl, Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadows

MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “light warm golden beige.” It’s a sparkling, medium copper with warm undertones. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff with a slightly drier texture that made it hard to apply it at anything more than wash of all-over color. It does make me concerned about how it might work over time, as it might get a little drier over months. The color lasted for ten hours and had faint fall out. Dior Phenix (545) (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Asteroid (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Rivage #4 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Baby It's Gold Outside (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fool's Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Dirtysweet (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Interstellar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Vision (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Soft Serve Shadow Cushy Life
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
78%
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MAC Plead Gilty, So So Saucy, Quite Yummy, Softened Up Soft Serve Shadows

MAC Plead Gilty Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “vibrant sparkling gold.” It’s a light, glittering white gold with warm, yellow tones and a very glittery finish. This was the most glittery shade out of the eleven I tested. The texture isn’t really rough going on, but it is better applied as more of a wash than trying to make it opaque on the lid. It’s buildable from sheer to semi-sheer, but it can look uneven easily. The color wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading, but there was a moderate amount of fall out over time. MAC Pastelluxe #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Stargazer (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Best Makeup (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Cashmere (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Light Year (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Chem Trail (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cool Companions #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Valley Girl (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Plead Gilty Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Soft Serve Shadow Plead Gilty
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
80%
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MAC Best Makeup, Girls Girls, Bounce Around, Put Me To Shame Soft Serve Shadows

MAC Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new, limited edition cream eyeshadow formula that’s described as “buildable colour that’s long-wearing [and] non-creasing.” They are similar to formulas like ColourPop Super Shock, Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono, Chanel Illusion d’Ombres, and MAC’s own Electric Cool–it actually made me wonder why they didn’t continue to extend that range, but worth noting: these contain far more product than Electric Cool (those were only 0.07 oz.). I would say these are most like Chanel’s, as the majority are rather sparkly and offer less coverage than ColourPop or Electric Cool (on average). The texture is sponge-like, where you can press on the surface without leaving strong indentations with your brush, but if you pressed your fingertip in it, you would see a depression and even subtle fingerprints left behind. It’s not particularly emollient; it is one of the drier types of this kind of product that I’ve encountered. Most of them aren’t dry to the point where it would impede application. They are, as described, buildable, and I think the formula is best suited for someone who likes semi-sheer washes of lighter color with a fair amount of sparkle. I get all-day wear (10+ hours) with every shade–no creasing, fading, and very little fall out. I used MAC’s 242 brush to apply these, which applied most shades well enough, but some shades would thicken and bunch up, appearing uneven, if I attempted to build up the coverage. I think the finish and end result is similar to the Foiled Eyeshadows, which were a powder formula, but those were easier to work with overall (not as long-wearing, though). The collection launches online on May 26th, in-stores June 2nd.

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MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Soft Serve Shadow Best Makeup
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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