Laura Mercier Gilded Gold, Orchid, Plum, Seashell Caviar Sticks

Laura Mercier Gilded Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a dirtied, medium yellowed gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage but was more challenging to blend for me. It seemed prone to skipping on the skin, and it was one that applied a lot better with a separate brush (try a flat, synthetic one). It wore well for nine hours before creasing. Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Metallic (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Cheap Date (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Old Gold (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is brighter, more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Thrasher (P, $21.00) is brighter, more pigmented, better quality (90% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Goldmine (LE, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sugarpill Goldilux (P, $13.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Buxom 24KT Stilettos (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Gold (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Sephora Collection Girls Night Out (03) (P, $13.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #11 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Laura Mercier Gilded Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Gilded Gold
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
9.5
Application
4
Total
77%
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MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadows (2015)

MAC Black Sands Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black with green pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black with light blue and green pearl paired with neutral-to-cool undertones. It had semi-sheer coverage, and it was really patchy/difficult to blend as it never looked even. It lasted for seven hours before creasing. Viseart Diane (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Lancome My French #9 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Sugarpill Stella (P, $13.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (90% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, better quality (90% similar). CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (90% similar). MAC Black Tied (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #5 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Buxom Black Lab (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Volcano Fairy Wren (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (90% similar). Chanel Mirifique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Black Sands Electric Cool Eyeshadow
MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow Black Sands
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
3.5
Total
71%
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ColourPop Throws It Back Fall 2015 Super Shock Shadows (Part 2)

ColourPop Mixed Tape Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone cool grey.” It’s a medium, purple-taupe with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to use and applied very true-to-pan. The wear was fantastic–there was no fading or creasing after ten hours of wear. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 6 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Collection Swell (P, $13.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Cherie (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Romp (P) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Bluff (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Wrapped in Silk (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Aristocratic Aura (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Rose Garden #5 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Up Too Slate (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Candied Violet (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Espresso (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Super Shock Shadows
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Mixed Tape
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%
Limited Edition
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ColourPop Throws It Back Fall 2015 Super Shock Shadows (Part 1)

ColourPop Supermodel Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft golden ivory.” It’s a brightening, light-medium golden beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, blendable, and smooth texture that applied easily to the lid and didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain White Sand (LE, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Mixologist (P) is lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Elektron (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Fizz the Season (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Crystal Spark (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ricepaper (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Quadrille #2 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Super Shock Shadows
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Supermodel
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%
Limited Edition
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Dior Addict Fluid Shadows

Dior Addict Fluid Shadow ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new, limited edition liquid eyeshadow formula available in five shades. It’s supposed to be a “lightweight, fluid eye shadow” that can be used “as a liner or as allover shadow” that is long-wearing with “enamel shine.” If you’re not a fan of liquid eyeshadow, I don’t suspect these will be converting you any time soon. The texture is thin and watery. They’re very, very difficult to work with, and they do not layer, blend, or dry down well on the lid; they tend to crack and flake off in chunks. If you attempt to layer, the next layer will lift the color underneath it, and the second layer won’t stick to anything. The only way to wear these was by applying a small dab on the center of lid and then using a fingertip to blend to the point where the color wasn’t noticeable and only some shimmer remained. I don’t recommend using the applicator, as it applies a lot of product and makes it difficult to achieve precision. These were a complete disappointment with no redeeming qualities.

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Dior Dior Addict Fluid Shadow
Dior Dior Addict Fluid Shadow Cosmic (275)
F
Product
3
Pigmentation
4
Texture
6
Longevity
6
Application
2
Total
47%
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Chanel Rouge-Gorge & Fleur de Pierre Illusion d’Ombres

Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) Illusion d’Ombre Velvet Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark gray with cool undertones and fine blue and silver pearl. Chanel’s not the first brand to take liberty with the world “matte” (“the best-loved, gel-cream shadow goes matte”), but this is certainly not matte–there is quite a bit of shimmer in this shade. The texture was noticeably drier with a very thin consistency that made blending more difficult, as the color appeared patchy and uneven. It’s better used at its semi-opaque intensity and then built-up to mostly opaque coverage. It wore for eight hours before creasing slightly. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is lighter. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE, ) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Santeria (LE, ) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Hourglass Graphite #4 (P, ) is darker. Urban Decay Dagger (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Slanted (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Buxom Cool Caviar (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) Illusion d'Ombre Cream Eyeshadow
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Velvet Long Wear Luminous Matte Eyeshadow Fleur de Pierre (106)
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
3.5
Total
76%
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