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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag ($42.50 for 0.50 oz.) includes a full-sized eyeshadow, cream eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara.  The three color products coordinated well together, but the Pro Longwear Paint Pot left something to be desired with regards to pigmentation and blendability, as it had a lot of slip, which gave it sheerer, uneven coverage in practice.

Value

  • Extra Dimension Eyeshadow: $20.00 for 0.04 oz.
  • Pro Longwear Paint Pot: $22.00 for 0.17 oz.
  • Technakohl Liner: $18.00 for 0.012 oz.
  • Mascara: $23.00 for 0.28 oz.
  • Total Value: $83.00

Fathoms Deep is a muted, dark purple with a metallic sheen and cool undertones. It had mostly opaque coverage dry, though it wasn’t quite as deep, and it wore well for six hours. Applied damp, it was fully opaque and wore well for eight hours. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Feel the Fever (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #25 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). MAC Frost at Midnight (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Bae (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Grand Galaxy (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE, ) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). L'Oreal Purple Priority (758) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Saint Germain (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). MAC Lapisluxe #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is lighter (80% similar). MAC leap #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #2 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Sephora Adi (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Ardency Inn Purple Hearts (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek High Wire (P, $9.99) is lighter (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dream Scene is a light-medium, silvery blue with cooler undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was just so-so, which I expect is a result of the really emollient, thinner consistency, so it was very prone to sheering out and looking somewhat uneven. It was best as a sheerer wash of color or used as a base underneath powder eyeshadows. On its own, the color wore well for 12 hours, which is great wear but shy of the 15 hours claimed. MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Just Breathe #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is brighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Silver (20) (P, $4.49) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Hydrangea Hype (135) (LE, $6.99) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Shellshock (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Cool Crush (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Iced Blue (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Buxom Chihuahua (P, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Seashore Frosts (LE, $6.99) is darker (80% similar). YSL Wet Blue (10) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Graphblack is a medium-dark black with a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and the consistency was soft enough to glide across the lash line without tugging, but it is not so creamy that it slides around. The eyeliner wore for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00)(100% similar). MAC Definitely Black (P, $20.00)(100% similar). Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00)(100% similar). NARS Via Veneto (P, $24.00)(100% similar). Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) (P, $37.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora All Black Everything (P, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Flourish Me Deep (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Swerve (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Perfect Black (P, $18.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Engraved (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Blacktrack (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Black Moon (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Superfly (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Zoeva Black to Earth (P, $7.50) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Eye Bag Smoky Eye Bag
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8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
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NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set

NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set
NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set

NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set ($39.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains three miniature sized twist-up cream eyeshadows and a miniature sized mascara. I haven’t had great luck with the Velvet Shadow Stick formula, as they are harder to blend and work with on the lid and have shorter-wear (five to six hours). They tend to work best for me as an eyeshadow base rather than as a standalone eyeshadow, though the shades that are closer to the skin tone and have some pearl are the easiest to use as-is. My experience with these three was consistent with past experience–shorter wear and harder to blend and even out on the skin.

Formula Overview

  • Velvet Shadow Stick: $28.00 for 0.05 oz. or $560.00/oz.
  • Mascara: $26.00 for 0.32 oz. or $81.25/oz.
  • Set Value: $50.40 worth of cream eyeshadow, $9.75 worth of mascara
  • Total Value: $60.15

Lucid Dream is a light-medium, golden brown with warm, golden shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to medium coverage. The consistency was somewhat creamy with slight drag across the skin. It was blendable for a few seconds initially but then became harder to diffuse and even out. It started to crease after six hours of wear. Chanel Talpa (14) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Burberry Nude (No. 002) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Infinity (751) (LE, $31.00) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Spotlight (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D 3AM (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Topaz (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Doe (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Crushed Clove (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Suspect (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Santorini (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Hourglass Exposure #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Laura Mercier Moonlight (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Viseart Gitte (P, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Real Surreal is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm, brownish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one pass, but it was creamy enough that it layered to opaque coverage in two to three passes. The consistency was fairly easy to maneuver around the curve of the lid, but it was hard to get soft, diffused edges, even when I used fingertips to blend. It lasted for five and a half hours before creasing on me. Tarte Show Plum Love (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S832 Ash Plum (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Dior Feel #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Garnet (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Higher Power (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hello Kitty Celebrate (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS China Seas #2 (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Plumifique (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Cherrywood (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Chantecaille Starfish (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Frock Talk (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Scarlet (LE, $14.00) is darker (85% similar). Smashbox Headline (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Catch Me If (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nunavut is a rich, deep purple with cooler undertones and a satin shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, but the consistency was so creamy that the color tended to move around as I applied it, so it was hard to get an even layer of coverage. I had the best luck applying one layer, trying to even it out with my fingertip, and then applying another layer on top, but it still looked patchy in places. The color started to crease after five hours on me and migrated towards the corners of my eyes. MAC Lover In Me (LE, $16.00) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Tarte Le Cordon Bleu (LE, ) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). bareMinerals In Vogue (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Inglot #377 (P, $6.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Ron Ron Run (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Donna, 8 Track, White Rabbit, Static Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Studio 1400 Super Shock Shadow Set
ColourPop Studio 1400 Super Shock Shadow Set

ColourPop Studio 1400 Super Shock Shadow Set ($18.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes four cream eyeshadows. You can also purchase the shades individually if all four do not appeal to you. I’ve always liked the Super Shock Shadow formula, because when it’s good, it’s really good–pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable. They are a cream formula, and I find it works best with flat, synthetic brushes over fluffier brushes, though I’ll use a fluffier brush for crease work or blending.

Donna is a rich, medium-dark emerald green with a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was fully opaque, while the eyeshadow had a smooth, lightly creamy texture that felt spongy, thin, but remained opaque on the lid when applied with a flat, synthetic brush. It lasted for ten hours on me. Kat Von D Scarab (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Indo (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Spruced (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Double Feature #4 #1 (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Central Perk (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hello Kitty Three Apples (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Emerald Power (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). NYX Seafoam Green (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Fyrinnae Jaguar (DC, $6.75) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

8 Track is a medium-dark olive brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a fine, metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a smooth, lightly emollient consistency–it felt wetter to the touch than other Super Shock Shadows–but applied beautifully to the lid with even coverage. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading on me. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Spectacular (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #1 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Safari (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Psyche (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Fiction (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Estee Lauder Metal Saffron (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC In the Meadow #4 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Spread the Wealth (LE, $16.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 8 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Amazon #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Don't Settle (LE, $16.00) is more muted (85% similar). theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Mosaic (P, $37.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

White Rabbit is a muted, medium-dark copper with warm, brown undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. This shade had a few larger sparkles to it than the other shades, which were more pearlized. The consistency was smooth, lightly emollient, and blended out nicely on the skin. I didn’t notice any fading or creasing after a ten-hour period. Marc Jacobs Beauty They Call Her (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Henna (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Doce (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Arriba (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Hector E (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Fireball (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Clueless (P, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Scorched (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Rust (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #3 (P, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Huda Beauty Trust Fund (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Brule (128) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Warning (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Static is a rich, deep plum with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had intense pigmentation with a creamy, lightweight consistency that applied well with fingertips or a flat, synthetic brush. The color blended out along the edges with ease and lasted all day long (over ten hours).
MAC Heritage Rouge (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Festive Delight (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Eclosion #4 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Brazenly (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Destinee (875) (LE, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Just Stay (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Hot MoMA (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Land of Delights (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Maroon (22M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Rosette (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Dior Magnify #5 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Scarlet (LE, $14.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Crucible (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #7 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Quad Studio 1400
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Texture
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Longevity
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Application
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Laura Mercier Layer Up Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Layer Up Caviar Stick Set
Laura Mercier Layer Up Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Layer Up Caviar Stick Set ($39.50 for 0.12 oz.) includes four miniature sized Caviar Sticks, which are cream eyeshadows in twist-up, jumbo pencil form.

Rosegold is a light-medium gold with warm, orangey undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to opaque coverage in two to three layers. The consistency was smooth, lightly creamy, and didn’t tug on the lid and laid down even color. It was blendable for about thirty seconds, and then it set and stayed in place for eight and a half hours on me. LORAC Rose Gold (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Rose Gold (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Wanderin' Free (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Steady (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Luscious (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Medium (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Skin (75S) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Sassy Bun (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Obscura #3 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Toast (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora All Aglow (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Gold Leaf (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Sandalwood (LE, $18.00) is more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Amethyst is a medium-dark plum with warmer, reddish-brown undertones and lighter, purple-taupe shimmer. It had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, and I did notice that it was cooler than the last time I swatched Amethyst–it seemed like it had more shimmer overall, too. The texture was nicely creamy; enough that it skated across the lids without skipping or dragging but did not slide around while it dried down. It wore well for nine hours before creasing on me. MAC Mortal #5 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Infinity #3 (P, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Liar (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Vintage (49M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Dusky Mauve No. 108 (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Prom Night (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Minx (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Ring-a-ling (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Ardency Inn Rose Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Aubergine is a dark plum with warmer, reddish undertones and a natural finish. It had good color payoff in a single pass, and while it wasn’t buildable to opaque coverage, it was creamy enough that it was blendable on the lid without becoming patchy. The color started to crease after eight and a half hours of wear. MAC Worthy (LE, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Colour Pop Two Much (LE, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cabernet (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Mulberry & Bright (LE, ) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is less glossy (85% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #5 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Blackberry (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Zoeva Exquisite (P, ) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). LORAC Plum (P, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Vio-let It Go (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Tarte Mancat (LE, ) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Too Faced Blackberry (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Dior Magnify #5 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Sketch (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Delectable (P, $16.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tuxedo is a deep, inky black that leaned a little cool and had a natural finish. The pigmentation was semi-opaque in one stroke, but it was buildable to opaque coverage in two layers. The texture was creamy and easy to work with on the lid for general application, but it was somewhat patchy as I diffused and blended it out. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing on me. Surratt Beauty Scandal Eyes (Cream) (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE, ) is less glossy (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #1 (P, $9.99) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Filbuste (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Khaki Design #5 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Penthouse (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Lights Down (P, ) is cooler, lower quality (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $39.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Knight (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Fall Edit Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Jinxie Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Jinxie Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Jinxie Super Shock Shadow ($6.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium gold with stronger, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, though not fully opaque, that applied smoothly and evenly to bare skin. The texture was lightweight, emollient with a wetter feel to it than some of the other Super Shock Shadows, and blended out with ease. I used a flat, synthetic brush to apply it, and I didn’t have any issues doing so. The color wore well for ten hours before creasing faintly. Tarte Hussy (LE, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Praline (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Glimmer of Gold #1 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Hype (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P, ) is darker (95% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Just In Time (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Ceska (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia 5th Ave (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (100% similar). NARS Privilege (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Suede (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Persona Goal Digger (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sun Worship (Eye Color) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Lights (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Sundazed (128K) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Elixir Super Shock Shadow ($6.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, rusty orange with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. It had intense color payoff that applied well to bare skin, and it was smooth, blendable, and worked well with synthetic brushes. The color wore for ten hours and had no signs of fading or creasing. Natasha Denona Terra (129CM) (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Criss Cross (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Hot Paprika (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom It Crowd (P, $12.00) is brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Morocco (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sidekick (P, $6.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Red Brick (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Rust (Contour) (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay He Devil (P, $19.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #8 (P, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Persia (P, $25.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Ablaze (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Poppy (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Paradox Super Shock Shadow ($6.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark berry-red with subtle, warmer undertones with cooler-toned pearl. It had full-color coverage in a single stroke, but it seemed more prone to sheering out and losing its initial richness in practice. The color didn’t turn patchy, though, which was surprising. Like most of the brand’s eyeshadows, this too lasted for ten hours and still looked the same as it did when I initially applied it. MAC Posthaste (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M844 Burgundy (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Honeymoon in Hollywood (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Sha La La (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Seeker Super Shock Shadow ($6.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, rich reddish-copper with hints of warm, brown undertones and a fine violet pearl. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth, lightly emollient but not wet or slippery, but still easily blended around the edges for a soft, diffused look. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. Viseart Warm Mattes #12 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Beverly (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Gash (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Thrilling Chase (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). NARS Flowers 1 #4 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Spicy Smoke (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Stereo Super Shock Shadow ($6.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a blackened plum with warm undertones and a light, lighter plum sparkle over a pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented with a soft, spongy texture that was smooth, lightweight, and blendable. The color applied well to my lid using a flat, synthetic brush and wore for ten hours with no fading or creasing. This shade is a repromote. Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Deep Plum (LE, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior House of Pinks #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Twilight (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #311 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Black Forest Truffle (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #17 (P, $23.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Variation #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #7 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Modern Majesty (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fig (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Doe-a-Deer (DC, $5.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Roach (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Tang Super Shock Shadow ($6.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium mauvy purple with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a smooth, spongy texture that seemed a touch drier than other shades, but it wasn’t actually dry. The texture was also denser, and the color took more effort to blend out on the lid. I felt like it was harder to get an even layer of coverage, though it was not so noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The color itself wore for a solid ten hours with little evidence of change. Jouer Aubergine (P, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Viseart Amethyst #2 (P, ) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Silk (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Heather Grey (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #5 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #15 (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #3 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Ciate Jet Setter (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Violet Gray (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). LORAC Mauve (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Bill (P, $5.00) is lighter (80% similar). Persona Chic (P, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is more like a cream-powder hybrid than traditional cream eyeshadow. If you touch it, the product feels more like a sponge or stiff mousse, as there is light give, but it doesn’t have the same emollient or thickness of traditional cream products. The texture is thinner and is manipulated on the skin more like a powder. The brand says that using fingertips yields the greatest pigmentation, and if you prefer, synthetic brushes, but I find synthetic brushes to work well for applying and still getting great pigmentation out of the majority of shades (typically the very glittery shades are ones where fingertips really do improve them).

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Jinxie
Jinxie
Jinxie
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Elixir
Elixir
Elixir
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Paradox
Paradox
Paradox
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Seeker
Seeker
Seeker
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Tang
Tang
Tang
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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Dior Revenuse, Infinity, Fahrenheit, Olympe Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior DiorShow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior DiorShow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Reveuse (271) DiorShow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($31.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a blackened navy blue with lighter blue and navy blue shimmer and sparkle. It had semi-sheer coverage, which did not build up and was difficult to blend out for an even layer of coverage. The texture felt comparable to other shades in the formula, but the intensity was lacking. Where a lighter shade might be more useful, darker shades like these look patchy and splotchy when they are so sheer. This would be best used patted over a stronger base color. It wore well for eight hours with very little fall out. Apparently, this shade was released in 2014, and it didn’t even register as familiar (perhaps because it was disappointing then and now). It is actually quite different from the original, because this one didn’t flake away and had a much cooler undertone, but it was very sheer instead. MAC No Taboos (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Violet Underground #5 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Bluebird (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Naval Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Navy (09) (P, $4.49) is lighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Apparition (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Blue Storm (LE, $21.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME224 Navy Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Cosmos (281) (P, $31.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Infinity (751) DiorShow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($31.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a light, golden brown with warm undertones and a sparkly, multi-colored shimmer finish. It had good color coverage, which was mostly opaque and built up to full coverage with just a little more product layered on top (not even a full second layer). The consistency was smooth, lightly emollient but not truly wet or slick to the touch, and blended out easily. It could easily be worn as a sheer wash of color for a bit of shimmer or as a full coverage eyeshadow. It wore well for nine hours on me. MAC Permanent Press #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Lucid Dream (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Moonlight (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Style Icon (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Doe (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Crushed Clove (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Santorini (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Schmooze (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty They Know Who (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Spotlight (LE, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). Benefit Thanks a Latte (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Gitte (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Sienna (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Suspect (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Time Keeper (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Fahrenheit (781) DiorShow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($31.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a deep brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and warmer sparkles in lighter gold and rusty brown. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which was best applied as a more opaque product (two layers), as it looked somewhat patchy and uneven when sheered out. While the underlying color didn’t crease or fade over a nine-hour period, I had some noticeable fall out. Too Faced Hot Fudge (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Steampunk (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Barlust (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Granite (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Street Cool (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Genie (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Pewter (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Aloha (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Seasonally Cool (LE, $32.50) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Olympe (871) DiorShow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($31.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a dark plum with warmer undertones and a sparkling, violet finish. It had decent color payoff, though it was not opaque, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. The issue I had with it was how dry it appeared on the skin, despite the texture feeling spongy, lightly creamy, and smooth to the touch–there was no indication from the texture itself that it was going to look dragged out and uneven around the edges, like a drier product might. It lasted for nine hours before fading on me, and I did not notice any fall out. bareMinerals Passion (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milk Makeup Silent Disco (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Raspberry (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Calabria (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). theBalm Curvy Cami (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Girlish Appeal (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #17 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Dior DiorShow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($31.00 for 0.22 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, cream-based eyeshadow with “brilliant colour.” The wear well on me, easily for eight hours and up to ten hours, and have a sponge-like consistency that doesn’t feel to wet but is not a powder either. The texture is thin, lightweight, and blendable on the skin, but the pigmentation can vary a lot from shade to shade with more recent releases tending to lean sheerer.

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow Reveuse (271) (2016)
Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow Infinity (751)
Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow Fahrenheit (781)
Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow Olympe (871)

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