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LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencils

LORAC Aqua Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil
LORAC Aqua Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil

LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, waterproof pencil eyeliner that is “highly pigmented.” It’s a decent formula, but there are better ones on the market–for a late entry in the market like this, I wanted these to perform better. They’re water-resistant, but they will smudge somewhat if you rub or apply pressure to them with any water–if you just dabbed with a tissue (e.g. you teared up), they hold up fine. The overall wear was on the shorter side, averaging between seven and eight hours, with a waxy consistency that glided well across the skin but sometimes had a faded, muted look applied.

LORAC Aqua Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a muted blue with a hint of green–not enough to be a teal–and silver sparkle. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one stroke, and it didn’t build up too much beyond that, though it was fairly even applied. It wore well for seven hours before noticeably smudging. Kat Von D Dali (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Sweet Star (LE, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Siahi (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

LORAC Dark Green Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a muted, dark forest green with subtle, warm olive undertones and lighter gold and emerald green shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, but it was creamy enough that the color built up well to mostly opaque coverage without becoming uneven. I liked this one the most out of the three I bought. NARS Night Porter (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Sephora Go For a Ride (P, $10.00) is brighter, more pigmented, better quality (95% similar). Urban Decay Zodiac (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty O(vert) (56) (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Swamped (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Midnight Green (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

LORAC Nude Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff in one go, and it had a light-medium creaminess to it that made it easy to apply to the lash line without tugging. I only got seven hours of wear out of this shade before it had migrated/smudged. Kat Von D Swanly (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Rue Bonaparte (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Risque (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop HoneyDude (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nude (P, $9.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil Aqua
Aqua
Aqua
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total
LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil Dark Green
8.5
Product
6
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total
LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil Nude
Nude
Nude
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliners

Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner
Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner

Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner ($14.00 for 0.0176 oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wearing, smudge-proof gel” pencil available in ten “intensely pigmented matte shades.” It’s a twist-up pencil, so you’ll notice that they contain less product than the Contour Eye Pencils (which require sharpening). All five shades I tested were mostly matte, semi-opaque to fully opaque in pigmentation, and long-wearing. The texture varies between very lightly creamy (just enough not to tug) and lightly creamy, but they’re not slippery or wet at all. Wear time varies from eight to ten hours with light thinning overall but no smudging or migration. When I wore them in the shower, they seemed fairly waterproof! I prefer the regular Contour Eyeliners a bit more, as I get longer wear and they’re a little creamier (but not slippery), though these are nice, particularly for some of the more unique shades in the range.

Sephora All Black Everything Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner ($14.00 for 0.0176 oz.) is described as a “matte black.” It’s a medium black with a mostly matte finish. It was slightly drier than other shades I tried, and it had semi-opaque coverage in a single stroke. It was buildable to opaque coverage in two layers and lasted for nine hours on me. Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) (P, $37.00) is darker. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Graphblack (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Smolder (P, $16.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Blackened Black (LE, $20.00) is darker, less glossy. bareMinerals Midnight (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Blacktrack (P, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Puro Amor (P, $10.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (P, ) is cooler. Hourglass Obsidian (P, $16.00) is darker. Ardency Inn Black (P, $19.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet (P, $15.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Black Velvet (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy. Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Definitely Black (P, $20.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more:
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Sephora Beautiful Monster Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner ($14.00 for 0.0176 oz.) is described as a “matte lime green.” It’s a brightened, yellowed chartreuse with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It is lightly creamy, so it glides on well without tugging and deposits good pigmentation in a single pass. It wore well for nine hours on me. MAC Colour Matters (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Sourpuss (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sephora On Wednesdays We Wear Pink Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner ($14.00 for 0.0176 oz.) is described as a “matte pink.” It’s a brightened, magenta pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff in one stroke (which is always impressive) and was just creamy enough to apply without tugging but stayed in place well for ten hours on me. No dupes for this one from my stash that I can recall!

Sephora Sea If I Care Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner ($14.00 for 0.0176 oz.) is described as a “matte blue.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark cobalt blue with a semi-matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation in one stroke and was buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two layers. This was slightly less creamy compared to other shades (but creamier than the black shade) but didn’t tug. It wore well for almost nine and a half hours on me. Ardency Inn Dark Blue (P, $19.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Royal Wink (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. NARS Most Wanted (LE, $24.00) is lighter, more muted. L’Oreal Cobalt Blue (250) (P, $8.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Sly Like a Fox Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner ($14.00 for 0.0176 oz.) is described as a “matte terra cotta.” It’s a muted, medium-dark copper with hints of red and a mostly matte finish. It had nice pigmentation in a single pass, and the texture was lightly creamy for smooth, even application and didn’t tug on the lash line. On me, the color wore well for nine and a half hours before thinning. MAC Basic Red (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter. Illamasqua Feisty (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner All Black Everything
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner Beautiful Monster
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner On Wednesdays We Wear Pink
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner Sea If I Care
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner Sly Like a Fox
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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NARS Hardwired Eye Kit

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit
NARS Hardwired Eye Kit

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six eyeshadows (0.04 oz. each) and a travel-sized eyeliner and #43 brush. As you might have discerned from the rating alone, this was a major miss for me. I’m not a fan of the Hardwired eyeshadow formula, as I find that for all its softness, it is an incredibly powdery formula that is prone to fading, sheering out during application, and often blends unevenly. The more shimmery finishes in the formula are easier to use, but the satin/matte finishes need some sort of tacky base to even have a chance of working.

Shade I (2015) is a light-medium beige with a subtle, almost cool tone to it (runs a little gray-ish) with a matte finish. It’s extremely powdery and prone to getting everywhere, both in the pan as well as on the eye. It lasted for six hours before fading. Laura Mercier Vanilla Nuts (P, $23.00) is cooler. Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE, ) is lighter. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is lighter. LORAC Nude #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Summer Breeze (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Light Study (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Nassau (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $5.99) is lighter. Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $5.99) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade II (2015) is a muted, medium-dark taupe with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It’s very powdery, thin, and doesn’t adhere well to the skin. This needs a sticky primer–desperately–to yield better color payoff as well as to last longer than the measly four hours it did. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is darker. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Cover (P, $18.00) is lighter. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is darker. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is more shimmery. Tarte Feeling Grey-t (LE, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade III (2015) is a dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft shimmer… except that it’s so powdery that the shimmer disappears and it looks more matte applied. It goes on unevenly and turns rather patchy as soon as I started to blend it on the skin. It was a complete disaster to use and had disappeared after five hours but had noticeably degraded after a mere two and a half hours. Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Chocolate Kisses (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is darker. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is less shimmery. Hourglass Obscura #4 (P, ) is warmer. Hourglass Infinity #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Saleos (P, ) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Obsessed (P, ) is more shimmery. Viseart Cool Matte #5 (P, ) is lighter. NARS Zagreb (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Black #5 (LE, ) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade IV is a soft, yellowed beige with a frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff with a soft consistency that wasn’t too powdery that applied decently to the skin, but it’s no savior for the palette as a whole. It lasted for seven hours on me. Make Up For Ever D504 Celestial Beige (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Viseart Kifu (P, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Devotion (P, ) is darker. Smashbox Flirt (P, ) is darker. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Galore (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade V is a muted, dark forest green with subtle, gold pearl over a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a smooth consistency, but I found it more challenging to blend out in the crease as it looked uneven. It wore for seven hours before fading. Too Faced Punk (P, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME310 Fir Tree Green (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade VI is a dark black with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It was slightly firmer in the pan, but it was prone to sheering out and looking blotchy on the lid. Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $5.99) is darker. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #3 (LE, $2.29) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Pandora (P, ) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Black (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is darker. Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE, ) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is warmer. Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #1 (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Jet Black (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Sephora Collection Black Lace (P, $13.00) is . First 15 dupes, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Via de Martelli is a medium-dark, mahogany brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a satin finish. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke but was buildable to opaque coverage with two layers. It lasted for eight hours on me before thinning. Stila Spice (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Stila Lionfish (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Stila Lionfish (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Stila Espresso (P, $20.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Tiramisu (P, $9.00) is warmer. MAC Gentrified (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented, warmer. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Brown Border (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Rich Ground (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Eyeshadow Palette

NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette
NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette

NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette ($65.00 for 0.41 oz.) is a medium-sized (but thicker) palette that houses eight eyeshadows and a travel-sized eyeliner. The first row of eyeshadows are matte, while the second row of eyeshadows are shimmery. Long-time readers will know that I find NARS eyeshadows to be extremely hit or miss with more misses than hits, and I’m not a big fan of this palette either. The formula is described as “highly pigmented, long-wearing, crease-resistant” and that they “blend effortlessly.” They are generally semi-sheer to semi-opaque and run either a little powdery or stiff enough that they’re uneven and harder to blend. The darker mattes tend to look patchy applied, no matter what tool I use to blend.

Nassau is described as a “creamy French vanilla.” It’s a light-medium beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly powdery consistency that lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. As you might expect, it’s a basic shade, which makes some sense to include in the palette (though it will never suit all skin tones), there are a lot of dupes for it as well. NARS Biarritz (P, $24.00) is darker. NARS Madrague #1 (P, $24.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Laura Mercier Vanilla Nuts (P, $23.00) is less shimmery. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is lighter. LORAC Buff (P, ) is warmer. Dior Sundeck #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maya Bay is described as a “rosy clay.” It’s a muted, medium brown with a mostly matte finish. You can see tiny flecks of shimmer in the pan, but almost none of it shows up even in a swatch, let alone on the eye. It had decent color coverage with a soft but not too firm texture, so it wasn’t too difficult to use. It lasted for seven hours. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is darker. LORAC Taupe (P, ) is darker. MAC Rose Cloud (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Charming #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is darker. Kat Von D Glasswing (P, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Glasswing (P, ) is warmer. LORAC Lt. Brown (P, ) is darker. Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE, ) is lighter. Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #3 (P, ) is darker. Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE, ) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ithaca is described as a “warm nougat.” It’s a softened, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish that has a smidgen of white sparkle sprinkled in it. The sparkle doesn’t really bind with the powder, so most of it is lost either as fall out or gets trapped in the brush. It lasted for seven hours on me and was slightly patchy when blended. MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. NARS Galapagos (P, $24.00) is warmer. NARS Flowers 3 #4 (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. Anastasia Chocolate (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Hourglass Obscura #4 (P, ) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Solas (P, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $18.00) is more muted. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is lighter. LORAC Chocolate (P, ) is darker, more muted, cooler. Sephora Collection #tbt (P, $13.00) is darker. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. Dior Sundeck #5 (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dogon #2 is described as a “charcoal black.” It’s a deepened, medium-dark black with subtle navy-ish shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It was semi-sheer and powdery, which made it difficult to blend on the lid as it looked uneven and patchy. It lasted for seven hours on me. When swatched, it looks quite similar (and ultimately has the same effect in a look) as Heraklion, so I have no idea why they included both. (This is part of the permanent duo, Dogon.) Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Black Star (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. LORAC Indigo (LE, ) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P, ) is darker. Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Onyx (LE, ) is more shimmery. Viseart Charbon (P, ) is more shimmery. NARS Heraklion (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Tornay (P, ) is darker. bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is darker. Anna Sui Diamond Blue (LE, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Mandchourie #1 is described as a “golden-infused denim.” It’s a medium-dark, bluish-gray with lighter gold shimmer. The base color was semi-sheer, while the shimmer blended off of the base color so it ended up looking rather matte. You would need a tacky, white base to make this work decently. It faded quickly and had noticeably faded by the fifth hour, and I had a gaping hole in my look after eight hours. This is part of the permanent Manchourie duo, and the one I had when I reviewed the duo (years ago) performed better. Too Faced Chimney (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Hello Kitty 1974 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Hello Kitty 1974 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Dios (LE, ) is brighter. Colour Pop Tink (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Rouge Bunny Rouge Trumpeter Koel (P, $19.00) is brighter, cooler. Viseart Cool Matte #8 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Lovey Dovey (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bonifacio is described as a “pink sand with shimmer.” It’s a soft, light-medium golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had decent to good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture and was one of the better performing shades in the palette. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Giorgio Armani #10 #2 (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced New Romantic (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Stila Kitten (P, ) is lighter. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Truth (P, $5.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #10 (P, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Natural Vigor #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarte Go for the Gold (LE, ) is darker, more muted. Cle de Peau Satin Moon #1 (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Zagreb is described as a “chocolate-infused with raspberry shimmer.” It’s a dark, chocolate brown with warm, yellow undertones and gold and red sparkle. It had good pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled texture, but it was still a little challenging to blend out as it tended to turn patchy. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Well Put Together (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented, lower quality. Too Faced Yule Log (LE, $16.00) is warmer. NARS Baalbek (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever S622 Black Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Obsessed (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Mekong (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Heraklion is described as a “starry night.” It’s a faded, matte black with silver sparkle over a matte base. The eyeshadow is powdery, uneven, and patchy applied to the skin, and it primarily looks like a matte black applied as the sparkles do not bind with the powder itself. It lasted for seven hours before fading. Sugarpill Stella (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Indigo (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Rouge Bunny Rouge Volcano Fairy Wren (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Black Star (LE, ) is more shimmery. Viseart Charbon (P, ) is more shimmery. LORAC Onyx (LE, ) is more shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Night Clubbing is described as a “black with gold pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black with gold sparkle. It had so-so pigmentation in a single stroke that was buildable to opaque color in two to three layers. It lasted for eight hours before migrating on me. Kat Von D Black Metal Love (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, cooler. MAC Blitz & Glitz (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Stila Stargazer (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Absolute Black (P, ) is warmer. Sephora Collection Clubbing Stilettos (P, $9.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Zero (P, $19.00) is . Urban Decay Smokeout (LE, $19.00) is darker. MAC Local Wares (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Avenue (LE, $16.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Kat Von D Dali, Nerdrum, Nietzsche Ink Liners

Kat Von D Ink Liner
Kat Von D Ink Liner

Kat Von D Ink Liner ($19.00 for 0.019 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a waterproof liquid eyeliner that wears for up to 24 hours (I only tested for sixteen) with “bold lines with instant color lay-down.” None of the three I bought to try were that opaque, and they’re really very runny when applied to the skin, so they sometimes spread out into the “lines” on the skin (it will depend on your skin type and how your skin is in the area). The biggest issue I had with these is that you can’t intensify the eyeliner, and it’s hard to correct any mistakes, because if you go over the same area with the felt-tip, it erases the color and becomes even more difficult to get even, smooth coverage in that area.

Kat Von D Dali Ink Liner ($19.00 for 0.019 fl. oz.) is described as a “teal.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark blue-teal with a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that wasn’t buildable to greater coverage. It is better applied over your eyeshadow (like winged eyeliner, after you’ve finished your eyeshadow look) than over bare skin, as it really had a tendency to bleed. Once dried, it lasted for sixteen hours with little flaking, and it did seem waterproof. MAC Siahi (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Blue Peep (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Take the Plunge (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Chanel Sweet Star (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Mountain Air (P, $20.00) is cooler. Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. Estee Lauder Electric Teal (LE, $20.00) is darker, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Nerdrum Ink Liner ($19.00 for 0.019 fl. oz.) is described as a “sea blue.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage, but you have to be very, very careful or else it seems to erase what you put down. I had better luck trying to ramp up the coverage while it was still drying than when it had dried down. It had one or two flakes off over a sixteen hour period. MAC Deep Blue Sea (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Mountain Air (P, $20.00) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Glamorous Thief (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Nietzsche Ink Liner ($19.00 for 0.019 fl. oz.) is described as a “periwinkle.” It’s a brightened, cornflower blue that leans purple with a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage when applied, and it was sort of buildable, but it was difficult to get the coverage to be even if you used more than one stroke. It lasted for sixteen hours with a couple of flaked off pieces (hardly noticeable). MAC Royal Wink (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Most Wanted (LE, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Ink Liner Dali
Dali
Dali
6
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
74%
Total
Kat Von D Ink Liner Nerdrum
Nerdrum
Nerdrum
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
70%
Total
Kat Von D Ink Liner Nietzsche
Nietzsche
Nietzsche
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
79%
Total

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Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliners

Stila Turquoise Smudge Stick Eyeliner
Stila Turquoise Smudge Stick Eyeliner

Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a twist-up pencil eyeliner (no sharpening required) that comes in a variety of shades. Last year (seriously, in June 2014!), I bought a ton of them, and I’ve been slowly working my way through them since. I’m trying to make a serious dent into my backlog (about 13,000 photos), so hope you enjoy this mega-review! 🙂

Stila Alpine Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “matte pure white.” It’s a brightened, medium white with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke an was buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two to three layers. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Black Amethyst Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “matte black purple.” It’s a blackened plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, but it was drier and harder to build up the color–it looked very unevenly and tended to layer on itself so some parts would be opaque and others would be sheerer. It wore well for eight hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Bluefin Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “vibrant blue sheen.” It’s a blackened navy blue with lighter warmer blue and medium blue sparkle and shimmer. The shimmer has a rather metallic sheen, but the base color is uneven and patchy at times. The texture wasn’t as creamy as the best Smudge Sticks. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Espresso Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “matte medium brown.” It’s a medium brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a matte finish. The texture was creamy and glided on beautifully with opaque color coverage in a single pass. It wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Gilded Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “metallic golden bronze.” It’s a light-medium, golden copper with hints of brown and a metallic sheen. The formula was lightly creamy, and it was incredibly pigmented with full coverage in one stroke. On me, the eyeliner wore well for eight and a half hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Jade Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as an “emerald green shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, green-based teal with a pearly sheen. It was semi-opaque in one pass, but it was lightly creamy and buildable to full opacity in two layers. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Lionfish Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze sheen.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark reddish-brown with burgundy and gold shimmer that gives it a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single pass, but it was buildable to opaque color in two layers. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Metallic Umber Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “metallic grey smoke.” It’s a medium-dark, taupe-brown with warm,r eddish undertones and a pearly sheen with a faint bit of silver sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two to three layers. The texture was lightly creamy and didn’t tug at the lash line, while the color lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Midnight Blue Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “matte deep navy.” It’s a muted, navy blue with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was creamy with some slip, and it seemed to go on rather unevenly. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Midnight Green Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “black emerald green.” It’s a really muted, murky olive green with warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single layer, while it was fairly buildable, it was never fully opaque. On me, it started to thin after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Purple Tang Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “dark purple sheen.” It’s a blackened purple with cooler, violet shimmer and sparkle that gives it a more metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage, but it looked splotchy and uneven to a noticeable degree. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Sepia Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “metallic taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s too warm to be pewter nor taupe to me. The texture was very creamy and soft, which helped it yield greater color payoff, but it was almost too soft and required a very light touch or else the eyeliner was prone to breakage. It lasted for eight and a half hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Spice Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “matte mahogany brown.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned brown with a satin finish. The texture was creamy and almost wet initially, and it glided on well but wasn’t fully opaque in one stroke. It was buildable to full opacity with two layers. On me, the eyeliner stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Stargazer Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “black and gold with silver pearl.” It’s a muted black with warm undertones and a dusting of silver sparkle. It had a drier consistency that made it semi-sheer in one pass, though it was fairly buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two to three layers. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Triggerfish Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “steel grey sheen.” It’s a medium-dark gray with silver sparkle that gives it a slightly metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single layer, and the slightly drier, more sparkly texture made it harder to build evenly. It stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Turquoise Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “light turquoise.” It’s a brightened, light-medium aqua that leans slightly blue (it’s cooler in tone) with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage in a single pass, and the texture was creamy and glided on evenly. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Alpine
Alpine
Alpine
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Black Amethyst
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Purple Tang
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Sepia
Sepia
Sepia
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Spice
Spice
Spice
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Stargazer
Stargazer
Stargazer
7
Product
5.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
73%
Total
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Triggerfish
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Turquoise
Turquoise
Turquoise
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Bluefin
Bluefin
Bluefin
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
72%
Total
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Espresso
Espresso
Espresso
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Gilded
Gilded
Gilded
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Jade
Jade
Jade
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Lionfish
Lionfish
Lionfish
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Metallic Umber
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Midnight Blue
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Midnight Green
8
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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