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ColourPop Show Me, Get Paid, Dirty Talk Creme Gel Liner & Colours


ColourPop Show Me Creme Gel Liner
ColourPop Show Me Creme Gel Liner

ColourPop Creme Gel Liner ($5.00 for 0.01 oz.) is supposed to have a “creamy” texture and “long-lasting wear” with “smooth glide for easy and comfortable waterline application.” The brand cautions not to twist-up too much product, as they are soft enough they’ll break, and I’ll reiterate that this is imperative, as the tip will easily break off if there’s much more than two or three millimeters exposed at a given time. They are creamy and glide on without skipping, and most shades are pretty opaque in a single stroke. Some shades build better than others; the metallic finish tended to be less desirable for building up. The wear ranged from seven to nine hours on the lower lash line. The lighter shades were better on the waterline, but some of the darker and blacker shades showed signs of transfer after six hours on the waterline.

ColourPop Creme Gel Colour ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) is supposed to offer the “precision of a liquid with the ease of a gel based formula.” The brand recommends to apply it with a fine synthetic brush and to avoid picking up too much product. They’re supposed to be transfer-resistant and long-wearing. The majority of the range is of a matte finish, but there are a few in the metallic finish. The metallic finish is more emollient and has more slip than the matte finish, which resulted in slightly less intense coverage that was more buildable. All of the shades dry down very quickly, and they don’t work as cream eyeshadows if you want to be able to blend out the edges at all, as they just dry down and flake away rather than smudge. The metallic finish tends to flake away if you try to blend it out, while the matte finish takes longer to do so. Some of the matte shades are drier than others, and some are very pigmented and others need two to three layers of product to achieve true-to-pan intensity. The wear ranges from eight to twelve hours with some shades thinning more noticeably than others.

ColourPop Show Me Creme Gel Liner ($5.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “vivid true copper.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery brown with a metallic sheen. It had opaque coverage in a single pass, but it is applied best in short, quick strokes rather than in layers (or back-and-forth motions) to maximize the opacity. The consistency is creamy, glides right on, and the eyeliner wore well for eight hours. Colour Pop Show Me (P, $6.00)(100% similar). Sephora Sun Tan (08) (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Scorch (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Sweet Tooth (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Smog (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Sunset (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Bountiful Brown (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Stila Gilded (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Brassy (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Show Me Creme Gel Colour ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “vivid true copper.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery brown with a metallic sheen. It has a more emollient texture compared to the matte shades in the formula, but it isn’t really slippery or too wet to work with. It worked better applied more heavily and then pulled out, but it can be layered as long as you use a finer brush–nothing fluffy or else it will flake off the product already applied. The color wore well for ten hours before starting to fade. Colour Pop Show Me (P, $5.00)(100% similar). Sephora Sun Tan (08) (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Gilded (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Sunset (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Scorch (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Smog (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Bountiful Brown (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Brassy (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Get Paid Creme Gel Liner ($5.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “metallic rose gold.” It’s a medium copper with warm, red undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color coverage in a single pass, and it layered well without skipping on the lash line. The color wore well for eight hours on me. The pencil version seems slightly lighter/more metallic than the pot version. Colour Pop Get Paid (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Trick (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Copper (05) (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Sunset (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Copperthorn (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Get Paid Creme Gel Colour ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “metallic rose gold.” It’s a medium copper with warm, red undertones and a metallic sheen. The pot version has more depth and a richer tone to it than the pencil. It seemed quite emollient, so it was harder to apply in a really opaque line (using a fine synthetic brush), but it was very pigmented when applied with a flat, firm synthetic brush. The color wore well for nine and a half hours, but it seemed prone to flaking off in small chunks after that, which was annoying to catch in my eye. Colour Pop Get Paid (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Trick (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Sunset (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Copper (05) (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Copperthorn (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Dirty Talk Creme Gel Liner ($5.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “soft metallic gold.” It’s a light-medium, antique gold with subtle, brown undertones and a metallic sheen. The pencil version seems brighter and less brown compared to the pot. It had great color payoff in a single pass, and it was nicely creamy without sliding around. The color wore well for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Dirty Talk (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals 5AM (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Stargazer (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Dirty Talk Creme Gel Colour ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “soft metallic gold.” It’s a light-medium, muted gold with warm, brown undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, though not fully opaque without two layers, paired with a creamy, lightly emollient consistency that glided on fairly evenly. The color wore well for ten hours on me, and it didn’t come away in flakes (just faded/thinned). Colour Pop Dirty Talk (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Stargazer (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Gilt Gourmet (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Crème Gel Liner Show Me
Show Me
Show Me
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Colour Pop Crème Gel Colour Show Me
Show Me
Show Me
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Colour Pop Crème Gel Liner Get Paid
Get Paid
Get Paid
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Colour Pop Crème Gel Colour Get Paid
Get Paid
Get Paid
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Colour Pop Crème Gel Liner Dirty Talk
Dirty Talk
Dirty Talk
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Colour Pop Crème Gel Colour Dirty Talk
Dirty Talk
Dirty Talk
A

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Urban Decay Cosmic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Cosmic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set
Urban Decay Cosmic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Cosmic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set ($29.00 for 0.14 oz.) includes five, travel-sized eyeliners that range from classic black to pearly white to brown. The holiday set contains $66.67 worth of eyeliner–not a bad value (these are 0.8g or 0.0282 oz. each, and full-sized eyeliners are 1.2g or 0.0423 oz. / $20.00 each or $472.81/oz.). The formula is consistent with the 24/7 formula overall, though Cosmic fell short.

Zero is a medium black with neutral undertones and a semi-matte finish., It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was lightly creamy without tugging on the lash line. It wore well for eight hours on me. This shade is part of the brand’s permanent range. NARS Night Clubbing (P, $24.00)(100% similar). Laura Mercier Noir (P, $24.00)(100% similar). Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Black Walnut (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted, less pigmented (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Jet (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Obsidian (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Definitely Black (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Obsidian (P, $9.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Graphblack (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Jet (LE, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Black Ice (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Via Veneto (P, $24.00)(100% similar). Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Smolder (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Midnight (LE, $15.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stag is a muted, deep brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color coverage in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two layers. The texture was lightly creamy with a slight waxiness that helped it glide across the skin without dragging. On me, the liner lasted for almost nine hours. It was part of Naked on the Run, but this version is much darker and creamier–more pigmented. NARS Last Frontier (P, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Demolition (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Lowlights (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Corrupt (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Smokeout (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Express-Oh! (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Crave (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Call Me (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Underground (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Diving in Malaysia (18) (P, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Rock 'n' Roll Bride (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Wholesome (DC, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Local Wares (DC, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Demolition (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Added Goodness (DC, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Long Espresso (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Stomper (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cosmic is a bright, pearly white with neutral undertones. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was on the drier side, so it applied unevenly and thickened on itself in places. If it had been creamier, it could have brightened the lash line well. The color lasted for eight hours before fading. Zoeva The Truth (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Crystal Gun (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Trick is a slightly muted, medium-dark copper brown with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had great, opaque coverage in a single stroke, and it had a creamy consistency that applied smoothly and evenly without tugging on the lash line. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Colour Pop Get Paid (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cockiness (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Sunset (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Get Paid (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Copperthorn (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Copperthorn (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Supply is a medium-dark, burgundy-brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation in one pass, but it was fully opaque after two layers. The texture was lightly creamy without being too waxy or too slippery, so it still had good wear at eight and a half hours but didn’t drag on the skin. MAC Raven (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Broque (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Lionfish (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Gentrified (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Holiday 2015 Set Cosmic
Cosmic
Cosmic
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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B+

Zero

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Stag

Limited Edition
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Cosmic

Limited Edition
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Trick

Limited Edition
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Supply

Limited Edition
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MAC x Guo Pei Fluidlines

MAC Blue Fountain Fluidline
MAC Blue Fountain Fluidline

MAC Blue Fountain Fluidline ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dark green blue.” It’s a medium-dark blue with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two to three layers. On me, it lasted for twelve hours without fading or migrating. MAC Mountain Air (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Blue Peep (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Darkness of Calm Fluidline ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dark espresso.” It’s a muted, blackened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish–just a little sheen to it. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly creamy consistency that was easy to draw lines with but didn’t take forever to set. Once dry, the color lasted for twelve hours with no movement or breakdown. Colour Pop Bustier (LE, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Smokeout (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Local Wares (DC, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Lowlights (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Avenue (DC, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Last Frontier (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Bustier (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Palm Tree Fluidline ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “charcoal with pearl.” It’s a dark gray with silver and bluish-teal pearl. It had mostly opaque coverage with a moderately creamy consistency that applied well without skipping or dragging. It had the same long-wear (twelve hours) that I typically get with Fluidlines. MAC Metropolis (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Clay (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Steelpoint (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Gris Scintillante (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Stone)Fox (58) (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Starry Sky (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Stila Triggerfish (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Guo Pei Fluidline Blue Fountain
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Guo Pei Fluidline Darkness of Calm
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Guo Pei Fluidline Palm Tree
Palm Tree
Palm Tree
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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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). MAC Swamped (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty O(vert) (56) (P, $25.00) is warmer (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. 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
B-

Permanent

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
B+

Permanent

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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