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Makeup Geek Nostalgic, Plot Twist, Hype, Sorcery Foiled Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Nostalgic Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Nostalgic Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Nostalgic Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had chunkier shimmer in it, and it was very creamy, so it was better applied with a flat, synthetic brush and patted onto the skin and pushed into the skin, rather than swept on. It was intensely pigmented, though, and I actually liked spritzing my brush a bit after getting the product on it for faster, smoother application–it had enough pigment to stretch without losing coverage with that application method. The color started to crease on me after six hours of wear. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Love Power (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Love (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Cotton Candy (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Hot Pants (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Je t'aime (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Safe Bet Annette (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #303 (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Gamine (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Marshmallow (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Da Bling (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Plot Twist Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a bright, bluish purple with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation and a drier, flakier texture, even though it was still denser and more cream-like than a traditional powder eyeshadow. I had trouble diffusing and blending this shade out, as it tended to look patchy. It creased on me after six hours of wear. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Love Power (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Love (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Cotton Candy (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Hot Pants (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Je t'aime (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Safe Bet Annette (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #303 (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Gamine (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Marshmallow (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Da Bling (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Hype Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark purple with subtle, cool undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t as intense or as creamy as many of the other shades in the range. Thus far, the brand has struggled to put out really great purple-hued eyeshadows. It had a tendency to separate and look patchy when I blended it out, and it was best applied in pushing motions on the lid but did not work well in the crease at all. I noticed slight creasing starting at the six-hour mark. Urban Decay Flash (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose (P, $9.99) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Highly Charged (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Inglot #441 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Zip Me Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is less shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Vice (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Opaline (P, $12.00) is warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Sorcery Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a dark, bluish gray with cooler undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a cream-like, moderately dense texture where a little went a long way. I had the best luck using a flat, synthetic brush for applying and blending out the color. This shade creased faintly after seven hours of wear. MAC Emerald Dusk (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Bento Box (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #3 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Time (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sugarpill The Inventor (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Knight Divine (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Denim Smokey (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is supposed to be a hybrid between cream and powder with intense pigmentation. They are, generally, quite pigmented and have a very dense, creamy consistency that is a bit thicker and sometimes has to be pressed and worked into the skin to smooth it out (or else it looks uneven, not in color, but in actual texture). They can be gorgeous on, as they have a high-shine finish and seem richer than similarly-hued products in a more traditional powder formula. For me, the biggest downside is that they are particularly prone to creasing; it is not just something I have experienced but a more frequent comment I see from readers about it. I get creasing between five and eight hours of wear, and the only solution I’ve found is using a MAC Paint Pot underneath but thinner primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion don’t seem to help much.

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Nostalgic
Nostalgic
Nostalgic
B+

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Plot Twist
C

Permanent

7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total
Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Hype
Hype
Hype
B-

Permanent

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Sorcery
Sorcery
Sorcery
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette
LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette ($59.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes 32 (!) eyeshadows split across two finishes–matte and shimmer. The palette is an earthy take on neutrals; a little smokier, not quite as overtly warm-toned, and some colors have a subdued/muted quality to them. There are a few cooler-toned shades in the palette as well. I have found that LORAC mattes, while often silky and very soft, are powdery or dusty, which makes them harder to use in practice, as they’ll sheer out, appear dry/dusty on the lid, or fade more readily. I think the matte formula used in this year’s palette is better than last year’s–it is not as prone to kicking up a ridiculous amount of product in the pan with the barest touch of a brush, but it is still a softer, dustier formula that benefits greatly from a primer for better adherence as well as longer wear. LORAC shimmers are better and more consistent, as they are soft, a little dusty or thin, but they tend to be rather pigmented and apply fine to bare skin and last seven to eight hours. If you’re normally a fan of LORAC’s eyeshadows, I think you will enjoy this palette. If you feel like your eyelids eat LORAC matte eyeshadows, this might be better than the normal, but it might still be an issue. The Mega Pro 3 Palette should be available today exclusively at Ulta.

You can use our palette vs. palette tool to compare this palette against other neutral ones, but I have also pulled out two to get you started: Mega Pro vs. Mega Pro 3; Mega Pro 2 vs. Mega Pro 3.

Pink Cream is a pale pink with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a smooth, creamy consistency that was a smidgen dusty in the pan due to how soft it was. It wore well for seven hours before fading. MAC Yogurt (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). Stila Pale Pink (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M870 Yogurt (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Kitten (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Truth (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Lancome My French #1 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pale, Please (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Elementary Pink (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Bouthan #1 (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Wrapped Up (LE) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Chiffon (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Popcorn Strand (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Parfait (P) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Sweetness (P) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tan is a muted, light-medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was great, while the texture felt so soft that it was a little powdery, it was a lot less powdery and prone to clumping as some of LORAC’s past matte shades have been for me, so it was easier to work with. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. Smashbox Totally Nude (P) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Beautiful (LE) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Sorbet (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Laced (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Rose to the Occasion (LE) is darker (90% similar). Becca Cordial (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Base) (P) is warmer (85% similar). theBalm Feisty (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Choc-ful (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Desire (P) is brighter (85% similar). LORAC Pecan (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Malt (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Tartetini (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Amnesia Rose (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Atelier Wood Pink #3 (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Unconditional (P, $19.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Natural Beauty (LE) is darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pecan is a muted, medium-dark pinky-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which wasn’t really buildable unless you had a lightly tacky base under it. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. This shade wore well for seven hours on me. Anastasia Dusty Rose (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Strapless (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Choc-ful (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Fresco (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dusty Rose (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Tan (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Pink Mauve (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Amnesia Rose (LE, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Bois des Indes #3 (P) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Haux (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Walnut is a medium-dark, yellowed brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that was finely-milled and silky to the touch. This shade lasted for just over seven hours on me before fading noticeably. NARS Bengali (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Taupe (P) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Picnic Basket (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Heartbreaker (LE) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Toffee Crunch (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #342 (P, $6.00) is more muted (95% similar). NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Taupe (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Coco (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Mocha (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Beware (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #2 (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Faith (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Chessboard (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dusty Mauve is a muted, medium-dark lavender purple with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft enough that it had some powdery kick up when used, but it adhered better than anticipated and did not sheer out immediately upon blending it out. On me, it lasted for six and a half hours. Colour Pop Bill (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Jet Setter (LE) is warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Romance (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #116 (DC, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Violet Hour (LE) is more muted (85% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #3 (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Enchanting (P) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Orchid (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Buon Fresco (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). MAC Marzipan (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Kat Von D Silk (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Orchid Haze (LE) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Too Faced Rendezvous (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Violet Gray is a dark mauvy purple with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that was just barely dusty at times. It wore well for seven hours before fading. Zoeva Exquisite (P) is more muted (95% similar). YSL Paris #9 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Wood Pink #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte I Think I Cannes (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Silk (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Blackberry (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Dreams (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Wisteria (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tang (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Tarte For Realism (LE) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Contour) (P) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eggplant is a dark, reddish burgundy with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which applied fairly evenly and wasn’t too challenging to blend out (it could have been more forgiving, though). This shade did last longer than others at almost eight hours before it started to break down. Tarte Drama (P) is darker (95% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC I'm Into It (P, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Velvet (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Deep Damson (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Laura Mercier Aubergine (P, $28.00) is glossier (85% similar). Too Faced Double Tap (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tarte BFF (LE) is lighter, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Donut (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 20 (LE) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Fur Elise (P) is lighter (85% similar). theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Stained Glass (LE) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Cabernet (LE, $19.00) is more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Central Perk (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). LORAC Dusty Plum (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Navy is a subdued, blackened navy blue with subtle, cooler undertones and barely-there satin shimmer over a matte finish. The shimmer really wasn’t noticeable on the lid, and as a result, it looked and performed as a matte finish would. The texture was silky in feel, but it was dusty and more prone to sheering out, so this is one that would benefit from a primer. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Inglot #389 (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Midnight Kiss (LE) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Switch Me On (LE, $20.00) is brighter (95% similar). Smashbox Harbor (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Tornay (P) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #6 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Inked (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Deep Night (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Apres l'Ondee #5 (P) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Maven (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #02 (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Crepe is a light beige with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The powder felt silky and very smooth in the pan, but it had a very strong white base and tended to look whiter against my skin tone, so it’s one of those shades that might appear chalky on some complexions. It had good pigmentation with a touch of fall out during application. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P)(100% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P)(100% similar). LORAC Nude #1 (LE, $19.00) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Secret Boudoir (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Sand (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #4 (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Laetus (P) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Classic (P) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Vanilla (P) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Rock Candy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Givenchy Delicate #4 (P) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Sugar (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Damned (LE) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Toffee is a light-medium, subdued orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was moderately dusty–one of the looser shades in the palette–so it sheered out noticeably when applied to bare skin; I would definitely recommend using a primer to make this shade apply and adhere better. It had so-so color coverage and lasted for six hours. Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Beige (P) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Fawn (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Natural Peaches (LE) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Soft Peach (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Sandcastle (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). LORAC Tawny (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Stark (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Wheat (LE) is brighter (85% similar). Inglot #368 (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Samoa Silk (DC, $16.00) is brighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mist is a light, bluish gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage, which applied fairly well to bare skin, though the softness meant some dustiness, which tended to make it sheer out just a bit on the skin. It wore well for seven hours before fading noticeably on me. Sephora + Pantone Universe Ash (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Milk (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #324 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vintage is a medium brown with warm, olive undertones and a satin finish. It might be in the row of mattes, but it has a distinctive satin sheen when used, particularly as it is blended and worked onto the lid. The eyeshadow had great pigmentation that covered the skin well and lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Urban Decay Primal (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Faint (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Fall Collection 2012 #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Clarins Brown #2 (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Hot Stone Massage (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Taupe Smoke (19) (P, $39.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Noble Spirit (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Dare (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Saddle (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #3 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Star Treatment (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Navy #3 (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Cool Taupe (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Guru (P) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Jetta (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Burro (LE) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm #44 (P, $6.50) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hickory is a deep brown with subtle, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, lightly dusty texture, as it was thinner than some of the other shades, but I felt like it built up well in practice. The color seemed to start fading at the seven-hour mark. Inglot #363 (P, $6.00)(100% similar). bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Delete (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #326 (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P) is darker, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Chocolate (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Hot Stone (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC How You Thrill Me (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Malted (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Don't Turn A-Brown (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora #tbt (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Java (P) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Knock Out (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Embark (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maple is a medium-dark brown with warm, orangy undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow was intensely pigmented, while the consistency was soft, silky, and blendable without being too powdery or too firm in the pan. I noticed fading with this shade after seven and a half hours of wear. Makeup Geek Tan Lines (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Crenshaw (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cookie (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M656 Chestnut (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Unspoken (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Cabin Fever (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #4 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Nude #4 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sora (LE, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 05 (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Puree (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bark is a deep brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was firmer in the pan, so the color tended to adhere well to bare skin but was harder to blend and diffuse around the edges. It had good color payoff, though, and it wore well for eight hours. NARS Self Portrait 3 #1 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Naturally Fabulous (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Rust (Define) (P) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Leader (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Edgy (P) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte A Beautiful Degas (LE) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Violeta (LE, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Coffee Ground (P, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Corduroy (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #17 (DC, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Strong Currant (P, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Makeup & Chill (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Cabin Fever (P, $6.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Jet Black is a deep black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It was soft, lightly dusty, but it was blendable overall and didn’t have much fallout during application. The color wore nicely for seven hours before fading on me. (This shade is a repeat.) NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Cookies and Cream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE) is darker (95% similar). NARS Pandora (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Is It the Beat (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Punk (P) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (P)(100% similar). Tarte Don't Stand Black (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Black Coffee (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Righteous (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE) is darker (95% similar). Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Snow is a light, bright white with neutral-to-warm undertones and a frosted finish. The consistency was soft and fairly smooth, but it could have been less dry overall for smoother results on the lid. It had good pigmentation and wore for seven and a half hours on me. (This shade is a repeat.) Chanel Tisse Camelia #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #3 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Permanent Press #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Precious Embroidery #2 (LE) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Chillproof (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE) is lower quality (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #1 (LE) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Mortal (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #1 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Jardin #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Dreamy #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Treasure Me (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Dessert's On Me (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #5 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Vapor (LE, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Lunar Lights (P) is darker (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cava is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color coverage with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that wasn’t too soft or too firm in the pan. This shade was easy to use and apply to the eyelid. On me, it wore for just over seven and a half hours. Colour Pop XO (DC, $5.00) is darker, brighter (95% similar). MAC Natural Vigor #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Cherish (P) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Butter Pecan (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC So, So Saucy (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Vivacious (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Ciate Dainty (LE) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Left) (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Stila Sandstone (LE, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Uninhibited (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cider is a rich, medium-dark reddish copper with warm, rusty undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, denser than other shades, and very blendable on the skin–but it didn’t lose its richness easily. It had excellent pigmentation, which lasted well for eight hours. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). YSL Scandal #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Stila Rose Gold (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Stardream (LE, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). The Estee Edit Swerve (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Legend (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Nude #5 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sugarpill Penelope (P, $13.00) is brighter (90% similar). The Estee Edit Ray (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #5 (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Zoeva Pure Ganache (P) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Gold (DC, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 03 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bellini is a soft, light-medium orange with warm, yellowy undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, which was fairly easy to apply as the texture was soft–just a smidgen dusty–and blendable on the lid. The color started to fade noticeably after seven hours of wear. NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Forward March (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Platonic (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Latergram (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gingerluxe #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Wanderin' Free (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced XOXO (P) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Surface of the Sun (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Burberry Shell (003) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Galore #2 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Brown Sugar is a rich, mahogany brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The eyeshadow was richly pigmented and had a very smooth, slightly dense, and creamy consistency that blended beautifully on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. Stila Metallic Bronze (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Maroon (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Bedroom Eyes (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Whiskey (LE, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Comfort (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior Golden Savannah #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #3 (P) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Illamasqua Dart (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Pretty (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bronze (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Papilio (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Fez (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Tempting (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Synergy (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #2 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sequoia is a dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It was brighter and more shimmery compared to Brown Sugar, though they aren’t as differentiated once blended in a look. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while it had opaque color coverage that stayed strong for eight hours. Chanel Ebloui (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Illicit (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Take Root (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Cuir Cannage #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Roasted Chestnut (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #14 (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Genie (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Boy Band (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Les Fauves #1 (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Senso (10) (P, $39.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Ever Elegant (LE, $32.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Maroon (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Clinique Fuller Fudge (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Milani Bella Bronze (24) (P, $4.49) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Brass Knuckles (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glacier is a light-medium silvery gray with a soft, frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that was prone to sheering out. On me, it lasted for just over seven hours before fading. Milani Bella Silver (20) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #17 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Just Breathe #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Silver Coin (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Trompe L'Oeil (011) (LE, $31.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Tin (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Parisian Sky #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). MAC A Waft of Grey #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #4 (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Infini (P, $29.50) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Fog is a dark gray with subtle, cool undertones and satiny shimmer. It looked more like a matte eyeshadow in practice, as a lot of the shimmer got lost in the application process. The texture was thinner, dustier, and seemed to fade faster than other shades (five hours). LORAC Black (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Genre (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Do Not Disturb (P) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Indigo (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Dagger (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Architectonic #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Revolver (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #18 (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Gunmetal (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Claudia (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Diane (P) is warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Chateau (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Smoking Blue #4 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Gris Exquis (LE, $29.50) is lighter (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tulle is a light-medium peachy-pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. This shade had good color payoff with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that adhered well to bare skin and blended out without sheering out immediately. It wore well for seven hours on me. LORAC Blush (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Parfait (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Bois des Indes #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #4 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Champagne (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Glitz (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Pound Cake (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Seashell (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #10 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC MACnificent Me (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). The Estee Edit Riff (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Pixel (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pink Bronze is a medium, coppery brown with warm undertones and subtle, golden shimmer. It had decent pigmentation, but it was thinner and a bit dusty, so it sheered out when I used it on the lid. It was somewhat buildable, but it needed a primer to help the payoff. The color started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Metal Work (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Tint (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Burberry Pale Nude #2 (P, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia RTW (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Dune (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Cedar Wood (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Femme Fatale (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Right) (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Dormouse (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Twinks (P, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rust is a medium-dark, reddish copper with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The color payoff was opaque, while the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. It lasted for just over seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Warning (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Star Myth (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Doce (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Brule (128) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Oxidize (LE) is more muted (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #3 (P) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Anastasia Henna (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop White Rabbit (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Arrow (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Melonie (P) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Quartz is a dark bronze with warm, rosy undertones and a metallic finish. It had a much denser and more cream-like texture compared to the other shades; it felt different from past LORAC eyeshadows (even their metallics). There was no fallout or powderiness with this shade, and it was extremely pigmented. I had no trouble applying or blending it on the eyelid. On me, it started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Banana Cream (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #14 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Dreamlight (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Rosewood (51M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lucky Penny (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Mocha (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Lost (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Olive is a dark, olive brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that applied evenly to the skin and blended out with ease. This shade started to show signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. (This is a repeat.) Urban Decay Brokedown (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #15 (P, $33.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Biscotti (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Ritzy (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Paramaribo #2 (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Smog (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Snakebite (P, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Golden Petals Scattering (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Haute Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Subtle Blend (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Darkhorse (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Huda Beauty Dubai (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Romp (DC, $16.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (80% similar). LORAC Penny (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Roast is a muted, blackened brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a frosted sheen. It was richly pigmented and had a soft, lightly dusty consistency that didn’t kick up too much excess in the pan, and it did not lose its intensity when applied and blended out on the skin. This shade wore nicely for eight hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #6 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Clarins The Essentials #10 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Coffee Chip (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hello Kitty The Original (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #15 (P, $23.00) is better quality (90% similar). bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Beautifully Charred (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Copper Cocoa (LE, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Steampunk (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pomegranate is a bright, medium-dark red with warm, coppery undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good color coverage, but it appeared lighter and less intense swatched and applied to the lid than it did in the pan. The consistency was thinner and a bit dusty, but it was workable and wasn’t fussy when I used it. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Miss Minnie (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Curtain Call (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #9 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Salazen Grum (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Licorice is a blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The consistency was looser in the pan, so you’ll want to make sure to tap the brush off prior to applying to the lid to avoid excessive fall out during application. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied well to bare skin and blended out fairly easily. I noticed the color faded after seven and a half hours of wear. Make Up For Ever D830 Black Rose (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Tatar (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Evil Stepmother (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Starless Night (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Ardency Inn Purple Hearts (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Illusion (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

LORAC Holiday 2016 Pro Palette Mega Pro 3
Mega Pro 3
Mega Pro 3
B

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
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Guerlain Shalimar Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo
Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo ($46.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a limited edition set of shades for the holiday season. Guerlain’s weakness seems to be eyeshadows, unfortunately, and the holiday duo left much to be desired. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” with “multiple metallic reflections.” The consistency of the top shade was dry, slightly gritty, and extremely difficult to blend, while the bottom shade was looser and easier to work with but had fall out (and is, between the two, quite dupable).

Shalimar (Top) is a medium-dark, grape-hued plum base with lighter navy blue shimmer. It had a firmer press, which made getting color payoff difficult, and I could not build up the color with multiple layers, as it just didn’t stick to itself well. When I tried to blend out the color, it looked patchy, uneven, and draggy around the edges. It started to crease after six hours of wear. There was really not much to like about this shade, besides the color it was attempting to be! Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Vice (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dusty Desire (LE, $32.50) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lunacy (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Kauai #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Freakshow (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Dance Party (LE, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay ACDC (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Highly Charged (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shalimar (Bottom) is a brighter, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It is the more traditional holiday gold you’d see during the season, so while it performed better than the top shade, it is easily duped with other products rather than acquiring one dud and one decent shade for the price of $46. The texture of this shade was softer, smoother, and more blendable on the skin, but it had some fall out issues over time. It had was mostly opaque in coverage, and it lasted for seven hours before creasing. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Cumin (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #3 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Gold (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Indian Gold (44M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Metal (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is lighter (80% similar). LORAC Cashmere (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Patina (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo Shalimar
Shalimar
Shalimar
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
74%
Total
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bareMinerals The Wish List READY Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Wish List READY Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Wish List READY Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Wish List READY Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes 12 neutral-hued eyeshadows in a variety of finishes. It is housed in a fairly slim, plastic compact with a large mirror inside. If you like lighter, warmer neutrals and don’t already have them well-represented in your stash, it’s certainly a palette to consider. On the other hand, as there are numerous palettes that have been launched, there are likely many who already have these colors in their collections (this palette also included several repeats from past bareMinerals shades). Regardless of similarity to past and present neutral palettes, I would have liked to have seen more mid-tone shades and less very light all within the same palette–I feel like it would have made the palette more versatile.

Formula Overview

Ready Eyeshadow is supposed to have 12-hour wear, “vivid, pure, provocative color” that “looks like a powder, feels like a cream” and blends seamlessly. In general, I quite enjoy this formula, and it’s one of my favorites, as it is typically soft without being too powdery or dusty and more shimmery shades have a real creaminess to them. They wear between eight and twelve hours on me (without primer), blend well, and sit nicely on the skin. The majority of the shades I’ve tested in the past have been mostly opaque to opaque, but there have been a few misses over the years (not too many, though).

Value

  • Eyeshadows: $21.00 for 0.09 oz. or $233.33/oz.
  • Palette Contains: 0.48 oz.
  • Total Value: $112.00 worth of Ready Eyeshadow

Merry is a light pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm in the pan. The color wore well for nine hours on me before creasing faintly. MAC Dance Flowers Dance (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Paper Roses (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Double Feature #5 #1 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Riviera #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Treasures Untold (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Enchanted Beauty (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 17 (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Golden Flurry (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #6 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior House of Pinks #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Constellation (864) #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Pearl (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bubbles is a light-medium copper with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a frosted finish. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the consistency was smooth, buttery, and adhered well to bare skin. It wore well for ten hours on me. Anastasia Marina (LE, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Fall Leaves (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Shining Star (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Medium (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #1 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Dame (LE, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 06 (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Unbelievable (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Rigel (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Becca Champagne Toast (LE) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Come True is a muted, light-medium taupe-brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that kicked up a little excess in the pan but did not look dry on the skin. It started to fade after nine hours of wear. Giorgio Armani Nude Smoke (24) (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Force of Nature (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Granted is a muted, medium orangy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. While the pigmentation was fairly good and true-to-pan, the texture was noticeably dusty and prone to sheering out, so it was harder to apply it as an even layer of product. The wear was shorter than usual at seven and a half hours. Ciate Skinny Dip (LE)(100% similar). Tarte Force of Nature (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Tiramisu (LE, $16.00)(95% similar). Hourglass Infinity #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cake & Biscuits (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Birkin (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Clarins The Essentials #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Layin' Low (DC, $18.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Frameworthy (LE) is darker (85% similar). MAC Layin' Low (P, $18.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Ciate Unconditional (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Huda Beauty Sandalwood (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Yes Please is a medium-dark, taupe brown with warm, golden undertones and a pearly sheen. It appeared to have a grayer overtone than it seemed in the palette, and I couldn’t really tell you why; my best guess is the shimmer comes through more noticeably as it is pressed and worked into the skin than it is in the pan. The color had good pigmentation and wore for nine hours before fading. MAC Soft Steel (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Samael (P) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals True Chocolate (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Under the Mistle-taupe (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Stila Character (P) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Disintegration (P) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #3 (P) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Quartz Fume (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Romance (P) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #1 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop 3 (Three) (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC A Medley of Mauves #4 (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #3 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Eiffel for You (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). LORAC Brown (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Enhance) (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stiletto is a deep plum with lighter purple shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It is the type of finish where the shimmer is barely noticeable in action, as it seems to disappear between the pan, your brush, and the eye. The product was extremely rich in pigment, while the consistency was soft, finely-milled, and fairly blendable on the lid. It wore well for nine hours before I saw some signs of fading. Too Faced Soiree (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Contraste (132) (LE, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Rich Velvet (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Punk (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Cherry Cordial (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Sexy (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Blackberry (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Mancat (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Haute Chocolate (LE) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Last Dance (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Cabernet (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Red Mahogany (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Donut (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chance is a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that tended to have some fall out when applied to the skin (even after tapping excess off of my brush). The eyeshadow started to fade after nine hours of wear. Tarte Charmer (P)(100% similar). Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). LORAC Bisque (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Liberatus (P) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Presence (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Turtle Dove (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Pick Me Up (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Thirteen (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Ginger Cream (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Let It Snow (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Stitch by Stitch (P) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Extra Creamy (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Waterlilies (LE) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Daydream is a light-medium, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was somewhat powdery, which resulted in sheerer coverage and a powder that did not want to stick as evenly to bare skin as other shades in the palette. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably. Tarte Big Baby (LE) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Buff (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #11 (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bone (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Countess (LE) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Undressed (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Banana Date (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is lighter (90% similar). Divergent Altruistic Almond (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Tufted Suede (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Broken (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rainy Season (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Trench Coat (LE) is darker (85% similar). theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Velvet Nude (LE, $14.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Ali Ababwa (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Biarritz (P, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Fab Accent (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bling is a light, golden taupe with a frosted finish. It had a slightly dusty texture, though it managed to apply evenly and with opaque coverage. I saw some fading after eight and a half hours of wear. Clarins Silver Ivory (04) (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Lost Coast #1 (LE, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Indulge (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Lancome Joie (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Verve (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gold Leaf is a muted, medium coppery orange with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, slightly drier texture that kicked up excess powder in the pan. The color applied fairly well, though it could have been more even and intense. The color lasted well for eight hours on me. Viseart Beaux-Arts (P) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC All That Glitters (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #2 (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Olive Blend #1 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #2 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sassy Bun (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Wanderin' Free (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Toast (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Good Spirits is a subdued, medium-dark, red-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, which was buildable on the lid, that applied fairly evenly to bare skin. The powder was soft, finely-milled, but it did kick up some excess product in the pan. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Makeup Geek Cabin Fever (P, $6.00)(100% similar). Make Up For Ever M600 Pink Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Corduroy (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Boardroom is a deep brown with warmer, redder undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff paired with a dusty, thin texture, which made it harder to blend, apply, and even out. This shade was hard to use unless as the barest touch to darken other colors. On its own, even though it was awful-looking on, it did last for nine hours. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00)(100% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #5 (P)(100% similar). bareMinerals Foreshadow (P)(100% similar). Anastasia Rich Brown (P, $12.00)(100% similar). Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Dim the Lights (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced La Femme (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Coconut Grove (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Malted (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #4 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (P) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #326 (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Leather Smoke (20) (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Hickory (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Java (P) is warmer (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 12.0 The Wish List
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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bareMinerals Be Beautiful Holiday 2016 Face & Eye Palette

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette
bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, three cheek colors, and a finishing powder. It is most bizarre that there’s a finishing powder, and it is, frankly, an odd color choice–it is very, very yellowy orange with no real sheen or satiny quality to it, so it is drier, powdery, and sits poorly on the skin while adding a yellow tint. Of all the inclusions in the palette, that was the most odd, and then of course, bareMinerals is a multiple-time offender of putting out an endless slew of neutral palettes so once you have a few, the rest start having less appeal.

I wasn’t particularly impressed by the cheek colors in the palette, as they had a firmer press that made it harder to get color payoff out of them. The eyeshadows were good and consistent with the Ready formula, but they seem unbalanced in depth–there are two very light shades and then two browns that are just a shade or two different; even sticking with neutrals, the composition could be more versatile. The palette itself is housed in a plastic compact this year, which is new, and for some, I imagine they’ll consider it an upgrade from cardboard, but it did feel bulkier as a result.

Value

  • Cheek Colors: $24.00 for 0.21 oz.; palette contains 0.27 oz. or $30.86 worth of cheek color
  • Finishing Powder: $23.00 for 0.30 oz. (using pricing for the Touch Up Veil, closest available product); palette contains 0.09 oz. or $6.90 worth of finishing
  • Eyeshadows: $21.00 for 0.09 oz.; palette contains 0.30 oz. or $70.00 worth of eyeshadow
  • Total Value: $107.76

Formula Overview

Ready Eyeshadow is supposed to have 12-hour wear, “vivid, pure, provocative color” that “looks like a powder, feels like a cream” and blends seamlessly. In general, I quite enjoy this formula, and it’s one of my favorites, as it is typically soft without being too powdery or dusty and more shimmery shades have a real creaminess to them. They wear between eight and twelve hours on me (without primer), blend well, and sit nicely on the skin. The majority of the shades I’ve tested in the past have been mostly opaque to opaque, but there have been a few misses over the years (not too many, though). Ready Blush is supposed to have “buildable color” with eight-hour wear, and those things are both true: they tend to be medium in coverage, somewhat to moderately buildable, and wear around eight hours.

Presence is a pale beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, creamy texture that was a smidgen dusty. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Let It Snow (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Thirteen (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #1 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Compassionate (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Charmer (P) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Graceful is a soft, light-medium taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. This shade seemed to wear well for nine hours on me before it started to fade. Kat Von D Lazarus (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Mud Mask (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Buxom Trendsetter (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Stone (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Exhale is a dark taupe with subtle, brown undertones and a grayer overtone paired with a matte finish. It had opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty texture that remained blendable and did not look dry or powdery applied to the skin. This shade wore for just over nine hours on me. Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Revelry (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Suspend (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Haze (P) is cooler, lower quality (95% similar). Too Faced Be You (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #5 (P) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cool Gray (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Password (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Fuze (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Bust (P, $19.00) is cooler, more shimmery (80% similar). Kat Von D Night Crawler (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Promise is a pale pinky-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage that applied easily as the texture was soft, blendable, and not too dusty or too firm in the pan. I was able to wear this shade for nine hours. Tarte Popcorn Strand (LE)(100% similar). Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Naked (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Wink (LE) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pale, Please (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Lithe Spirit (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Cream (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Pale Pink (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Fancy Dress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Cheers (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Pastel (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Orb (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Nude (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Toasted Marshmallow (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beautiful is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dustier, thinner texture, which resulted in the product sheering out on the lid and not applying as evenly as the other shades. It wore for seven hours before fading on me. LORAC Tan (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Base) (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Missing My Baby (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Wood Pink #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Desire (P) is brighter (90% similar). Stila Rose (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Huda Beauty Shy (LE) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Confident is a dark burgundy with subtle, warm reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, while the consistency had a firmer feel to it, though it was more buildable on the lid in practice. I noticed that this one had a tendency to stick unevenly to bare skin, so it would benefit from a primer. It wore well for ten hours on me. Anastasia Beauty Mark (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Friendly (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Ensemble (LE) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Gate Matte is a subdued, medium rose pink with warmer undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was firm, which made it difficult to really get color out of the pan, and when it did, it seemed to be chalkier and powdery. It lasted for eight hours, which is all the product promises, but the texture and way it looked on the skin left something to be desired. Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Balm Beach (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rose Bronze (P, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Limelight (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is brighter (85% similar). KIKO 102 Natural Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Inner Beauty is a soft, peachy brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It’s supposed to be all-over color for face (which seem to be what the brand uses for highlighters), but there’s no real sheen to it this when it is on the skin–possibly because it’s so firm that hardly any product comes off to begin with. It also had a chalkiness to it that just didn’t sit well on skin–it looked like it was just on top but not seamlessly blended. It wore for seven hours on me. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Highlighter) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Moment (LE, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Faux Tan Matte is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a satin finish. It had medium, buildable coverage with a fairly soft texture that ran a little dusty. It applied well and blended easily along the edges while lasting for seven hours on me. Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Be Beautiful Finishing Powder is a light-medium yellow with warm, yellowy orange undertones and a matte finish. The texture was powdery and clumpy–where the powder would come off in chunks, but they would blend out if you worked at it. This was such a strange inclusion to begin with, and the quality is just terrible–it does nothing but make skin look worse: dry, powdery, and noticeably yellower. It seemed to wear fine; it seemed to even prolong the wear of my base products by an hour or so.

bareMinerals Holiday 2016 READY Face & Eye Palette Be Beautiful
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink & Burnt Anise Eye Foil

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink

EYE INK

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a deep black with silver sparkle. Buxom Black Tie (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #5 (LE) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). City Color Oh So Naughty (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Burnt Anise (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Midnight (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Oyster (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is lighter (80% similar). Chanel Mirifique (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It is supposed to be a “pressed gel-creme formula” with “deep, rich” pigmentation. It actually felt similar to the Eye Metals to the touch, but the ingredient list shows them to be different, and it did feel creamier and more like a cream-based product than a powder one. I think it is the density and lack of glossiness/a lot of slip that made it seem less like a traditional cream eyeshadow. It lasted for seven hours before starting to crease on me, and when I tried it as an eyeliner, it was harder to apply with the same intensity as when I used a flatter, wider brush (doesn’t seem to play well with finer brushes), but it lasted a bit longer at eight hours. It was richly pigmented and blendable on the skin.

EYE FOIL

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Burnt Anise Eye Foil ($36.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is an inky, bluish-black with silver and teal sparkle paired with a metallic sheen. Buxom Black Tie (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Myrrh (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Midnight (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). City Color Oh So Naughty (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Mirifique (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #5 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to have “high-shine” and give a “liquid-metal effect.” It’s very thin, almost water-like, and applies better to my arm/hand than to my eye when used with the included doe-foot applicator. I had a little more luck using a flat, synthetic brush, but it is so thin that trying to blend and spread the product across the skin’s surface did more to some product but not all, which resulted in an uneven layer of coverage. It had a longer drying time, so it easily migrated into creases when I used it alone, and it had a tendency to cause underlying products to crease if used as more than just a dab (like patting on top of an eyeshadow with your fingertip). I also experienced some burning sensation as it was drying down. Once it dried down, it was fairly smudge-proof and budge-proof; it took a lot of rubbing with my fingertip (against my hand) to get any transfer, and it was mostly shimmer. I saw only a few sparkles that had dropped over time, and it didn’t seem to crease further once it dried down — it’s just more finicky to avoid the creasing in the first place.

Estee Lauder Eye Ink Black Myrrh
Estee Lauder Eye Foil Burnt Anise

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