Sunday, October 19th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.112 oz.) is one of three, 8-pan eyeshadow palettes for the holidays. It has a neutral theme running through it, and the set of shades runs warm-toned. This palette was the best of the three eyeshadows palettes, though I don’t think it’s great. It’s all right–the shades themselves are more dupable than not, and without superb quality to back them up, it ends up falling in the middle.

Each eyeshadow is 0.014 oz., and even though there are eight of them, it’s noticeably less than past holiday palettes. In 2012 and 2013, they were 0.14 oz., and in 2011, they contained 0.21 oz. while pricing has stayed about the same. This year’s holiday packaging is very plastic-feeling, and the “pearls” that wrap around the palette lift a bit, so I don’t know if this is going to be particularly travel-friendly as far as durability goes. Since they put eight shades into the palette, each pan is on the smaller side, though it fits a MAC 239 and 217 brush comfortably. I do not find the quality of the holiday eyeshadow palettes to be on par with the average full-sized eyeshadow.

Her Mistress is described as a “soft pastel egg [with a Matte finish].” It’s a pale, yellowed beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Sweet Sovereign is described as a “frosty gold champagne [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light, golden beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It had decent pigmentation that went on fairly smoothly–it was buildable, at least–and performed better on the lid than the swatch suggested it would. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Faire Maiden is described as a “bright coppering gold [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, yellowed gold with copper sparkle. As the Lustre finish might have you expecting, it is semi-opaque with a noticeable sparkle that does fall out over time (and a lot of it never makes it to the lid, as it tends to sit on the surface rather than bind with the eyeshadow color). See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Tempting is described as a “sinfully rich coco [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a rich, medium-dark golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a subtle golden sparkle–it’s more of a frost finish than a Lustre one. It is also one of the most pigmented Lustre eyeshadows MAC has out (it is part of the permanent range as well). The sparkle doesn’t stick with the color, but most of it doesn’t apply to the lid so there isn’t much fall out that could occur (but what is there will drop). See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Omega is described as a “soft muted beige taupe [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm, dirty taupe with a matte finish. The color payoff was lovely with a really rich, buttery consistency that was a smidgen on the powdery side but really velvety overall. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Quintessential is described as a “dirty olive [with a Frost finish].” It’s a golden brown with subtle, warm, olive undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff that went on smoothly. It was also buildable to a slightly richer, more intense color. It was very blendable. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Mystery is described as a “muted plum brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a drier, stiffer consistency. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Night Whisper is described as a “rich black brown [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a blackened brown with subtle,w arm undertones and a semi-matte finish. There’s a barely-there shimmer in the pan, but once applied, it looks mostly matte. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was stiff and harder to blend. (Note, the press release listed this as a Veluxe Pearl finish, but the back of the palette says (V) which indicates Velvet as (VXP) is typically used to denote Veluxe Pearl, and the finish in real life doesn’t look anything like a Veluxe Pearl finish!) See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Her Mistress

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9/10

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Sweet Sovereign

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.112 oz.) is a mix of beige, brown, and black. It’s more of a neutral palette than a monochromatic mix of silver, gray, and black. This one is also heavy on the permanent shades–five of the eight are part of the permanent range. After the last few years of disappointing holiday palettes from MAC, it’s not a surprise to see this one perform so dismally. This one is a real skip, I would say, and even the permanent shades in it are nowhere near the performance of their full-sized, standalone versions.

It’s one of three, 8-pan eyeshadow palettes for the holidays. Each eyeshadow is 0.014 oz., and even though there are eight of them, it’s noticeably less than past holiday palettes. In 2012 and 2013, they were 0.14 oz., and in 2011, they contained 0.21 oz. while pricing has stayed about the same. This year’s holiday packaging is very plastic-feeling, and the “pearls” that wrap around the palette lift a bit, so I don’t know if this is going to be particularly travel-friendly as far as durability goes. Since they put eight shades into the palette, each pan is on the smaller side, though it fits a MAC 239 and 217 brush comfortably. I do not find the quality of the holiday eyeshadow palettes to be on par with the average full-sized eyeshadow.

Fancy Dress is described as a “chalky white beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned beige with a satin-matte finish. It had decent color payoff that was blendable on the skin. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Kid is described as a “soft beige [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a medium, subdued brown with soft, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a drier consistency. It’s part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Honey Lust is described as a “bronze dipped peach [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a sparkly, golden copper with darker copper sparkle. Lustre shades are sheerer, but this is even sheerer than the permanent version. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Satin Taupe #2 is described as a “taupe with silver shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm taupe brown with a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was so much warmer and sheerer than the permanent version. (Even warmer than the one in the Gravitas palette, which was off to me as well.) See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Forgery is described as a “sterling silver [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a sparkly, silver-white with cool undertones. Again, Lustres are designed to be sheerer shades with more sparkly finishes, but this one was sheerer than the permanent version. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Divine Rule is described as a “frosty grey mauve with silver pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a warm-toned, taupe brown with a frosted sheen. It had a light sparkle, but it was less sparkly compared to the other two Lustre shades in the palette. It had better color payoff, though, and it was more in line with how the formula is supposed to be. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Noble Spirit is described as a “warm black brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a satin finish. It had a very dry, stiff consistency that yielded sheer, uneven color. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It’s part of the permanent range, and it’s been reviewed numerous times, so you can just view an ongoing list of dupes here.

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Smoky Eyes

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7/10

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7/10

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8/10

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Fancy Dress

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette ($59.50 for 0.298 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows and an eyeliner. The eyeshadows all had good color payoff or better with soft, blendable textures that were easy to use. When the weakest performers come in at B+, you’re in good shape. I’m a big fan of the Artist Shadow formula, and in general, only the mattes have any issues (some are lovely, some could use improvement). They can be so soft that they turn powdery, which makes them harder to apply on bare skin or the color payoff is just weaker, but many of them are good, just not perfect. That was the case with the two mattes here–good but not great–and the rest were quite nice. Most of the shades wore between eight and nine hours.

They are pretty consistent with the permanent versions I have, and I524 performed better in this palette than in my other palette (though that one isn’t full-sized). For those who picked up the Artist Palette, there are two overlapping shades in this set (I524 and D926). For those who nabbed the 30th Anniversary Palette, you’ll find these repeats: M100, ME108, and ME122.

The eyeshadows are 0.024 oz. each, which makes them a little larger than a dime, for a total value of $75.60. The eyeliner is full-sized, so it’s worth $19. The total value of the set is $94.60 for the actual products. It comes in a small, but substantial, “traincase” that unlatches to reveal a large mirror and a removable tray of eyeshadows. Underneath is a compartment that could hold whatever made sense to you–it’s about an inch and a half in height–so it could fit blush, lip colors, eyeliner, primers, and even some bottles of foundation (depends on the size of yours). This would only be travel friendly if you used the space underneath the eyeshadows, otherwise it is bulky and unnecessarily large. I would have rather a slim, travel-friendly palette with just the eyeshadows myself. (In which case, you might consider the Artist Palette, which is $42 for 8 eyeshadows in a very travel-friendly format.) Edited to add: You can actually take a pair of tweezers and grab the edge of each pan to remove. They don’t seem glued in, and the bottom of the foam insert may be slightly magnetic, as they pull back in slightly.

M530 Eggshell is a soft white with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff with a slightly powdery consistency but was blendable. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

S516 Sand is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a really soft, smooth consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I544 Pink Granite is a medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly rich, while the texture was really smooth and applied evenly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ME122 Snow is a bright, cool-toned white with a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was smooth and blendable, but it was a little thinner than other metallic finishes in the range.
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ME108 Steel is a dark, cool-toned gray with a frosted finish. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on smooth as butter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

M100 Black is a dark black with a matte finish. The color payoff was decent to good, and the texture was soft without being powdery. It blended out well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D236 Lagoon Blue is a medium-dark, brightened blue-teal with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation that went on smoothly, as the texture felt creamy and blendable. The permanent version of this seemed slightly richer overall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D926 Blueberry is a brightened violet purple with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. The color payoff was nice, but the texture wasn’t perfectly smooth compared to other shades. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I218 Indigo Blue is a brightened, dark blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, though not perfect, with a soft, blendable texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I524 Pinky Beige is a light peach with a hint of pink and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation that went on easily and evenly due to the soft, smooth texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D826 Fig is a medium-dark plum with warm, brown undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. The consistency was smooth but there were noticeable sparkles in it. Most of the sparkles stayed on the lid, but there were a couple of stray sparkles at the end of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ME828 Garnet Black is a deepened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was amazing with really rich, smooth results that glided on evenly and easily. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

M10 Matte Black is a medium-dark black with a satin finish. The formula is lightly creamy, so it goes on without tugging at the lash line, and it lays down a fair amount of pigment in one stroke. It was fully opaque after two layers. On me, it lasted for eight hours without smudging. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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M530 Eggshell

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Friday, October 17th, 2014

Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.26 oz.) contains five shades that range from a gradiant that goes from white to black with a pop of gold thrown in. It was so close to being a really cool-toned palette, so I wish they hadn’t included a gold. I also think it is harder to incorporate the gold shade with the others for two reasons: the tone and vibrancy is out of sync with the other four, but the texture is denser/thicker, while the others were thinner, so they didn’t blend together well. The palette has a very soft consistency that is powdery, and with the thinner texture, it also feels almost dry at times, which makes it problematic to apply to the skin without something extra (like a primer or tacky base). For the price point, I expected something stellar, and instead, I was pretty disappointed.

As a heads up, Nordstrom has it for $70, but other retailers are listing it for $80. (I bought mine at Nordstrom, so my order did process and that’s what I paid.) I don’t have a press release yet, but since all other retails are showing it at $80, I would guess that’s the correct price.

Oiseaux de Nuit #1 is a cool-toned, medium white with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff with only a slight powderiness to its texture. The color lasted for eight hours applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oiseaux de Nuit #2 is a muted, grayed lilac with a frosted, lightly metallic, finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was powdery and little dry. I liked it better used with a damp brush, as it held together better. It lasted for eight hours on the lid. See comparison swatches/ view dupes side-by-side.

Oiseaux de Nuit #3 is a blackened purple with subtle, cool undertones and a satin shimmer. It had very sheer color payoff, and the texture was dry and powdery to work with. It lasted for seven and a half hours applied to the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oiseaux de Nuit #4 is a medium-dark black with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture wasn’t powdery, but it could have been more blendable. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oiseaux de Nuit #5 is a darkened gold with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had a lightly powdery texture, but it had decent color coverage. On the lid, it showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Oiseaux de Nuit

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7/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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Oiseaux de Nuit #1

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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Oiseaux de Nuit #2

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7/10

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8/10

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7/10

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8.5/10

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

NARS Laser Cut Palette
NARS Laser Cut Palette

NARS Laser Cut Palette ($59.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes three eyeshadows, one lipgloss, one blush, and one bronzing powder. The eyeshadows are marked as “Hardwired Eyeshadow” on the back of the palette, though I couldn’t tell you how they really differ from the permanent formula, other than it seems like a denser, less thin formula. The palette leaves something to be desired — I don’t think it’s NARS at its best–it’s just kind of in the middle.

Shade I is described as a “perfect neutral vanilla.” It’s a light beige with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture was very powdery. See comparison swatches
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Shade II is described as a “shimmering cafe au lait.” It’s a golden brown with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had nice pigmentation, though the texture was a smidgen crumbly and the sparkle did fall out during wear (as well as application), while the color itself stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shade III is described as a “matte army green.” It’s a medium-dark, olive green with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was really soft but incredibly powdery to the point where most of it dusted away and only some managed to stay on the skin. What did adhere to the skin stayed on for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolce Vita is described as a “sheer dusty rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink-plum with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It’s not sheer at all, and this version included in the set matches the original formulation, but it feels more like the new formula (which is a lot cooler and pinker in color). It lasted for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Day Dream is described as a “flirty sheer peach.” It’s a pink-peach with warm udnertones and a satin finish. It’s warmer and less pink compared to the individual version that was released last year. It is sheer as described (though “sheer” was not part of the description when it originally launched), with a thinner, slightly dry, texture, but it wasn’t stiff. My standalone version is more pigmented. It lasted for seven hours applied. See comparison swatches
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Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a meidum-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=175779,171535,168835,165621,142013,141615,111363,108999,108998″>See comparison swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Laser Cut

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8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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Shade I

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8.5/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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8/10

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Too Faced Sugar & Spice Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Sugar & Spice Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sugar & Spice Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.47 oz.) is a new, limited edition, ULTA exclusive palette that features twelve eyeshadows with a glittery gold exterior. It’s a fairly good, neutral-driven eyeshadow palette with a lot of warmer shades and a variety of finishes from matte to frost. There was only shade that was a big miss (Black Licorice), but the majority had good color payoff, good to slightly powdery textures, and wore for seven to eight hours. This has sold out online, so you’ll only be able to find it at a local ULTA store if you have one nearby.

Coconut Cream is a bright, white matte. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Nutmeg is a muted, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Biscotti is a bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugared Violet is a blackened purple with warm undertones and a satin finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Truffle is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Pink Frosting is a bright, cool-toned, light pink with a frosted, metallic finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cinnamon Sugar is a golden bronze with a metallic sheen and warm undertones. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Cake is a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Meringue is a pink-tinged light beige with a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Clove is a cool-toned, light-medium taupe with a purple tinge and a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bon Bon is a pale, frosted lilac with cool undertones. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Licorice is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Nutmeg

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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