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NARS x Guy Bourdin Color & Gifting Collection Photos, Swatches + Commentary

NARS x Guy Bourdin Color Collection
NARS x Guy Bourdin Color Collection

Update:  I have added photos, swatches, and dupes for the products from the NARS x Guy Bourdin Gifting Collection.  The majority of the shades included in the Gifting collection are permanent to NARS’ color range. To ensure context, I’ve added them to the existing post, rather than make a separate post.  My goal is to raise awareness, open the channel for discussion (I highly recommend reading through readers’ comments and viewpoints), and to respect each reader’s autonomy and decision-making.  I strongly believe that we each must do our own research and come to the conclusion that feels right to us, whatever that may be.  Thank you for your continued support, respect, and understanding!

When the NARS x Guy Bourdin collaboration was first announced, I felt my readers’ excitement. I knew nothing about Bourdin, and having little interest in fashion photography, I didn’t look to learn any more than what was being widely reported. I’m here for the makeup, not the collaborators or inspiration or names, so when I see a new collection, I want to know what’s in it, what the colors are going to be, what the formulas and textures will feel like. It was not until I saw more and more readers comment on Bourdin and his emphasis on violence in his work, particularly of what seems to be best categorized as “high fashion crime scenes,” that I knew I needed to look a little further than the press release.

Warning:  This post contains discussion about violence against women, so please be warned that the discussion that follows and comments on the post may be a potentially triggering.

Bourdin’s body of work is not solely centered around violence as he also explored other themes like surrealism and sexuality. There are shots of vibrant, thriving women in his work; it is not all dark but certainly a good deal of his work is, and more to the point, many of his more controversial shots are more famous (which is not a surprise). I suggest visiting his website and browsing through his portfolio of photos–beware that some are more graphic than others–and in particular, the “Beauty” section showcases a different side of his work. There is no question that Bourdin was an artist, and he is legendary in his sphere.

I fully respect NARS’ decision to collaborate with someone who has influenced Francois Nars not just today but for years; that Bourdin was his inspiration for becoming a makeup artist is just how telling of the type and scope of impact Bourdin had on the industry as a whole. I don’t just see in black and white, which is not always a comforting thing, and I enjoy challenging people’s opinions and playing devil’s advocate. It has always been important to me to avoid mixing my personal beliefs (on such hot topics as sex, politics, religion, etc.) with the blog, because Temptalia is not just your escape but mine. This is the first time where how I feel has put me in such a quandary as to how to react.  First and foremost, I am abstaining from reviewing the NARS and Guy Bourdin collection, because I cannot fully dissociate how I feel about Bourdin’s art from a collection intended to pay tribute to him.

The idea that an advertisement or runway photoshoot that features dead women in designer clothing and shoes is used to sell to people is hard for me to wrap my head around. I am particularly sensitive to the concept of glamorizing violence, against women or men, because I worry it normalizes it in a way that makes us react less to a very real and prevalent issue not just in the U.S. but globally. Bourdin has passed away for some time now, so all of the visuals that showcase Bourdin’s work are images he previously shot, so none of them were originally intended to sell NARS’ makeup specifically (or possibly makeup at all, but you’d have to really go back through and figure out where each photo originated from). Many of the selected images for the NARS collaboration are not controversial or violent but some are certainly up for interpretation.

There’s an informative interview with Susan B. Carbon, Director of the U.S. DOJ’s Office, Violence Against Women, which also includes sobering statistics about the level of violence women experience (with sources cited). It speaks on and illuminates as to why violence against women is a real issue that we should be talking about, understanding, researching, and creating the resources, community, and culture that both prevents and reduces the violence that occurs (and we can do more than just prevent/reduce violence against women but all people). We, as a society, have made strides towards these goals, but we can do more and we should do more–and we need to remember to think globally on behalf of all women.

Here are some resources for learning more about this issue:

I have spent the past week and a half soul-searching and doing as much as I can to learn more about Bourdin, not just from those that feel similarly to me, but those who have assessed his work from an artistic point of view, to determine if I was still going to post photos/swatches. My focus was on his work, not him as a person.  We all want to be taken as the sum of our parts, not merely one part out of many, which is why I really wanted to take time to assess, digest, and react. I found this essay about the evolution of the “crime scene photograph” into news, fashion, and art a very good read. I understand that not everyone who views Bourdin’s work feels he glamorized violence against women or even if taken as true, is able to find other qualities of his work (lighting, colors, angles, composition, etc.) admirable as an artist or perhaps argue it is a statement on our own curiosity for the morbid or even the fashion industry and its consumptive nature. I have read various reactions, arguments for and against, from both outside sources as well as from readers in our community.

To that end, I respect each reader’s opinion, whether for or against.  So in a show of respect for a broad range of opinions, while I will not review or otherwise recommend the collection personally, you will find full photos and swatches of the products featured in the color collection for those who wanted to see them, and for those who did not want to purchase, I have included dupes for each shade that you may want to consider purchasing from instead.   From me to you, I wanted to use this time to also say, “Let’s not forget about what we can do to reduce violence against women.” In our consumption of controversial images, let’s not forget about the very real issues that real people face that the art seeks to recreate or transform.

I hope that you understand my decisions and know that they come from the heart after a lot of reflection, research, and reading. I urge you to do your own research and come to your own conclusions. All I want is us to ask questions and challenge what we’re seeing and being told (or sold) and go from there.

Update: Thank you SO, SO much from the bottom of my heart for the outpouring of support & understanding!  I am still reading through and responding to the incredible stories and comments that you have all left on this post, but I wanted to make sure everyone knows how meaningful your feedback and response has been! Thank you!

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Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00 for 0.72 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows inspired by flowers. Each eyeshadow contains 0.09 oz., which is almost double the size of the average full-sized eyeshadow (at 0.05 oz.). The shades can be used wet or dry, though the pigmentation is very good across all the shades, so it didn’t seem necessary to use any of these with a damp brush. Overall, the eyeshadows are soft, finely-milled, long-wearing, nicely pigmented, and easy to use. It’s been awhile since I’ve played with the brand’s eyeshadows, but testing this reminded me of just how amazing the brand’s powder products are–the texture really sells them.  Even without a primer, all of the shades wore for nine full hours without creasing or fading.

Hollyhock is described as a “pearlized brown.” It’s a medium brown with a satin finish and neutral-warm undertones–there’s an almost gray overcast to the shade, but it read slightly warm on my skin tone. It had nice color payoff and the texture was soft and smooth. Too Faced Woolen Mittens (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Nevermind (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Patina (P, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Golden Savannah #1 (LE) is warmer. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is warmer, lighter. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #3 (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige #2 (LE) is similar. Bobbi Brown Chino (LE, $29.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Trumpette is described as a “golden apricot.” It’s a brightened, light-medium orange peach with golden orange shimmer and a pearly finish. It had fantastic color payoff with an incredibly silky smooth texture. Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica (P, $6.80) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #5 (LE) is more matte. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy (P, $6.99) is a cream product, more orange. MAC Chessa (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Night Hopper is described as a “pearlized taupe.” It’s a medium taupe–a mix of brown and gray–with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had excellent pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer (P, $28.00) is a cream product/ CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is similar. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is darker. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is darker. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $16.00) is a cream product. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is darker, cream product. MAC Romantico (LE, $15.00) is browner. NARS Flowers 3 #3 (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC Aurora (LE, $21.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Taurella is described as a “creamy vanilla.” It’s a pale white gold with a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and easy to blend, though this shade wasn’t quite as pigmented as the other shades in the palette. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less metallic. Chanel Mystere #2 (LE) is less metallic. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever #101 (P, $20.00) is more golden. MAC Short Shorts (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is slightly yellower. Guerlain Calligraphy #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Secret Pond is described as a “mossy green.” It’s a light-medium, golden green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation and applied smoothly with a soft, blendable consistency. Too Faced Very Merry (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Golden Olive (LE, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is cooler-toned. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches.

Deep Dahlia is described as a “deep purple.” It’s a cool-toned, deep plum with strong purple and red tones and a satin finish. It’s actually really, really pigmented, but the texture is a little dry, so it tended to sheer out, but when I was applying it, a little goes a long, long way. bareMinerals Nightcap (P) is similar. MAC Hyperviolet (LE, $18.00) is a cream product. MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Fig. 1 (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Poppycock is described as a “shimmery bright purple.” It’s a medium, cool-toned purple with soft, lavender-pink tones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) (P, $29.00) is similar. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. Sugarpill Hysteric (P, $12.00) is more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Tiny Pansie is described as a “pearlized dusty rose.” It’s a light, pink-tinged peach with a soft, pearly sheen. It had really nice color payoff, though it is similar to my skin tone so it may look otherwise, with a soft, smooth consistency. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE) is less pearly. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) is less pearly. MAC Perky (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Bare Minimum (LE, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Peace (P) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Tarina Tarantino 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Floriculture
Floriculture
Floriculture
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.295 oz.) is a warm-toned palette with products for eyes, lips, and face. It contains three eyeshadows (0.028 oz. each), two lipsticks (0.024 oz. each), one iridescent powder (0.176 oz.), and one eye pencil (0.015 oz.). The products represent a a total value of $44.09 –$16.80 worth of eyeshadows, $7.20 worth of lipsticks, $15.09 worth of iridescent powder, and $5 worth of eyeliner. Over time, as more and more brands churn out mega palettes for the holidays all around $50 or so, and I wish MAC would step-up the value (or reduce the cost) of their holiday sets and kits.  Golden and Showstopper were the major misses here, as neither performed well; while Myself wears away quickly and Coffee is uncomfortable to use.

Golden is described as a “muted golden tan-beige with shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium orange-brown with golden shimmer. The texture of this was strangely dry and almost crumbly/chunky. It flaked away and didn’t bind together well. The color payoff was so-so but it tended to sheer out/blend away as the product didn’t stick to the skin well. What did apply lasted six and a half hours. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is browner. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more golden.MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Myself is described as a “light dirty mauve with traveling pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a pale, muted pink with neutral undertones and a golden sheen. On lips, it lightens the natural color and has semi-opaque color coverage. It wore for two hours. MAC Sublime Pleasure (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $15.00) is also similar. MAC Feed the Senses (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Love Talk is described as a “mid-tone cool nude [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a plummy brown with neutral-cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore for four hours. It was a smidgen drying–but this is typical of Cremesheen finishes for me, though I know others do not have any issues with this finish! Bobbi Brown Soft Nude (P, $24.00) has more plum in it. MAC Viva Glam VI (P, $15.00) is more frosted, less brown. Guerlain Chant d’Aromes (P, $35.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Tenderly is described as a “soft warm pink with frost [with a frost finish].” Though it has pink tones, it translated to more like a neutral-cool pale beige with a warmer, golden sheen. It had so-so color payoff. NARS Mississippi Mermaid (LE, $24.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is warmer. MAC Dew (LE, $15.00) is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

After Dusk is described as a “mid-tone rosy pink with pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a rosy plum with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. theBalm Just This Once Jamie (P, $16.00) is browner. MAC Performance Art (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) is purpler. MAC Star Violet (P, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Showstopper is described as a “deep blackened brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, deep dark brown with a matte finish. The only problem is it doesn’t look like much applied, because it had such poor color payoff and a really stiff, dry texture that made it difficult to apply and blend. Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is similar. MAC Set to Dance (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) is similar. Inglot #329 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Coffee is described as an “intense bronze.” It’s a chocolate brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a bit dry. It was uncomfortable to apply to the lash line, as it tended to skip and tug. The color wore well for almost eight hours with minimal fading. Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is similar. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is more neutral-toned. See comparison swatches.

MAC Stroke of Midnight Face Palette Stroke of Midnight/Warm
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total
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Also In This Review

D-

Golden

Limited Edition
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C

Myself

Limited Edition
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A-

Love Talk

Limited Edition
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B

Tenderly

Limited Edition
Read Review
A-
B-

Showstopper

Discontinued
Read Review
C+

Coffee

Permanent
Read Review
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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Smoky Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.14 oz.) features five shades in a mix of cool and warm tones to create a smoky eye. Worth noting, Retrospeck and Carbon are both part of the permanent range, so if you like either of those, you can find them individually as well. Chillproof and Gaelic Gold have been released previously as limited edition shades.  Carbon was quite impressive, given it’s horrid texture and payoff in palettes over the years, so that was a surprise.  Well Put Together was the big miss, though, as it was sheer, stiff, and dry–so a pain to work with and apply.  Retrospeck had some fall out during wear as well as during application, and the texture was a little chunky.  Gaelic Gold and Chillproof were pretty good and were the standouts of the palette.

Chillproof is described as a “frosty white [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, neutral white–not too stark or cool-toned with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Dior Lune (001) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Zephyr (LE, $18.00) is yellower. NARS Flowers 1 #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Retrospeck is described as a “beached blonde [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, orange-gold with a frosted finish and champagne and gold glitter. It has a chunkier consistency, so it feels a little dry and loose when used. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is smoother. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is yellower. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Gaelic Gold is described as a “metallic gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a deeper, more molten yellow gold with a frosted, partially metallic finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and applied smoothly for the most part. Too Faced Twinkle (LE) is darker. NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is a cream product. Too Faced Instigator (LE) is similar. Sephora Collection Girls Night Out (03) (P, $13.00) is similar. NARS Paramaribo #1 is cooler-toned. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is lighter, yellower. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is brighter. Inglot #430 (P, $6.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Well Put Together is described as a “black with gold frost [with a Velvet finish].” It appears as a blackened brown with a faint dusting of copper and gold micro-shimmer in the pan, but it swatches lighter–it’s like a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was dry and stiff, so the resulting color payoff was weak. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer. Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry (LE, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with neutral to warm undertones and a matte finish. This is likely the best version of Carbon I’ve seen in years; it actually swatches and applies surprisingly nicely and with good color payoff. You can see how it stacks up to a myriad of matte blacks in these swatch comparisons.

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette Stroke of Midnight/Smoky
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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Also In This Review

A

Chillproof

Limited Edition
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A

Gaelic Gold

Limited Edition
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D

Well Put Together

Limited Edition
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B-

Carbon

Permanent
Read Review

MAC Stroke of Midnight Face Palette/Cool

MAC Stroke of Midnight Face Palette/Cool
MAC Stroke of Midnight Face Palette/Cool

MAC Stroke of Midnight Face Palette/Cool ($49.50 for 0.295 oz.) is a cool-toned palettes with products for eyes, lips, and face. It contains three eyeshadows (0.028 oz. each), two lipsticks (0.024 oz. each), one iridescent powder (0.176 oz.), and one eye pencil (0.015 oz.). The products represent a a total value of $44.09 –$16.80 worth of eyeshadows, $7.20 worth of lipsticks, $15.09 worth of iridescent powder, and $5 worth of eyeliner. Over time, as more and more brands churn out mega palettes for the holidays all around $50 or so, and I wish MAC would step-up the value (or reduce the cost) of their holiday sets and kits. The biggest misses in this palette were Scene and Ebony, and they were both really pitiful products. There are several nice products here–Romantically Inclined, All Races, Magic Moor–but they don’t make up for the two bombs.

Sparkling Rose is described as a “soft pink with gold frost.” It’s a soft, golden beige with a light, frosted finish that looked rather metallic on. It had decent pigmentation, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. It wore well for seven hours, but it looked noticeably patchy after eight hours of wear. It did lightly emphasize pores as it looked quite metallic applied. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $42.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Sublime Pleasure is described as a “soft mauve cream [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a soft, cool-toned, medium pink with a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and it applied smoothly overall. It lasted two and a half hours and was a little drying on me. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less pink. theBalm Milly (P) is warmer. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is pinker. Chanel Candeur (P, $34.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink (LE, $23.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Romantically Inclined is described as a “cool plum cream [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a magenta purple with cool undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. It wore for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Feel My Pulse (LE, $15.00) is similar. Maybelline Brazen Berry (P, $7.49) is lighter. MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $16.00) is more magenta/purple. MAC Violetta (P, $15.00) is more iridescent. MAC Strong Woman (LE, $15.00) is purpler, darker. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is slightly purpler. MAC Bust Out (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

All Races is described as a “cool light mauve taupe [with a Matte finish].” It’s a pale, gray-ish lavender with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and finely-milled with great color payoff. It lasted well for eight hours on the lid. NARS Namibia (P, $24.00) is grayer. Disney by Sephora What’s-It (LE) is similar. MAC Creative Whim (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Silver Gull (LE, $15.00) is grayer. MAC Silverwear (LE, $15.00) is frosted. MAC Look at the Eyes (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Scene is described as a “muted blue-grey [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dirty gray with neutral undertones and a satin finish. The texture was dry and stiff, so the color payoff reflected that–it was very sheer. It had noticeably faded after six and a half hours of wear. Guerlain Crazy Paris #5 (LE)is darker. NARS Delphes #2 (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC Interior Life (LE, $15.00) is darker, grayer. MAC All Woman (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Magic Moor is described as a “rich blackened plum with pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl].” It’s a deep, dark purple burgundy with a pearly sheen. The color payoff was fantastic, and the texture was soft and smooth. LORAC Deep Purple (P) is similar. Fyrinnae Alchemist’s Curse (P, $6.80) is brighter. Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $18.00) is purpler. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $18.00) is purpler. Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac (LE, $24.00) is also purpler. See comparison swatches.

Ebony is described as an “intense black.” It’s a sheer, stiff black eyeliner. The consistency of it was really dry–it just wasn’t creamy at all, so it skipped and dragged on the skin. I highly recommend dulling the initial point, as it is extremely sharp, which doesn’t help the color payoff but does make it less painful to use. It lasted for almost eight hours with light shrinkage. There is no shortage in black eyeliners, so you can see comparison swatches of many blacks that out-perform this one.

MAC Stroke of Midnight Face Palette/Cool

C+
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total
MAC Iridescent Pressed Powder Sparkling Rose
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
MAC Lipstick Sublime Pleasure
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
MAC Lipstick Romantically Inclined
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow All Races
All Races
All Races
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Scene
Scene
Scene
2.5
Product
3
Pigmentation
3
Texture
6.5
Longevity
2
Application
38%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Magic Moor
Magic Moor
Magic Moor
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
MAC Eye Kohl Ebony
Ebony
Ebony
5
Product
5
Pigmentation
4
Texture
8
Longevity
3
Application
56%
Total

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos
MAC Divine Night Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos ($23.00 for 0.06 oz.) are available in six new and limited edition versions. Each version contains two shades. The areas are large enough to fit normal eyeshadow brushes in, so they can be used individually.  The majority of the shades wore about seven hours with some fading present at that point, while a few had fall out alongside the shorter wear time.  I think on the whole, these eyeshadows seemed more pigmented than other Mineralize Eyeshadows, and some of them had a softer, denser texture–but a few were a little drier and stiffer to work with.

Captivating #1 is described as a “deep gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff when applied dry or damp–when applied damp, it was smoother and less powdery. It showed some signs of fading after six hours of wear. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is more metallic. Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. Sephora Collection French Riviera (04) (P, $13.00) is darker. theBalm Snobby (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Dreammaker (LE, $15.00) is less frosted. MAC Sweet & Sour #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is more metallic. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is also more metallic. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is more metallic, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Captivating #2 is described as a “bright white gold base.” It’s a stark, white gold base–there’s the stark white base with a pale gold shimmer-sheen that seems to get pulled out if you blend out the shade. The texture was a little chunky and loose. Applied dry, it was powdery, chunky, and dusty, and then applied damp, it was less powdery and dusty, but it didn’t smooth out. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is more metallic, darker. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Vanilla (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Short Shorts (LE, $15.00) is smoother. bareMinerals Breathtaking (P) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Exquisite Ego #1 is described as a “soft white champagne.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had decent color payoff applied dry but was more pigmented when applied damp. The texture was slightly powdery. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is less metallic. MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P) is similar. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Flow (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Exquisite Ego #2 is described as a “bronze base.” It’s a coppery orange with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry; it was slightly powdery when applied dry but was nice when applied damp. There’s no shortage of dupes for a shade like this. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. LORAC Gold (P) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is more orange. Bobbi Brown Tiger’s Eye (LE, $21.00) is browner. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Campfire (LE, $32.50) is richer. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Gilded Night #1 is described as a “black with pearl.” It’s a soft black with silver shimmer. Applied dry, it’s sheer and dry; applied damp, it is somewhat more pigmented but still significantly softer and more muted than it appears in the pan. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Too Faced Starry Night (LE) is darker. Sephora Collection Animal Instinct (01) (P, $13.00) is similar. MAC Dark Dare (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly, darker. Burberry Dark Spice #1 (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Gilded Night #2 is described as a “bright gold with silver pearl base.” It’s a bright, light-medium yellow gold with a frosted, sparkling finish. It had a chunky consistency in the pan, so it was difficult to apply it smoothly, even when applied with a dampened brush. It had good color payoff, though. It showed some signs of fading and fall out after seven hours of wear. Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. is lighter. (LE) CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) (P, $4.99) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is similar. Chanel Cool Gold (LE, $34.00) is a cream product. Maybelline Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is yellower. bareMinerals Surreal (P) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Past Midnight #1 is described as a “soft white pink frost.” It’s a pale, subtly cool-toned, light pink with a metallic finish. It is sheer when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied damp. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is similar. MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. MAC Good Fortune (LE, $16.50) is a cream product. Giorgio Armani #29 (LE, $33.00) is darker. bareMinerals Glitterati (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Past Midnight #2 is described as a “blackish purple with violet pearl base.” It’s a violet purple over a blackened base with a satiny sheen. It had very sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and when applied damp, it was semi-opaque but still not great. The texture was very dry and a little stiff to work with. It showed some signs of fading after six hours of wear. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #1 (P) is similar. theBalm All the Way Annie (P, $16.00) is also similar. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $18.00) is darker. NARS High Society #3 (LE, $24.00) is more matte. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple (P, $7.99) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Tonight’s Temptation #1 is described as a “royal blue.” It’s a medium-dark blue with a soft, frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff applied dry, but it was much more pigmented when applied damp. The texture was soft, not too powdery. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00) is purpler. Urban Decay Radium (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Love Cycle #2 (LE, $21.00) is richer. MAC Blue Sheen (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Deep Truth (P, $15.00) is less cool-toned. MAC Switch to Blue (LE, $18.50) is lighter, cream product. See comparison swatches.

Tonight’s Temptation #2 is described as a “black with pearl base.” It’s a dark black with a soft silver shimmer. It is more intense than the Gilded Night #1. It was sheer when applied dry, and then it was semi-opaque when applied damp. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Too Faced Starry Night (LE) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P) is similar. CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is also similar. Bobbi Brown Lava (LE) is darker. NARS Night Breed (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Blacklit (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is more sparkly, cream product. See comparison swatches.

Until Dawn #1 is described as a “purple taupe.” It’s a subtly gray-tinged, caramel brown with a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. It had sheer color payoff when applied dry, but it was a lot more pigmented applied damp. This shade was somewhat powdery. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #3 (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Edward Bess Dusk (P, $30.00) is darker. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $18.00) is similar, slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Heather Brown (LE, $29.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Until Dawn #2 is described as a “soft gold base.” It’s a muted, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. It had a slightly powdery, somewhat chunky, consistency. It had sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied damp. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear.  Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is similar. theBalm Iron Maid-in (P, $16.00) is yellower. Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is a bit yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo Captivating
Captivating
Captivating
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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