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Too Faced The Chocolate Shop Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced The Chocolate Shop Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced The Chocolate Shop Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced The Chocolate Shop Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 1.41 oz.) includes 21 eyeshadows, one highlighter, one bronzer, one blush, one eyeshadow primer, one liquid lipstick, and a deluxe-sized mascara. You might have guessed by this point that this palette was underwhelming, both because it’s taken me this long to review and based on recent reviews on Too Faced’s holiday palettes. It is, indeed, another miss by the brand.

Dessert’s On Me is a very light white with warmer undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had good pigmentation, but the consistency was thin and dusty, which resulted in it sheering out easily while the shimmer pulled away from the base color. It wore well for six hours. LORAC Snow (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Lunar Lights (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Ball Gown (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Flowers 1 #1 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Yves (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Antique White (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Unicorn (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Skulls (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Indulge is a light, golden pewter with warmer undertones and a metallic finish. This had some glitter, which did not seem to stick around for long, while the rest of the consistency had an almost wet-like feel to it and felt smooth to the touch. It blended out fairly well and had semi-opaque coverage. On me, it started to fade after seven hours of wear. Hourglass Graphite #5 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Lancome Joie (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop I Heart This (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE) is darker (85% similar). NARS Give In Take I (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Vape (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Bling (LE) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Clarins Silver Ivory (04) (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cookie Dough is a light brown with warm undertones and gold sparkle over a matte finish. The sparkle did not bind with the base color, and the texture of the base ridiculously powdery, even though it felt silky and finely-milled. This was hard to apply to bare skin, and even over primer, it was hard to build up and keep in place. It wore for five hours. Becca Ombre Rouge #1 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Stila Heart (P) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Hanky Panky (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Pleasing to the Eye (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M518 Nude (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Hey Nude (04) (P, $34.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Unrequited (P) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Commando (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Burberry Pale Nude #2 (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Fresco (P, $23.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Raspberry Rose is a very light pink with a strong, white base and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dusty consistency that was prone to sheering out. This shade started to fade after five and a half hours of wear. Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink (P, $5.99) is brighter, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Kitten (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Wrapped Up (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugared Raisin is a light-medium mauve with warm undertones and flecks of copper sparkle over a more metallic finish. Too Faced seems to release a shade like this at least once a year, and they all look nearly the same–it just seems to show how important themes and names are compared to quality. The consistency was looser in the pan, which resulted in a lot of fall out during application as well as during wear. It started to crease on me after six hours. Too Faced The Strip (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC In My Element (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Provocateur (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Soft Plum (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Earthshine (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Clarins Silver Pink (05) (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Glitterrock (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Mauvelous (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Sephora Free Hug (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Too Faced Winter Dream (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guilt-Free is a light-medium gray-leaning taupe with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was so soft that it turned powdery and looser, so it had a tendency to sheer and dust away as it was blended. If used over a primer, it was better, though all of the issues were not fully resolved. It lasted for six hours on me. NARS Namibia (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Gallery (P) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 11 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Base) (P) is darker (80% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tootsie is a deep, red-toned brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, while the texture was a bit thin and dusty, but it was workable overall. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. bareMinerals Ensemble (LE) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm Presto (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Ciate Queen Bee (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Friendly (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Smoked (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Black Plum (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #2E (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glaze is a very light beige with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a lightly dusty, thin texture. This shade started to fade noticeably after six hours of wear. Kat Von D Bone (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE) is more muted (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Give In Take IV (LE, $29.00) is brighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Nude #1 (P) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Frosty Nog (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gingerdoodle is a light-medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The texture was looser in the pan, which made the eyeshadow sheer out and look drier on the skin. It wore well for six and a half hours on me. Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Poodle (P, $18.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Bling (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #2 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is darker (90% similar). City Color New Year, New Me (P, $6.99) is brighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocaholic is a soft, medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was good, while the consistency was dusty but blendable. It started to fade after seven hours on me. Too Faced Painkiller (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Indie (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #2 (P) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Yamal (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Skinny Latte (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Wanderer (LE) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm #44 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Bold (P) is warmer (85% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Frameworthy (LE)(85% similar). Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cake Batter is a medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, thin, and dusty consistency that was prone to sheering out. This shade wore for six hours. Too Faced Nougat (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Soft Peach (P, $12.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Stila Clay (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Millennial (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Demitasse (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Butterscotch is a rich, medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. The color payoff was fantastic, while the texture was smooth, a little denser, and adhered well bare to skin. This shade wore for a solid eight hours on me. LORAC Gold (DC, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #5 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Isolde #1 (P, $25.00)(95% similar). MAC Amber Lights (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). The Estee Edit Ray (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Stila Rose Gold (LE, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Game Face (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Calligraphy #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Cider (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Nude #5 (LE, $19.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop KathleenLights (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Ambient (P) is lighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Penelope (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Copper (23) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Toffee Crunch is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was incredibly powdery, and it seemed to come away almost in chunks. It had sheer coverage, partially owed to the fact that almost none of it wanted to stick to skin in the first place. I noticed fading after six hours. LORAC Walnut (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm Allegro (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Milk Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Taupe (P) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #4 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Arizona (88V) (P, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Beware (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cookie (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Cognac (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Tan Lines (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lava Cake is a blackened brown with subtle multi-colored pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a firmer, stiffer consistency that was hard to apply and later blend out on the lid. This shade wore for seven hours. Buxom Two By Four (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Give In Take VI (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Cup of Joe (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Chocolate (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced La Femme (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Ankh (LE) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Banana Date is a light beige with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was opaque, and the powder was soft, smooth, and silky while only being a touch powdery. It wore well for seven hours on me. NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Big Baby (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bone (LE, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Breakfast in Bed (LE) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Summer Breeze (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Real Fantasy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Trench Coat (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Shade I (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Daydream (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Damned (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Moulder (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Buff (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Light Study (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Hard Being the It Girl #3 (LE, $2.29) is more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Honey Dip is a bright, medium copper with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. The color payoff was great, while the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Snakebite (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Olive Blend #1 (LE) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Guerlain Crazy Paris #1 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Graphite #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Huda Beauty #Blessed (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pound Cake is a light-medium pink with cooler undertones but much warmer, golden shimmer that gave it an overall warmer look. It had good color coverage, but the texture was thin and dusty, so it sheered out a lot. The wear came in at six hours on me. Stila Metallic Peach (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay X (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Just Fur Fun (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Fleur (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Tulle (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). The Estee Edit Riff (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Boxes & Bows (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Pink Haze (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Glitzy Blitzen (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Golden Flower #1 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Glitz (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is warmer (80% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Lancome Kitten Heel (P, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugar Bells is a medium silver with cool, blue undertones and a metallic finish. The consistency was decent, but there were a few sparkly bits that broke up the otherwise smooth feel of the powder. It had good color payoff and lasted for seven hours on me. Sephora Iridescent Shell (110) (LE, $13.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Architectonic #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Smoky #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Tin Soldier (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Vivacious Maguari (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Graphic (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Les Gris #4 (P) is darker (85% similar). NARS Parallax (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Evening Grey (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Vapor (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mint Chip is a deep blue with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly dry texture that turned patchy when blended. This shade started to fade after eight hours. Colour Pop Coconut (P, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME230 Peacock Blue (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Mystic Hour (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Pre-Packaged (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #3 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #18 (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S228 Petrol Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Jingle Berry is a bright, medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a pearly sheen. It was mostly opaque applied on bare skin, but it was buildable over a primer. The consistency was thinner and dusty, which is why I think it did not perform as well. On me, it started to fade after seven hours of wear. Too Faced Violet Cassis (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Selena (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Violet Impact (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay 1985 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I-90 (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #5 (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Huckleberry is a deep, blackened purple with flecks of purple and pink sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the consistency was thin, a bit dry, and hard to apply, as it would turn patchy when blended. It wore well for seven hours on me. Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills #4 (P) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Dior Eclectic #5 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Glamorous (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jungle Love (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Straight Trippin' (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Center Stage (P) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #79 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 04 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Inner Light is a light, peachy-pink with a strong, golden frost. It had medium coverage, which was fairly buildable, with a lightly powdery consistency with slightly chunky shimmer (which seemed to separate from the base color). It wore well for seven and a half hours. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Divergent Gleaming Pearl (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Soleil is a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. I have so many versions of Chocolate Soleil, and I’m always surprised the brand can’t seem to make them consistent. This version was extremely stiff in the pan, which resulted in sheerer coverage that was hard to blend out. It wore for seven hours. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Toffee (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P) is more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Paloma Contour (P) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NYX Tan (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Talia (Contour) (P) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry is a bright, medium pink with cool, bluish undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the consistency was soft, just a touch dusty, but was blendable and easy to apply to the cheeks. It did seem to darken and warm up against my skin, though. It lasted for eight hours before fading. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Blush (LE) is brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Tea (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Vivid (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #3 (LE) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Holiday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette The Chocolate Shop
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag ($42.50 for 0.50 oz.) includes a full-sized eyeshadow, cream eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara.  The three color products coordinated well together, but the Pro Longwear Paint Pot left something to be desired with regards to pigmentation and blendability, as it had a lot of slip, which gave it sheerer, uneven coverage in practice.

Value

  • Extra Dimension Eyeshadow: $20.00 for 0.04 oz.
  • Pro Longwear Paint Pot: $22.00 for 0.17 oz.
  • Technakohl Liner: $18.00 for 0.012 oz.
  • Mascara: $23.00 for 0.28 oz.
  • Total Value: $83.00

Fathoms Deep is a muted, dark purple with a metallic sheen and cool undertones. It had mostly opaque coverage dry, though it wasn’t quite as deep, and it wore well for six hours. Applied damp, it was fully opaque and wore well for eight hours. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Feel the Fever (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Frost at Midnight (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Grand Galaxy (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Bae (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). L'Oreal Purple Priority (758) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Saint Germain (P) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Badass (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC leap #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek High Wire (P, $9.99) is lighter (80% similar). Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is lighter (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #2 (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Ardency Inn Purple Hearts (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Lapisluxe #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dream Scene is a light-medium, silvery blue with cooler undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was just so-so, which I expect is a result of the really emollient, thinner consistency, so it was very prone to sheering out and looking somewhat uneven. It was best as a sheerer wash of color or used as a base underneath powder eyeshadows. On its own, the color wore well for 12 hours, which is great wear but shy of the 15 hours claimed. MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Just Breathe #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Hydrangea Hype (135) (LE, $6.99) is brighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Silver (20) (P, $4.49) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Cool Crush (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Shellshock (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Buxom Chihuahua (P, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Iced Blue (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). YSL Wet Blue (10) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Maybelline Seashore Frosts (LE, $6.99) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Graphblack is a medium-dark black with a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and the consistency was soft enough to glide across the lash line without tugging, but it is not so creamy that it slides around. The eyeliner wore for eight hours on me. MAC Definitely Black (P, $20.00)(100% similar). Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00)(100% similar). NARS Via Veneto (P, $24.00)(100% similar). Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) (P, $37.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Blacktrack (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Zero (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Engraved (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Perfect Black (P, $18.00) is glossier (95% similar). Zoeva Black to Earth (P, $7.50) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). MAC Superfly (P, $16.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Swerve (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora All Black Everything (P, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Black Moon (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Eye Bag Smoky Eye Bag
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
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NARS Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette
NARS Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes four eyeshadows and a miniature sized eyeliner. The eyeshadows actually felt much, much denser and more like a hybrid between cream and powder than NARS’ typical eyeshadow (which is often thin and either powdery or dusty). It’s an okay palette, but I think there are better versions of these types of shades.

Value

  • Eyeshadow: $25.00 for 0.07 oz. or $357.14/oz.
  • Eyeliner: $25.00 for 0.04 oz. or $625.00/oz.
  • Set Value: $71.43 worth of eyeshadow, $6.25 worth of eyeliner
  • Total Value: $77.68

Look Closer I is a light-medium beige with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was denser, but it appeared a little chalky when swatched, even though it was mostly opaque in coverage. It was harder to blend out evenly or to sheer out as it seemed to stick where it initially applied best. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. Sephora Whitewashed (P, $12.00)(100% similar). Too Faced Banana Date (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Divergent Altruistic Almond (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Real Fantasy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Big Baby (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Hard Being the It Girl #3 (LE, $2.29) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Breakfast in Bed (LE) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Daydream (LE) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Entomology (P) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade I (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC Undressed (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Buff (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Nudes (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Tabby (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Moulder (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Look Closer II is a light-medium brown with warm, golden undertones and a slightly grayer, more muted overtone paired with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, but it tended to lift away with a few chunks from the denser, thicker consistency. These chunks would fall out during application but did not seem to impede to overall evenness and look of the eyeshadow on the lid. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Tarte Dancer & Prancer (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Spotlight (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Color Vibes (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Topaz (P)(90% similar). NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #3 (P) is warmer (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Agate (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Parisian Sky #1 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) (P, $7.99) is warmer (85% similar). theBalm Stand-offish (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Sweet Satisfaction (DC, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Nude #3 (P) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Anastasia Belize (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Rose Ashes (11) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). bareMinerals Schmooze (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Laura Mercier Bamboo (P) is warmer (80% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Look Closer III is a soft, dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which was buildable to opaque coverage with two layers. The consistency was smooth, dense but blendable and easy to work with. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte One Too Manet (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte A Beautiful Degas (LE) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Corduroy (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Edgy (P) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Cabin Fever (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Violeta (LE, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Arizona (88V) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Walnut (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Taupe (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Toffee Crunch (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Rebel (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Beware (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Look Closer IV is a deep black with warm, brown undertones and multi-colored pearl. It was richly pigmented with a more cream-like–dense, smooth–texture that applied well to bare skin and lasted for eight hours before creasing. Dior Smoky Sequins #5 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #6 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Fierce (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Via Veneto is a dark black with a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color in a single pass, which was buildable to more opaque coverage in two to three passes. The texture was firmer and had a tendency to tug on my lash line. It wore well for eight hours on me, which was short of the 12-hour wear time claimed. It is consistent with the color and texture of the last time I reviewed it (here).

NARS Eyeshadow Palette (Holiday 2016) Look Closer
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MAC x Helmut Newton Point ‘n’ Shoot Eyeshadow Quad

MAC x Helmut Newton Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow Quad
MAC x Helmut Newton Point ‘n’ Shoot Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Point ‘n’ Shoot Eyeshadow Quad ($32.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four neutral shades–yellowy beige, grayish taupe, brownish taupe, and deep black. The first three shades were nice–pigmented, blendable, long-wearing–but the last shade was very difficult to blend out as it was a much firmer, stiffer product in the pan.

Real Fantasy is a light, buttery yellow with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too firm or too powdery. It blended out easily on the skin, and it wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Tarte Free Spirit (LE)(100% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $12.00)(100% similar). Kat Von D Entomology (P)(100% similar). Urban Decay Pre-Game (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Vintage Lace (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Shade I (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #2 (P) is brighter (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Big Baby (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Puppy Love (LE) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Moulder (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Lace (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hard Currency is a medium-dark gray-leaning taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, just a touch dusty, but it was blendable, didn’t sheer out too readily, and didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Tailor Grey (P, $18.50) is glossier (95% similar). Clinique Portobello (P, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Base) (P) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Bedrock (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Copperplate (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Blackbird Cosmetics Smudge (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Influential is a dark taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was firmer in the pan, which made it harder to work with and blend out on the lid. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC Persuade (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Bowl Out (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Downtown (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Ashbury (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Licorice Lane (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Concrete (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Mystery (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Point ‘n’ Shoot is a deep black with neutral-to-cool undertones paired with a matte finish. While it wasn’t Carbon, it was still Carbon-like: stiff in the pan and difficult to use–the color skipped and dragged, turned patchy when blended, and took a lot of effort just to manipulate into something decent. I had the best luck using a very feathery brush and lightly tapping it into the crease and then using Influential to soften and blend the edges. This shade wore for eight hours on me before fading. Too Faced Black Coffee (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P) is darker, cooler, better quality (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Chrome #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Punk (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Is It the Beat (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Huda Beauty Black Truffle (LE) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackout (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Eyeshadow Quad Point 'n' Shoot
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Product
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Pigmentation
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Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
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NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette
NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette ($69.00 for 0.78 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and three blushes in the Dual-Intensity formula. The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be sheerer when applied dry and more opaque with a “high-impact finish” when used damp. The Dual-Intensity Blush formula is supposed to have a “high-impact” flush when used damp and a “natural-looking glow” when used dry. In general, regardless of whether it’s an eyeshadow or blush, they are sheer to semi-opaque with more of a frosted, shimmery finish when used dry, and then more opaque and more metallic when used damp. The blushes can be more difficult to blend and diffuse when used damp, but I don’t have that issue (or at least, not as often) with the eyeshadows applied with a damp brush–I expect this is partially due to how blush is often applied at sheerer coverage levels than eyesahdow, so it is more obvious when it is not diffusing as readily. Both formulas wear between six and nine hours for me.

The value of the set is ridiculously good, period, but it’s particularly high for NARS, which doesn’t typically do truly value-packed palettes or sets. I think, perhaps, it’s the result of the Dual-Intensity range being rather pricey individually that they could only go so high before the palette reached a price point they did not feel their customer base would pay. Each eyeshadow in the palette is larger than a full-sized Dual Intensity Eyeshadow! If you like the colors, it’s worth checking out. I’m not in love with the shade range or how the blushes and eyeshadows coordinate with each other–the blushes seem like they’re too warm and could be more in a pink/plum/mauve family–I just felt like it looked a bit disjointed together. The quality is fairly consistent with my experience with the formula in full-sized shades, so if the color combination appeals to you, I’d definitely keep an eye out for it.

Minor quibble: why didn’t they give these individual shade names?! They did it for several other palettes this year!

Value

  • Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow: $29.00 for 0.05 oz. or $580.00/oz.
  • Dual-Intensity Blush: $45.00 for 0.21 oz. or $214.29/oz.
  • Set Value: $243.60 worth of eyeshadow, $77.14 worth of blush
  • Total Value: $320.74

Give In Take I is a dirty beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation both dry and damp, but the damp application made it apply more smoothly and amplified the sheen. The texture was soft, firmer in the pan but not stiff to work with, and applied well to bare skin. It lasted for seven hours (both dry and damp) on me before fading. Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Cream (21S) (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Vex (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I542 Pinky Clay (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Pearl Earring (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Indulge (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Telepathy (P) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #2 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Silver Ivory (04) (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Air (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Mother's Milk (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take II is a muted, medium-dark gray with cool, bluish tones and a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, while damp yielded nearly opaque coverage. It was easier to diffuse and blend around the edges when I used it dry, but the coverage was hard to build up, so I had the best luck applying it damp initially and then using it dry to diffuse and soften the edges. It lasted for seven hours dry, seven and a half hours damp. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Left) (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Denim Smokey (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Retrograde (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take III is a blackened teal with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It appeared more muted in color but had semi-opaque coverage when I applied it dry, and it lasted for eight hours. When I tried it damp, it was more intense and fully opaque, but it took extra effort to diffuse the edges, though it lasted for almost nine hours on me. Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Midnight Swim (16) (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Rhinestone (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). The Estee Edit Wavy (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Mermaid (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Houdini (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take IV is a bright beige with subtle, cooler undertones and a satin finish (even though it looked warmer in the pan). It was more muted and a lot less bright–looked almost faded–when I applied it dry, though it was still semi-opaque in coverage. When I applied it with a damp brush, it was brighter and looked starker against my skin tone with semi-opaque coverage. It was easier to use this one damp, though, as the texture was a bit firmer to work with in the pan, so having the dampness on the brush stretched the color out more. It lasted for seven and a half hours both dry and damp on me. Too Faced Frosty Nog (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). Anastasia Blanc (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take V is a light-medium taupe with warmer, brown undertones and a gray overtone paired with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer coverage when applied dry, and the color itself was much warmer and lacked the gray overtone. If I used it with a damp brush, the color was more intense, grayer, and more opaque. I noticed fading after seven hours when I used it dry, and then after eight hours when I used it damp. Sephora Cashmere Coat (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #7 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take VI is a deep, blackened brown with subtle, warmer, olive undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer coverage applied dry, which looked more like a dark brown than a blackened brown, while damp application yielded rich, opaque color that was much deeper and darker. The consistency was soft, firm without being stiff, and blended out fairly well on the lid. It lasted for seven hours dry and eight hours damp. Too Faced Cup of Joe (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Cinders (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Lava Cake (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Beluga (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Infusion (P) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Black Magique (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Earthy Scent (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Ankh (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Topkapi #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Clarins Nude #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #12 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush I is a light, white gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had similar, medium, buildable coverage both dry and damp, but the damp application was definitely more intense with a smoother, but stronger, sheen. The consistency was smooth, a touch dry in a way, but it was blendable and did not appear dry on the skin. It lasted for eight hours both dry and damp on me. Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush II is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin sheen. The coverage with medium, buildable dry and then semi-opaque, buildable damp. It had a more obviously, pearlescent sheen when applied damp, but it was never flat even when applied dry. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and it did not emphasize my pores or skin’s natural texture. It wore well for seven hours dry and eight hours damp. MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Nectar (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush III is a bright pop of peony pink with subtle, warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was soft, firm but blendable on the skin, and it was flattering on the skin and did not enhance pores or the skin’s natural texture. It had semi-sheer coverage dry and semi-opaque coverage damp, and it was buildable regardless of application method. On me, it lasted for eight hours both dry and damp. Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Blush) (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette (Holiday 2016) Give In Take
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments & Glitter Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments & Glitter Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments & Glitter Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments & Glitter Kit ($35.00 for 0.28 oz.) contains two Pigments and two Glitters. I don’t think this set is worth it unless you’ll use the Glitters included. MAC’s Glitter formula, while it might say it can be used alone, needs an adhesive companion product to function well, and it isn’t eye safe.

MAC Pigment is supposed to have “buildable coverage” with “rich colour” and a long-wearing formula. MAC’s Pigments have more to them that really helps the powder blend and bind together, so they can be used dry or damp but do not need a primer or mixing medium to function. I tend to get eight-hour wear with most shades, and most shades are medium to opaque dry and fully opaque damp. The more finely-milled, almost satin-like in feel, shades tend to be a bit sheerer overall.

MAC Glitter is supposed to have a “high-level sparkle effect” that can be used on face, body, and hair (but it “not recommended for use around eyes”) and “applied directly to the skin or combined with [other] products.” They really can’t be used on their own, because it is just loose glitter, so without using some other product, it gets everywhere and doesn’t stay where you’ve applied it. It can work using an adhesive base or primer (Too Faced Glitter Insurance, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, etc.). I don’t love that the Glitters are included in holiday kits, because they are listed as “not eye-safe.” I would rather four eye-safe Pigments. Since MAC did state that they can be applied directly to skin, I tested them on cheeks. The swatches are over Too Faced Glitter Insurance, which is an adhesive base.

Value

  • Pigment: $22.00 for 0.15 oz. or $146.67/oz.
  • Glitter: $22.00 for 0.15 oz. or $146.67/oz.
  • Set Values: $23.47 worth of Pigment, $17.60 worth of Glitter
  • Total Value: $41.07

* Note: Some pigments are sold as “Sized to Go,” which are priced at $10.00 for 0.09 oz. or $111.11/oz. I normally use the price per ounce of full sized products to determine value, but I wanted to point out that mini Pigments are also available (and are, oddly, a better value, by price per ounce, than full size).

English Gilt is a light-medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage applied dry and mostly opaque coverage applied damp. It was really easy to work with on the lid, as the consistency was soft, smooth, and adhered well to bare skin and blended out nicely along the edges. The color started to crease after eight hours of wear. Urban Decay Zap (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Permanent Press #2 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #3 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Laura Mercier Moonlight (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Dirtysweet (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Benefit Thanks a Latte (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Starlight (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Chase (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Cognac (P) is darker (80% similar). Dior Fire (584) (P, $29.50) is darker, more muted (80% similar). bareMinerals Stay Golden (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Heritage Rouge is a deep plum with warm, red undertones and a pearly sheen. It had medium color coverage applied dry, which was buildable to more opaque coverage with two to three layers. When I applied it with a damp brush, it was fully opaque. The powder had a soft, smooth texture that applied well to bare skin and blended out with ease. This shade wore well for nine hours on me. This shade is available individually. Colour Pop Static (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D826 Fig (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Rosette (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Frock Talk (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Hidden Motive (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Porter (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Brazenly (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Queen (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Lectra (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). City Color Marsala (P, $6.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gold is a light-medium gold with warm undertones. It had light-to-medium sized glitters, and as a result, it really was only functional with an adhesive base or primer–it just sheered out and would move around on the skin otherwise. Milani Golden Eyes (LE, $4.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Gilt Gourmet (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Goldmine (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Stargazer (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Oz #1 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Lit Cosmetics Rich & Famous (P, $12.95) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Vision (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Asteroid (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Lit Cosmetics Beach Baby (P, $12.95) is less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Reflects Rust is a bright, medium-dark reddish copper with warm, orange undertones and a mix of finer and moderately fine glitter and sparkle. The Reflects range is a more finely-milled type of glitter, so they are easier to use, particularly if your aim is more even, opaque coverage. It still needed an adhesive base to perform with any longevity, though. Huda Beauty Fling (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Lit Cosmetics Glittergasm (P, $12.95) is cooler (85% similar). Lit Cosmetics Heartbreaker (P, $12.95) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Reigning Riches (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pigments & Glitter Kit Gold
Gold
Gold
7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
4.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
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