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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). Tarte Big Baby (LE) is cooler (95% 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). 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
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Real Fantasy

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Hard Currency

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B

Influential

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Point 'n' Shoot

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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. NARS Undefeated (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). 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%
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Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.84 oz.) includes 21 eyeshadows (each is 0.04 oz.) in a variety of rainbow-inspired hues. It’s a new, limited edition palette for the holidays. While it has some similarity to last year’s Spectrum palette, the packaging is different–the lid now is hinged and lifts off of the palette, rather than fully removes (which is a complaint often made about last year’s palette!)–and it also contains more eyeshadows (21 vs. 15). If you normally use a primer or don’t mind using a white base to get the most bang out of the eyeshadows in the palette, you might enjoy it. On the other hand, if you want intense, totally opaque coverage in one pass, this might leave you wanting more as there are several shades that are either sheerer, dustier, or a combination of both. The palette launches on October 26th at Urban Decay and will follow shortly to other retailers after that.

I liked the concept of the palette–brights, more muted takes on brights, mattes and frosts–and how it was arranged overall. I think they could have opted to put in a more matte black instead of Midnight Blaze/Platonic for more versatility. If all of the more matte shades were like Calavera, it might have been a really superb palette, but as is, it didn’t blow me away. The more shimmery shades were decent to good, but they are not as smooth or as richly pigmented as last year’s Urban Spectrum palette (which is what made it a real standout in a sea of palettes).

Also, I counted one more repromote than the press release–Alchemy, Hatter, Goldmine, and Metamorphosis are all repromotes. And for those who were curious how it overlaps with Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix, you can see the comparison here.

Alchemy is a subdued, medium-dark reddish plum with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that was just a touch dry in the pan, but it blended out without issue and adhered nicely to bare skin. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Too Faced Sprinkles (Holiday 2016) (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). City Color It's a Girl (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Plum Dressing (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #9 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sugarpill Magentric (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Ciate Fierce (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Rewind (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Lectra (DC, $5.00) is more muted (80% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P) is more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Warning is a medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture felt a little looser in the pan, and as a result, somewhat dusty, but it seemed to go on better on the lid as I worked with it in a smaller area than swatched. It did apply better when patted on, rather than swept on. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC Rust (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop White Rabbit (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Oxidize (LE) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NYX Fireball (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Doce (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Let's Roll (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Midnight Blaze is a blackened brown with warmer, olive undertones and a fine pearl sheen. This was a terrible shade; it was extremely stiff and firm in the pan, which resulted in very sheer, uneven coverage that was only achievable when I scraped powder from the surface of the pan as it was just that stiff in the pan. It was hard to blend, but on the upside, it lasted for a whole six hours. Lancome Misty Morning (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek High Tea (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Jade (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Clarins Forest #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Khaki (08) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm #42 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hundred is a medium-dark forest green with cooler undertones and warmer, golden shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, lightly dusty texture that blended out nicely and wore for eight hours. Milani Bella Emerald (18) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Sugarpill Junebug (P, $13.00) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 (DC, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Modern Era #4 (LE) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora Luxurious Boot Camp (P, $12.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Lemmy (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #11 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Rolling in the Grass (10) (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? (P, $6.80) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Fyrinnae Boot Season (P, $6.75) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Craft (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Epic (P, $9.99) is cooler (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Whispering Ibis (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Protest (-, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Gucci Beauty Malachite (Left) (P) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Humid (P, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Minx is a deep navy blue with fine, lighter blue pearl over a mostly matte finish. The texture was soft, silky to the touch, but it was thin and dusty, so it sheered out easily and could look patchy if applied without a primer. This is the type of eyeshadow texture that really needs the smoothness of a primer for better color payoff, wear, and application. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Inglot #321 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Heroine (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #4 (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #9 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Delirious is a medium-dark plum with warmer undertones and very fine violet pearl over a matte finish. For all intents and purposes, it was a matte shade, as the shimmer was undetectable once applied to the lid. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a soft, blendable texture that didn’t turn patchy even over bare skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Deep Dahlia (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #2 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Stila Plum (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Platonic is a deep black with warmer undertones and silver shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage, and part of that was due to the firmer, thinner texture that made it harder to work with–I had trouble just getting product onto the brush, on top of the frustration when I tried to get the color to apply evenly to the lid or diffuse around the edges. It lasted for seven hours on me. Lancome Midnight Purple (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Espresso Blend #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Lunar Eclipse (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Licorice (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #3 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #12 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Black Velvet (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Dogon #2 (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Night Sky (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Black Coffee (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Black Tied (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Raven-Eyed (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Ebony Blend #2 (LE) is darker (90% similar). NARS Pandora (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gossip is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a soft, pearl shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty texture, but it applied well and blended out easily. The color wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Jerrica (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Cake (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Totally Fetch (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Noise (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $13.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Hotsy Totsy (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sugarpill Decora (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Party Girl (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Cherry Topped (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Bow (887) (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Swoon (LE) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seize is a bright, medium-dark coral-orange with warm undertones and an iridescent, pink-to-peach shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage paired with a soft, thinner texture that was a touch dusty but wouldn’t even be noticeable if used over a primer. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours. MAC Full of Flavour (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Free to Be (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Inglot #361 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Ensnare (P) is more shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Early Bird (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hello Kitty Bow (LE) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Placebo (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Paranormal (LE) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M816 Rosewood (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). MAC Mortal #3 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Destroyer (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Suspiciously Sweet (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Calavera is a bright, light-medium yellow with strong, warm undertones and fine gold pearl over a matte finish. The consistency was finely-milled, smooth, and a little denser while still being very blendable on the lid. There was noticeable fall out with this shade during application, but it did not sheer out too easily, so it was fairly easy to get true-to-pan color. I found that it tended to darken and look more muted when applied over bare skin, but over a primer, it retained more of its brightness. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Kat Von D Fran (LE)(95% similar). Illamasqua Hype (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Phresh (LE, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Goldenrod (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Jaune (DC, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Chrome Yellow (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Fashion Rebel #1 (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Banana Split (05) (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Inglot #323 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Cave of Wonders (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #24 (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Sugarpill Buttercupcake (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #7 (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Juicer (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Lady Fingers (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Royal Woo (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M408 Mustard (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Your 15 Minutes Aren't Up #1 (LE, $2.29) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hatter is a bright, medium grass green with cooler undertones and a fine pearl over a matte finish. On the lid, it looked and acted like a matte finish, as I could not see the shimmer. The consistency was thinner, dustier, and prone to sheering out without some sort of primer underneath it. The color started to fade after seven hours on me. I had faint staining with this shade when used without a primer. Make Up For Ever S312 Mint Green (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Cusp (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Lightyear (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Hajar Karim (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Fledgling (P) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #53 (DC, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). NARS Mad Mad World #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Inglot #384 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blindsided is a bright, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and fine, sky blue pearl over a matte finish. There was more shimmer in this shade than some of the other shimmer-and-matte eyeshadows in the palette, so I felt like they were more visible, but they were still subtle overall. The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and felt velvety–had some bulk to it so that it applied well to bare skin and did not just blend away to a faded mess. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Inglot #371 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Gonzo (P) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Mad Mad World #1 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Blue Candy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Inglot #322 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Blue Mesa (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Solomon Islands (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Olympian Blue (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Synth (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Electric Eel (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #8 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild A Regular at the Factory #2 (LE, $2.29) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #72 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Hi-Def Cyan (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Aveda Oceanica (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever #118 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sketch is a medium-dark violet purple with subtle, cooler undertones and a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a slightly firmer texture, though it wasn’t so firm that it became difficult to use. The color blended out without too much fuss, and it wore for eight hours before fading noticeably. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Violet (P) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Satellite Dreams (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #441 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lunacy (LE) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $9.00) is cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Opaline (P, $12.00) is more muted, warmer, better quality (85% similar). Urban Decay Vice (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Iced is a pale silver with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a lot of loose glitter/sparkle that separated from the base shade, so there was fall out during wear and during application. The consistency was drier, looser, and chunkier, which made it harder to use. The base color lasted six and a half hours on me. Colour Pop Gecko (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC In the Meadow #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Silver Screen (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Tower Bridge (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Filament (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Steam (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Virgin Silver (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Chrome Angel (P, $18.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). Dior Rivage #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Skulls (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Eggplant Blend #3 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Paranoia is a light-medium pinky-lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly shimmer. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft, lightly dusty texture that applied better over a primer than bare skin, but it was, at least, workable on bare skin. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Too Faced Jelly (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Punch Fuchsia (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Coax (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Blooming Mad (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Stars 'n' Rockets (P, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). CoverGirl Blazing Purple (340) (P, $4.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Asphyxia (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Kat Von D Love (LE) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Jones is a bright, medium tangerine orange with warm, golden shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too thin or too dense. This shade wore for just over eight hours on me. Kat Von D Platonic (LE)(100% similar). MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Warm Wash #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sin City (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Outer Limits (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Gingerluxe #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Flipper (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Nirvana (P) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Orange Topaz (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Tigerlily (P, $29.50) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Extravagance (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Sunnies (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Outer Limits (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sphinx (LE, $45.00) is more muted (85% similar). MAC Chessa (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mimosa (P, $14.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Goldmine is a light-medium gold with warmer undertones and a metallic sheen with some larger, chunkier sparkle. The sparkly bits tended to pull away from the base, so they ended up falling out during application or later on during wear. The consistency had a denser, chunkier feel to it, and I found a flatter, synthetic brush seemed to apply the eyeshadow best. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Telepathy (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 02 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Thrasher (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Prophet (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Gold Leaf (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom 24KT Stilettos (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gilded Gold (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sugarpill Goldilux (P, $13.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel RĂªve d'Orient #3 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay 1987 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Cheap Date (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 10 (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). L'Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mean is a bright, light-medium chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and warmer golden sheen. It had nice color payoff paired with a smooth, thinner texture that wasn’t dusty or powdery, which made it easy to work with on bare skin for both my initial application as well as for blending it out. This shade wore for eight hours on me. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #171 (DC, $20.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Sour (DC, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Green Clean #2 (LE) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I-30 (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lucky Green (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Mermaid Kiss (DC, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #17 (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Nice Energy (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Vinyl (LE) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Sugarpill Mint Soda (P, $13.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Metamorphosis is a bright, medium-dark periwinkle blue with cool undertones and fine pearl over a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage as a result of the very thin, dusty texture–it was just so prone to sheering out. Even over a primer, it looked faded and somewhat uneven. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. Hello Kitty Dear Daniel (LE) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Luxe Life (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Serenity (LE) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Atlantic Blue (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Self Portrait 1 #2 (LE, $25.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Heroine (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Echo (LE) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Faded is a subdued, medium-dark purple with flecks of gold sparkle over a matte finish. While a lot of the “matte” eyeshadows had “floating pearl” (Urban Decay’s terminology), this one seemed to have larger sparkle. I found that the larger size seemed to make this even harder to apply, as the sparkles would pull away from the purple base but also pull some of the purple eyeshadow away, which resulted in sheer, uneven coverage. I had better luck using this over an eyeshadow primer, but it was still a fussy shade to blend out. It worked better layered over another eyeshadow. The color started to fade after seven hours on me. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Indian Ink (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Violet (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Mulberry (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Gone Mad (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Smashbox Orchid (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Venom (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals In Vogue (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Ribbon (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bump is a stark white with a semi-matte finish. It seemed to have just a smidgen of shimmer to it–something to make it appear more satiny and not have as much excess product kicked up in the pan. The texture was finely-milled, smooth, and just a touch dusty at times. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage which stayed true for seven and a half hours. Too Faced Extra Creamy (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Vapour (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Ivy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Chandelier (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #00 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Chill (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Linen (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Highlight) (P) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay 21-Eyeshadow Palette Full Spectrum
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Bronze Pigments & Glitter Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Bronze Pigments & Glitter Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Bronze Pigments & Glitter Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Bronze Pigments & Glitter Kit ($35.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains three Pigments and one Glitter. Of the two sets available, this one is my preference as three of the four shades are Pigments, which make them more usable and versatile. MAC’s Glitter formula, while it might say it can be used alone, needs an adhesive companion product to function well, and it is not 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: $35.20 worth of Pigment, $8.80 worth of Glitter
  • Total Value: $44.00

* 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).

Sugar Rush is a light beige with warmer undertones and iridescent opal shimmer that gave it a cooler overtone. It had very sheer coverage dry, and it was semi-opaque when I tried using it damp. The consistency was incredibly finely-milled and silky, which I think made it prone to sheering out. It was better as an inner tear duct/corner highlighter or dusted over the tops of cheeks as a highlighter rather than an all-over lid shade. It lasted seven hours on the lid/seven and a half hours on the cheeks (as a highlighter). Colour Pop Acorn (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Topless (LE, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Phloof! (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Dulcinee #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Maybelline Pure Nude (80) (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Opal (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #2 (P) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Andromeda (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #4 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Jammin' #1 (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #1 (P) is less shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Onai (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stardream is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied dry, and it was darker, brighter, and fully opaque when applied damp. The consistency was smooth, blendable, and easy to apply to the skin as it covered evenly and did not sheer out too readily. It wore well for eight hours on me. LORAC Cider (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). City Color Cleo (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). The Estee Edit Swerve (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 03 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Ciate Shine Bright (LE) is lighter (85% similar). The Estee Edit Ray (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Zoeva Pure Ganache (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Stila Rose Gold (LE, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Cool Bronze (31M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Gold (DC, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Handsome Prince is a rich, medium-dark reddish brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin, and it tended to have a more luminous finish as it was worked on the skin. It had medium, buildable coverage; the dry application was closer to medium, while the damp application was fully opaque. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Tarte Whiskey (LE, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Bedroom Eyes (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Romantico (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Fez (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Caramelized (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Pocket Change (P, $6.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Tan (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Softened Up (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Peanut Butter Cup (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Bronze (P, $16.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Synergy (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Dart (P) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Banana Cream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Dior Golden Savannah #2 (LE)(85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Reigning Riches is a muted, medium-dark red with warmer, coppery undertones in a small-to-medium particle size. It is not an ultra-fine glitter, but it is not large, chunky glitter either. It does not work without an adhesive base, as used on its own, it sheered away easily, did not stay where it was applied, and had virtually no real wear. Used with an adhesive base, I found it performed as most glitters do over that base–minimal fall out, mostly even coverage. Lit Cosmetics Heartbreaker (P, $12.95) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Solar Flare (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Reflects Rust (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pigments & Glitter Kit Bronze
Bronze
Bronze
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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