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Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes
Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes ($49.00 for 1.46 oz.) includes 18 eyeshadows, two blushes, one bronzer, and a deluxe sized mascara. While I don’t always have great luck with Too Faced’s eyeshadow formula (I have found it to be thinner and dustier, so it tends to require primer to perform well), I found this set of palettes to be particularly disheartening. I feel like this set is why people have dismissed holiday palettes more this year compared to previous years; it is everything wrong with holiday: an intense focus on packaging and presentation and seemingly little to no focus on actual product quality and consistency. There were many shades that were very sheer, dusty, or dry, and only a handful of shades were decent. Even two of the three cheek colors had a clumpy, powdery consistency that was just really surprising–in the worst of ways–and sealed the deal on this being a total disappointment.

Peppermint Cream is a bright white with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a light, dusty texture (though smooth) that lasted for six hours before fading. Viseart Bright Editorial #1 (P)(100% similar). MAC Gesso (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00)(100% similar). Viseart Chroma #1 (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Flat White (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC White (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Daisy's My BFF (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Christmas Blend is a medium-dark peach with warm, brown undertones and a sparkling finish. It had sheer coverage with a dry, dusty, and chunky texture that was a total pain to use as it did not apply to bare skin (or even over regular primer). It lasted for four hours–if that–on me. Colour Pop Catnap (-, $5.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, better quality (95% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Lancome My French #5 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte #SFS (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Give Me Fire (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Baby (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Luscious Lani (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Sweeter End (P) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Melody (98) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Parallel Universe (Left) (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Peppermint Mocha is a dark brown with warm,r ed undertones and a mostly matte finish, though there were visible sparkles that sat on top and blended away. The texture was incredibly dusty and dry, which resulted in sheer coverage that turned patchy when blended. It lasted for six hours before fading. YSL Rosy Glow #5 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Age #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Peach Pit (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #4 (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lucky Penny (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Antique Bronze (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Silk Robe (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Candy Cane is a light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, powdery texture that tended to sheer out and fade within six hours. Too Faced Raspberry Rose (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) (P) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Baby Cakes (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink (P, $5.99) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #1 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Flounce (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Douce France #1 (LE, $25.00) is more muted (90% similar). LORAC Pink Cream (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Kitten (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Vintage (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Light Pink (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 13 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Caregiver (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sprinkles is medium-dark berry with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty, drier texture that still managed to blend out without too much work. It wore for seven hours. City Color It's a Girl (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Stylishly Merry (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Alchemy (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Glistening Garnet (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). City Color U Jelly? (P, $6.99) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #9 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Marry in Monte Carlo (LE, $9.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Violet Blend #3 (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME840 Pink Chrome (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coffee Chip is a blackened brown with hints of warmer, olive undertones and a fine, pearly shimmer. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the texture was soft, just a touch dusty, but one of the easiest shades to work with in the palette. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #4 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bracken (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #6 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dark Roast (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Bedazzled Spruce (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rock (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Clarins The Essentials #10 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Darkhorse (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Dark Sepia (47P) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Haute Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Leopard (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Snakebite (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Burberry Gold #1 (LE) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Santa Baby is a bright pop of medium pink with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It was very chalky, powdery in the pan, and tended to clump on the brush. The color was difficult to blend out on the skin, as it would stick strongly to some places and not at all on other areas. It lasted for six hours on me. Zoeva PK020 (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pinch O' Peach (P, $22.00) is better quality (95% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Formal (LE) is more muted (90% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva PK030 (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Lovecloud (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (DC, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Pop (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frosty Nog is a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too dusty. It lasted for six hours on me before fading. NARS Give In Take IV (LE, $29.00)(100% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Highlight) (P) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE) is more muted (95% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (P) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Nude #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Extra Creamy (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eggnog Latte is a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a sparkling sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a firmer texture–it felt almost wet in the pan–and a smoother finish on the skin. The color lasted for seven hours but had some fall out. Dior Pastel Fontanges #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Bling (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Alexandre Trois (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Fortune (LE) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Fall Collection 2012 #2 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold Bar (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Iced Coffee is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a pearl sheen. It had decent color payoff with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that lasted for seven hours on me. Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #28E (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Caramelized (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cote d'Azur (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Tarte On the Monet (LE) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Hot & Cold (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Hammamet (Right) (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #14 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Peace (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Mocha (P, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Peanut Butter Cup (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Skinny Latte is a light-medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a very powdery, clumpy texture that was hard to work with, as it would result in fall out on the lid and sheer, uneven coverage when applied. The color started to fade after six hours. Tarte Love Hue (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #1 (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Lancome Sante (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Kid (DC, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Yamal (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #2 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Chocaholic (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Bold (P) is brighter (90% similar). theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Frameworthy (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Painkiller (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cold Brew is a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and multi-colored sparkle. The texture was denser and felt wet to the touch, and it had a lot more sparkle, but the sparkle binded better with the base than usual. It had good pigmentation and applied fairly well to the lid. The color wore for seven hours with a touch of fall out. Laura Mercier Amethyst (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Under the Mistle-taupe (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Far Side (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Grand-Palais (P) is lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Quartz Fume (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Reef (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Tan Lines (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soft Steel (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Showstopper Copper (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Golden Petals Scattering (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Chronosphere (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Ardency Inn Vintage Gold (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Clinique Cocoa Pop (P, $17.00) is more muted (85% similar). MAC Tea Leaves (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Spiked Cider (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Radar (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Central Perk is a rich, dark emerald green with cooler undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the texture was smooth, creamy, and blendable. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Scarab (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #414 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Walk on the Wild Side (08) (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Donna (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hello Kitty Three Apples (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Dark Indulgence (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Indo (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Emerald Power (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). theBalm Jealous Jordana (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Peach Cobbler is a bright, medium coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture, though it kicked up excess in the pan. It lasted for seven hours. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is more muted (95% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Vibrant (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $55.00) is darker (85% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ginger Cream is a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a firmer texture that was very unlike Too Faced for their mattes. The color lasted for five hours on me. MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #2 (P)(100% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Double Scoop (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Fresh (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Waterlilies (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Cheers (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Graphite #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Pure (LE) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte French Manicure (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Dior Golden Reflections #4 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Drawing a Blanc (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maple Syrup is a medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a dusty texture that was prone to sheering out and looking patchy when blended. The color lasted for six and a half hours on me. Tarte Style (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Power Player (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Brownie Points (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Fashion Fix (DC, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Renholder (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cool Complement (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Vow (LE) is warmer, better quality (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Stone Unturned (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Jingle All the Grey (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Almond Mocha (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bandwagon (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Cover (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gingersnap is a bright, medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and copper sparkle. The texture was almost wet to the touch with a smoother, more cream-like feel but was thinner overall (not really dense). It applied decently to bare skin, and it wore for seven hours with some fall out. Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Toasted Nut (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Bronze Casting (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Breaking Bronze (P, $6.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Warm Wash #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). LORAC Nude #2 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Winter Dream is a muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with warmer undertones and pink and white sparkle. The consistency was fairly smooth, almost wet to the touch, and blended out decently. It was sheerer, though, and it had some fall out after seven hours of wear. MAC Dress Me Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Silver Pink (05) (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tinsel (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Free Hug (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Prickly Pear (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Performance Art (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Lancome Exhibition (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Soft Plum (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Kari (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sugared Raisin (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Make a Mauve (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cup of Joe is a deep, blackened brown with warm undertones and fine gold pearl scattered over a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that was fairly blendable. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Too Faced Lava Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). YSL Fetiche #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Gilded Night #1 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Ankh (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Tempting (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Give In Take VI (LE, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Truffle (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Infusion (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #8 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Witch (LE, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Everlasting (P) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Rising Passions (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Smut (P, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Coffee is a dark black with neutral-t-cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a dustier, thinner texture that was prone to sheering out. It wore well for seven hours before fading. Dior Smoky Sequins #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is darker (95% similar). NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Point 'n' Shoot (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Licorice (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Lunar Eclipse (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Platonic (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Black Velvet (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gingerbread is a medium-dark brown with warmer, slightly rosy, undertones and a mostly matte finish. The consistency was clumpy, chalky, and a disaster on the cheeks, as it looked uneven and dry. It had semi-sheer coverage at best. It started to fade after six hours of wear. Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set Grand Hotel Café
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Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
70%
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Dior Smoky Sequins (066) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Smoky Sequins (066 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Smoky Sequins (066 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Smoky Sequins (066 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, limited edition five-pan eyeshadow palette that features a medium gray, white, golden bronze, dark gray, and dark black. The formula feels like last year’s holiday eyeshadow formula, which was a little easier to use and better performing than some of Dior’s other eyeshadow palettes in recent times. It is described as being “ultra-pigmented” with ” no powdery effect.” The palette was decent with respect to pigmentation, texture, and wear; it’s the kind of palette that is on the cusp of being good, but it would work for someone who typically wears primer already. I wish the center shade wasn’t a warm-toned gold/bronze hue; I think it would have been better with something cooler, perhaps a violet, blue, or silvery taupe.

Smoky Sequins #1 is a light-medium gray with neutral undertones and a sparkly, frosted finish. The consistency was drier and dustier, which resulted in the color applying poorly to bare skin as it would sheer out and not adhere well. It had medium coverage, and it was not buildable when I wore it. The best luck I had was using it with a slightly dampened brush. It lasted for six hours on me. LORAC Gunmetal (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sex & the Oyster (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Uninhibited #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Lysithea (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smoky Sequins #2 is a bright white with neutral undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the texture was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable on the skin. It applied well to bare skin and lasted for seven hours. L'Oreal Petite Perle (P, $5.99) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Skulls (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Precious Embroidery #2 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Ball Gown (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC White Frost (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Milani Bella White (07) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #3 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Flowers 1 #1 (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Vapor (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Chillproof (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #5 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smoky Sequins #3 is a medium, golden bronze with warm, brown undertones and a metallic finish. It had excellent color payoff with a smooth, denser consistency that was really easy to work with; it felt much denser compared to the other shades in the palette–creamier in a way. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Satin Tan (58P) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Crushed Clove (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) (P, $39.00) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Style Icon (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Santorini (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Tubular (LE, $16.00)(90% similar). Benefit Thanks a Latte (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC English Gilt (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Infinity (751) (LE, $31.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). NARS Lucid Dream (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Starfish (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Gitte (P) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smoky Sequins #4 is a dark gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and a pearly shimmer. It had good color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The texture was just a touch drier, but it came together well on the lid and did not look dry on. I was able to get seven and a half hours of wear out of this shade. MAC Plumluxe #5 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Lapisluxe #3 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Graphite (07M) (P, $29.00) is cooler (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #18 (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Diesel (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Left) (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Feather (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Stila Black Diamond (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Double Feature #2 #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #3 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Coup de Foudre #4 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Obsidian (P) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Knight Divine (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smoky Sequins #5 is a dark black with warmer, brown undertones and a satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a really smooth, blendable texture that adhered well to bare skin and did not appear patchy when blended out. The color started to fade noticeably after eight hours of wear. Sleek MakeUP 1001 Nights (LE, $9.99) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Black Coffee (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #4 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #4 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Look Closer IV (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Empire (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Anger (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Blackground (P, $18.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #4 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Platonic (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Chroma #6 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cinderfella (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #35 (P, $6.50) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Ciate x Chloe Morello Beauty Haul Makeup Set

Ciate x Chloe Morello Beauty Haul Makeup Set
Ciate x Chloe Morello Beauty Haul Makeup Set

Ciate x Chloe Morello Beauty Haul Makeup Set ($49.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes a slim eyeshadow palette with 15 eyeshadows along with a miniature-sized liquid lipstick and mascara. Overall, it’s a nice palette for someone who likes warmer neutrals and mixing them with pinks and plums. The liquid lipstick is quite nice, too, but for those who want 100% transfer-proof liquid lipstick, it’s not one of those–more of a velvet matte where there is more comfort but some transfer and shorter wear (but still long, relative to traditional lipstick).

The eyeshadows are obviously the feature of the set, and the mattes are soft, lightly dusty, and blendable but can sheer out more readily without a good primer for them to adhere to, while the metallic shades have a much denser, more cream-like consistency that go on nicely without the aid of primer. I did notice that some of the mattes are thinner and did not play as well with the denser metallics, though it was less apparent if I used primer.

Skinny Dip is a muted, light-medium brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that applied fairly well to bare skin without losing its opacity and was blendable. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Granted (LE)(100% similar). Tarte Force of Nature (LE)(100% similar). Anastasia Birkin (P, $12.00)(95% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Infinity #2 (P) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Cake & Biscuits (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Tiramisu (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Unrequited (P) is warmer (90% similar). Ciate Unconditional (LE) is darker (85% similar). Buxom Invite Only (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Salted Caramel (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Layin' Low (P, $18.50) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Layin' Low (DC, $18.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Unconditional is a muted, medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff paired with a soft, velvety texture that was a bit dusty and thinner, so it would benefit greatly from a primer underneath it. The color started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Innocent (P) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Burnt Orange (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Terracotta (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Birkin (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Salted Caramel (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Creme Brulee (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cake & Biscuits (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Latte (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Succubus (P) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Invite Only (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Sandalwood (LE) is darker (90% similar). Ciate Skinny Dip (LE) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Tawny (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Tiramisu (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Layin' Low (P, $18.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Stila Individual (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Layin' Low (DC, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

On Fire is a medium-dark, rusty brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was just so-so, though it was buildable on the lid, particularly if one used primer (seemed to give it better and more even hold). The texture was noticeably dusty and thin, so it sheered out easily and didn’t bind well on its own. The color wore for seven hours before starting to fade. Tarte Van Gogh With It (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Realgar (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Rebel (P) is more muted (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Propose in Prague (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC No Me Queda Mas (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek Tan Lines (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sidekick (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Succubus (P) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome Voyage (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bitter (LE, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bake Sale (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Dogman (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Latte (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Indie Spirit (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Summer Yum (LE, $16.00) is brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Burnt Orange (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Queen Bee is a deep brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was lightly dusty, so it sheered out more readily than desired, which made it hard to get true, opaque coverage without packing it on over a primer. It blended easily, though, and it didn’t look dry on the lid. The color wore for seven and a half hours on me. Too Faced Makeup & Chill (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Cocoa (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Violeta (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Huda Beauty Coco (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Spice Smoke (22) (P, $39.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Tootsie (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Embark (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Coffee Ground (P, $23.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte A Beautiful Degas (LE) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shine Bright is a bright, medium-dark copper with warm, golden copper metallic shimmer. It was richly pigmented with a cream-like, denser texture that applied smoothly to the lid and wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing on me. Sephora Some Like It Dot (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). The Estee Edit Ray (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Cool Bronze (31M) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). City Color Cleo (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). Zoeva Pure Ganache (P) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Huda Beauty #Blessed (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). City Color Cheers to Life (P, $6.99) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 03 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Collective Chic #1 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #13 (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Night Golds #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Up the Ante (LE, $16.50) is more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vaycay is a light-medium, orangey gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The texture was a bit chunkier with this shade, as some of the sparkles came away from the base, and it felt a bit looser in the pan overall. This is one that would work better over an adhesive base or a damp brush (I’d get the eyeshadow on the brush first, then spritz the brush). It lasted for seven hours but had a bit of fall out. Anastasia Primavera (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Bananas (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lithe (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Peach Sorbet (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Vivacious (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia 5th Ave (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Sugar Frost (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Uninhibited (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Fortune (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

My Tribe is a light beige with warmer, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. Smashbox Vanilla (P)(100% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Laetus (P) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Nude #1 (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Color Field #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). Lancome Queen's Lace (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #4 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #1 (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Graphite #1 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Dior Golden Reflections #4 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Secret Boudoir (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Double Scoop (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Classic (P) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Blanc (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Be Sassy is a light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which wasn’t really buildable (even over primer). The texture was thinner, dustier, and prone to sheering out on the lid. I felt like it looked a bit dry on my lid, too. The color wore for six and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Giddy (P) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Fray (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Tarte Wink (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sugar Snack (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #5 (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC The Wrong Man (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Popcorn Strand (LE) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Jet Setter is a muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, which was somewhat buildable on the lid. The texture was soft, silky, and finely-milled but didn’t seem powdery or dusty, so it applied better and was easier to work with. It lasted for just over seven hours on me. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #5 (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Quite Spoiled (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Mauve (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dusty Mauve (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #3 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Petal Pusher (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bill (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Sorbet (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Tang (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Silk (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Happy is a medium, golden taupe-brown with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the consistency was smooth, lightly creamy, and denser, so it applied well to bare skin and blended out easily. It wore well for eight hours before creasing faintly. Lancome My French #6 (LE) is more shimmery (100% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Custom (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Rum Raisin (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (P, $29.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Superwatt (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Toasted (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tory Burch Beauty Tawny (P) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Enhance) (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 14 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Vast (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Crisp Apple Strudel (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Topaz (P) is warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D 3AM (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Stila Metallic Taupe (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dainty is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied evenly on the lid, and it was buildable to opaque coverage with two layers. The texture was soft, a touch dry, but it sat well on the lid. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Left) (LE) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Cava (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Glaze (LE) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Brighten) (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Beige (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Delphes #1 (LE, $25.00) is cooler (85% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #10 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Natasha Denona Piggy (80M) (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Stila Nude Shimmer (LE, $18.00) is lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Puppy Love (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fierce is a bright, medium-dark berry with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted sheen. The color payoff was fully opaque, and the consistency was dense, lightly creamy, and smooth to the touch. It applied well to bare skin, blended out with ease, and wore for eight hours. City Color It's a Girl (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). MAC Plum Dressing (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Glistening Garnet (P, $7.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Hot MoMA (LE) is darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Marry in Monte Carlo (LE, $9.99) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Alchemy (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). YSL Scandal #3 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Stylishly Merry (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Stila Sangria (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Hidden Motive (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #9 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Disney by Sephora Maiden (LE) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flirt is a muted, medium-dark plum with cooler, pink undertones and a matte finish. It was powdery to the touch, and it was hard to work with as it would apply unevenly and turned somewhat patchy as I tried to blend it out. The color payoff was semi-sheer and built up to semi-opaque coverage. This is one you’d have to use a primer with to make it work. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Fig. 1 (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #375 (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Inglot #325 (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Getty Up & Go (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Aubergine (24V) (P, $29.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Plum (P, $19.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Day Dream is a deep plum with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the dustier, thinner texture worked against it as the color would sheer out and was harder to diffuse and blend evenly. This shade wore for just over seven hours on me. Tarte Power Plum (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Natasha Denona Aubergine (24V) (P, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Lethal (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Mulled Wine (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Still Life (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P) is lighter (90% similar). Clarins Rosewood #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Define) (P) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Plum (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sugar Plum (LE, $16.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Own It is a muted, medium-dark purple with cooler undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was a little drier and firmer in the pan, which resulted in less intense coverage and more patchiness when I went to blend the eyeshadow on the lid. It wore for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Sephora Jemstar (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 11 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Sugared Violet #2 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Marie-Galante #2 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Badass (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pin Up is a medium-dark, reddish plum with warmer undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly, though some color emphasized lip lines and sat in them (it wasn’t too noticeable from a normal viewing distance as the color was quite even). It had more of a velvety-matte finish with light color transfer. It was comfortable to wear, and it lasted for six hours on me.

Ciate Beauty Haul Makeup Set Chloe Morello
B

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows

MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a new, limited edition powder eyeshadow formula that will be available in six shades. They are part of the Nutcracker Sweet holiday color collection, which will be online on October 20th and in-stores on October 27th (North America). There was nothing that struck me as particularly new or different about these from more shimmery eyeshadows. The texture was a bit softer and dustier in the pan compared to MAC’s typical eyeshadow formula with some shades being dusty enough to sheer out easily or shimmer separate from the base color. The six shades were fairly pigmented, blendable, and wore between seven and eight hours on me.

MAC Dance Flowers Dance Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a very light pink with warm undertones and a fine, white pearl over a satiny finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which did sheer out somewhat due to the dustier, thinner consistency. The color applied better by patting it onto the lid rather than sweeping to get better coverage initially. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Mauve (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Good Fortune (LE, $16.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #1 (P) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Raya (LE) is cooler (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Merry (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sweet Lust (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Looking Glass (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #6 (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Enchanted Beauty (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Cygne Blanc #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Blush (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 17 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #5 (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Taffy (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Dark Lullaby Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark plum with warm, brown undertones and a subtle, satin sheen. It had decent pigmentation with a slightly drier, looser texture that took a little more effort to blend and diffuse along the edges on bare skin (but I expect over primer for it not to be an issue at all). The color wore well for eight hours on me. Smashbox Eggplant (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Passion (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Aubergine (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Golden Shock #1 (LE) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Curvy Cami (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #1 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fig (P, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S832 Ash Plum (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Remix (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Girlish Appeal (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Forward March Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and strong, warm orange undertones and a golden shimmer. The shimmer tended to pull away from the base as I blended the color on the lid, so it had a smoother, more satiny finish in practice than it appeared in the pan. It had good color payoff, though, and it was easy to blend and diffuse the edges. It started to fade after seven and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Rose Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Crisp (P) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Valhalla (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Cherish (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Light Bronze (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). City Color Bubble Bath (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Bellini (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sateen (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC So, So Saucy (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Gem (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC This Love (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Gleam (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Escapade (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Naked (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Mustache Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark black with warmer, olive undertones and gold and silver sparkle over a matte finish. The sparkles didn’t translate onto the lid noticeably, as they did not bind with the base, so they would blend away or get trapped in the bristles of the brush before getting onto the lid. The texture was drier, dusty, and thin, which made it hard to apply evenly. It was difficult to blend without the color appearing patchy on bare skin. It lasted for seven hours before fading noticeably. MAC Beyond Gorgeous (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Dior Nocturne (091) (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Fierce (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Melange (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pretty Dainty Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) a medium-dark pink with warmer undertones and a satin sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was hard to build up and prone to sheering out. I also felt like it faded within a few minutes of application. This is a shade I would want to use over a colored base (or a white base) to help amplify the color and make it appear less faded. It wore well for seven hours before fading. MAC Fashion's Field Day (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Rabblerouser (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #3 (P) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sushi Flower (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fotos Y Recuerdos (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I808 English Pink (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S800 Grenadine (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Rose (DC, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Dior Fusion (764) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Cambon #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). YSL Paris #4 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Dior Capital of Light #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #4 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Just Peachy (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Rabblerouser Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and sat better on the skin than Pretty Dainty as the texture was firmer, less dusty, but it wasn’t difficult to work with or blend out. I noticed fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Fashion's Field Day (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pretty Dainty (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Dior Bow (887) (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Mu Mu Bloom (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Simply Marlena (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Dance Flowers Dance
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Dark Lullaby
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Forward March
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Mustache
Mustache
Mustache
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3
Application
63%
Total
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Pretty Dainty
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Rabblerouser
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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MAC Spellbinder Shadows (Part 2)

MAC Spellbinder Shadow
MAC Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Dynamically Charged Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark olive brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. It had decent pigmentation, though not full coverage, that applied fairly evenly to bare skin. This was one of the easiest shades to blend out on the lid, but as a result, it was harder to maintain opaque coverage even after building the color up. It was opaque when applied over primer or with a damp brush and blended out well. It started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. MAC Posh Pedigree #3 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Silver Dawn (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Smokeluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Dark Sepia (47P) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Rich, Sweet (LE, $16.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Cocoa Pop (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Elitist (P) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Gravity’s Pull Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a blackened purple with warmer, pink undertones and a fine, pearly shimmer. It was more pigmented than it looked in the swatch, as the consistency was so finely-milled that it sheered out very readily on bare skin. The color applied better over primer, where it maintained most of its opacity and blended out a bit easier, though it was still a little more difficult to diffuse. It lasted for eight hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. bareMinerals Yoga (LE, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Round Midnight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bondage (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #4 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #4 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Violet (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Illusion (LE) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Grape (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Higher Power Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a dark, plummy brown with warm undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage, and it was one of the more pigmented shades right out of the gate as it did not sheer out as easily as the others and maintained its intensity and coverage even on bare skin, though it was even better over primer. The consistency was soft, smooth, and fairly blendable with minimal work. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Too Faced Sugar Plum (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Inglot #423 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Rhinestone (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Real Surreal (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Metallic Plum (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Smoky Mauve (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #311 (DC, $20.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is darker, brighter (85% similar). NARS Calabria (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Raspberry (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Mysterious Influence Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark olive green with warmer, brown undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that blended out without too much work and didn’t appear patchy on bare skin, and it was fully opaque and applied with ease over primer. The color wore just over seven and a half hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Dior Jardin #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #1 (LE) is brighter (90% similar). Stila Seaweed (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Burnished Copper (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Khaki Mono (07) (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #5 (P) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Modern Era #4 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #4 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Hidden Treasure (114) (LE, $13.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). YSL Avant Garde #1 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Charmed (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). NARS Never Too Late (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals Spectacular (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Formula Overview

MAC Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as “black, ionized pigments [that] are magnetically charged, fusing the loose powder together so it magically maintains its form and dimension” and will “cling to lids like pure velvet.” Per “usage,” MAC actually says they are “best” when used over their 24-Hour Primer, so the wear and application are rated as they performed over primer (I also tested without primer, as I was not sure what the claims were going to be, so you will still see that information below). It feels like velvet if you touch it with a fingertip, as the powder is finely-milled but “fuses” together, so there is less mess in the pot. They are supposed to be as pigmented and as intense as loose eyeshadows but in an easier-to-use format. They are less messy in the pot, as the pot seems to have a magnet within it, but I don’t find that it is particularly less messy during application as I still had some fall out while working with it; in some ways, it was harder to tap away excess as the product did seem more inclined to stick to itself on the brush initially. If you push the product too close to the rim of the jar, it will creep over the edge and is too far from the base to stay in. The powders do maintain their wavy pattern, even as you push and move the loose pigment around.

I am, personally, a big fan of MAC’s regular Pigments, as they have more to them that give them better binding and adhesion on the lids, so I find them easy to work with, pigmented, and longer-wearing. I liked the fineness and smoothness of the Spellbinder Shadows, but the black base made the harder to blend and diffuse on the lid. These worked best as lid colors, where one can use other products for crease/transition shades, blending around the edges, and so forth. I did not see anything in the press copy about using them damp, but as most loose pigments/eyeshadows can be used that way, I did try some of these with a damp brush, which I thought was useful for really bringing out the depth and sheen of the colors overall. They perform better over primer, as the fineness of the powder seemed to apply somewhat unevenly and was more prone to appearing patchy over bare skin, as some particles would adhere well but not diffuse.

They seemed quite pigmented, but the texture seemed more prone to sheering out when I applied it to dry lids; there was a faded, slightly translucent quality to the majority of the shades when applied to bare skin. The wear was average at seven to eight hours without primer and no signs of wear after nine and half hours of wear (I did not test further). Primer seemed to help primarily with getting more even, true-to-pot coverage, as the product didn’t sheer out as easily, and of course, the wear, but it did not help as much as was needed for blending out the colors. I think the deeper colors and the finer shimmer makes them worth checking out, but it’s a product where I could see just one or two shades being necessary. They will also come together better when mixed with other shades, as together, they can run together as they have a similar depth and base color.

As a note, it really does contain only 0.02 oz. of product, which is definitely on the low-end for loose eyeshadows, and it is particularly low when compared to MAC Pigments (0.10 oz. for the same price).

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Dynamically Charged
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Gravity's Pull
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Mysterious Influence
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Spellbinder Shadows (Part 1)

MAC Spellbinder Shadow
MAC Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as “black, ionized pigments [that] are magnetically charged, fusing the loose powder together so it magically maintains its form and dimension” and will “cling to lids like pure velvet.” Per “usage,” MAC actually says they are “best” when used over their 24-Hour Primer, so the wear and application are rated as they performed over primer (I also tested without primer, as I was not sure what the claims were going to be, so you will still see that information below). It feels like velvet if you touch it with a fingertip, as the powder is finely-milled but “fuses” together, so there is less mess in the pot. They are supposed to be as pigmented and as intense as loose eyeshadows but in an easier-to-use format. They are less messy in the pot, as the pot seems to have a magnet within it, but I don’t find that it is particularly less messy during application as I still had some fall out while working with it; in some ways, it was harder to tap away excess as the product did seem more inclined to stick to itself on the brush initially. If you push the product too close to the rim of the jar, it will creep over the edge and is too far from the base to stay in. The powders do maintain their wavy pattern, even as you push and move the loose pigment around.

I am, personally, a big fan of MAC’s regular Pigments, as they have more to them that give them better binding and adhesion on the lids, so I find them easy to work with, pigmented, and longer-wearing. I liked the fineness and smoothness of the Spellbinder Shadows, but the black base made the harder to blend and diffuse on the lid. These worked best as lid colors, where one can use other products for crease/transition shades, blending around the edges, and so forth. I did not see anything in the press copy about using them damp, but as most loose pigments/eyeshadows can be used that way, I did try some of these with a damp brush, which I thought was useful for really bringing out the depth and sheen of the colors overall. They perform better over primer, as the fineness of the powder seemed to apply somewhat unevenly and was more prone to appearing patchy over bare skin, as some particles would adhere well but not diffuse.

They seemed quite pigmented, but the texture seemed more prone to sheering out when I applied it to dry lids; there was a faded, slightly translucent quality to the majority of the shades when applied to bare skin. The wear was average at seven to eight hours without primer and no signs of wear after nine and half hours of wear (I did not test further). Primer seemed to help primarily with getting more even, true-to-pot coverage, as the product didn’t sheer out as easily, and of course, the wear, but it did not help as much as was needed for blending out the colors. I think the deeper colors and the finer shimmer makes them worth checking out, but it’s a product where I could see just one or two shades being necessary. They will also come together better when mixed with other shades, as together, they can run together as they have a similar depth and base color.

As a note, it really does contain only 0.02 oz. of product, which is definitely on the low-end for loose eyeshadows, and it is particularly low when compared to MAC Pigments (0.10 oz. for the same price).

MAC Retrograde Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a deep gray with cooler, bluish pearl. It had good color coverage with a soft, silky texture, but I noticed that some of the color would stick more readily to some areas, and then it would not want to diffuse much from there, so the end result was somewhat patchy. I had better luck when I used it over a primer getting more even intensity but did not experience easier blending. It started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear on bare lids, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Graphite #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Caviar (LE, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Hint of Sapphire (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Illamasqua Android (P, $25.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Ace (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Give In Take II (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Gunmetal (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Silver (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Aphrodisiatic Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a deep, blackened navy blue with lighter medium blue pearl that gives is a more pearlized finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a fine, smooth consistency that was soft to the touch but had a tendency to sheer out a bit on the lid and look a bit uneven. I highly recommend using it over a primer as a result, which helped even out the coverage a lot. The color lasted for seven hours before creasing on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Violet Underground #5 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Night Sky (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #2 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Blue Storm (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Thru the Night (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Climax (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora So Demure (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Apparition (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Baby T (LE, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar). Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Burberry Midnight Blue (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Naval Blue (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Deep Truth (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Danger (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Goddess (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Entombed (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technoir (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Blue Karma Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a medium-dark green-leaning teal with subtle, cool undertones and warmer green-gold and bluish-teal pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly evenly, but it had a translucency that made it appear faded and more subdued. The consistency was soft, felt velvety in the pot, and it blended out fairly well on the lid. It wore well for just over seven and a half hours, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Make Up For Ever I300 Pine Green (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sea Mist (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Mix It Up (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Pacific (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Teal (19M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $9.00) is brighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #1 (LE) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). The Estee Edit Wavy (LE) is darker (85% similar). Lancome My French #8 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Tonight's the Night (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Watt (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Cosmic Clash Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a blackened brown with cooler, emerald green pearl that gives it a slightly metallic finish overall. It had medium coverage, which was somewhat buildable, but I struggled to get true-to-pan intensity without using a damp brush or patting it on two to three layers over a primer. The color was harder to blend out evenly and tended to look patchy and dotty over bare skin as some product stuck and did not want to budge, and it was somewhat improved over primer but still finnicky. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. MAC Woodsmoke (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Clarity (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Loaded (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Gypsy (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Poison (P, $14.00) is brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Max Volume (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Envy (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Floss (LE, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Disco Ball (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Fyrinnae Jaguar (DC, $6.75) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Retrograde
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Aphrodisiatic
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Blue Karma
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Cosmic Clash
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

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