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Anastasia Master Palette by Mario

Anastasia Master Palette by Mario Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Master Palette by Mario Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Master Palette by Mario Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains twelve eyeshadows housed in a fairly slim, cardboard palette with a mirror on the interior of the lid. The formula in the palette seemed softer, more velvety than past iterations I’ve tried from Anastasia (even newer released singles), so the palette has more powder kickup and can be messier if you use rougher or denser brushes with it, but the shades are rather pigmented so you don’t need to use a lot of pressure to get enough product for application either. That softness didn’t result in the eyeshadow sheering out too easily, rather that the eyeshadows blended well together and seamlessly. In some ways, I felt like it could be a little muddied, as some of the tones and depths of shades were nearer to each other, but it will all be in the pairing, I think. The eyeshadows lasted for seven to eight and a half hours on me, which was good wear, and obviously, a primer should help extend wear further.

It is a warmer, more earthy set of neutrals; the colors are more in the mid-tone range with a few deeper shades but no really light shades. If you want an all-in-one palette, you may find this is missing a brow bone and/or transition shade (depending on your skin tone). I wish there was more of a difference between Hollywood and 5th Ave shades and between NYC and Muse, though. I think they could have been lighter/darker respectively and given added versatility to the color combinations here or even substituting one of the gold shades for a taupe or purple-leaning plum.

Each eyeshadow is 0.025 oz., which is the same as last year’s Self-Made palette, but the price point is $10.00 more for this year’s palette (Self-Made was $35.00). I understand that this is a collaboration between Anastasia and makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, but it’s certainly a steep increase, even accepting that there is some additional price built-in to pay the collaborator. It is “worth it” with respect to the overall quality and amount of product you get, but I’m not keen on that drastic difference in price. As another example, Modern Renaissance palette is only $42 and includes two more eyeshadows, so I hope that this price point isn’t a preview of more price hikes to come!

Value

  • Eyeshadow: $12.00 for 0.06 oz. or $200.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $60.00

Hollywood is a medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. It had good color payoff with a smooth, lightly dusty texture that had a bit of fall out during application as some of the shimmer separated from the base when blended. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Intuition #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Glimmer of Gold #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #1 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Hussy (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P) is brighter (90% similar). Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Lithe (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Ceska (P) is lighter (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Oro (P, $37.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYC is a muted, smoldering reddish-brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a smooth, velvety texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm in the pan. The color applied well to bare skin without losing its intensity when blended. I noticed fading after eight hours of wear. Tarte Speakeasy (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Metallic Bronze (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Buckwheat (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Twinks (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Pit (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Sequoia (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Fresh Brewed Coffee (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #5 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Senso (10) (P, $39.00) is darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Umber (78M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Smokeluxe #3 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Dreamlight (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Maroon (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Tout Suite (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Ebloui (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lucky Penny (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kim is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and lighter, golden shimmer. The pigmentation was great, while the texture had a very silky, finely-milled feel to it that was a touch dusty and prone to kicking up an excessive amount of product in the pan. On the upside, the eyeshadow was easy to blend and apply to the skin, and while dustiness often translates into sheer or patchy color, this shade applied with good, even coverage. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Caramelized (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Stila Peace (P) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Skin (75S) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sable Riche (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Cedar (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Unattainable (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Hot & Cold (LE, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm #6 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Desire (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #22E (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Rum Cake (LE, $12.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Muse is a muted, medium-dark reddish brown with a hint of warmer, copper in its undertone paired with a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, velvety, and slightly denser texture that applied beautifully to bare skin. A little went a long way with this shade, so use less than you think you need, but it was easy to work with and lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Tarte Fireside Chat (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Brune Glace (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Rose to the Top (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Lucky Penny (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Minx #6 (P) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Comfort (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). City Color Yas! (P, $6.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Twinks (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Mythical (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Winter Pursuit (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Amber Rush (P, $7.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Age #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #3 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Oxide (63M) (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC In the Sun (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marina is a light-medium, peachy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The color payoff was fantastic–totally opaque with little product needed–and had a silky, smooth, and lightly creamy texture that was forgiving and easy to blend out on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably. Sephora Fall Leaves (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Bubbles (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #1 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dame (LE, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 06 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Medium (LE) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unbelievable (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Champagne Toast (LE) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Rose Gold (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Wanderin' Free (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Lucky Charm (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Claudia is a muted, dark gray with cool, bluish undertones and fine teal micro-shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it was the weakest shade with respect to coverage in the palette. It was soft, finely-milled, and a touch dusty, and it had a tendency to sheer out when blended–which worked for darkening other shades but was harder to work with if trying to use it on its own. The color wore well for seven hours on me. Chanel Gris Exquis (LE, $29.50) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm #26 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Define) (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Panorama (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Fascination #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Typographic (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). theBalm A4 (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #4 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Steel (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Inglot #376 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Dagger (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Soot (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Deep Fog (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Amnesia (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Mandchourie #2 (P, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Nehru (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Graphic Nature (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lula is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth, not too thin, and it wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan, which made it the type of matte that was easy to apply and blend out while still getting true-to-pan coverage out of it. It wore for just over eight hours on me. Tarte Profesh (P) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Stone (LE, $22.00) is darker, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Clay (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Vow (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Cognac (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Mocha (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bandwagon (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Camel Smoke (23) (P, $39.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Warm Taupe (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Sophia (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Taupe Notch (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Merci You Later (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Power Player (LE) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Brown #2 (P) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Cool Complement (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Isabel is a muted, medium-dark orange with hints of brown and a matte finish. The color payoff was fully opaque and true-to-pan. It had a smooth, velvety texture that was finely-milled and effortless to blend on the skin. I had no trouble applying, blending, and using this shade on bare skin, which is often where matte eyeshadows go wrong. I noticed the color started to fade at the eight-hour mark. MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S604 Teak (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Bitter (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Self Portrait 3 #2 (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Bunny Fu-Fu (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Realgar (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Burnt Orange (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Morocco (P, $12.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Summer Yum (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Rust (Contour) (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #122R Middle (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Riff (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Violeta is a dark, reddish brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which was buildable to opaque coverage after two to three layers. The texture was soft, lightly dusty, and fairly easy to blend, but it was the “hardest” to use within the palette as it did take a bit of work to soften the edges as it seemed to melt a bit more on bare skin. If you used a primer, I do not think it would be an issue. On me, it lasted for eight and a half hours before creasing. Ciate Queen Bee (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Leader (P) is darker, more muted, cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Cabin Fever (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Bark (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Makeup & Chill (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). Tarte A Beautiful Degas (LE) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Naturally Fabulous (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Coco (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Rust (Define) (P) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Chocolate (P, $12.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Sippy Sippy (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

5th Ave is a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had great pigmentation with a very smooth, velvety texture that was soft enough that it was also dusty to the touch and kicked up the product in the pan easily. That softness did translate into good blendability, and it seemed to soften on the lid and looked a little “lived in” where the shimmer has a more luminous, glowing look to it. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00)(100% similar). Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Jinxie (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (100% similar). Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Lithe (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Ciate Vaycay (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Primavera (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Uninhibited (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Butter Pecan (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronx is a dark, olive green with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer. It had good color coverage with a soft, smooth consistency that felt a bit firmer compared to other shades, but it didn’t have the kickup that others had, so it was easier and more forgiving if you over-applied the color to your brush. This shade wore for just over eight hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Right) (LE) is lighter (95% similar). YSL Scandal #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Green Clean #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Fiction (DC, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Chains (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Stash (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Safari (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Eureka (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #2 (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Dusty Olive (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Kaki Brocart (6) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Paris is a dark, bronzy brown with warm, copper undertones and a golden, frosted finish. The pigmentation was fully opaque, while the texture was soft, smooth, and lightly creamy without being too dusty in the pan. The texture was a better balance between soft and blendable, firm and intense. When I tested this shade for wear, the color wore for eight and a half hours. Too Faced Biscotti (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Tempting (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Gingerbread Mansion (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Firecracker (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Cinnamon (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Cinnamon (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Golden Hours #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Softened Up (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bronze (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Enchanted Forest (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Mulch (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Golden Petals Scattering (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Eyeshadow Palette Master Palette by Mario
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
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Dior Precious Embroidery (776) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Precious Embroidery (776) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Precious Embroidery (776) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Precious Embroidery (776) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, limited edition five-pan eyeshadow palette that features a mauve, pinky-white, golden beige, deep brown, and blackened plum. 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.” Overall, the palette had good pigmentation with a slightly drier, lightly dusty consistency that was blendable but more prone to sheering out when working with it on the lid. They would perform better with a primer, which would give them a better base to adhere to as well as extend the wear.

Precious Embroidery #1 is a muted, medium-dark mauve with warmer undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was drier, so it sheered out a bit when applied to bare skin, despite having good color payoff initially. This shade ended up appearing warmer on me as a result, but I think it would look more neutral on those with cooler undertones. It wore well for seven hours before fading on me. Clarins Rosewood #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #5 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Free Hug (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #3 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Poker Face (LE, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Precious Embroidery #2 is a bright white with cooler, bluish frosted shimmer. It appeared warmer in the pan, but it had a stronger, cooler sheen to it that gave it an overall, cooler appearance. The consistency was soft, just a touch dusty but smooth, easy to blend out, and did not sheer out immediately like the mauve shade did. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. Dior Smoky Sequins #2 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Snow (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Crystal Avalanche (DC, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Sephora Early Frost (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). L'Oreal Petite Perle (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 10 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #2 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Blue Garden #2 (LE) is brighter (95% similar). MAC White Frost (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry Optic White (000) (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Velvet Snow (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Spun Pearl (P) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Skulls (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Vapor (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Precious Embroidery #3 is a slightly muted, medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, almost metallic, finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that wasn’t too firm ot too soft in the pan. The color applied well and wore for seven and a half hours before fading. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Butter Pecan (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Vivacious (LE) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Uninhibited (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Glam (P) is darker (90% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Party (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Fortune (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Precious Embroidery #4 is a muted, dark brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. It had good color payoff, though it was not as intense or as rich in practice as it appeared in the pan. The texture was soft, smooth, and just a touch dry and dusty. I found it easy to blend and diffuse the color in the crease, but it had a tendency to sheer out as soon as I worked with it, so I had to build it up to retain depth. It lasted for seven hours before fading. Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00)(100% similar). Dior Exuberante #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). theBalm Fine (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Parisian Sky #5 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #5 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Sinful (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Dark Truffle (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Busted (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Burberry Gold #1 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Ithaca (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Right) (LE) is darker (90% similar). Clarins Brown #4 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Fatal #1 (P) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Precious Embroidery #5 is a blackened plum with subtle, warmer undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the texture was soft, lightly dusty, but it blended out fairly well. The color did not apply as well to bare skin, so it would be best used with a primer or else it sheered out and looked a somewhat patchy. Too Faced Amorous (P) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Subra (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #3 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Eclectic #5 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Smolder (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Straight Trippin' (LE, $5.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Plum (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 1.32 oz.) includes 22 eyeshadows in a slim–but mega-sized–cardboard palette. There are nine Metal Crush eyeshadows (each is 0.06 oz.) and 13 matte Eyeshadows (each is 0.06 oz.). I really liked that they included the Metal Crush formula into their holiday palette–most obviously because I think the formula is amazing–but it distinguishes the shimmery shades in this palette from a generic shimmer eyeshadow formula. The palette offers versatility in undertones, finishes, and overall richness as a lot of the matte eyeshadows can be used to tamp down the brightness of some of the shimmery shades. The only thing that I think felt excessive is the size; it is the largest palette I’ve come across–it measured 11.5″ across!

Worth noting is the stellar lettering job; the palette reads matte/metal depending on the direction (it flips), which I thought it was a very nice touch. The palette is also a tremendous value, even if accounting for the value of the matte eyeshadows is harder (there are no singles available), the value of the Metal Crush eyeshadows alone is almost double the price of the whole palette. I also think that regardless of a price-per-ounce valuation, $60 is a fair price given it is a mid-end brand and has 22 eyeshadows.

Overall, I was impressed by the quality, pigmentation, and application of the palette–mattes are very difficult to use without primer, so the fact that I could use the majority of them without tearing my hair out was exciting. It also has some more unique shades, some shades we’ve seen but not relentlessly, and then some workhorse shades that will help bring the palette together. It will also play nicely with other palettes and eyeshadows that you may have in your stash, too. It’s also a great way to play and try the Metal Crush formula without paying $21 a pop.

Value

  • Metal Crush Eyeshadow: $21.00 for 0.10 oz. or $210.00/oz.
  • Shade + Light Eyeshadow: $26.00 for 0.12 oz. (Quads) or $216.67/oz.
  • Total Value: $113.40 (Metal Crush) + $169.00 (Matte) = $282.40
  • Per Shade: $2.73

Nebula is a rich, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly creamy texture that applied well to bare skin and wore for nine hours on me. Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Weirdly Wonderful (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Kiss in Casablanca (P, $4.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Alluvium (P, $25.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Moon is Blue (LE, $22.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Dior Rivage #5 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Fired Sapphire (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Diving in Australia (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Blue Quartz (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sephora Aja (LE) is darker (85% similar). MAC Tonight's Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). L'Oreal Grand Bleu (P, $5.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Watt is a muted, medium-dark teal with cooler, blue undertones and a metallic sheen. The color payoff was fantastic, while the texture was fairly soft, blendable, and smooth enough to sit well on bare skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Natasha Denona Deep Teal (19M) (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Teal Couture (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Fringe (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Blue Karma (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $6.75) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #10 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). L'Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). The Estee Edit Wavy (LE) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ignite is a light-medium bluish aqua with subtle, warmer overtones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, but the consistency was noticeably chunkier and had a denser feel–it had to really be pressed and pushed into the skin to apply smoothly, so it wasn’t as blendable or as easy to use as the other Metal Crush eyeshadows in the range. The color started to crease faintly after eight hours of wear. NARS Bavaria (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Deep End (LE, $29.00) is cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Hello Kitty Kawaii (LE) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Glass Slipper (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Steamy (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Venezia (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Flower Shop (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Pizzazz (LE) is darker (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #11 (P) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tinsel is a sparkling, light-medium pewter gold with warmer undertones and a glitter finish. As you might expect, the glitter resulted in a looser, slightly chunkier texture and was the culprit of some fall out over time. For as glittery as it was, though, I think it held on and applied well, and the underlying base color was very pigmented, which helped it look better on the lid over time. It wore for nine hours with some fall out. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Snow Flurry (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Venitien #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Olivine (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Ice (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Melancholia (P) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). CoverGirl Ashen Glow Flame (335) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glitz is a light, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the texture was smooth, dense, and lightly creamy. It applied easily to the lid, and it blended out without issue. I noticed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. Zoeva Handmade (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Seashell (LE) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Parfait (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Natasha Denona Piggy (80M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #10 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). LORAC Tulle (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #4 (P) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Champagne (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC MACnificent Me (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (P) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Twinkle is a light-medium lavender with subtle, cooler undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation that applied well to bare skin as the consistency was smooth, blendable, and dense without being too thick or too heavy. This shade wore for just over eight and a half hours on me. Makeup Geek Daydreamer (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #3 (P) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Astrological (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $31.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Arcadia (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Amethyst (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Violator (LE) is less shimmery, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Volt is a medium, plummy purple with warmer, brown undertones and cooler, silvery shimmer. It had rich color payoff with a smooth, lightly blendable texture that was soft but creamy, so it applied well to bare skin and retained its intensity when blended. I had a bit of visible creasing after nine hours of wear with a touch of fall out (it seemed to have a few larger sparkles to it). NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Union #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #17 (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Smoky Mauve (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Diapason (92) (DC, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #4 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Remix (LE, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Raspberry (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #23 (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Synergy is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm, orange and brown undertones and a subtle, metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a very smooth, dense, and creamy consistency that was easy to work with. The color applied smoothly and blended out well on bare skin. This shade wore well for nine hours on me (a little longer than it did as a single). This shade is the only repromote, as it is part of the permanent range. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #6 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NYX Bedroom Eyes (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Pretty (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Tempting (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Handsome Prince (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Depeche (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Tiger's Eye (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Waltz of the Flowers (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #3 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Umber (78M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Smoke) (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #4 (P) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Mocha (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flash is a bright, medium-dark gold with strong, warm undertones–very orangey–and a soft, pearly shimmer finish. The color payoff was good, but the texture was slightly thinner and drier to the touch compared to other Metal Crush shades in the palette. It still applied well, and I didn’t have any real issues working with it, but I noticed some of the shimmer pulled away from the base when I tried to blend it while the color didn’t move as much. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Bella Gold (22) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Summerfly (P) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Untamed (P, $9.99) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #5 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Casino (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Linen is a stark white with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was also a bit dusty and prone to sheering out. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Urban Decay Bump (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is more muted (95% similar). Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #1 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Starlight (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Flat White (LE, $22.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Daisy's My BFF (LE) is cooler (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Jet is a dark black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too soft or too firm. It wore well for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Cookies and Cream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (P) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Is It the Beat (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain L'Heure de Nuit #5 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Crazy Paris #6 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Tuxedo (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #5 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Velour is a bright, medium-dark blue with strong, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage, though not fully opaque, that was buildable on the lid. The texture was soft, lightly dusty, and thinner, so it didn’t apply as evenly or blend out as easily as one would like. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Illamasqua Sadist (P) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). NARS Outremer (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #159 (DC, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Dynamic Duo 2 #2 (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Royale (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Inglot #388 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Zinc Blue (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stone is a muted, medium-dark gray with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was decent to good, and I felt like it was buildable to mostly opaque color on the lid, but you would need a primer to get you there, as the dustier, thinner texture made it more prone to sheering out on bare skin. The color blended out without a lot of work but required extra effort compared to really great matte formulas. I noticed fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Laura Mercier Steel (LE, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #4 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Nehru (DC, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Define) (P) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Typographic (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Transvaal (P, $25.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Soot (DC, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moss is a muted, medium-dark green with very subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fantastic pigmentation with a smooth, silky texture that applied beautifully to skin. It blended out easily but still retained its depth and opacity where it was needed. This shade wore for eight hours on me. Sleek MakeUP Tree of Life (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Inglot #333 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #331 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ribbon is a muted, dark purple with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a powdery texture that was finely-milled but harder to use, as it sheered out easily and was hard to layer. I would use this one with a primer, as it was much improved over one when I tried it. Without it, it’s a color that would be better suited for crease work or to darken/mute other shades. The eyeshadow started to fade after seven and a half hours. Smashbox Orchid (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Indian Ink (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Mulberry (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Faded (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Venom (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Violet (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Silk is a medium-dark, purple-mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was very good, but the texture was dustier and a bit thin, so it sheered out very easily on the skin and was hard to keep it opaque without a good primer underneath. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop Tang (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Violet Gray (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Petal Pusher (P, $6.00) is lighter (80% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #3 (P) is lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (P, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). LORAC Dusty Mauve (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Ciate Jet Setter (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fringe is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage paired with a lightly dusty texture that blended out easily. This shade seemed to have a stronger white base to it, so it might look chalky on some skin tones. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Reflection (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Beaches and Cream (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Vega (111CM) (P) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Minx #1 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Soft Peach (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay ABC Gum (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Lace Teddy (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Feather is a soft, light-medium yellow with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, but it had such a powdery, dusty texture that it sheered out so easily that I could not get it to look true-to-pan at all. Regular primer was not enough to help it bind and stay together, so I’d recommend using it with a lightly tacky or creamy base. Wet 'n' Wild A Regular at the Factory #1 (LE, $2.29) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Bright Yellow (DC, $16.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Hello (DC, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Puppy Love (LE) is more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oak is a medium-dark, olive brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was a touch firmer in the pan, but it wasn’t actually firm or difficult to get the product out of it. It had intense, opaque color payoff, and the powder applied well to bare skin. It blended out with just a little extra effort required, but it wore for eight and a half hours, which made it one of the better-wearing matte eyeshadows in the palette. theBalm Woodie (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). Tarte Dreamer (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Taupe Smoke (19) (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Eiffel for You (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Ash Brown (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Obscura #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). Lancome Couture (P, $19.00) is lighter, less pigmented (95% similar). MAC Deep Brown (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Faint (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Cashmere #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Suede is a darker beige-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty, but was blendable, consistency that sheered out a bit when applied to bare skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading on me. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #11 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Fab Accent (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Black #3 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Daydream (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bone is a very light, brighter beige with a semi-matte finish. This one seemed to be more satin-like in finish, though it was still rather flat/matte on the skin unless really buffed out. The texture was silky to the touch, smooth, and blendable, but it was soft enough to kick up excess powder in the pan and fall out during application if I wasn’t careful. This is the one shade that I think could have been replaced with another shade, as there is already a very light (white) shade in the palette. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours on me. Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE) is more muted (95% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Nude #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Give In Take IV (LE, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Frosty Nog (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Velvet is a muted, dark burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, while the consistency was more powdery and had a tendency to apply unevenly on bare skin. The color blended fine over a primer, but it was harder to diffuse and blend out on bare skin as it would stick to one area and not want to budge. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. NARS Indes Galantes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Deep Damson (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Beauty Mark (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Holiday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette MetalMatte
MetalMatte
MetalMatte
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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Makeup Geek Bandwagon, Faux Fur, Cabin Fever, Early Bird Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Bandwagon Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage on the lid. The consistency was soft, thin and a bit dusty, but it blended well and didn’t fade quickly. It lasted for eight hours on me. Bobbi Brown Pale Rose (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M548 Pink Gray (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Brownie Points (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Faux Fur (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Lula (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Inglot #344 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Maple Syrup (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Faux Fur Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was opaque, while the texture was blendable and maintained its intensity on the lid–a smidgen dusty overall–but soft and finely-milled. It applied well to bare skin, and it wore for eight hours. Makeup Geek Brownie Points (P, $6.00) is less pigmented (95% similar). MAC Revelry (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Profesh (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Mulberry (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bandwagon (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Fashion Fix (DC, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sugar Plum (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Rose (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Be You (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Natasha Denona Diadem (110CM) (P) is lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #7 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (80% similar). theBalm B3 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Cabin Fever Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium-dark reddish-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was very soft, but it was dustier and had more excess product kicked up in the pan. The color was buildable on the lid but more prone to sheering out, so it was hard to get and keep opaque coverage without a primer in place. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Good Spirits (LE)(100% similar). Make Up For Ever M600 Pink Brown (P, $21.00) is more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Violeta (LE, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Zoeva Freshly Toasted (P) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte A Beautiful Degas (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE) is brighter (90% similar). Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Self Portrait 3 #1 (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Coco (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Semi-Sweet (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Maple (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Early Bird Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a bright, medium orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had great pigmentation, but the texture was powdery, despite being soft to the touch. It blended well on the skin, but it had a tendency to sheer out and look somewhat faded on bare skin, so this is another shade that I would only use with a primer. It lasted for seven hours before fading noticeably. Viseart Dark Matte #7 (P) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Rule (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M726 Sienna (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Tangerine (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Cheer Me On (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Chickadee (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Flesh (104CM) (P) is lighter (80% similar). Wet 'n' Wild To Muse and Carouse #1 (LE, $2.29) is lighter (80% similar). Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a powder formula that is supposed to be “highly pigmented.” They come in a variety of finishes and shades, and the range has some winners but more than a few misses, too, so your mileage may vary from shade to shade. The formula tends to be softer and a little more powdery/dusty as they are not as firmly pressed into their pans, but they aren’t typically crumbly or so loose that they are prone to breakage. I find the more shimmery shades to be the most consistent in pigmentation, blendability, and wear, while the more neutral-hued matte shades are often finely milled, blendable, and easy to use. The brighter pops of color, both shimmer and more matte, can run the gamut on quality. Some shades are better built-up than immediately opaque, which can suit some application styles better. The wear tends to fall between seven and eight hours as some shades are more prone to fading as a result of the dustier texture. (Note: this applies to their standard powder formula, not their Foiled line, which is a different formulation.)

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Bandwagon
Bandwagon
Bandwagon
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Faux Fur
Faux Fur
Faux Fur
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Cabin Fever
B-

Permanent

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Early Bird
Early Bird
Early Bird
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Makeup Geek Bake Sale, Pocket Change, Lucky Penny, Tan Lines, Sidekick Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, smooth, and very blendable on the skin; it felt a touch dusty in the pan, but it didn’t translate that way on the lid and was effortless to use. It was nicely pigmented and wore well for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Succubus (P) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Voyage (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Van Gogh With It (LE) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Latte (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 05 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Burnt Orange (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). LORAC Lt. Brown (P, $19.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, lightly buttery consistency that wasn’t too soft or too firm. The color applied well to bare skin with full coverage, while the edges diffused nicely. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Tarte Firecracker (P) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). City Color Sandstorm (P, $6.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Golden Flesh (68M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Double Feature #6 #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cinnamon (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Telesto (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze Glow (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Nutmeg (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Peanut Butter Cup (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Caramelized (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Handsome Prince (LE, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Lucky Penny Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium-dark plummy brown with warm, rosy undertones paired with a frosted finish. The consistency felt soft to the touch, but it was a little denser and had more bulk to it, which helped it adhere well to bare skin while blending out beautifully. It was easy to use and wore well for eight hours on me. Anastasia Muse (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Twinks (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Peppermint Mocha (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Harmonie du Soir #2 (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Age #1 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Rosewood (51M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sable (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). LORAC Rose Quartz (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Viseart Copper (P) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Raffinement #3 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is warmer (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #28 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 14 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). LORAC Mocha (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Mortal #5 (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Banana Cream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Lost (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Tan Lines Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellowy undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled, and smooth consistency that was a touch powdery. I had no trouble applying it to bare skin, though, and it blended out nicely without sheering out unduly. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. LORAC Maple (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC No Me Queda Mas (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cookie (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is warmer, lower quality (95% similar). MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Toffee Crunch (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Moleskin (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Mocha (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Puree (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Latte (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sora (LE, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Tete-a-Tint (DC, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Anastasia Burnt Orange Matte (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Sidekick Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark copper brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, while the texture was soft and smooth without being too dusty or too powdery. The color applied well to bare skin and blended out without issue. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Tarte Whimsy (P) is warmer (100% similar). Anastasia Blazing (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Wrath (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M738 Auburn (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sienna (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Henna (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Elixir (LE, $5.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Nuts About U (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Cleopatra (P) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Cabin Fever (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a powder formula that is supposed to be “highly pigmented.” They come in a variety of finishes and shades, and the range has some winners but more than a few misses, too, so your mileage may vary from shade to shade. The formula tends to be softer and a little more powdery/dusty as they are not as firmly pressed into their pans, but they aren’t typically crumbly or so loose that they are prone to breakage. I find the more shimmery shades to be the most consistent in pigmentation, blendability, and wear, while the more neutral-hued matte shades are often finely milled, blendable, and easy to use. The brighter pops of color, both shimmer and more matte, can run the gamut on quality. Some shades are better built-up than immediately opaque, which can suit some application styles better. The wear tends to fall between seven and eight hours as some shades are more prone to fading as a result of the dustier texture. (Note: this applies to their standard powder formula, not their Foiled line, which is a different formulation.)

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Bake Sale
Bake Sale
Bake Sale
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pocket Change
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Lucky Penny
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Tan Lines
Tan Lines
Tan Lines
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Sidekick
Sidekick
Sidekick
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Too Faced Merry Macarons Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Merry Macarons Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Merry Macarons Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Merry Macarons Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.64 oz.) includes 12 eyeshadows in a mix of warmer neutrals with a pop of purple and plum. The presentation is very gift-worthy, as it opens with a wintry scene that could definitely be displayed (assuming it was to your taste), though it obviously is a lot of excessive packaging if you only intend to keep the palette itself! Luckily, the bulk is separated, so the cardboard palette itself is slim and travel-friendly. There is no mirror on the interior, which is worth noting but may not be a deal-breaker. The palette also included a deluxe sized Better Than Sex Mascara. Like all of the brand’s palette offerings this year, it is scented, and this particular palette is vanilla-scented–noticeable when open but I could not detect the scent after applying. The palette was decent–pigmented, blendable, not too challenging to use–but it is going to be a better fit for someone who has not already indulged in past neutral palettes and likes more sparkly shades, as four of the shimmery shades have chunky sparkle in them.

A note on the size… it’s actually a little confusing, as the box says that each eyeshadow is 1.11g/0.03 oz. with a total net weight of 13.33g/0.47 oz. — the total weight in grams is correct, but the weight in ounces doesn’t make sense, as it should be 0.36 oz. Based on the gram weight for each shade, the corresponding conversion into ounces is actually 0.03915 oz., which results in 0.47 oz. total weight. I am not sure why it was rounded down!

Coconut is a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t too powdery or too firm in the pan. I felt like it sheered out a bit easily on the skin, though, so a primer would help it stay more opaque if desired. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00)(100% similar). Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 3 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Vanilla (P) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #4 (LE, $19.00) is more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Ciate My Tribe (LE) is darker (95% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P) is darker (95% similar). Dior Golden Reflections #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Nude #1 (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Hero (P) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Double Scoop (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Waterlilies (LE) is more muted (95% similar). LORAC Crepe (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #1 (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Alabaster (P) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Graphite #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dulce de Leche is a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a soft, thin texture that was a smidgen dusty but applied well to the lid, blended out without sheering out too easily, and wore for seven hours before fading. NARS Maya Bay (LE, $25.00) is more muted (95% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #2 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Tiki Hut (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Milk Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dimmer (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Lt. Brown (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Moleskin (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Rose Cloud (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Raw Sienna (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Atik (117CM) (P) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Charming #2 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #3 (P) is darker (85% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #4 (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Puree (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Flutes (LE, $5.00) is brighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Banana Cream is a medium-dark, coppery bronze with warm undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. It had larger, chunkier sparkle in it, which had some fall out during application, but the texture was also a bit denser so it supported more of the sparkle within the base. The color was nicely pigmented and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Rose Quartz (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NYX Bedroom Eyes (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Love Connection #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Cote d'Azur (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Slow/Fast/Slow (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Age #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Tan (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Mocha (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Winter Pursuit (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #14 (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Caramelized (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Handsome Prince (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Lucky Penny (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Almond Mocha is a dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a really soft, silky texture, which made it dustier and kicked up an excess amount of product in the pan, but it was very blendable and forgiving on the eye–you’ll need to build up the coverage, though, if you want more than medium coverage. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Yule Be Surprised (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Dreamer (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Naturally Fabulous (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #5 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Earth (102CM) (P) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Nude #7 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Tonka Imperiale #5 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Knock Out (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Woodie (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Lockout (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Corduroy (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Dark Brown (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Heartbreaker (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Corduroy (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Rose is a very light gold with a hint of pink and a frosted, sparkly finish. The consistency was drier and had a tendency to look uneven/patchy applied, though the lighter color against my skin tone (in particular) made it less noticeable than it may be on other skin tones. It is the type of product that would benefit from an adhesive base, like the brand’s own Glitter Insurance. This shade started to crease after seven hours of wear. MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Golden Beige (52M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Nude Shimmer (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Satin Sheets (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Treasures Untold (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior House of Pinks #1 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Paper Roses (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #4 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mint Chocolate is a muted, medium-dark purply taupe with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture. It was a bit dusty, but it built up better than anticipated and didn’t look dry on the skin. The eyeshadow wore for just over seven hours on me. YSL Paris #9 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Wisteria (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Misty Mauve (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Dreams (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Be You (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Almond Truffle (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte For Realism (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Haux (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tiramisu is a soft, light-medium brown with warm, peachy undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, smooth, and finely-milled texture. The eyeshadow blended easily on the skin and lasted for seven hours. bareMinerals Granted (LE)(95% similar). Tarte Force of Nature (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Innocent (P) is darker (95% similar). Ciate Skinny Dip (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Unrequited (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Terracotta (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Adore (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Cake & Biscuits (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Invite Only (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Layin' Low (DC, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Ciate Unconditional (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Layin' Low (P, $18.50) is brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Salted Caramel (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Always Sunny (DC, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Birkin (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Raspberry is a dark, plummy purple with warmer undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was on the drier side, so the powder felt looser with more noticeable shimmer/sparkle to it. It applied decently to the lid, though it had a more faded quality to it and lacked some of the richness it had in the pan. The color wore for just over seven hours on me. Dior Olympe (871) (LE, $31.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Vanity (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Buxom Schnauzer (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Twilight (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Volt (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Remix (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Not Today (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Seahorse (115) (LE, $13.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Dior Fever (794) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Diapason (92) (DC, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Smoky Mauve (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Higher Power (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Praline is a medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It had a softer, slightly drier texture that felt a little looser and chunkier overall. It applied decently, but it would work better with a primer or even a damp brush, which would give it a smoother look on the skin. This shade started to fade noticeably after seven and a half hours of wear. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Jinxie (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #4 (LE) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #2 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #4 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Bananas (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Phenix (545) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Vitality (P) is warmer (90% similar). Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Faire Maiden (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Hussy (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Beaded (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Honey Lavender is a light-medium lavender with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. Again, it had a chunkier sparkle that was loosened from the base color, so there was some fall out during application as well as later on during wear; it is a shade that would work better with an adhesive base. It had semi-opaque color payoff and lasted for seven hours (with some fall out). LORAC Soft Plum (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Moth (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Leap #1 (LE, $21.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC In My Element (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Clarins Silver Pink (05) (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Utopia (96) (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced The Strip (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Poker Face (LE, $14.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Past Midnight #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Vulnerable (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Girls, Girls! (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Violet Cassis is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia magenta with cooler, violet pearl. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that applied well and was easy to blend out. The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade on me. Too Faced Jingle Berry (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Maybelline Pink Rebel (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Junkshow (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay 1985 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #5 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Infra-violet (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I-90 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Selena (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Violet Impact (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #1 (P, $9.99) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cookies & Cream is a deep black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a mostly matte finish, though there were bits of silver and teal sparkle. The majority of the sparkly bits disappear in practice, so it performed as a matte black when I used it. The texture was soft and blendable–very forgiving on the lid–though the coverage is more semi-opaque and buildable. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours. Anastasia Spirit Rock (LE, $12.00)(100% similar). NARS Heraklion (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Black Water (-, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 16 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Oddfellow (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Jet (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Lights Down (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora I'm All Ears (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Tuxedo (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Holiday 2016 12-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Merry Macarons
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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