Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Guerlain Les Cendres Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Les Cendres Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Cendres Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a muted set of neutral shades ranging from taupe to warm beige. I haven’t seen this pop up online yet, but it should be available soon as the majority of the fall collection is making its way online already. It features the newer eyeshadow formula, which I haven’t had good luck with for the most part (some shades are decent but some have been real misses!) as it tends to be powdery, prone to sheering out, and shorter-wearing. After testing this quad, it seems like the newer formula works better with a more matte to satin finish than the more frosted ones. They applied a lot better, though they didn’t wear particularly long, but at least I was able to come out with a decent look.

Les Cendres #1 is a medium-dark, taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and blendable, while still adhering well to bare skin. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to opaque pigmentation, if desired. The color lasted for seven hours before fading on me. bareMinerals Exhale (P, ) is cooler. bareMinerals Exhale (P, ) is cooler. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker. Tarte Stone Unturned (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Cool Gray (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Les Cendres #2 is a muted, medium-dark rose with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that applied evenly and smoothly without sheering out. This shade started to look faded at the seven-hour mark. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Bloom On (P, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Laced (P, $18.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac (LE, $22.00) is darker. Inglot #344 (P, $6.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Icon (LE, $30.00) is cooler. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) (P, $23.00) is brighter, cooler. Smashbox Totally Nude (P, ) is lighter. LORAC Pink Mauve (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Rose to the Occasion (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Cashmere (P, $23.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Les Cendres #3 is a muted, very dark brown with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable color coverage, which seemed to be mostly opaque in practice with two to three layers/passes of product. The texture was a smidgen powdery, but it was workable and didn’t sheer out too readily on the skin. It lasted for seven hours on me. Tarte Dark Drive (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dim the Lights (LE, ) is darker. Zoeva Beans are White (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is warmer. Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is lighter. theBalm Ripper (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is warmer. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #5 (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Les Cendres #4 is a brightened, light peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had rich color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that ran a little dry so it didn’t go on as smoothly as I’d like. The color showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. It’s pretty, but I would have loved to see a more pearly finish, rather than frosted one, as it doesn’t play well with the mattes in the palette (texture is denser). Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is darker. Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is lighter. MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Mixologist (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige (P, $21.00) is cooler. Dior Dulcinee #1 (LE, ) is cooler. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is darker. Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is darker, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is darker, more muted. Hourglass Exposure #1 (P, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler. MAC Warm Wash #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

MAC Gingerluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio
MAC Gingerluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Gingerluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio ($25.00 for oz.) is a warm-toned set of shades ranging from gold to golden orange to smoky green. This trio is an online exclusive and limited edition. The three shades coordinate well together, but the Veluxe Pearlfusion is one of those eyeshadows that you may love or easily skip right on by. This formula is supposed to have “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when applied dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when applied wet. My experience with this formula is that sometimes it can be really nice, other times it is a total miss. I think they are most practical used damp or over a slightly tacky base if you want to use them dry. They’re actually longer-wearing than you might think, given how they feel and swatch, but I usually get seven to eight hours of crease-free wear. I liked this one best applied damp or over a tacky base, as the sparkly bits of the orange and smoky green don’t work well dry.

Gingerluxe #1 is described as a “yellow-gold.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellowed gold with warm, golden orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It was sheer applied dry and semi-opaque applied damp, but it was fairly smooth when applied with a damp brush. The dry application tended to sheer out the eyeshadow even more. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Surreal (P, ) is more muted. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker. Ulta Gold (P, $10.00) is more shimmery. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Summerfly (P, ) is darker. LORAC Unlimited (P, ) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $18.00) is darker. Milani Bella Gold (22) (P, $4.49) is darker. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. YSL Dewy Gold (08) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Gucci Beauty Oro (P, $37.00) is lighter. Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Gingerluxe #2 is described as a “tangerine orange.” It’s a yellowed, tangerine orange with warm undertones and pink and gold shimmer and faint sparkle. It was sheer applied dry, and it was semi-opaque when I applied it damp. The texture holds together better and gives smoother, more even application when used with a damp brush. This shade wore well for eight hours but has a smidgen of fall out to contend with. bareMinerals Extravagance (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Platonic (LE, ) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Burberry Shell (003) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Gingerluxe #3 is described as a “deep sparkly khaki.” It’s a blackened olive green with larger olive sparkle and glitter. The base appears more olive-like when applied dry, but damp application brings out the darkness of the black. The texture is noticeably sparkly and tends to fall apart without a tacky base or really damp brush to help bind everything together. I had moderate fall out when using this with a damp brush, so I suspect a glitter adhesive will be a must to avoid fall out with this shade. It wore for eight hours before fading. Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. NARS Gabon (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sultan’s Garden (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Greenluxe #4 (P, ) is warmer. MAC Greensmoke (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Sephora Overcast Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora Overcast Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Overcast Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.398 oz.) consists of ten eyeshadows, with two being oversized compared to the remaining eight. Two shades (Sandcastle and Black Lace) are available in Sephora’s permanent line-up but the others are exclusive to the palette. Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadow formula is supposed to “provide superior color, coverage, and long-lasting wear (up to 10 hours)” and be “exceptionally easy to apply.” I quite like the Colorful Eyeshadow formula (not every shade is a winner, of course!), but they tend to be nicely pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. This is another decent to good palette, but it’s not stellar and most shades are rather dupable, depending on your stash, of course. I found more of the shades in this palette to be slightly powdery, which resulted in sheerer color payoff.

#happydays is a golden peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It wore well for nine hours before fading. Buxom Collie (P, $18.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P, ) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P, ) is lighter. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is darker. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is darker. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P, ) is darker. YSL Onde Sable (04) (P, $30.00) is darker. YSL Onde Sable (04) (P, $30.00) is darker. Too Faced Cherish (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Flagstone is a light, muted beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was a smidgen on the powdery side, though it didn’t look dry on the lid, and was rather blendable. It had semi-opaque pigmentation and lasted for eight hours on me. bareMinerals 500 Thread Count (LE, ) is darker. MAC Chamomile (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. theBalm Wipe Out (LE, $16.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE, ) is darker. MAC Oh, Rocky! (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Berlin Underground is a medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was blendable and easy to use. The color started to fade after eight and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever M110 Cement (P, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Tempest (P, ) is darker, warmer. Viseart Souris (P, ) is darker, more muted. Laura Mercier Cloud (LE, $22.00) is darker. Colour Pop Tink (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Dios (LE, ) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Cozy Sweater is a light-medium, warm yellow with a semi-matte finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Make Up For Ever S404 Straw Yellow (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

June Gloom is a medium-dark taupe with subtle, warmer undertones and a frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a slightly dry, though blendable, texture. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is warmer. Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is darker. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE, ) is darker. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Chrome (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Cinder (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is warmer. Viseart Velvet (P, ) is . Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Rocky is a muted, medium-dark brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery, so it had a naturally faded appearance to it when swatched and applied. It lasted for eight hours before fading. MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is darker. Anastasia Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is darker, more muted. LORAC Unedited (P, ) is warmer. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $18.00) is warmer. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P, ) is darker, warmer. NARS Ithaca (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Chocolate (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Romance (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Smoke Signals is a light-medium taupe brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was just a tiny bit powdery, but it seemed to really make this more blendable on the skin. It had good pigmentation and wore for eight hours on me. Bobbi Brown Chino (LE, $22.00) is darker. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Renholder (P, ) is darker. Tarte Mud Mask (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is warmer. Viseart Café (P, ) is darker. Viseart Café (P, ) is darker. Smashbox Taupe (P, ) is more muted. NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler. LORAC Black #3 (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sandcastle is a light-medium, yellowed peach with a matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery to work with. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Inglot #328 (P, $6.00) is lighter.
Inglot #368 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker. Disney by Sephora Flounder (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Barefoot in the Grass (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Camel (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Getaway is a muted, medium-dark purple with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a firmer consistency that made it harder to get coverage out of. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. Tarina Tarantino Poppycock (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Milani Bella Purple (15) (P, $4.49) is darker, brighter. theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Backfire (P, $18.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Lunacy (LE, ) is darker. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #2 (P, ) is lighter. Viseart Prune (P, ) is darker, brighter, warmer. NYX Punk Heart (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Urban Decay Freakshow (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Nearing Dark (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black Lace is a medium-dark black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage with a powdery consistency, though it felt very finely-milled and silky. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. NARS Pandora (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Don’t Stand Black (LE, ) is more shimmery. Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is darker. Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is darker. Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Navy #7 (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is darker. Stila Essence (P, ) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #1 (P, ) is darker. Anastasia LBD (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler. Kat Von D Shax (P, ) is cooler. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Sephora Sunbleached Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora Sunbleached Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Sunbleached Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.395 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows, with two being oversized. I liked the palette overall; it’s not the best palette of all-time, but it’s decent to good. It runs light to mid-tone with only one truly dark/contrasting shade, so it is likely a better fit for those who like their colors softer. A good primer should fix the majority of pigmentation issues that I saw. Three of the shades (Secret Boudoir, Desert Rose, and Walking in the Sand) are part of the permanent range, while the remaining seven are new–and as a nice touch, they’re actually indicated as bestsellers right on the back, which just seems so nice for transparency’s sake.

Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadow formula is supposed to “provide superior color, coverage, and long-lasting wear (up to 10 hours)” and be “exceptionally easy to apply.” I quite like the Colorful Eyeshadow formula (not every shade is a winner, of course!), but they tend to be nicely pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing.

Secret Boudoir is a light beige with warm, peachy undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that was just a smidgen powdery. The color lasted for nine hours on me. Kat Von D Countess (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE, ) is less shimmery. Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is lighter. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Too Faced Heaven (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Her Mistress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Obscura #1 (P, ) is warmer. Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Laetus (P, ) is more muted. Tarte Summer Breeze (LE, ) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P, ) is warmer. Viseart Sable (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Swell is a purply-taupe with a warmer undertone and soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a drier consistency that made it harder to adhere to bare skin. Over some sort of base or primer, I think it would be more buildable. It lasted for seven hours on me. Bobbi Brown Rockstar (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE, ) is darker, warmer. MAC Satin Taupe (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Bobbi Brown Smokey Grey (LE, $21.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Violet Steel (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Fall in Lust (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Maybelline Black Orchid (130) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker. Tarte Up Too Slate (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Rouge Bunny Rouge Eclipse Eagle (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Latergram is a light-medium, tangerine orange with warm, yellow undertones and a gold, frosted sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but there was some translucency there. The texture was smooth and blendable on the skin, while it wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $24.00) is darker, more muted. Kat Von D Platonic (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced XOXO (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Desert Rose is a light peach with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was easy to work with. The color started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. bareMinerals Peace (P, ) is darker. bareMinerals Empress (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Bubbly (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

#tbt is a dark, chocolaty brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture was on the powdery side, which made it harder to get intense color out of it as it would sheer out on the skin. It remained fairly blendable, so that was an upside, as sometimes the more powdery, darker shades can turn patchy during application. It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE, ) is . Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #5 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is darker. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is darker. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is warmer. Tarte Picnic Basket (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Leather (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Anastasia Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is darker. LORAC Corduroy (P, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Whitewashed is a pale, buttery yellow with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery but didn’t look dry applied. It wore well for eight hours on me. Divergent Altruistic Almond (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Entomology (P, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M510 Vanilla (P, $21.00) is darker. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is more shimmery. Tarte Breakfast in Bed (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Tarte Free Spirit (LE, ) is . LORAC Undressed (P, ) is warmer. Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is lighter. Tarte Summer Breeze (LE, ) is lighter. Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is . Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P, ) is brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Swan Song is a brightened, pink-tinted white with cooler undertones and a matte finish. This type of shade will likely work better for fairer skin tones, as it does look chalky on me (it is, even in the pan, the color of chalk really, so it’s not a surprise), but for those with darker skin tones, it mixes well with the other mattes and satins in the palette to lighten colors. The texture was silky but a smidgen powdery in the pan. It lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. LORAC White (P, ) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #1 (LE, $2.29) is warmer. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Aaah (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is cooler. Kat Von D Banshee (LE, ) is brighter. Kat Von D Liberatus (P, ) is warmer. Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P, ) is lighter. Viseart Bright Editorial #1 (P, ) is cooler. LORAC Linen (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Walking in the Sand is a light-medium, yellowed peach with a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was a little firmer compared to other shades in the palette. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Kat Von D Vespertine (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Natural (LE, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Fawn (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Barefoot in the Grass (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Lace Teddy (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Empress (LE, ) is more shimmery. Inglot #330 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Selfie is a softened, light-medium golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and easily blended consistency that lasted for nine hours. Too Faced Y’all (P, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Unattainable (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted. Stila Peace (P, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. Dior Ambre Nuit #2 (LE, ) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sandy Toes is a muted, peach-pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was firmer and a little drier, but it wasn’t too hard to get semi-opaque coverage out of it, though it was buildable to fairly opaque pigmentation in two layers. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Tiny Pansie (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Monochrome #2 (P, ) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE, ) is darker. Dior Chimere (821) (P, $31.00) is more shimmery, darker. Lancome My French #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Becca Ombre Rouge #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Pont des Arts (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Smashbox Posh (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, July 27th, 2015

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.54 oz.) is a cooler-toned eyeshadow palette with one blush. The palette has some misses and a few nicer shades, but if you already have a few of Tarte’s palettes, you may want to check your stash–there were a lot of Tarte eyeshadows that I ended up pulling as similar shades across this palette. The mattes were on the powdery side, while the more frosted shades were more pigmented and applied better to bare skin.

As a note, the back of the packaging lists 1.91 oz. for the blush with a 5.4g weight, but when you covert 5.4 grams into oz., you get 0.19 oz. (1.91 oz. is a massive amount of product in makeup, whereas 0.19 oz. is more in line with the size of it in the palette and what you’d expect to see with the average blush).

Full Moon is a light beige with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had a very silky feel to it, but it was prone to sheering out as it also became somewhat powdery. It had semi-opaque coverage and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Kinky (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Dainty (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is brighter. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is brighter. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charged Up is a subdued, medium-dark taupe brown with a frosted finish and warm undertones. The eyeshadow had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t powdery or dry. On me, it started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC Superwatt (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Chrome (P, ) is darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) (P, $28.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Anastasia Custom (P, $12.00) is warmer. Too Faced Rum Raisin (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Cle de Peau Satin Moon #3 (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Buxom Mink Magnet (P, $12.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Drive is a blackened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-sheer with a drier texture that kicked up excess in the pan and ended up being difficult to blend on the eye, as the eyeshadow applied unevenly. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Don’t Turn A-Brown (LE, ) is warmer. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P, ) is more muted. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is . Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Tarte Dim the Lights (LE, ) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE, ) is cooler. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Zoeva Beans are White (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stone Unturned is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It was very powdery, which resulted in sheer coverage that didn’t apply well to bare skin. It was noticeably faded after five and a half hours on me. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Cover (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is warmer. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Puddin’ (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker, cooler. Viseart Tabac (P, ) is darker. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker, cooler. NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Up Too Slate is a medium-dark, purple-taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to work with. The texture felt a little denser compared to the rest of the palette. The eyeshadow started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is cooler. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #2 (P, ) is lighter. MAC Aristocratic Aura (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Prom Night (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, warmer. YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Buxom Patent Leather (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Vendome (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Misty Mauve is a softened, medium-dark purple-taupe with a matte finish and cooler undertones. It was a smidgen on the powdery side, but it was denser and had a much smoother feel, which helped the color payoff. The color went on with mostly opaque coverage and started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Tarte I Think I Cannes (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Natural Beauty (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Unexpected (P, $5.99) is lighter. Tarte Best Friend (LE, ) is darker. Colour Pop Bill (P, $5.00) is lighter. Buxom Spoiled Sexy (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer. Hourglass Monochrome #4 (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Eco-chic (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Plum Smoke (P, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer. LORAC Wisteria (LE, ) is warmer. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $29.50) is warmer. MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Power Plum is a deepened, eggplant purple with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was powdery and dusty in the pan, which made it harder to blend on the lid without it turning into a patchy/uneven mess. The color wore well for seven hours on me. Make Up For Ever #160 (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. bareMinerals Nightcap (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE, ) is . LORAC Plum (P, ) is lighter. theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Fig. 1 (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Lunar Eclipse is a medium-dark black with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque with a firmer, drier consistency that was difficult to blend on the skin. It lasted for just over six hours before fading. Anastasia LBD (LE, $12.00) is warmer. Dior Pied de Poule #3 (P, ) is lighter. Sephora Collection Black Lace (P, $13.00) is darker. NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Blackboard (LE, $16.00) is less pigmented, lower quality. Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Crystal Spark is a brightened, light peachy-beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had a denser texture, but it was prone to “thickening” on the lid, so it would look uneven or emphasize the texture of the lid itself. It had good pigmentation and was fairly blendable, while the color lasted for seven and a half hours. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P, ) is darker, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE, ) is warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is brighter. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Viseart Kifu (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Devotion (P, ) is more shimmery. NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Unearthed is a rosy copper with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage that was fairly buildable with a lightly powdery texture that was at least finely-milled. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading, but it fell short of the 12-hour wear time claimed. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is cooler. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is warmer. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Anastasia Shadow Couture Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Shadow Couture Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Shadow Couture Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00 for 0.30 oz.) incldues twelve eyeshadows. Five of the twelve shades are available as individual shades from the brand’s permanent range of eyeshadows. They’re housed in slim cardboard with an interior mirror and dual-ended brush (which is okay, nothing amazing but usable). Some shades are good, some are so-so, and a few are misses. For the price point, you may find that using primer to solve at least half of the issues I experienced with some of the under-performing shades and make it still “worth it” as a result. The most troublesome shades were Heirloom (brings down the palette from B range to near C+ range!), Spoiled, and Chic.

Soft Peach is a light-medium, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was moderately powdery though soft and fairly smooth in the pan. It had good pigmentation but prone to sheering out and fading over time. On me, the color lasted for seven hours before fading. Anastasia Orange Soda (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Bamboo (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie (P, $5.99) is darker. Colour Pop Just a Sip (LE, $5.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Beaches and Cream (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. LORAC Fawn (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Fawn (LE, ) is lighter. Becca Ombre Nudes #1 (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Peach Fuzz (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Morocco is a medium-dark, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that blended well but sheered out easily. It wore well for seven hours on me. MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M738 Auburn (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is lighter. Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. Viseart Brique (P, ) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Succubus (P, ) is darker, brighter, warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE, ) is more muted. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is darker. Kat Von D Wrath (P, ) is darker. Anastasia Sienna (P, $12.00) is darker. Kat Von D Cleopatra (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. Sleek MakeUP Propose in Prague (LE, $9.99) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Heirloom is a blackened purple with purple and silver sparkle. The sparkle completely lifts from the base powder, which gives you more of a satin-like finish, and the eyeshadow itself is incredibly powdery. It’s just dusty and needs a tacky, white base to perform decently. Without a helper like that, patting it on and blending as little as possible is my best advice. On me, it faded by the sixth hour. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Jungle Love (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Ether (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. MAC Exotic Purple (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Feel the Fever (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Bellini is a brightened, medium golden-orange with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable consistency that leaned a little powdery but wasn’t too difficult to work with. The texture seemed denser than other shades, and it didn’t combine as well with a lot of the satin/matte shades in this palette. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is darker, cooler. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is darker, cooler. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $18.00) is darker. Too Faced Bon Bon #2 (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE, ) is warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Toasted Nut (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Unleashed (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Hourglass Graphite #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Champagne is a sparkling, rosy taupe brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, but it is loosely bound together, so it tended to sheer out on the lid and have a fair amount of sparkle fall out when initially applied. I think this shade is one I would consider using a with a damp brush or over a tacky primer to maximize its intensity/finish. On me, the color wore for just over seven hours with some fall out. MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Satin Taupe #2 (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chic is a light-medium gold muted by beige-y tones and a sparkling sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a slightly sparkly texture, so it wasn’t super smooth in feel, and there was some fall out over the seven hours it lasted. Dior Golden Flower #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker. Dior Rivage #4 (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever D504 Celestial Beige (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever D504 Celestial Beige (P, $21.00) is warmer. LORAC Cashmere (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Canter (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. LORAC Sand (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Burberry Gold #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Fringe (P, $5.00) is brighter. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P, ) is warmer. Rouge Bunny Rouge Golden Rhea (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Devotion (P, ) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Spoiled is a softened, light-medium peachy-brown with a golden sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a firmer texture that made it harder to get color out of the pan. It faded noticeably after six hours of wear. MAC Arena (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Right) (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Bare Minimum (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever S710 Peach (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever S710 Peach (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Just a Sip (LE, $5.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Fudge is a deepened, dark brown with warm, reddish tones and a matte finish. It was nicely pigmented with a soft, silky, and blendable consistency that was easy to work with. It was one of the better shades in the palette, and it wore for a full eight hours on me before fading. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is warmer. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Bittersweet (LE, $28.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M600 Pink Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #4 (P, ) is lighter. Anastasia Chocolate (P, $12.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Zoeva Freshly Toasted (P, ) is lighter. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #17 (P, $20.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Azure is a brightened, medium-dark navy blue with a soft, frosted finish. It had a fairly smooth and soft consistency, though it was firmer than Anastasia’s average eyeshadow (from my experience, and this isn’t a bad thing). It had good color payoff and lasted for eight hours before creasing on me. LORAC Cobalt (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Buxom Backstage Pass (P, $12.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #6 (LE, ) is brighter. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is darker. Dior Atlantique #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Entombed (P, ) is darker. Dior Rivage #5 (LE, ) is brighter. Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (LE, ) is brighter. MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #3 (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Tonight’s Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Intense Gaze is a softened, medium coral with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It applied well to bare skin and lasted for seven and a half hours before fading slightly. NYX Golden Peach (P, $6.00) is more shimmery. Buxom Glitz Factor (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Expensive Pink (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Imagine (P, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Metallic is a muted, medium yellow gold with subtler, warm undertones (not a true yellow gold, there’s an antique quality to the color) paired with a metallic sheen. The texture was soft but a little loose/crumbly in the pan, so it is better applied with a firmer brush and packed onto the lid with less blending motions to avoid excessive fall out. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before creasing. Sugarpill Goldilux (P, $13.00) is darker. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Anastasia Gold Bar (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter. Chanel Topkapi #4 (LE, ) is lighter. Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is brighter. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Noir is a deep black with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a firmer texture that wasn’t powdery, but it could have been more blendable in practice. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is darker. NARS Filbuste (P, $28.00) is darker. LORAC Jet Black (P, ) is darker. Smashbox Blackout (P, ) is less shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Onyx (LE, $30.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Anastasia Coal (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Shax (P, ) is darker, more pigmented. Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented. MAC Overnight (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #1 (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is darker. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality, brighter. Make Up For Ever #04 (P, $20.00) is warmer. View dupes side-by-side.

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