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Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Value

  • Pigment: $22.00 for 0.15 oz. or $146.67/oz.
  • Glitter: $22.00 for 0.15 oz. or $146.67/oz.
  • Set Values: $35.20 worth of Pigment, $8.80 worth of Glitter
  • Total Value: $44.00

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

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

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

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

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

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pigments & Glitter Kit Bronze
Bronze
Bronze
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Too Faced Holiday 2016 Grand Hotel Café Palette Set Grand Hotel Café
6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Mineralize Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Mineralize Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Mineralize Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Mineralize Kit ($55.00 for 0.46 oz.) includes a full-sized Mineralize Rich Lipstick, full-sized Mineralize Lipglass, and a miniature sized Mineralize Skinfinish. The lipstick and highlighter are both part of the permanent range, while the gloss is new and exclusive to the set. The kit comes with a large, zippered makeup “box” (less of a bag, more of a rectangular box where the top zips open). The highlighter is the best part of the set, which can be purchased individually (but in full size); the lipstick and lipgloss are misses for me.

Value

  • Mineralize Rich Lipstick: $25.00 for 0.14 oz.
  • Mineralize Glass: $25.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.
  • Mineralize Skinfinish: $33.00 for 0.35 oz. or $94.26/oz.
  • Set Values: $25.00 worth of lipstick, $25.00 worth of lipgloss, $11.55 worth of highlighter
  • Total Value: $61.55

Be Fabulous is a light pink with cool, blue undertones and a fine, pearly sheen. The formula is supposed to have medium, buildable coverage with a hydrating feel that lasts six hours. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied evenly but had a tendency to settle into lip lines. The consistency was smooth, lightweight, thin without being clingy or dry, and comfortable to wear over the three and a half hours (but not the six promised) it lasted. The formula felt slightly hydrating overall. MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Rose Lily (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC To Savour (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $55.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $36.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Dreaminess (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jude (DC, $35.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Real Doll (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Bubblegum Bloom (965) (LE, $7.49) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Petal Pink (710) (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Kingdom of Sweets (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Hibiscus Pop (715) (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Lavender (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Louis (DC, $35.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Candeur (P, $35.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Frosting (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Enchantee (LE, $18.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Elegantly Elegant is a light-medium pastel pink with a creamy finish and very fine white pearl. It’s supposed to be a sheer formula with “modern shine.” It had semi-opaque coverage that didn’t look streaky in terms of application, but the color emphasized every single lip line I had on my lips, so it still looked streaky and uneven at a glance. The texture was smooth, lightweight, mostly non-tacky, and comfortable to wear. It lasted for three hours on me. MAC Such Sweeties (LE, $20.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Tender (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Carousel (LE, $15.00) is darker (95% similar). Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Revlon Bejeweled (P, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pink Fade (LE, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pure Fiction (LE, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC The Wee Coquette (LE, $15.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Patentpink (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Fashion Scoop (LE, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Embraceable Me (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Two (Watercolor) (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Demure (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bite Beauty Three (Watercolor) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Look Who's Here (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dress the Part (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Angel (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lightscapade is a very light, gold-tinted white with a luminous finish. The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is supposed to have a “velvety soft” feel and a “radiant finish” with “sheer coverage.” It had semi-sheer, buildable color coverage with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t dusty or powdery in the pan. The powder blended out easily on the skin, and it gave an ethereal glow to the skin that did not emphasize my pores or the natural texture of my skin. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE) is darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00)(90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Pretty Bonnes (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Pink Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Kit Pink
Pink
Pink
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Retro Matte Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Retro Matte Lip Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Retro Matte Lip Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Retro Matte Lip Kit ($45.00 for 0.59 oz.) includes a full sized lipstick, liquid lipstick, and mascara. In this particular set, both the lipstick and liquid lipstick are new, exclusive shades. The Retro Matte lipstick and liquid lipstick formulas tend to be drying, though they are often very long-wearing and pigmented, so they’re both formulas with trade-offs. Some love the long-wearing power of the Retro Matte ranges, while others prefer reapplication with a more comfortable formula.

Value

  • Lipstick: $17.00 for 0.10 oz.
  • Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour: $21.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.
  • Mascara: $23.00 for 0.42 fl. oz.
  • Total Value: $61.00*

* Note: if you do not use the mascara or the makeup bag, the value to you would only be $38.00.

Pandemonium is a bright, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was more velvety and smooth with less of the firmness typically associated with Retro Mattes, but I find the velvety consistency to be harder to apply evenly as the texture sometimes thickens on itself or accentuates imperfections on the lips. This shade applied rather well, though it only had semi-opaque coverage. It lasted for five and a half hours but was drying after three hours of wear. MAC Bing Bang Boom (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Pink Sugar (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Fetch (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Jolly Molly (220) (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Virgin Rose (P, $50.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). MAC Silly (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Divine Divine (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Maybelline Ravishing Rose (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bing Bang Boom is a bright, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It is a touch brighter and warmer than the lipstick, but they are in the same family. The consistency was thin, so it spread across the lips easily, but it was streakier and harder to get even coverage. It seemed to self-level to some degree, but it was still imperfect, and the coverage was surprisingly only semi-opaque. It lasted for six and a half hours (out of the eight it’s supposed to), and it was drying after four hours of wear. Colour Pop Barely There (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pandemonium (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty A La Mode (P, $34.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Pink Sugar (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Retro Matte Kit Pink
Pink
Pink
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
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Laura Mercier Layer Up Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Layer Up Caviar Stick Set
Laura Mercier Layer Up Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Layer Up Caviar Stick Set ($39.50 for 0.12 oz.) includes four miniature sized Caviar Sticks, which are cream eyeshadows in twist-up, jumbo pencil form.

Rosegold is a light-medium gold with warm, orangey undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to opaque coverage in two to three layers. The consistency was smooth, lightly creamy, and didn’t tug on the lid and laid down even color. It was blendable for about thirty seconds, and then it set and stayed in place for eight and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Steady (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Rose Gold (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Rose Gold (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Wanderin' Free (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Skin (75S) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Gold Leaf (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora All Aglow (LE) is darker (90% similar). Becca Champagne Toast (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Obscura #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Medium (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Sassy Bun (LE) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Luscious (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Sandalwood (LE, $18.00) is more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Amethyst is a medium-dark plum with warmer, reddish-brown undertones and lighter, purple-taupe shimmer. It had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, and I did notice that it was cooler than the last time I swatched Amethyst–it seemed like it had more shimmer overall, too. The texture was nicely creamy; enough that it skated across the lids without skipping or dragging but did not slide around while it dried down. It wore well for nine hours before creasing on me. MAC Mortal #5 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Liar (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Infinity #3 (P) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Natasha Denona Vintage (49M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Ring-a-ling (LE) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Minx (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Prom Night (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Burberry Dusky Mauve No. 108 (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Ardency Inn Rose Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome My French #6 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Aubergine is a dark plum with warmer, reddish undertones and a natural finish. It had good color payoff in a single pass, and while it wasn’t buildable to opaque coverage, it was creamy enough that it was blendable on the lid without becoming patchy. The color started to crease after eight and a half hours of wear. Viseart Dark Matte #5 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Mulberry & Bright (LE) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Sketch (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is less glossy (85% similar). theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Cabernet (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Blackberry (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Zoeva Exquisite (P) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Too Faced Delectable (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Too Faced Blackberry (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Tarte Vio-let It Go (LE) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Tarte Mancat (LE) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). LORAC Plum (P, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tuxedo is a deep, inky black that leaned a little cool and had a natural finish. The pigmentation was semi-opaque in one stroke, but it was buildable to opaque coverage in two layers. The texture was creamy and easy to work with on the lid for general application, but it was somewhat patchy as I diffused and blended it out. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing on me. Surratt Beauty Scandal Eyes (Cream) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Khaki Design #5 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Filbuste (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #1 (P, $9.99) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $39.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Lights Down (P) is cooler, lower quality (90% similar). bareMinerals Penthouse (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Knight (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laura Mercier Holiday 2016 4-Piece Caviar Stick Set Layer Up
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