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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit ($35.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) contains three Cremesheen Glasses and one Dazzleglass in variations on “pink.” Cremesheen Glass is supposed to be creamy, hydrating, and sheerer. Dazzleglass is supposed to have medium coverage with a hydrating, non-tacky formula filled with lots of shimmer/sparkle. In general, Cremesheen Glass tends to have a creamier, milkier quality to it, which makes it comfortable and hydrating to wear, but it often looks streaky, settles into lip lines, and is shorter wearing. Dazzleglass is moderately tacky, thicker, and wears longer and has tons of sparkle, but it is more semi-sheer in coverage. What I’ve always found funny about the holiday gloss sets is that they’re called “minis,” but they’re larger than full-size.

Value

  • Cremesheen Glass: $21.00 for 0.09 fl. oz. or $233.33/oz.
  • Dazzleglass: $20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz. or $333.33/oz.
  • Set Value: $70.00 worth of Cremesheen Glass, $33.33 worth of Dazzleglass
  • Total Value: $103.33

Fashion Scoop is a pale, light pink with a milky consistency and finish paired with fine pink pearl. The texture was smooth, creamy, and non-sticky, but it was a bit streaky and prone to gathering in lip lines. The wear was only two hours, though it was hydrating. Chanel Imaginaire (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Peach Fuzz (P, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fresh Air (LE, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Dress the Part (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Fuchsia Flicker (P, $4.49) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Elegantly Elegant (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Revlon Bejeweled (P, $7.49) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Fashion Fanatic (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Embraceable Me (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is more pigmented, lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charm is a bold, slightly brighter, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, though I noticed some of the color still settled into lip lines. The overall richness of the color made it harder to see at a normal viewing distance. The color wore well for four hours and was moisturizing. MAC Twirling (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Ceaseless Energy (P, $24.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Belladonna (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). NARS Danceteria (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Scandal (P, $26.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Eleven (Watercolor) (LE) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). MAC Raring to Go (P, $10.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Dior Soho (888) (P, $35.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (80% similar). Make Up For Ever 207 Candy Pink (P, $19.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Twirling is a medium-dark berry with cooler undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly, but there was still some noticeable color in some of my lip lines (but far fewer than the other two shades). The gloss wore well for four hours, was comfortable to wear, and it felt hydrating. Urban Decay After Dark (P, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). NYX Toasted Marshmallow (P, $5.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Charm (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). NARS La Main Bleue (P, $26.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Ruby (42) (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Shade III (LE, $26.00) is warmer, more muted, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $26.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Sephora Plum Fiction (19) (P, $12.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rags to Riches is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and multi-colored sparkle. It added mostly warmth to my natural lip color and a medium level of coverage of shimmer/sparkle. It was easy to wear on its own but could be layered over other lip products, and the gloss didn’t seem to settle into my lip lines either. The texture was tacky, so despite being sheerer, it lasted for five hours on me. Revlon Orchid (P, $7.49) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Magnetic Mauve (04) (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #502 (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Feeling Fine (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #500 (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Good Fairy (LE, $14.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Out for Glamour (LE, $20.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Hack (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Purpurine (LE, $15.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Dolly Pink (453) (P, $29.50) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline A Wink of Pink (P, $4.49) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). NARS Candy Says (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kit Pink
Pink
Pink
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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Make Up For Ever Holiday 2016 Artistic Lip Ink & Brush Set

Make Up For Ever Artistic Lip Ink Set
Make Up For Ever Artistic Lip Ink Set

Make Up For Ever Artistic Lip Ink Set ($40.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) includes an Artistic Lip Ink and a lip brush to apply it with, which are housed in a decorative, metal tin. The brush had a good length for dipping in the container, but it was a bit long and had a thinner edge than seemed ideal as I applied it, but I was able to get sharp, relatively clean edges without a lot of effort with it.

Red Ink is a bright, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. The formula was watery and thin in the container, and it took about 15 minutes to dry down on lips, but even after a half hour, it had not dried down on my arm (which is why the swatch has more sheen). Initially, it looked rather streaky, but it seemed to even out as it dried. After it dried down, the product didn’t feel clingy or dry, but it was still thin and lightly tacky for another 15-20 minutes. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding over the seven hours it lasted. The formula felt drying to me after four hours of wear.

MAC Como La Flor (LE, $17.00) is glossier, more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Chateau M (LE, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $35.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $17.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is glossier, lighter (90% similar). Dior Splendor (950) (LE, $38.00) is glossier, cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) (P, $37.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Tijuana (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Rich Ruby (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is glossier, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Make Up For Ever Artistic Lip Ink Red Ink
Red Ink
Red Ink
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Make Up For Ever Artistic (Holiday 2016) Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artistic (Holiday 2016) Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artistic (Holiday 2016) Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artistic (Holiday 2016) Artist Palette ($49.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes nine shades of Artist Eyeshadow–all shades are from the permanent range, and if you already have a few of the brand’s pre-made palettes, this is probably redundant. I personally prefer the cardboard palettes they’ve put out before, as they are slimmer and more travel-friendly–the metal case is more substantial but seems rather bulky. The quality of the eyeshadows was consistent with the permanent singles I have, and if you’ve never tried the brand’s formula, this might be a palette to check out. But as many fans of the Artist range have said: with 200 shades to choose from, how is it that they keep pulling from the same 50?

Value

  • Artist Shadow: $21.00 for 0.08 oz. or $262.50/oz.
  • Total Value: $118.13

ME122 Snow is a bright white with cooler undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a creamy, denser consistency that blended out well but is best used with a flatter brush for maximum pickup. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Stila Moonstone (P) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Burberry Optic White (000) (P, $29.00) is brighter (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Snow (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Mortal (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dark Energy #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #11 (P, $6.50) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Sheepdog (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Dior Golden Snow #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Permanent Press #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

S102 Onyx is a deep black with a satin finish. It had intense, opaque color coverage with a smooth, cream-like consistency that applied well to bare skin. Even though it is quite pigmented, I didn’t have any trouble blending and diffusing the edges out. The color started to fade after nine hours of wear. Chanel Rêve d'Orient #4 (LE)(100% similar). theBalm #9 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Filbuste (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit Mood (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Tuxedo (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Scandal Eyes (Cream) (P) is glossier (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Charbon (P) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Cinderblack (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Crave (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ME108 Steel is a medium-dark gray with a metallic finish and bluer undertones. The pigmentation was great, while the texture was fairly smooth, blendable, and dense. It could have been a touch easier to blend out around the edges. It started to break down on me after eight and a half hours of wear. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Evening Grey (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Cool Caviar (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Graphite #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Smoky #3 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Gunmetal (LE, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #3 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Feather (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #451 (P, $6.00) is warmer, less pigmented (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #3 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.75) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $19.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Cyber Silver (LE, $24.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

D552 Crystalline Gray Beige is a very light taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, though it was not quite opaque, but it was buildable to full coverage with two layers. The texture was soft, a little sparkly, so there were some loose sparkles that came away from the base color as I blended it out on the lid. This shade wore well for eight hours and had minor fall out. Stila Rose Pewter (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop I Heart This (P, $5.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #3 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Beigely (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Fashion Beat (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Warm Silver (LE, $18.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Telepathy (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Fly by Twilight (LE, $20.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Palladium (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Rock Candy (P) is warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #19 (LE, $33.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Pear (LE, $14.00) is more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte C'est La Vie (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Graphite #5 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Melancholia (P) is cooler, darker (85% similar). MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ME614 Graphite Brown is a deep brown with subtle, warm, reddish undertones and a satiny sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a cream-like, dense, and smooth texture that applied well to bare skin. I noticed signs of fading after nine hours of wear. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bracken (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Dark Roast (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Hot Fudge (P, $16.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Granite (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Steampunk (P, $6.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Haute Couture (P, $12.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Dark Sienna (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Beautifully Charred (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unafraid (P, $19.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #2 (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Yule Log (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Life's Luxury (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Fumé (Right) (P) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Gilded Ganache (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Reign (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I220 Sapphire is a rich, navy blue with cool undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, but the texture was firmer and too dense–it was harder to pick up color and diffuse it around the edges without the color looking draggy around the edges. It wore well for nine hours but stained slightly. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #3 (P) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Milani Bella Navy (09) (P, $4.49) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #2 (LE) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Giove (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Arcturus (P, $29.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Estrella (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Deep Truth (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Evidence (P, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #8 (LE) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Entombed (P) is brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

D712 Creme Brulee is a medium copper with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The pigmentation was fully opaque, while the consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable, despite having a moderate sparkle to it. I felt like most of the sparkle meshed with the base color, so there was very little fall out during application and almost none during the nine hours it wore for. bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE) is lighter (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #7 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 13 (LE) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Melonie (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Golden Topaz (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Sunrise (14) (LE, $39.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Marais (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Adore (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Stila Affection (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). City Color Homecoming Queen (P, $6.99) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Skin (75S) (P, $29.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ME302 Peacock is a deep teal with warm, brownish undertones and a cooler overtone paired with a pearly sheen. The color coverage was opaque, but it could have been a bit truer-to-color. The texture was smooth, cream-like, but it was a bit denser than the permanent version, so it wasn’t quite as effortless to apply. It started to crease after nine hours of wear. Urban Decay Floss (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Deep Teal (LE, $19.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). MAC Woodsmoke (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Deep Blue Green (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $19.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Cosmic Clash (LE, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). Fyrinnae Jaguar (DC, $6.75) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Loaded (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Lounge (P, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Houdini (P, $9.99) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ME912 Orchid is a bright, medium purple with warm, pink undertones and a pearly sheen. This is actually a blush, as it is not recommended use on the eyes. The texture was soft, smooth, dense but not stiff, and it blended out well on the cheeks as a blush. It wore well for nine hours on me. bareMinerals Boudoir (P) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $19.00) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay 1985 (LE, $19.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Masquerade (P, $9.99) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.75) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Punch Fuchsia (LE, $12.00) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Infamous (LE, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Power Boosted (LE, $16.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Ardency Inn Orchid (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stars 'n' Rockets (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta (P, $21.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Maybelline Pink Rebel (P, $6.99) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Junkshow (LE, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever Holiday 2016 Artist Palette Artistic Palette
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye & Face Palette

The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye & Face Palette
The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye & Face Palette

The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye & Face Palette ($58.00 for 1.62 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and six cheek colors. Even though neither palette seems that large, they both contain a ton of product, and for the price point, I think it’s an excellent value for mid-to-high-end sets. It’s hard to tease out the value, as the permanent range doesn’t seem to have these products in it. The eyeshadow formula is dense, thick, and very pigmented, and it lasted between seven and eight and a half hours before creasing. The cheek color formula wasn’t quite as dense, which was good, as if it had been, it would have been hard to pick up color with a blush brush; instead, it was soft, dense enough to have a richness to it and opaque pigmentation, but it blended out easily and sat well on the skin. The cheek colors lasted between seven and nine hours on me. Also, the “Face” palette is actually a “Face and Eye” palette, so they can be used on the eyes as well (per the brand) — that bit is actually what took me longer to test the set as I had to go back and test the six cheek colors as eyeshadows (though three of the six cheek colors are very similar to the eyeshadows, so they seem redundant as eyeshadows)!

I don’t think that this is that similar to the Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette, which has a lighter and darker gold/copper shade, a brighter blue, much warmer green, and then a warm brown instead of a burgundy. The texture is also much, much denser and thicker in the Estee Edit palette and feels more silicone-heavy, while the Victoria Beckham Eye Palette felt more like traditional powder eyeshadow, just richer in overall pigmentation. The Estee Edit eye palette reads cooler, smokier, and… grittier. I see an “at a glance” similarity, but when I start going shade by shade, I don’t see real dupes.

Swerve is a rich, medium-dark coppery brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was dense, cream-like, and very, very smooth on the lid. It was intensely pigmented but still blended out beautifully on the skin. The color started to crease on me after eight and a half hours of wear. LORAC Cider (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). The Estee Edit Ray (LE) is warmer, more muted (95% similar). Stila Rose Gold (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Stardream (LE, $21.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (90% similar). NARS Isolde #1 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Legend (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Gold (DC, $19.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #5 (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Minx #5 (P) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Game Face (P, $5.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Louder (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Showgirl (LE, $16.00) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #3 (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Copper Shimmer (P, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Riff is a light-medium peach with warm, golden shimmer and pink undertones. It had good color coverage with a lightly dusty, but smooth, consistency that applied best with a flatter brush (dampen the brush for even better results). This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Precious (LE) is darker (95% similar). Clinique Ballet Flats (P, $15.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Brighten) (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Champagne (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Seashell (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Pound Cake (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Clarins Nude #1 (P) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Venitien #2 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #4 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Burn is a deep burgundy-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly opaque, while the texture was smooth, dense, and felt like a cream in the pan. It applied well to bare skin, and it blended out nicely without having to work at it. I noticed subtle signs of creasing after nine hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Raffinement #4 (P) is brighter, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Constructivist (DC, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Dark Truffle (P, $16.00) is warmer, more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Sinful (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Turandot #4 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Black Nutmeg (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Rich Java (P, $6.99) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Cocoa (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Right) (LE) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wavy is a deep teal with a black base and a frosted shimmer. The texture of this one wasn’t quite as smooth, as it had larger sparkly bits in it, but it looked smooth and was intensely pigmented. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. Coloured Raine Forbidden (P, $6.99) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Blue Karma (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Give In Take III (LE, $29.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). Kat Von D Watt (LE, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Patchwork (LE, $5.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mood is a dark black with subtle, cool undertones and a smattering of silver and teal sparkle over a mostly matte finish. The consistency was a bit firmer compared to the other shades, and it did not seem as dense, which made it a more buildable eyeshadow. It had good pigmentation, which I was able to build up to true-to-pan color in two to three layers. It blended out fairly easily and lasted for eight hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Black Sugar (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #1 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Blackout (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 19 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Dogon #2 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Heather Belles (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 17 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Noir (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Charbon (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Trip is a blackened brown with tons of navy blue sparkle and shimmer. The consistency felt almost wet, and it wasn’t as dense as the other shades, though it still felt smooth to the touch. Of all the shades, this is the only one that was a bit harder to blend and diffuse, especially as the sparkle pulled away from the base, so the color looked less bluish in practice. I had some fall out over the eight hours this shade lasted for. Revlon Neptune Star (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Reveuse (271) (LE, $31.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Midnight in Paris (LE, $16.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Sephora Across the Universe (100) (P, $10.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Snowlit is a very light white gold with darker, warmer yellow gold shimmer. It had good color payoff with a denser, slightly thicker consistency in the pan, but it blended out easily on the skin and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading as a blush; seven hours on the eyelid. Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Chardonnay (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Short Shorts (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Skylight (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Artemis (LE, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #1 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Soft Gold (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain L'Heure de Nuit #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

14K Glow is a medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had opaque color coverage with a soft, denser texture that was easy to work with on the skin as it blended and diffused nicely. The finish gave a noticeable glow on the skin but did not emphasize my pores or skin’s natural texture. This shade wore for eight hours on both eyes and cheeks. Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is darker (95% similar). Ciate Vaycay (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Lithe (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #2 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Hussy (LE, $14.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $4.49) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Jinxie (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior #003 (P, $56.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Spotlight (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

1st Light is a light-medium peach with a warm, golden sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a denser, slightly stiffer texture. This shade worked best when applied with a denser blush brush, and it did show up subtly as a pinkish-toned color on my skin tone (but it will be more of a highlighter on those darker than me). The product well for seven and a half hours on me as a blush and seven hours as an eyeshadow. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #4 (P) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Goddess (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Brighten) (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC MACnificent Me (LE, $16.00) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #2 (P) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Pixel (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Stunner (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE)(90% similar). Chanel Tisse Venitien #2 (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Precious (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Ballet Flats (P, $15.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gleam is a medium peach with warm, copper undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation, while the consistency was soft, lightly dusty but appeared smooth and remained blendable on the skin. I thought this one might emphasize my skin’s natural texture, but it just yielded a luminous glow. It started to fade after eight hours on cheeks and seven and a half hours on eyes. Hourglass Monochrome #2 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Zinc (P, $24.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Third Eye Blinded (P, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rekindle (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Pure Bred #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #4 (P) is lighter (85% similar). theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). bareMinerals Future (P) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). theBalm Luscious Lani (P, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). Lancome My French #5 (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ray is a rich, medium-dark copper bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was very similar to Swerve within the eye palette. The consistency was softer, not quite as dense or as thick as Swerve, so it worked better as a cheek color (most cheek brushes are less dense than eye brushes). It had intense color payoff, and the texture emphasized my skin’s texture just slightly, but it blended out fine otherwise. On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading no the cheeks and eyes (slight creasing on the eyes after eight hours). Ciate Shine Bright (LE) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Louder (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit Swerve (LE) is cooler, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Game Face (P, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Penelope (P, $13.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Isolde #1 (P, $25.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Legend (P, $9.99)(90% similar). theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Wine (P, $12.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Cider (LE, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #3 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beachy is a medium-dark copper brown with warm undertones and a softer, golden sheen. This had more of a satin finish, so it didn’t appear as golden or as metallic on the skin compared to Ray. The texture was soft, lightly dusty, and fairly smooth, which made it easier to work with on the skin as it blended and diffused well on the skin. As a cheek color, it wore well for eight and a half hours, and as an eyeshadow, it lasted for eight hours. Makeup Geek Firework (P, $20.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronzed Amber (LE, $58.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lust for Life (P, $45.00) is less pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC A Latte Sheen (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Estee Edit Magnetic Eye & Face Palette Gritty & Glow
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Limited Edition

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Besame Holiday 2016 Mini Lipstick Set

Besame Holiday 2016 Mini Lipstick Set
Besame Holiday 2016 Mini Lipstick Set

Besame Holiday 2016 Mini Lipstick Set ($25.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes five miniature sized lipsticks, which are all available individually (should you only like one or two, or perhaps, minis aren’t your cup of tea). The Classic Color Lipstick formula is described as a “budge-proof finish that stays put” with “smooth” color and a “satin meets matte” finish. It’s a nice set of medium and deeper shades with two reds, one burgundy, one rose, and one copper/brown. The tubes are really small, and of the minis this year, the size did feel awkward to use, though I did not have issues with breakage.

Value

  • Classic Color Lipstick: $22.00 for 0.12 oz. or $183.33/oz.
  • Total Value: $32.08

Noir Red 1930 is a blackened red with warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, though not quite full coverage, that went on fairly evenly. Of the five, this had slight patchiness towards the center of the mouth and noticeable color that had settled in my lip lines. The color wore for six hours, left a stain behind, and was lightly hydrating. Colour Pop Tutu (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Disturbed (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Burberry Black Cherry (57) (P, $34.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Living Legend (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Double Fudge (LE, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C407 (P, $22.00) is glossier, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cherries (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $16.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Risque (P, $15.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Bad Behavior (LE, $30.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Prim (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Dionysus (P, $21.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is glossier, lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Chateau (P, $5.00) is less glossy, warmer, lighter (80% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cherry Red 1935 is a medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was lightly creamy, light-medium in weight, and felt comfortable over the six hours it lasted. NARS Shirley (P, $32.00) is glossier (95% similar). Dior Diorling (LE, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Experimente (154) (P, $37.00) is less glossy, cooler, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is less glossy, more muted, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Red Velvet (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (LE, $18.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Besame Red Velvet 1946 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Dubonnet (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Shiseido Bloodstone (RD503) (P, $28.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $32.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (LE, $25.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is less glossy, warmer (90% similar). MAC Brave Red (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). NARS Eva (LE, $32.00) is glossier, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Red Velvet 1946 is a medium red with subtle, warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that was easy to apply, as the texture was lightly creamy without being too slippery or too stiff in the tube. The color wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. I found the formula slightly hydrating overall. Urban Decay Bad Blood (DC, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $32.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Dubonnet (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C406 (P, $22.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $17.00) is glossier, darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Red Velvet (P, $24.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Besame Cherry Red 1935 (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Brave Red (P, $17.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (DC, $22.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $25.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (LE, $18.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Red Ego (P, $30.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Dynamite Red (P, $7.49) is less glossy, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Doubt (P, $17.00) is less glossy, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Zealot (P, $17.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Drop Dead Red (320) (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Shiseido First Bite (RD307) (P, $28.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). MAC Cockney (P, $17.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dusty Rose 1969 is a muted, medium-dark rose with subtle, warm undertones and a creamy finish. It was richly pigmented with a lightly creamy, smooth texture that glided on without tugging on the lips. It was comfortable to wear over the five hours it lasted, and the formula was moderately hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Casablanca (P, $50.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cary (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Del Rio (P, $17.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Offshoot (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Ciate Pin Up (P, $19.00) is less glossy, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Love (P, $20.00) is glossier, warmer, lighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Sophia (LE, $26.00) is cooler, brighter (85% similar). MAC Soft Sell (P, $18.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Nude Rose (No. 405) (P, $34.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Tampered (P, $17.00) is more muted (85% similar). bareMinerals Queen (P, $20.00) is glossier, cooler, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Kiss 1970 is a medium-dark coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. This was the most pigmented–full coverage–shade in the set. The texture was a touch less creamy, but it didn’t drag on the lips at all, and it wore for just as long as the reds at six hours. The only thing I noticed was that the texture was thicker compared to the other shades, so it felt and looked heavier on. NARS Femme Fleur (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Royally Riotous (LE, $17.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Starling (P, $18.00) is glossier, brighter, darker (85% similar). MAC Tabla (P, $17.00) is glossier, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Carnal (P, $17.00) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Taurus (P, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Speed Dial (LE, $6.00) is lighter (80% similar). NARS Leslie (P, $32.00) is glossier, cooler, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Carnal (DC, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Besame Mini Lipstick Set Holiday 2016
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Bite Beauty Opal/Jam Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo

Bite Beauty Opal/Jam Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo
Bite Beauty Opal/Jam Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo

Bite Beauty Opal/Jam Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is an iridescent, translucent white paired with a deep plum-berry. I didn’t expect to review this as I have swatches for the individual shades, but I happened to receive as a press sample, so I figured might as well! 🙂 It’s a nice duo and fairly consistent with the other three.

Each of the Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duos includes one shimmery shade and one cream shade. The cream shade is part of the permanent range of Amuse Bouche lipsticks. Per the brand’s description, the shimmery shade is supposed to be a “foiled top coat,” though you can wear either shade on its own. I love that Bite has really affordable options during the holidays; I think these are a great way to try the brand’s Amuse Bouche formula, but they’re fitting with the holiday season in a fun, practical way. I had no issues with stability of the smaller-sized lipsticks when applying directly from the tube either, which can be an issue with minis.

Value

  • Amuse Bouche Lipstick: $26.00 for 0.15 oz. or $173.33/oz.
  • Total Value: $17.33

Opal is an iridescent, translucent white with shimmer that shifts between bluish violet and icy blue. It had a strong sheen without obvious sparkle or shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that applied fairly evenly. The consistency was smooth, thin without being dry or stiff in the tube. It lasted for three and a half hours on its own, but it didn’t seem to shorten the wear when layered over another longer-wearing lip product. Bite Beauty Opal (LE, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Pervette (P, $17.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). NARS Tender Night (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Cultive (P, $36.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Asphyxia (LE, $17.00) is more pigmented, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Jam is a muted, medium-dark berry plum with subtle, cool undertones and very, very fine shimmer. I felt like this was slightly cooler and more pigmented than the individual one I reviewed previously, and it seemed to have a touch less slip, which might have accounted for its better coverage and overall application. It wore well for over six hours, left a stain behind, and was lightly hydrating. MAC Cordovan (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Marsala (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jack (2016) (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Black Cherry (LE, $21.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Mulberry (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Sugared Maple (LE, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bite Beauty Beetroot (P, $26.00) is less glossy, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Venom (P, $17.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Plum (LE, $24.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Bruise (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Berry Naughty (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel L'Impatiente (P, $37.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). MAC What Joy (LE, $17.00) is less glossy, less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Hangry (P, $20.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). MAC Rebel (P, $17.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Mosh Pit (P, $17.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo Opal/Jam
Opal/Jam
Opal/Jam
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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B+

Opal

Limited Edition
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A

Jam

Permanent
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