Friday, June 19th, 2015

LORAC PRO Metal Palette
LORAC PRO Metal Palette

LORAC PRO Metal Palette ($28.00 for 0.144 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows with all but one being very shimmery (Onyx is more of a satin). If you’re a big fan of shimmer, frost, or metallic finishes, you may enjoy this. The quality is there, and none of the shades were difficult to use, even on bare skin. They’re soft, pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing; they are less powdery compared to some of LORAC’s eyeshadows but seem in line with their more shimmery/metallic shades (like Unzipped and Unzipped Gold). The only downside is that all of the shades are dupable, so you may have several similar shades already in your stash.

For pricing, the LORAC PRO palette retails for $42 and contains 0.32 oz. worth of eyeshadow (but also comes with a travel-sized eye primer, so it’s not as easily compared). Ignoring the primer, the eyeshadows cost $131.25/oz. in the full PRO palette, and this palette is $194.44/oz. The eyeshadows appear to be the same physical size as the ones in the full 16-shade PRO Palettes, even though these are 0.018 oz. each and the PRO palette lists each shade as 0.02 oz.

Quartz is a brightened, white gold with warm, buttery yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, dense, and buttery, but it’s a shade that could easily thicken on the lid so use less than you think you need, as it is very pigmented and stretches quite a bit. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before creasing. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Nylon (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Opal (LE, ) is less shimmery. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #2 (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Cashmere (LE, ) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Shifting Sand (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Unlocked (P, ) is darker. Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Rose Gold is a medium, muted copper with hints of rose and brown and a metallic sheen. It had great color payoff with a really soft, smooth consistency that was easily blended on the skin. The eyeshadow lasted for almost nine hours before fading. MAC Tan (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler. bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Unbelievable (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unattainable (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Scheherazade’s Tale (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Laura Mercier Rosegold (P, $24.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Laura Mercier Rosegold (P, $24.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is warmer. Hourglass Exposure #3 (P, ) is lighter. Buxom Bold Bling (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer. Viseart Camille (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Graphite is a dark, taupe brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had intense pigmentation that applied beautifully to the skin with really smooth, even coverage that wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Silver Dawn (P, $20.00) is cooler. bareMinerals Embellish (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #2 (P, ) is less shimmery. Buxom Haute Couture (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bracken (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Onyx is a medium-dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish paired with subtle, silver sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t bind well with the underlying color, so it looks and functions primarily as a matte black eyeshadow. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was a little powdery but blended well on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Oddfellow (LE, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Indigo (LE, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Caviar (LE, ) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Black Star (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P, ) is darker. Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery. Viseart Charbon (P, ) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Penthouse (LE, ) is darker. MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Gilded is a light-medium, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen powdery. The eyeshadow was easy to work with and blended nicely on the skin, and the color started to show signs of creasing after eight and a half hours of wear. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $29.50) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Remix (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is darker. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is darker. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is darker, cooler. MAC Dreammaker (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler. MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Brass Knuckles (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Amber is a medium, copper with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, creamy texture that adhered well to the skin and blended out with ease. On me, the color started to crease after eight and a half hours of wear. This is one of the most dupable shades, so there are plenty to choose from. bareMinerals Louder (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Nude #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is darker. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Bon Bon #2 (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unleashed (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clover is a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm, golden undertones and a frosted sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, buttery, dense texture that applied evenly and smoothly to the skin. On me, it wore well for nine hours before creasing. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Flicker (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is darker. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE, ) is darker. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted. Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Mirage (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Gucci Beauty Mosaic (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter. Milani Bella Khaki (17) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cobalt is a brightened, medium-dark navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a slightly thinner, drier texture compared to the other shades, though I didn’t notice issues working with it in practice. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Buxom Backstage Pass (P, $12.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Etiquette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Center Stage (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Estrella (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Entombed (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Tonight’s Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Love Cycle #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Urban Decay Wende's Contraband Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Wende’s Contraband Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Wende’s Contraband Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and one travel-sized eyeliner. The eyeshadows are 0.03 oz. each, whereas a full-sized Urban Decay eyeshadow is 0.05 oz. Four of the six shades are part of the permanent range, while the other two (Reign and Tornado) have been released previously so there are no truly new shades here. The formula is different from their regular range, and then different from both last year’s Shadow Box and Vice3/Vice LTD palettes. The press is firmer on all six shades, and it is only a detriment to one (Flash), while one other shade has a dryness to it that made it a pain to work with without a base (Tornado). The palette seems unnecessarily large, probably to accommodate the eyeliner, but it could be a lot slimmer and smaller and contain the eyeshadows still.

Of course, I’m not sure how many long-time Urban Decay collectors need another Smog or Zero eyeliner, so this palette seems more suited for those who haven’t yet added these shades to their stash. If you prefer a mix of finishes, you’ll want to skip this, as it is very heavy on the shimmer. Also worth noting, Trick lacked all of the sparkle and micro-glitter as the one found in Naked3, while Tornado is comparable in color to its Shadow box (2014) appearance but warmer and significantly less intense than its original iteration (Wizard of Oz).

Trick is described as a “light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle.” It’s a medium, copper orange with warm undertones and a frosted, golden sheen. It was missing all of the sparkle and micro-glitter that is readily apparent in its iteration found in my Naked3 palette, and it seemed a little warmer overall. The texture was firmer than the usual Urban Decay eyeshadow but very smooth and blendable. It wore well for eight hours before creasing. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. Viseart Melonie (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy, darker. Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is darker. YSL Steamy Coral (05) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $42.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is darker. Urban Decay Dive (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, warmer, cooler, lighter. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, more muted, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. LORAC Nude #5 (LE, ) is lighter, more muted. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Smog is described as a “deep coppery bronze shimmer.” It’s a dark brown with warm, copper undertones and a metallic gold sheen. It had intense color payoff with a really soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with and blended well on the skin. The color started to crease after eight hours of wear. MAC Woodwinked (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Cognac (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Venetian Tarnish (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Dior Sundeck #4 (LE, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Bette (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Zoeva Subtle Blend (P, ) is darker, cooler. Gucci Beauty Oxydus (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Reign is described as a “rich brown satin.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly without trouble. The texture had a firmer press compared to the usual Urban Decay formula, but it seemed very smooth, though not as dense or as creamy. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Pewter (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. YSL Saharienne #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Ursa Major (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Grand-Palais (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Dream Girl #8 (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Radar (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, more pigmented, more shimmery. Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P, ) is less shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Deep End is described as a “bright teal.” It’s a brightened, blue-leaning teal with a frosted sheen. It had nice color payoff with a firmer, but smooth and blendable, consistency that adhered well to bare skin. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Coconut (P, $5.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Midnight Sea (Eye Color) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P, ) is less shimmery. Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever I-20 (P, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Fringe (P, ) is darker. theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE, ) is . theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, less shimmery. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Maybelline Never Fade Jade (P, $6.99) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Flash is described as a “bright iridescent purple.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark violet with cooler undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture was firm as well, but it was thinner and stiffer to work with, and the resulting color payoff was semi-opaque. It required some layering and packing on the lid, and it is more suitable to be used over a primer. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. The color is weaker and softer than past iterations of Flash. Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. Anastasia Iridescent Purple (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. Viseart Violet (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. Sugarpill Strangeling (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer. Hello Kitty Happy (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Too Faced Live It Up (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is lighter, cooler. MAC Sexy PB&J (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Highly Charged (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Violet (14) (P, $4.49) is darker, brighter. Illamasqua Charm (P, ) is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Urban (P, ) is lighter. Inglot #441 (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tornado is described as a “vibrant deep purple shimmer.” It’s a deepened purple with warm, plum undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was drier and dusty to work with, so it didn’t adhere evenly to the skin and tended to look faded as you worked with it (blending the edges and whatnot). The color had noticeably faded after seven hours of wear. Illamasqua Queen of the Night (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Backfire (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Sephora Collection Seahorse (115) (LE, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Vanity (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Purple (15) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, lighter. theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is brighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Plumluxe #4 (P, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Cambon #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Urban Decay Freakshow (DC, $18.00) is lighter. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #3 (LE, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Viseart Paris Nude (06) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Paris Nude (06) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Paris Nude (06) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a set of twelve shades, and if you’ve ever longed for a palette of shimmery, mid-tones, this might be the one for you. Viseart’s philosophy is that the palettes are supposed to be mixed (and their roots are as a professional artistry brand that is gaining attention with its availability at Sephora), though you can certainly achieve looks with this palette alone, but if you like a variety in finish, you’ll need to add in your favorite mattes. The palette leans warm overall with a few shades more neutral-to-warm. The texture is soft and blendable with some shades feeling a little dry, dusty, and/or powdery, but these things didn’t translate into application, as they still adhered well to bare skin (no primer) and wore for eight hours or longer. I think they perform better in practice than just swatched, in general. I wish the pans were removable so you could create your own palette of finishes, as I do think that for travel, a set of twelve is a good number, but most will want a few darker and/or matte shades in their look.

Pont des Arts is a soft, light-medium peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that adhered well to the skin and lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P, ) is cooler. bareMinerals Future (P, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $36.00) is cooler. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is cooler. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is cooler. NARS Valhalla (P, $24.00) is lighter. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P, ) is darker. Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champs-Elysees is a brightened, light gold with warm, undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but it was somewhat powdery to work with, so while it blended nicely, it was messier to work with. On me, it started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE, ) is darker. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is darker. LORAC Unlocked (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P, ) is darker. MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Colour Pop High Tide (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop High Tide (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Rapunzel (P, $5.99) is darker. Viseart Champagne (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. LORAC Dream Girl #1 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Beaux-Arts is a muted, medium orange-copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The color payoff was good, while the texture was soft and blendable with light powderiness. It wore well for ten hours before fading. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Guerlain Crazy Paris #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter, more pigmented. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Amberluxe #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE, ) is warmer. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Platonic (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Bon Bon #2 (P, $16.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Alexandre Trois is a light golden beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly, while wearing for ten hours with no degradation. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE, ) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler. Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P, ) is lighter. LORAC Sand (LE, ) is more shimmery. LORAC Unlocked (P, ) is lighter, cooler. MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Colour Pop High Tide (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Colour Pop High Tide (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Colour Pop High Tide (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Viseart Champagne (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Saint-Honore is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy brown with warm, coppery undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to work with, and it had excellent color payoff that adhered well to the skin and stayed in place for ten hours. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler. LORAC Mocha (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tarte Silk Robe (LE, ) is darker, cooler. LORAC Maroon (LE, ) is darker, more muted. Guerlain Petrouchka #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P, ) is lighter. Viseart Copper (P, ) is darker. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Marais (P, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes shown, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Orangerie is a muted, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, though the texture was a little dusty in the pan, where it kicked up excess powder. Applied, I didn’t notice the texture as much, and it blended without issue and wore for nine hours. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. LORAC Undiscovered (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Rocket Girl (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter. Milani Bella Gold (22) (P, $4.49) is lighter, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #7 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marais is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a gold, frosted finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, but this shade also had that slightly dusty, thinner consistency compared to some of the best shades in the palette. In general, even when the shades seem to have a dustier or more powdery consistency, they still performed pretty highly applied to the lid (which is where it really counts!). This shade wore well for nine hours before fading. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer. MAC Star Myth (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Cle de Peau #121 (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, brighter, warmer. theBalm #6 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery. LORAC Nude #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever I702 Mahogany (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Stila Affection (P, ) is lighter. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. MAC Mortal #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes shown, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Montaigne is a muted, light-medium golden brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had intense pigmentation with a soft, buttery consistency that was a cinch to apply to the skin as it blended easily and went on evenly and smoothly. This shade wore for ten hours before fading. bareMinerals Kudos (LE, ) is lighter. Dior Trafalgar #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is lighter, warmer. Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. MAC Vicuna (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Viseart Ceska (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Vendome is a subdued, medium-dark mauvy purple with warm undertones and gold and purple micro-shimmer that gives it a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, while the texture was a little thinner and dustier. I found it to be more buildable in nature when working with it on the lid, and it lasted for eight and a half hours on me (which is shorter-wearing relative to the rest of the shades). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. bareMinerals Violet Spell (LE, $14.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Chanel Tisse Camelia #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. bareMinerals Catch Me If (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is cooler. Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #4 (P, ) is darker, cooler. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #3 (P, ) is cooler. MAC Plum Grand (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jeu de Paume is a light-medium, golden khaki with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that ran a little dusty. Applied, it went on smoothly and evenly and didn’t start to fade until after nine hours of wear. MAC Greenluxe #3 (P, ) is cooler. Kat Von D Delaney (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler. Colour Pop Fringe (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Hello Kitty Cookie (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. Burberry Gold #3 (LE, ) is warmer. Burberry Gold #3 (LE, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Grand-Palais is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. This shade had semi-opaque color payoff, which could have been much more intense and true-to-pan, as it ran lighter swatched. The consistency was slightly dry and dusty, but at least it still wore for eight and a half hours. Urban Decay Nevermind (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is darker. MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Radar (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Schmooze (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Silver Dawn (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter. YSL Saharienne #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. Ardency Inn Vintage Gold (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Trusted Instinct #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes shown, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Saint Germain is a smoked, purple-taupe with warm, brown undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was a little drier and dusty to work with, so it is best applied by patting it on the lid with a firmer brush to get better color payoff and the least amount of fall out. On the eye, the color wore well for eight and a half hours. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter, cooler. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Bluff (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Laura Mercier Violet Steel (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Pearled Earth (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Fathoms Deep (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Giorgio Armani #16 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. Chanel Tisse Camelia #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Winterized (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Stolen Moment (P, $20.00) is darker. First 15 dupes shown, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Dior Ambre Nuit (746) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Ambre Nuit (746) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Ambre Nuit (746) Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of warm-toned neutrals that ranges from frosted peach to deepened bronzy brown. The colors are dupable, and you can certainly find better-performing neutral palettes on the market given how many are available, but at least this did better than most of Dior’s palettes have in the last couple of years. The trouble showed up primarily during application, as the drier texture proved more difficult to work with for blending and getting color to adhere evenly and smoothly to bare skin. This one should work well enough over a primer if you typically wear one.

Ambre Nuit #1 is a light-medium peach with a warm, gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had so-so color payoff with a powdery, somewhat dry texture that didn’t apply well to the skin and tended to emphasize the skin’s texture. It lasted for six hours on me before fading. MAC Hey (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Say, Yeah! (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Say, Yeah! (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. NARS Nepal (P, $24.00) is darker. LORAC Light Bronze (P, ) is warmer. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. theBalm Dream Boat (LE, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Valhalla (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Viseart Pont des Arts (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ambre Nuit #2 is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It swatched significantly lighter than it appeared in the pan, despite having good coverage. The consistency was slightly dry but adhered decently to the skin and lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is darker. Gucci Beauty Starlight (P, $37.00) is cooler. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Frosting (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is darker. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Unattainable (P, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Court in Cannes (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Golden Touch (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Tempting (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ambre Nuit #3 is a brightened, peachy-white with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It was dusty to work with with semi-opaque pigmentation and seven-hour wear. Hello Kitty Friendship (LE, ) is cooler. Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Dream Girl #10 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is darker. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is darker. Urban Decay Sellout (P, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Sellout (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ambre Nuit #4 is a muted, dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dry, dusty consistency that tended to sheer out when applied to bare skin, so it would greatly benefit from some sort of base to help it cling better. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Buckwheat (LE, $16.00) is darker. Dior Fairy Golds #5 (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Dior Contraste Horizon #4 (LE, ) is warmer. Viseart Copper (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Sable (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is warmer. Dior Golden Flower #5 (LE, ) is cooler. Tarte Silk Robe (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Tarte Fresh Brewed Coffee (LE, ) is warmer. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #1 (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Factory (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ambre Nuit #5 is a light-medium, muted brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t powdery (!). It did start to fade after seven hours, unfortunately. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Caramel Sundae (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Terre (Right) (LE, ) is darker, warmer. theBalm Epic (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Stila Topaz (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever S610 Almond (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #1 (P, ) is cooler. Viseart Saint-Honore (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, June 13th, 2015

Dior Contraste Horizon (556) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Contraste Horizon (556) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Contraste Horizon (556) Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a brighter, more colorful set of shades for summer. You know me, despite having a fairly consistent negative experience with Dior’s palettes these days, that bluish-teal color drew me in, and shortly after receiving my order, I deeply regretted purchasing. The texture of the eyeshadows is drier overall, and they just performed poorly as far as wear and application went without some sort of helper (base or primer).

(And as a heads up, Nordstrom is doing price-matching, so all Dior eyeshadow palettes are 10% off at the moment.)

Contraste Horizon #1 is a light-medium, meadow green with warm undertones and gold, frosted shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a dry, powdery texture that kicked up a lot of excess powder in the pan and performed poorly applied, as it sheered out and was difficult to get it to “stick” in places. This shade had faded within six hours of wear. Giorgio Armani Gold Hercule (32) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC In the Meadow #3 (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Charmed (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. MAC 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. Clarins Garden Escape #3 (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Contraste Horizon #2 is a medium, yellow gold with a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff paired with a drier texture that gave the lid a more textured appearance when applied. I had some fall out over time, and the color started to fade after seven hours. theBalm Iron Maid-in (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is darker. Stila Vitality (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is darker. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE, ) is more pigmented. Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. YSL Dewy Gold (08) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Tarte Vivacious (LE, ) is lighter. Rouge Bunny Rouge Golden Rhea (P, $19.00) is lighter. Dior Sundeck #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Contraste Horizon #3 is a lavender-tinged white with a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery and had semi-opaque coverage, but it was prone to sheering out on the skin. It started to fade after six and a half hours of wear.
bareMinerals Velvet Lavender (LE, $14.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Contraste Horizon #4 is a medium-dark bronzy brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff and was one of the best shades in the palette, as it blended well and adhered to the lid. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading. It is extremely dupable, though. MAC Divine Decadence (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Fez (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. Benefit Dandy Brandy (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Axiom (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. MAC Eclair (LE, $18.50) is more shimmery. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Twinks (P, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. LORAC Mocha (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted. Kat Von D Papilio (P, ) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Guerlain Petrouchka #4 (LE, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Contraste Horizon #5 is a medium-dark blue with a hint of green and a frosted sheen (it’s more blue than teal to me). It had good pigmentation with a drier texture, so the color translated poorly onto bare skin, but it worked a lot better over primer (for reference). On bare skin, it lost vibrancy and tended to dust away to more semi-sheer coverage and lasted a mere six hours on me. Sugarpill Starling (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, cooler. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Guerlain Les Aquas #3 (P, ) is darker. Disney by Sephora Diamond Sky (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE, ) is warmer, better quality. Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $5.99) is lighter. Kat Von D Bukowski (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Madness (LE, $18.00) is cooler. Rouge Bunny Rouge Mysterious Tinamou (P, $19.00) is darker, more muted. Sugarpill Holy Ghost (P, $13.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Coconut (P, $5.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE, ) is warmer. Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, June 12th, 2015

Viseart Neutral Matte (01) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Neutral Matte (01) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Neutral Matte (01) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) contains twelve matte (well, mostly) neutral eyeshadows. When it comes to their eyeshadow palettes, the Neutral Matte palette is considered the “base” where this is the one you start with, and the other palettes build on this one, particularly the shimmery ones like Bridal Satin, Sultry Muse, and Paris Nude (though you can get looks out of them as is, but you have to love your shimmer). According to the brand, the formula is supposed to be pigmented, smooth, blendable, and long-wearing, and the palettes/eyeshadows are made in small batches (which is what is said to be the reason for why restocking can take awhile). All of the shades in the palette were very soft and silky to the touch, finely-milled, and fairly pigmented, though some shades were more semi-opaque and buildable, while others were quite pigmented from the get-go. A few of the shades are more semi-matte to satin-matte, where they lack the flatness of a truly matte eyeshadow but look like a “natural matte” finish applied, so even some of the lighter shades are less prone to looking dry or chalky on the skin. They all wore well for nine hours on me before fading (no primer). Its greatest strength to me is really that they adhere and apply to bare skin without the necessity of primer, and they tended to blend easily without turning patchy or uneven. It’s worth taking a look at if you’re in need of more matte, warm-toned neutrals in your stash, but if you’ve already stocked up on many a neutral palette in the last few years, these are dupable (182 dupes across the twelve shades).

The brand has been around for awhile as a more artistry/professional brand, but Sephora recently started to carry some of their products (four of their eyeshadow palettes specifically, but there are additional ones; I have personally shopped through Muse Beauty and bought three more through them, shipping was $10, but they shipped from SF so I got mine to what amounted as overnight delivery). I hope Sephora will start carrying the other palettes, though, to make it more and more accessible.

Cannelle is a muted, mediuum peachy-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, blendable, and easy to work with, as it yielded mostly opaque color payoff and lasted for nine and a half hours on me. MAC Layin’ Low (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, lighter. Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M664 Fawn (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Ludwin (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Selfie (P, $5.00) is brighter. Colour Pop Just a Sip (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Riff (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Riff (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter. Too Faced Honey Butter (P, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Invite Only (P, $12.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: Viseart Beige (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Beige is a light-medium, muted peach with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff that was buildable to opaque, but it wasn’t fully pigmented. The texture was soft and a little powdery, but it remained blendable and applied well to the lid in practice. On me, the color lasted for nine hours before fading. Viseart Cannelle (P, ) is lighter. Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Cannelle (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Ludwin (P, ) is darker. Tarte Peach Poppy (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler. bareMinerals Shhh… (P, ) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Just a Sip (LE, $5.00) is darker. Kat Von D Geek (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Bamboo (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Samoa Silk (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sable is a light beige with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that blended well on the skin without looking powdery or dry. It started to fade after nine hours of wear. Urban Decay Skimp (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Brule (P, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Countess (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is . MAC Her Mistress (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE, ) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean (P, $5.99) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Graphite #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Sundeck #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Laetus (P, ) is darker. Hourglass Color Field #1 (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ivoire is a lightly, brightened white with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque with a silky texture that was surprisingly soft without turning powdery. It lasted for nine hours before fading. Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is cooler. Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is cooler. Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler. MAC Chill (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC White (P, ) is cooler. Hello Kitty Milk (LE, ) is brighter. Makeup Geek White Lies (P, $5.99) is darker. Kat Von D Banshee (LE, ) is brighter. Kat Von D Liberatus (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chocolat is a muted, dark brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a satin finish. It had decent to good color payoff, but the texture was a little firmer compared to the other shades and wasn’t as easily blended in comparison. The color still wore well for nine hours, though. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Wolf (P, ) is cooler. Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Two Spicy #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Leather (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Farah (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Hourglass Obscura #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Fairfax (P, $5.00) is cooler. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is less shimmery. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is less shimmery. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Brique is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented, silky-smooth, and blendable on the lid and lasted for almost ten hours on me. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Cleopatra (P, ) is darker. Inglot #122R Middle (P, $6.00) is brighter. Anastasia Sienna (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Zoeva Substitute for Love (P, ) is more muted. Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is lighter. Anastasia Morocco (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S604 Teak (P, $21.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. Make Up For Ever M704 Canyon (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Wrath (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. LORAC Dream Girl #2 (LE, ) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Taupe is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, caramel undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was easy to work with on bare skin. The color started to fade after nine hours of wear. Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Texture (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Twice Baked (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Semi-Sweet (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Hipster (P, $5.99) is warmer. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter. LORAC Unspoken (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cafe is a medium, taupe brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that sat well on the skin. On me, the color started to fade after nine hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Primal (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Stila Being (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Brown (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Tarte Taupe of the World (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Dare (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Fix (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Too Faced Puddin’ (P, $16.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charbon is a medium-dark black with a satin finish. This shade had the most sheen out of the entire palette, but it seemed to make it more blendable than some matte black eyeshadows are, so perhaps that’s the reason for that slight sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and had a slightly firmer press compared to other shades. I started to see fading after nine hours of wear. MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Anastasia Coal (LE, $12.00) is . Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #4 (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Caviar (LE, ) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Tuxedo (P, ) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Souris is a muted, dark gray with a “warmer” leaning though it still seemed cool-toned overall with a matte finish. I thought this was the worst performer of the palette, as it was prone to sheering out and didn’t adhere as evenly as other shades. The texture felt soft but somewhat powdery. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC All Woman (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Graphic Nature (P, ) is darker. LORAC Charcoal (P, ) is darker. MAC Smoked Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Velvet Charcoal (P, $14.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cendre is a softened, medium-dark taupe with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff but wasn’t as pigmented as other shades. The eyeshadow had a slightly firmer press, and it wasn’t as blendable as the other shades. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE, ) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Undone (LE, $18.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Risque (P, $16.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Adios (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is warmer. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is warmer. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tabac is a medium-dark brown with warmer undertones and a subtle gray tint paired with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly to the skin, and it was easily blended and diffused. On me, the color wore well for nine hours. NARS Bali (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Deep Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Brun (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Noble Spirit (LE, $16.00) is less pigmented, lower quality. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Undone (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Aromatic (P, $16.00) is warmer. Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Fire Finch (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Espresso Yourself (LE, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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