Thursday, October 16th, 2014

NARS Laser Cut Palette
NARS Laser Cut Palette

NARS Laser Cut Palette ($59.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes three eyeshadows, one lipgloss, one blush, and one bronzing powder. The eyeshadows are marked as “Hardwired Eyeshadow” on the back of the palette, though I couldn’t tell you how they really differ from the permanent formula, other than it seems like a denser, less thin formula. The palette leaves something to be desired — I don’t think it’s NARS at its best–it’s just kind of in the middle.

Shade I is described as a “perfect neutral vanilla.” It’s a light beige with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture was very powdery. See comparison swatches
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Shade II is described as a “shimmering cafe au lait.” It’s a golden brown with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had nice pigmentation, though the texture was a smidgen crumbly and the sparkle did fall out during wear (as well as application), while the color itself stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shade III is described as a “matte army green.” It’s a medium-dark, olive green with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was really soft but incredibly powdery to the point where most of it dusted away and only some managed to stay on the skin. What did adhere to the skin stayed on for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolce Vita is described as a “sheer dusty rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink-plum with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It’s not sheer at all, and this version included in the set matches the original formulation, but it feels more like the new formula (which is a lot cooler and pinker in color). It lasted for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Day Dream is described as a “flirty sheer peach.” It’s a pink-peach with warm udnertones and a satin finish. It’s warmer and less pink compared to the individual version that was released last year. It is sheer as described (though “sheer” was not part of the description when it originally launched), with a thinner, slightly dry, texture, but it wasn’t stiff. My standalone version is more pigmented. It lasted for seven hours applied. See comparison swatches
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Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a meidum-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=175779,171535,168835,165621,142013,141615,111363,108999,108998″>See comparison swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Laser Cut

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8/10

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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8/10

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Shade I

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7.5/10

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set
NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.27 oz.) includes five, travel-sized lip pencils. Each Velvet Matte Lip Pencil contains 0.06 oz., and each Satin Lip Pencil contains 0.05 oz.  It is exclusive to Sephora.  They come in a long, rectangular plastic box (feels like acrylic to me, but I’m not an expert on materials!)–it’s thick, sturdy plastic, and it feels like something you would keep, not toss away. Three shades are limited edition (and two of those were released earlier this year in the Final Cut collection), and two are part of the permanent range. The only real downside to NARS’ lip pencils is that they require sharpening, so there is waste, and they may not be as travel-friendly since they don’t just twist-up. Otherwise, the formula has good color payoff, wears well, and is comfortable to wear.

Descanso is described as a “tea rose.” It’s a lightly pink-tinged peach with a satin finish. It has mostly opaque color coverage that wears for four hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Torres del Paine is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a light-medium, softened peach-orange with a satin finish. It wore nicely for four hours and was lightly hydrating over time. It was semi-opaque with a slight translucency where the natural lip color came through. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Iberico is described as an “intense coral.” It’s a bold, bright orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and it was creamy enough that it glided on without skipping and delivered even color. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was a little drying towards the end. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Yu is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, magenta undertones and a luminous finish. The shade yiedled fairly opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. It lasts for six hours and leaves a stain behind, while it felt lightly hydrating. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cruella is described as a “passionate scarlet red. It’s a muted, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. The consistency had a light waxiness to it that gave it that “velvet” feel when applied, so it didn’t skip or drag on the lips. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and it lasted for six hours. I found it a bit drying, which was the only downside. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Too Faced Sugar & Spice Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Sugar & Spice Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sugar & Spice Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.47 oz.) is a new, limited edition, ULTA exclusive palette that features twelve eyeshadows with a glittery gold exterior. It’s a fairly good, neutral-driven eyeshadow palette with a lot of warmer shades and a variety of finishes from matte to frost. There was only shade that was a big miss (Black Licorice), but the majority had good color payoff, good to slightly powdery textures, and wore for seven to eight hours. This has sold out online, so you’ll only be able to find it at a local ULTA store if you have one nearby.

Coconut Cream is a bright, white matte. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Nutmeg is a muted, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Biscotti is a bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugared Violet is a blackened purple with warm undertones and a satin finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Truffle is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Pink Frosting is a bright, cool-toned, light pink with a frosted, metallic finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cinnamon Sugar is a golden bronze with a metallic sheen and warm undertones. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Cake is a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Meringue is a pink-tinged light beige with a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Clove is a cool-toned, light-medium taupe with a purple tinge and a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bon Bon is a pale, frosted lilac with cool undertones. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Licorice is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sugar & Spice

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Coconut Cream

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Nutmeg

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8/10

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8/10

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set
Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set ($59.00 for 2.05 oz.) includes a 20-pan eyeshadow palette, plus a deluxe sized mascara, cheek stain, Maracuja Oil, Smooth Operator finishing powder, and a LipSurgence Lip Gloss and Lip Tint, which are all housed in a zippered travel bag. Overall, it’s a decent palette. There were a couple of misses for eyeshadows, but I actually found that the lip/cheek products were more problematic, as they lacked staying power and the lip products weren’t hydrating for me. I think if you like more muted eyeshadows with more matte finishes, this might be a good palette to consider. Just for reference, this review only covers the eyeshadows, cheek and lip products (color cosmetics).

Palace of Versaille is a light pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, soft texture that was only a smidgen powdery, and wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Moulin Rouge is a plummy taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was good, while it wore well for eight hours before fading and had a soft texture that was blendable. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

I Think I Cannes is a muted, medium-dark purple-plum with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It was slightly powdery but had fairly good pigmentation and was blendable on the skin. It lasted for eight hours applied. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

My Own Cotes de Rhone is a dark, cool-toned, muted purple with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was slightly powdery, but it wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Boudoir Noir is a dark burgundy-brown with warm, reddish undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had really rough, uneven color coverage with a drier, slightly powdery, texture that made it hard to blend on the skin. What made it on lasted for eight hours, at least. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Fall in Louvre is a softened, peach-orange with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft without being powdery. The color lasted for eight hours before fading. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Provence Upon a Time is a dark, brown-ish gold with a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. It wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Eiffel for You is a muted, medium-dark olive brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, and the texture was slightly powdery. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Haute to Handle is a medium-dark, bronze-shimmered brown with warm, yellow undertones. It had a thin, but smooth, consistency that went on with mostly opaque color coverage that lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bastille in the Night is a dark brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a satiny finish. It had excellent pigmentation that on smoothly and evenly. I didn’t notice any fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Chantilly Lace is a light, warm-toned beige with a satin finish. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and only a smidgen powdery, while the color stayed on well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Merci You Later is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, though it was slightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

No Champagne, No Gain is a muted, medium gold with hints of brown and a metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff, and it went on smoothly and evenly. I didn’t see signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Take on Bordeaux is a dark, chocolate brown with warm, red-yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff that went on fairly smoothly. It wasn’t powdery, but it was still blendable, and this shade stayed on well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

French Riviera is a muted, dirty green with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was a soft and blendable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

C’est La Vie is a sparkly, metallic golden pewter. It had sheer color coverage, while the texture was crumbly and resulted in a fair amount of fall out during wear. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Marseille the Word is a muted, medium-dark pewter-gray with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Play Nice is a muted, gray-ish purple with a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was only a smidgen powdery, but it could have been more blendable. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

On a Good Notre Dame is a deep, dark black with a semi-matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and while it wasn’t powdery, it could have been easier to blend on the skin. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Le Cordon Bleu is a cool-toned, bluish purple with a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery and harder to blend on the skin, though it lasted for eight hours once on. The color payoff was decent but needed to be built up. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Muse is a beige-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Tarte’s Cheek Stain formula is described long-wearing and natural. It is mostly a sheer sheen on me with little color, and it lasts five and a half hours on me (not long-wearing at all). See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Visionary is a soft, medium peach-coral with warm undertones and a fine shimmer. Tarte’s LipSurgence Lipgloss formula is supposed to give a “pop of color” with “lasting shine” while being hydrating and vanilla-scented. It had semi-sheer color coverage that added warmth and glossiness to the lips. It lasted for two hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Romantic is a soft, muted coral-pink with a glossy shine. Tarte’s LipSurgence Lip Tint formula is supposed to be a hydrating, natural-looking lip stain with a “wash of color.” It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. I didn’t find it hydrating, though, and it lasted two and a half hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bon Voyage

B

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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Palace of Versaille

B+

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Moulin Rouge

B+

Product

9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Eyeshadow Palette
Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Eyeshadow Palette

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes four full-sized eyeshadows (so it’s a $48 value). You can also purchase each of the eyeshadows individually for $12. The colors are interesting pops of color that are fun to see and try to use together. The texture of the eyeshadows seemed a little drier than usual, particularly with Hotsy Totsy, which was dry and almost clumpy–very odd for a pressed eyeshadow. Surprisingly, Frostine was the best, despite being such a light shade (and purple, always a challenge). They wore well once on the eye, but there is a lot of fall out during application that makes it a messier palette to use.

Kitten Parade is described as a “shimmery peach with opulent golden sheen.” It’s a coral-pink with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was slightly dry and powdery, which made the color payoff weaker (semi-opaque). It wore well for eight hours. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P) is darker, more orange. Too Faced Paper Roses (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Clinique Pink and Plenty (P, $17.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay X (P, $18.00) is lighter. Lancome Kitten Heel (P, $19.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Frostine is described as a “frosty pale lavender.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned lavender with a subtle sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was a smidgen powdery but very silky and smooth, so it was easier to work with and blend on the skin. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Milani Bella Violet (14) (P, $3.99) is darker. MAC Great Beyond #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is lighter. MAC Digit (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Beautiful Iris (P, $15.00) is darker. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #4 (LE) is darker, more shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is more shimmery. Inglot #440 (P, $6.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

CandyCrush is described as a “glistening mint pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, aqua blue with a frosted, silvery-white shimmer. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was dry and looser, so it felt a little crumbly applied. This resulted in a fair amount of fall out during application and made it harder to apply to the skin, as the powder didn’t bind well or smooth over the skin easily. Once on, I was able to get eight hours of wear out of this shade. Stila Aquamarine (P) is less shimmery. Dior Dulcinee #5 (LE) is less shimmery. Too Faced Joy (LE, $16.00) is similar. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Lucky in Love (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hotsy Totsy is described as a “sweet magenta with iridescent fairy sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool undertones and pink and white shimmer over a matte finish. The texture was drier and powdery, where some of the powder would clump together while you were applying the rest. This is a shade that needed to be patted on very gently and packed into place to get decent vibrancy out of it. Applied, the color stayed on well for eight hours. Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $12.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Tease with Ease (DC, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Brash & Bold (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sparkle Baby

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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Kitten Parade

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Frostine

B+

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette
NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette ($65.00 for 0.95 oz.) includes a highlighter, three blushes, and a bronzer. It is a Sephora exclusive and launches November 1st. All of these shades have been released before with Sex Fantasy and Final Cut being limited edition, and the other four are part of the permanent range. It’s a decent palette, and I like the value behind it, though I wish the quality was at least as good as the standalone versions that have been released. They don’t fall too short, but in general, the texture had a thinner quality to it that made it less luxurious compared to full-sized blushes. Overall, the palette had good color payoff, blendable textures, and most wore for around eight hours. I felt like the palette was too bulky/heavy for what it was, but it at least doesn’t feel cheap.

NARS blush retails for $30.00 for 0.16 oz., and Bronzing Powder retails for $38.00 for 0.28 oz. This palette has 0.60 oz. of blush, which is a $112.50 worth of blush. Now, go figure, but this palette contains more than a full-sized Laguna (and far more than the one included in the Algorithm palette!) at 0.35 oz. or $47.50 worth of bronzer! The palette contains a total of $160.00 of NARS Blush/Bronzer, so it is a great value. In terms of price, for the cost of just over two full-size blushes, you’re getting five shades (sometimes a better way to think about value if you rarely finish products).

Miss Liberty is described as a “soft shimmering peach.” It’s a light, golden peach with a white sparkle and warm undertones. The way the shimmer and sparkle of this one act, it looks almost like a wet sheen on the face, but there are noticeable sparkles on the skin–it is by no means a particularly subtle highlighter option. It seemed slightly lighter than the permanent version I have, though effect for most skin tones will likely be the same since it is so sheer. It wears for seven hours on me. This shade is part of the permanent range of Highlighting Blush. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Throat is described as a “flirty sheer peach.” It’s a medium, coral with gold shimmer and hints of pink. The texture was soft, a little thinner than the permanent version, but it was blendable and had fairly good color payoff–it just looked a little faded compared to the permanent version. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. This shade is part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It has more buildable color payoff than full-on, rich pigment. The texture was soft, lightweight, and blendable, though it can be a smidgen on the powdery side (which it seems in this particular palette). NARS has a tendency to put this in many of its palettes, so you may find you already have one (or half a dozen), and it is part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes of dupes / view dupes side-by-side side-by-side.

Sex Fantasy is described as a “pale lavender pink.” It’s a very light, cool-toned pink with a hint of lavender. It has a totally flat, matte finish. The texture is soft and finely-milled, but it is powdery (more so than the permanent version). On me, it lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Final Cut is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a softened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky, and it was only a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes
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Virtual Domination

B+

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9/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Miss Liberty

B+

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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8/10

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Deep Throat

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9.5/10

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