Monday, June 1st, 2015

bareMinerals The Color Compatibles Palette
bareMinerals The Color Compatibles Palette

bareMinerals The Color Compatibles Palette ($39.00 for 0.51 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and three cheek products. If you’re a long-time bareMinerals Ready palette collector, you’ll probably find this has too many repeats in it to justify, but if you haven’t tried the Ready line and like warmer neutrals, it’s well worth some consideration. Ready eyeshadow is one of my favorite eyeshadow formulas, and it shines in this palette. The formula is supposed to have twelve-hour wear, be pigmented, and have “seamless blendability.” The Ready blush and bronzer formula is supposed to have an eight-hour wear time with “stay-true, buildable color.”

Empress is described as a “creamy peach.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to work with. It wore well for ten and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Enjoy (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Bubbly (LE, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Magnate (LE, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bragging Rights is described as a “shimmering rose gold.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper with warm, orange-red undertones and a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a very soft texture that was so soft that it tended to dislodge more product than desired, but it is a denser powder, so it doesn’t turn powdery. I recommend barely tapping the brush against the surface to avoid over-applying! It wore well for twelve hours. Milani Bella Copper (23) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Carnelian Opal (LE, $30.00) is lighter. LORAC Unleashed (P, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Bon Bon #2 (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is warmer. LORAC Nude #5 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Collective Chic #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Espresso Blend #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, more muted. Too Faced Cannes (P, $16.00) is more muted, warmer, darker. Illamasqua Bronx (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is brighter. theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shiver is described as an “iced lilac.” It’s a muted, dirty lavender with hints of gray and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff with a buttery, blendable texture that applied evenly. It wore well for ten and a half hours. Kat Von D Astrological (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Gravitron (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Chanel Poesie #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC A Party of Pastels #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Tropical Princess #2 (LE, $24.00) is brighter. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is darker, cooler. MAC Triple Impact (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Crystal (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Flash (P, $16.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Priceless is described as a “heathered smoke.” It’s a gray-leaning taupe with a satin finish that appears more matte applied. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was the weakest product in the palette, as it was a little dry and thin. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Exec (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC All Woman (LE, $16.00) is darker. Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Velvet Charcoal (P, $14.00) is darker. MAC Tailor Grey (P, $18.50) is glossier. Hello Kitty 1974 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Subtly Elegant (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Stony (LE, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC Navy #2 (LE, ) is lighter. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is cooler. theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hoopla is described as a “glowing copper.” It’s a brightened, subtly muted medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a very blendable, long-wearing (eleven hours) formula, though the texture was a hair dry. It was more pigmented and smoother, but it was also more metallic (and therefore, lighter) than the one I have from before. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is lighter. Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE, ) is darker. Stila Vitality (P, ) is more muted. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is lighter. Sephora Collection Girls Night Out (03) (P, $13.00) is darker. LORAC Unlimited (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #3 (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Amberluxe #3 (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Prancer (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Amber Lights (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Ritzy is described as a “shimmering cocoa.” It’s a rich, medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden bronze frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It was intensely pigmented with such a soft, smooth, buttery texture that was heavenly to work with. No complaints; if every eyeshadow was this good, we would all be broke. It wore well for twelve hours before fading. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cognac (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Woodwinked (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Inglot #409 (P, $6.00) is darker. Too Faced Don’t Settle (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is cooler. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is lighter. Too Faced Biscotti (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is cooler. Buxom Haute Couture (P, $12.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Oxydus (P, $37.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Bette (P, $32.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Spring Fling is described as a “creamy peach.” It’s a light-medium, pink-peach with warm undertones and a natural matte finish–enough of a “sheen” to keep it from looking flat or dry on the skin, but it is mostly matte. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that lasted for eight hours. The texture was a smidgen powdery. This shade is going to be better suited for fair skin tones, as it doesn’t show up well on my medium complexion. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is darker. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is lighter. Benefit Georgia (DC, $28.00) is lighter. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is darker. Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Five Star Treatment is described as a “pink champagne.” It’s a light, pink-peach with a frosted sheen that translates to a luminous, glowing finish on the skin. It had good, buildable color payoff that had a soft, blendable texture that sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores. It wore well for nine hours before fading slightly. MAC Coupe d’Chic (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Aura (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P, ) is warmer. href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=198032,189541,174736,165496,102510″>See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The High Dive is described as a “tan.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-orange tones and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable, but the texture was firmer and drier in the pan than most Ready powders, which was a surprise. It did last for the eight hours as promised. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is warmer. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is darker. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Palette
Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Palette

Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes nine neutral-hued eyeshadows that are all matte in finish. The lightest and darkest shades seem to have some issues; the lightest ones were on the powdery/chalky side, while the darker shades were powdery enough that they had poorer color payoff or were more difficult to blend. They wore a little longer than the ones in the Sugar Pop palette, on average, which was nice. There are a few shades in the palette that are really silky and smooth and apply well, but then the duds bring down the palette’s overall rating.

Heaven is a light, subtly yellow-leaning beige with a matte finish. The texture was moderately powdery and dusty, which gave it a more chalky look on my skin (on fairer skin it may be less noticeable). It had semi-opaque color payoff and lasted for seven hours on me. Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is lighter. Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is lighter. Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is lighter. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Givenchy Delicate #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Color Field #1 (P, ) is darker. Tarte Super Mom (LE, ) is cooler. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P, ) is warmer. Hourglass Graphite #1 (P, ) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is darker. Dior Golden Reflections #4 (LE, ) is lighter.See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cashmere Bunny is a medium taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff with a thin but not too powdery texture that worked decently. It lasted for eight hours before fading. Kat Von D Renholder (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is darker. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Cover (P, $18.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Taupe of the World (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Tarte Taupe of the World (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Puddin’ (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sexpresso is a dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, but the texture was powdery to work with, and it was harder to blend (which is always frustrating when it is a deeper shade). It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is darker. theBalm Woodie (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is cooler. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is darker. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Unedited (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Kat Von D Solas (P, ) is lighter, warmer.See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Lace Teddy is a light, muted peach with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a powdery, thin consistency. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. Becca Ombre Nudes #1 (P, ) is darker. Inglot #330 (P, $6.00) is lighter. Tarte Barefoot in the Grass (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Fawn (LE, ) is warmer. Urban Decay ABC Gum (P, $18.00) is darker. bareMinerals Natural (LE, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Vespertine (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Strapless is a muted, medium rosy brown with a matte finish. It was slightly powdery, but it was one of the less powdery shades in the palette. It had good pigmentation and applied fairly easily. It lasted for eight hours hours on me. Clarins The Essentials #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Sleek MakeUP Propose in Prague (LE, $9.99) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Propose in Prague (LE, $9.99) is darker. LORAC Sepia (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Tarte Force of Nature (LE, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Risque is a dark, neutral brown with a matte finish. It was semi-sheer, dry, and powdery, which made it a pain to work with and prone to fading within seven and a half hours of wear. NARS Bali (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is darker. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is warmer. Tarte Don’t Turn A-Brown (LE, ) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P, ) is darker, cooler. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Orion (LE, ) is more shimmery. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Solas (P, ) is brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Nudie is a light-medium, taupe brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff with a texture that wasn’t too dry, but it was on the thinner side so it started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Tarte Wanderer (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is darker. theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is darker. theBalm #44 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is warmer. Hello Kitty Hot Cocoa (LE, ) is cooler. Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is warmer. theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE, ) is darker, warmer. LORAC Brown (LE, ) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P, ) is warmer. Becca Ombre Nudes #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Sweet Tea (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Honey Butter is a muted, medium orange with a hint of brown and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly powdery texture that was mostly blendable. It lasted for eight hours of wear. LORAC Nude #3 (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is cooler. Makeup Geek Desert Sands (LE, $5.99) is darker. Make Up For Ever M726 Sienna (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $21.00) is brighter. Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE, ) is brighter. LORAC Camel (LE, ) is warmer. Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker. Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Cookie is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff (one of the best in the palette) with a soft, silky texture that was just a tiny bit powdery. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Makeup Geek Frappe (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is darker. Urban Decay Beware (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Uninterrupted (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is brighter. LORAC Unspoken (P, ) is darker, more muted. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M656 Chestnut (P, $21.00) is darker.See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Palette
Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Palette

Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes nine shades from pops of color to a few neutrals. It’s an okay palette, but it’s not a formula that performs well without a primer or base underneath–it’s too soft, powdery, and thin, which can result in more uneven application, difficulty blending (it just sticks where it lands without wanting to move much more), and underwhelming wear.

Rock Candy is a brightened, light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a little powdery, but it wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $18.00) is more muted. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P, ) is darker, more muted. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P, ) is darker, more muted. Givenchy Delicate #4 (P, ) is more muted. Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Macaron is medium-dark coral-orange with gold micro-sparkle over a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on fairly well, but it did need to be patted and packed on, as the texture is thinner. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Sephora Collection Rio (91) (P, $13.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Malted Milk Ball is a coppery bronze with a frosted, gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had excellent color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly–this was one of the easiest shades to work with in the palette. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, more muted. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is lighter. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Game Face (P, $5.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Spice (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Fez (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Strawberry Ice is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a frosted finish. The texture was slightly dusty and thin to work with, but it had decent pigmentation overall. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Milani Bella Rose (29) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery. Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Young Venus (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sugared Violet #2 is a muted, medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a slightly dry texture that made it harder to blend on the skin without it sheering out. It’s a completely different shade than Sugared Violet that was released in a different palette. Sleek MakeUP Simbad’s Seas (LE, $9.99) is brighter. Makeup Geek Pop Culture (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter. Fyrinnae Because Cats (P, $6.80) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Badass (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is more muted. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Thunder and Rain #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Sugarpill Weekender (P, $13.00) is more shimmery. MAC Dusty Desire (LE, $32.50) is darker, warmer. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blackberry is a muted, dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very dry, thin, and stiff, which resulted in sheer, uneven color payoff that applied poorly. It faded after six hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Plum (P, ) is darker, brighter, cooler. LORAC Mauve (P, ) is lighter. theBalm Sexy (P, $16.00) is darker. theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Blackberry (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Hourglass Monochrome #4 (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Peach Fuzz is a lightened, peach-orange with warm undertones and gold micro-sparkle over a mostly matte finish. The gold sparkle doesn’t translate to the skin without an adhesive/creamy base, though most get trapped in the brush. It had good pigmentation otherwise with a soft, silky texture. It lasted for seven hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #5 (P, ) is darker, brighter. Tarte Peach Poppy (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Too Soon (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Halo (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Shhh… (P, ) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Beaches and Cream (P, $5.99) is warmer. bareMinerals Tres Chic (P, ) is cooler. Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bubblegum is a brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a slightly dry, thin texture that was hard to get even, rich color out of. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. Le Metier de Beaute Gamine (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Da Bling (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC Stylishly Merry (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Alien (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever I808 English Pink (P, $21.00) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Cambon #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Rose (P, $16.00) is more muted, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blue Raspberry is a light-medium, aqua blue with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was best patted into the skin (it almost needs to melt in a way) to come together, otherwise it is very easily sheered out. It only wore well for six and a half hours. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $16.00) is warmer. Sugarpill Mochi (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. MAC Aquadisiac (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler. Make Up For Ever S234 Azure Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is lighter, warmer. Fyrinnae Gender Bent (P, $6.80) is less shimmery, darker. Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sugar Pop

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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7.5/10

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Rock Candy

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8/10

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5/5

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Macaron

A-

Product

9/10

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10/10

Texture

8.5/10

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8/10

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5/5

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

It only took a year, but I finally reviewed all of the Cle de Peau Eye Color Quads in the permanent range. After receiving two as press samples, I loved the texture of the formula so much that I bought the other six, which I wouldn’t repeat again. I still really like the texture, generally, across all of the quads, but the colors are more dupable in far too many of the quads, and there are a lot more neutrals that run together across the variations that inspire me less after trying. They’re also just not as impressive relative to their price point (which doesn’t leave a lot of room for error).  The ones I reach for most are Stardust (302) (A-) and Stellar Gaze (307) (A-).

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

Cle de Peau Satin Moon (305) Eye Color Quad
Cle de Peau Satin Moon (305) Eye Color Quad

Cle de Peau Satin Moon (305) Eye Color Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a smokier, medium to dark set of neutral shades, which still leans warm-toned, though it isn’t as overtly warm-toned as a few of the other quads. Unfortunately, this quad had one of the more disappointing eyeshadows that I’ve tried from the entire quad range, as it was drier, a little powdery, and harder to blend on the skin. The color combination comes together particularly well, and there’s enough contrast to create a few layered, neutral looks with a smoky edge, so it’s a shame that it didn’t perform better.

Also, keep in mind that the price is for the refill only; the case is sold separately ($25). I keep mine in Z-Palettes with a magnetic strip on the back, which has worked just fine for me! Another way to do it is to purchase one case for traveling with a particular quad but not a case for each and every one you may have.

Satin Moon #1 is a light-medium, golden brown with a soft, frosted finish and warm undertones. It had nice color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was blendable and applied evenly to bare skin. It didn’t fade until after I wore it for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Satin Moon #2 is a medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, reddish undertones and gold shimmer and micro-sparkle. The texture was soft but a smidgen powdery, though it applied well and blended nicely. The color stayed on the lid for eight and a half hours with a little bit of fall out from the sparkle. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Satin Moon #3 is a muted, medium-dark brown with a very, very subtle hint of gray with its bronzy, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to work with. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Satin Moon #4 is a deepened grayish taupe with cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had so-so color payoff, but the real issue was the texture: dry, powdery, and difficult to blend. It was the type of texture that stuck where it initially applied but was hard to diffuse or blend out the edges–it needs a primer or base color to adhere to help minimize that. The color started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Satin Moon (305)

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Satin Moon #1

A-

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9/10

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9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Satin Moon #2

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova (304) Eye Color Quad
Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova (304) Eye Color Quad

Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova (304) Eye Color Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is an interesting mix of lighter, spring-y shades that aren’t quite pastel, but they’re not brights either. This quad seemed very shimmery, almost metallic, at times, and I would have loved to see one darker, more contrasting shade instead of one of the lighter shades (perhaps the gold). I had minor, but noticeable, fall out with two of the four shades, which was disappointing. I think a primer would help kick this one up a notch more so than some of the other variations I’ve tried.

Also, keep in mind that the price is for the refill only; the case is sold separately ($25). I keep mine in Z-Palettes with a magnetic strip on the back, which has worked just fine for me! Another way to do it is to purchase one case for traveling with a particular quad but not a case for each and every one you may have.

Champagne Supernova #1 is a light-medium, yellowed gold with a frosted, lightly metallic, finish. It had fairly good color payoff that was blendable and adhered well to the skin. It could have been just slightly smoother all in all. It wore well for eight hours but had a little bit of fall out. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Supernova #2 is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned purple with a soft, golden frosted shimmer. It had nice pigmentation (though not fully opaque) with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to work with. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Supernova #3 is a light-medium, taupe brown with warm, golden metallic sheen and fine golden bronze sparkle. The texture was soft but on the looser side and felt almost dry. It had good pigmentation, but I wish it was smoother. It lasted for eight hours on me but had a bit of fall out. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Supernova #4 is a light-medium, chartreuse green with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It’s a more subdued take on chartreuse, so it can be easier to wear if you’re not used to brighter shades. The texture was soft and silky, while it had good color payoff. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Champagne Supernova (304)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Champagne Supernova #1

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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5/5

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Champagne Supernova #2

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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