Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Guerlain Les Tendres (503) Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Les Tendres (503) Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Tendres (503) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as an “iridescent ivory, satiny nude, matte violet-plum, [and] aquatic green.” Guerlain has certainly put out some interesting color combinations out over the years. There’s often something just a little unusual about the palette colors, and yet, they work seamlessly together. They come together beautifully without a lot of effort on the user’s part. In general, pigmentation could have been more intense from the get-go, but all of the shades were buildable as I applied them to the lid to opaque color. All four shades wore well without creasing or fading for eight hours on me (no primer), though the plum shade faded slightly faster than the others. The textures of the four hues were also incredibly soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend.  I wish it was slightly more pigmented across the board, but I really liked how it applied, so it left me rather torn.

Les Tendres #1 is described as an “iridescent ivory.” It is a soft, cool-toned beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it wasn’t fully opaque.  Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is warmer. MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is similar. LORAC Nude (P) is warmer. Urban Decay Missionary (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Snow Season (LE, $21.00) is darker, pinker. Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #1 (P) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Les Tendres #2 is described as an “aquatic green.” It’s a pale, cool-toned mint green with a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage. It was buildable to opaque color coverage with two layers. MAC Lime Ice (LE, $21.00) is more glittery, warmer. Lancome Fashion Forward (P, $19.00) is a touch darker. Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is bluer. Chanel Promesse #4 (LE) is greener, warmer. bareMinerals Sensational (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Les Tendres #3 is described as a “matte violet-plum.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm plum purple with a matte finish. It was semi-sheer to semi-opaque, but it did build when I applied it into the crease to test out wear. All of the eyeshadows seemed to apply better in practice than when they were just swatched (which is why it’s important to actually try it on–sometimes it is the opposite!), and this shade wasn’t any different. The texture was soft, though a smidgen powdery, but very easy to blend out on the lid. Kat Von D Fur Elise (P) is darker. theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #5 (LE) is a touch lighter, a little pinker. See comparison swatches.

Les Tendres #4 is described as a “satiny nude.” It was a cool-toned, mauve-tinged taupe with a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was incredibly easy to work with. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is more matte, darker. Laura Mercier Twilight (LE, $26.00) is a cream product, grayer. theBalm B3 (LE, $16.00) is more matte. bareMinerals Exhale (P) is warmer. bareMinerals Rowdy (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Les Tendres (503)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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8/10

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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Guerlain Two VIP (09) Eyeshadow Duo
Guerlain Two VIP (09) Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Two VIP (09) Eyeshadow Duo ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new and limited eyeshadow duo for spring. Guerlain’s duos feature one shade that is a “luminous veil with a glittering or metallic finish” and a “pure matte.” One is a sheer, sparkling shade, the other is a more intense, matte shade. According to the brand, they can be worn together, layered, or one at a time–you know, however you want. The texture of the purple shade (which is the “luminous veil” color) was oddly gritty–there were flecks and specks of purple that wouldn’t blend out, and yet, they weren’t glitters, but they felt like gritty or dry powdery bits. It was a strange experience, but it occurred when swatching and later on when I applied it to the lid. To make it a bittersweet duo, the matte shade was insanely soft, blendable, and pigmented.

Two VIP #1 is described as a “dazzling violet.” It’s a cool-toned, medium violet purple with lilac and violet sparkle and shimmer. It has an almost wet-look when applied, as it glimmers. The texture was somewhat stiff, and when I was working with it on the lid, it wasn’t very blendable. I had trouble getting it to layer over the matte shade as well. Beyond that, there was a noticeable grittiness to it that wasn’t just sparkle but almost like clumps of powder (but more like speck-size, not giant, clumps), but it was like the texture was balling up and flaking away in part. The color payoff was definitely sheer and was in keeping with the “luminous veil” concept. Though hard to work with in general, there was only minor fall out (and less fall out than anticipated with a shade as sparkly as this one) after eight hours. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Trance (LE) is less sparkly, cream. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

Two VIP #2 is described as an “elegant taupe.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark taupe with a heavy gray influence and a matte finish. It was incredibly, richly pigmented, and the texture was divine; so soft, smooth, buttery, and blendable. This shade wore well for a full eight hours. bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is warmer. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Tailor Grey (P, $18.50) is warmer, cream product. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is darker, cream product. See comparison swatches.

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palette

Two VIP (09)

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4/5

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6/10

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9/10

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5.5/10

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8/10

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3/5

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Product

10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Friday, December 27th, 2013

bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for spring. I had really good wear with the palette on the whole with all shades reaching nine ahours with ease, and then some lasting as long as nearly ten hours. One shade was surprisingly sheer (Woo is Me) for the Ready formula, so that was a disappointment. The color payoff of the other three shades was good to great.  When worn, the palette ended up being rather warm-toned, so if you tend to prefer cooler tones, this will be an easy skip.  The colors complement each other, though, and for someone who likes warmer, peachy/orange eyeshadows, this may work well.

Love It is described as a “light mint shimmer.” It’s a very pale, pale white with, at most, a green tint, but it looks mostly like a cool-toned white with a soft, frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and while the texture was soft and finely-milled, it was slightly powdery. MAC Chill (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter. theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) is a bit whiter. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is similar. Chanel Promesse #4 (LE) is greener. bareMinerals Sensational (LE) is also greener. bareMinerals Five Star (LE) is similar–no green tinge at all, though. See comparison swatches.

Woo is Me is described as an “apricot pink sheen.” It’s a light-medium, yellow with a goldenrod undertone and a soft, pink frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was soft but a little chunky. Urban Decay X (P, $18.00) is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is less yellow. Dior Golden Flower #1 (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Smile Now (LE) is yellower. MAC Artistic License (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Louder is described as a “burnished copper.” It’s a rich, warm-toned copper with strong, orange undertones and a metallic finish. It was incredibly pigmented, and it had a very dense, soft texture but could have been a little smoother. A little went a long way with this shade. Louder has been featured in The Playlist (a limited edition palette). It’s a particular hue that is done often by brands, so there is no shortage of near-dupes. See comparison swatches.

Head Over Heels is described as a “warm slate.” It’s a medium-dark, taupe with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s extremely pigmented, and the texture was soft, blendable but not powdery. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is lighter, grayer. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is a cream product that is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is slightly lighter. bareMinerals Exhale (P) is similar–has a satin finish, though. Bobbi Brown Pale Rose (LE, $29.00) is lighter, warmer. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $29.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

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The True Romantic

A-
I had really good wear with the palette on the whole with all shades reaching nine ahours with ease, and then some lasting as long as nearly ten hours. One shade was surprisingly sheer (Woo is Me) for the Ready formula, so that was a disappointment. The color payoff of the other three shades was good to great.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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Love It

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9/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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Woo is Me

C+

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) consists of a plummy mauve, golden beige, pink-coral, and dark brown. It’s generally warm-toned with a range of light to dark shades, and it certainly brings to mind the theme of spring. Every single eyeshadow has an incredibly soft, finely-milled texture that feels like silk, but they were also a little powdery as a result–you’ll find excess is easily lifted as you tap and press your brush to each pan (and the palette gets quite messy). I’d recommend lightly tapping excess off your brush to minimize any initial fall out, as well as pressing/patting the brush against the lid. If you use a dampened brush, it minimizes some of that powderiness while amplifying the pigmentation. When textures get more powdery, they don’t wear as long or as well on me, so I did notice signs of fading after seven hours of wear, even with some shades applied with a dampened brush (doesn’t live up to the “smudge-proof long wear” claim).

This is how Chanel describes the color payoff of the quad: “dry for subtle shadowing, or dampened for more intense color.” If you like subtle, sheer colors on the eyes, then this quad achieves that result easily when used dry, as the shades are prone to sheering out. If you want more intense color payoff, you’ll need to use the shades damp.  I don’t think the majority of the shades get to fully, opaque color–I certainly wouldn’t describe them as rich or intense–but they do get more opaque/pigmented with a damp brush for application and somewhat less powdery but doesn’t fully resolve the powderiness. I think you’ll still need some sort of base to apply them dry, as they really do sheer out considerably (with the dark brown shade being the exception)!

Quadrille #1 is described as a “lavender grey.” It’s a muted, warm-toned, plummy mauve with a satin finish. Apply dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied with a damp brush, it was more opaque though not fully opaque in color (and still a little powdery). Makeup Geek Last Dance (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, less pink. Make Up For Ever #141 (P, $20.00) has a higher sheen but is close. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) has a stronger golden shimmer. Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) also has a bit of a golden shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #2 is described as a “golden ivory.” It’s a warm-toned, ivory beige with a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it’s fairly sheer and powdery enough that it will be more of a barely-there wash, and then applied with a dampened brush, it’s more semi-opaque with some noticeable sheerness (less powdery!). bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is similar. MAC Smokeluxe #1 (P) is more metallic. MAC Brownluxe #1 (P) is similar. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is less warm-toned. MAC Sahara Dust (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $15.00) is a bit lighter. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #3 is described as a “rosy apricot.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-coral with a satin to matte finish. Applied dry, it looks less pink, is semi-sheer, and more matte, and then applied with a dampened brush, it has a subtle satin sheen and appears pinker, as well as it is more pigmented. MAC Rose (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Sushi Flower (P, $15.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Dear Cupcake (LE, $15.00) is a bit warmer but close. Chanel Rose Favorite (LE, $28.50) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #4 is described as an “intense brown.” It’s a subtly cool-toned, dark brown with reddish-burgundy undertones and a mostly matte finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque and was the least powdery shade of the four. Applied damp, it was more opaque and a bit darker/more intense. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P) is similar. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE) is darker. MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) has a stronger sheen. LORAC Espresso (P) is a bit darker. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is less red-toned. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Quadrille (537)

B-

If you like subtle, sheer colors on the eyes, then this quad achieves that result easily when used dry, as the shades are prone to sheering out. If you want more intense color payoff, you'll need to use the shades damp. This is in line with how Chanel describes the color payoff of the quad: "dry for subtle shadowing, or dampened for more intense color."

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8.5/10

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9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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4.5/5

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8/10

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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7/10

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4.5/5

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Quadrille #2

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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4.5/5

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Monday, December 23rd, 2013

bareMinerals The Mix Master Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Mix Master Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Mix Master Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00, now $34.00, for 12 x 0.05 oz. / 0.60 oz. total) consists of twelve READY eyeshadows inside a medium-thick, plastic palette. The palette contains a palette within it–a 3-eyeshadow palette that slides out of the larger palette. You can pop in and out your favorite shades to take with you as a trio, rather than the whole kit ‘n’ caboodle, should you desire. The trio also holds a travel-sized, double-ended brush. Generally, I get between ten and twelve hours of wear (no primer) with bareMinerals’ formula–some of the sheerer ones that have a drier texture will show fading before ten hours (usually after eight or so).

Stealth is described as an “apricot chiffon.” It’s a pale, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It is also in The Hidden Agenda eyeshadow duo (part of the permanent range). It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture wasn’t as buttery as compared to the one in the duo. See comparison swatches.

Daydream is described as a “nude creme.” It’s a pale, subtly warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable but not powdery. This is in The Escape eyeshadow duo (part of the permanent range). See comparison swatches.

Embellish is described as a “glittery pewter.” It’s a medium-dark brown with golden bronze shimmer and slight sparkle over a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. See comparison swatches.

Perspective is described as a “deep espresso.” It’s a blackened brown with cool undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was somewhat dry, a little stiff to work with, and the color payoff was decent but not opaque. See comparison swatches.

Panorama is described as a “charcoal.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a subtle satin sparkle. The shade was semi-sheer, dry, and stiff to work with, and it was also prone to fading faster than other shades (after eight hours). See comparison swatches.

Mixologist is described as a “champagne sheen.” It’s a pale, warm-toned peachy-beige with a frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff, and I noticed it wasn’t as soft or as buttery as the permanent version (found in The Top Shelf duo). See comparison swatches.

Maven is described as a “blackened navy.” It’s a cool-toned, purplish navy blue with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft but could have been a bit more blendable. See comparison swatches.

Muse is described as a “pink frost.” It’s a light-medium pink with a soft, frosted finish and subtle cool undertones. It had good pigmentation, and the consistency was soft and buttery. This shade is part of The Inspiration duo (part of the permanent range). See comparison swatches.

Max Volume is described as a “smoky jade.” It’s a blackened emerald green with a soft, frosted sheen. It had on the drier side, so the color payoff wasn’t as intense as one would expect. This shade was in The Playlist, which was a limited edition palette. See comparison swatches.

Hot Commodity is described as a “metallic medium copper.” It’s a light-medium, golden bronze with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, was incredibly soft and smooth, and a cinch to blend. See comparison swatches.

Custom Made is described as a “pink quartz pearl.” It’s a pink-tinged peach with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, silky, and buttery. This shade was in The Finer Things, a limited edition palette. See comparison swatches.

In Vogue is described as a “matte smoky purple.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly reddish-toned violet purple with a satin finish. The texture was dry, somewhat stiff, and not as easy to blend as I’d like to see. It had so-so pigmentation. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Mix Master

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Stealth

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Product

8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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Daydream

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Product

9/10

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9/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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5/5

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Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Makeup Geek Preppy, Latte, Unexpected, Drama Queen Eyeshadows
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows: Preppy (inner lid), Latte (middle of lid), Unexpected (outer lid),
Drama Queen (crease)

Makeup Geek Homecoming Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium brown with gold shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a champagne sheen. The color payoff was very nice, and the consistency was soft, blendable, and buttery. It wore well for eight full hours. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $28.00) is a cream product. Too Faced Hazelnut (P) is very similar. Laura Mercier Bamboo (P) is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $18.00) is more metallic. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is more golden, less red-toned. MAC Romantico (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay YDK (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more metallic. MAC Mulch (P, $15.00) is warmer, redder. See comparison swatches.

Latte Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte medium brown.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with yellow-red undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, though it’s very soft so it can sheer out a bit. If applied over a base, there shouldn’t be any issues with it. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me with light fading apparent by the eighth hour. Makeup Geek Frappe (P, $5.99) is slightly lighter and has a satin finish. Laura Mercier Truffle (P) is darker. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is shimmery, redder. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is slightly more orange-toned. MAC Soft Brown (P, $15.00) is similar–a little redder in tone. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Mango Tango Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink with flecks of gold.” It’s an orange-coral with a subtle gold shimmer that gives it a satin finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft–a smidgen powdery–and blendable. When I tested it, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before starting to fade. MAC Daydreaming (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Les Fauves #3 (LE) is similar. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #2 (LE) is lighter. bareMinerals Smash Hit (LE) is lighter, more matte. Inglot #361 (P, $6.00) is lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches.

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Homecoming

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Latte

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Mango Tango

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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9/10

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5/5

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