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NARS Magnificent Obsession Lip Set

NARS Magnificent Obsession Lip Set
NARS Magnificent Obsession Lip Set

NARS Magnificent Obsession Lip Set ($49.00 for 0.188 oz.) includes three warm red-hued lip products. You can wear them together or alone, and they coordinate well together.

Flamenco (Lipstick) is described as a “sheer candy apple red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium pinky-red with warm undertones and a natural finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly creamy consistency that had a little slip but didn’t slide around on the lips. The color wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Chanel Rouge Rebelle (172) (P, $37.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Sheer F-Bomb (P, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel Histoire (206) (P, $37.00) is glossier, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Dialogue (P, $37.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel La Bouleversante (51) (P, $37.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Brave Red (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy Rouge Atelier (302) (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $22.00) is glossier (85% similar). MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is glossier, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Slowburn (DC, $22.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mysterious Red (Velvet Matte Lip Pencil) is described as a “crimson red.” It’s a medium-dark red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a creamy, velvety consistency that glided across the lips easily and sat well. This shade wore for over six hours and was very lightly drying after four hours of wear. MAC Feels So Grand (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Maybelline Dynamite Red (P, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (DC, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Russian Red (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (P, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is glossier (95% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $32.00) is glossier, more muted (95% similar). MAC Steam Heat (LE, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Kat Von D Outlaw (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Lady Balls (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Doubt (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Makeup Geek Beauty Queen (P, $12.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Experimente (154) (P, $37.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Raven (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Lost (P, $6.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Misdmeneaor (Velvet Lip Liner) is described as a “crimson red.” It’s a medium, pinky-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture is slightly stiff/dry, so it does tug on the lips when used. It will wear for five to six hours, but I did find it somewhat drying on its own. MAC Redd (P, $17.50) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS An Abnormal Female Lip Pencil Coffret

NARS An Abnormal Female Lip Pencil Coffret
NARS An Abnormal Female Lip Pencil Coffret

NARS An Abnormal Female Lip Pencil Coffret ($65.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes three full-sized Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, and all three are shades that are part of the permanent range, so if you like one, you may find it better to just pick up the one you want. Of all the packaging in the collection, this is the most unique, and it is more unique relative to other special edition packaging I’ve seen from brands in general. The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil formula can be drying, and it doesn’t always have the pigmentation expected, which are its major downsides.

413 BLKR is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with lighter iridescent fuchsia shimmer over a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered evenly, but the texture of the pencil was a smidgen dry compared to the other two shades. It didn’t tug much, but it seemed to take longer to apply. The color wore well for five and a half hours, and it left behind a stain, but it was somewhat drying after two hours of wear. Too Faced Troublemaker (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Menace (P, $18.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dance Off, Pants Off (LE, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $35.00) is brighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Atomic (P, $24.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Neon Pumps (065) (P, $32.00) is glossier, less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Inspiration (P, $21.00) is glossier, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Raspberry Rush (P, $5.49) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Firebird (LE, $18.00) is glossier, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Fuchsia (P, $37.00) is glossier, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Francesco (LE, $35.00) is glossier, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Cherry Cape (067) (P, $32.00) is glossier, more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Janet (P, $32.00) is glossier, brighter, darker (90% similar). MAC Hollywood Cerise (LE, $17.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Full Fuchsia (P, $17.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Hot Berry (P, $26.00) is glossier, brighter (90% similar). MAC Pink, You Think? (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Logan (P, $35.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop The Rabbit (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel La Romanesque (50) (P, $37.00) is glossier, warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sex Machine is a dusty, medium-dark pinky-plum with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It was semi-opaque with a soft, velvety consistency that glided on. The texture is thin and feels a little clingy. On me, the color lasted for four hours but was drying. MAC Mehr (P, $17.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Flower Beauty Petal Kiss (P, $6.98) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Boca (LE, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is glossier (95% similar). Kat Von D Lovecraft (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Petal (135) (P, $33.00) is glossier, lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is glossier (95% similar). NARS Catfight (P, $28.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Celestine (P, $34.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $34.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Bite Beauty Sable (LE, $24.00) is glossier, lighter (90% similar). NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Solow (P, $6.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pussycat (04) (P, $50.00) is brighter, less shimmery (85% similar). NARS Anna (P, $32.00) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising (05) (LE, $53.00) is darker, more shimmery (80% similar). Make Up For Ever #12 (P, $19.00) is cooler, brighter, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dragon Girl is a rich, bright, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a very smooth, even application as the texture was velvety and soft in the pencil. On me, the color wears for a solid six hours and feels lightly drying after four hours of wear. Kat Von D XO (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is glossier, more muted, darker (95% similar). MAC Anything Goes (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is glossier, warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $17.00) is glossier, more muted, darker (90% similar). MAC Candy Cane (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC So Good For You (LE, $17.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Clinique Mightiest Maraschino (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $17.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Glam (DC, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Hellbent (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Heaux (LE, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Rioja (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $37.00) is glossier, warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Just Add Romance (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS A Woman’s Face Lip Set

NARS A Woman's Face Lip Set
NARS A Woman’s Face Lip Set

NARS A Woman’s Face Lip Set ($49.00 for 0.188 oz.) includes a lipstick, lip pencil, and lip liner coordinated in the hue of warm plum. These are all permanent shades, so if you like one, you could grab it individually. The set coordinates well, so they can be layered easily; what’s nice is that the lipstick is a sheerer, glossier version of the pencil and lip liner, which means it adds a more hydrating element to the trio.

Dolca Vita (Lipstick) is a muted, medium-dark plummy red with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It is part of the Sheer Lipstick range, so it is, as you might expect, on the sheerer side. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a lightweight, somewhat slippery consistency that is thin and looks and feels more like a light lip balm than traditional lipstick. It applied evenly with smooth color that looked a lot like a lip stain (but this shade may not appear like much on those with naturally redder or darker lips). The color lasted for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Tarte Punch (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Praise (LE, $24.00) is more pigmented, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $32.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). Urban Decay Strip (DC, $22.00) is more pigmented, darker (90% similar). Buxom Hooligan (P, $21.00) is glossier, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Amor Prohibido (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Givenchy Moka Imprime (304) (P, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Ce Soir (DC, $34.00) is more pigmented, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Noir Moderne (128) (P, $37.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dolca Vita (Velvet Matte Lip Pencil) is a medium-dark, reddish plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, velvety feel applied to the lips, so it didn’t tug and glided across easily. This is a pencil you’ll need to sharpen, which is sometimes a deal-breaker. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Schnookums (LE, $6.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Protest (DC, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sweet Cream (P, $26.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is glossier (90% similar). Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Feel the Love (LE, $20.00) is glossier, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Liar (DC, $22.00) is glossier, more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Double Dare (P, $20.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Chanel Etonnante (131) (P, $37.00) is glossier, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Bumble (P, $6.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Beloved (P, $20.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). MAC Aim to Please (P, $20.00) is more pigmented, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Amazing Grace (P, $32.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Lady at Play (P, $23.00) is glossier, brighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Chablis (P, $24.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Bachelorette (P, $22.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Double Dare (LE, $21.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Fashion Force (LE, $20.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is glossier, lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Patong Beach (Velvet Lip Liner) is a muted, medium-dark reddish plum with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, but it is buildable to mostly opaque coverage. The Velvet Lip Liner formula is supposed to be “pigment-rich” while filling and preventing feathering on the lips with “long-wearing, comfortable wear.” I find that they tend to be a little dry so they tug on the lips, and while not the most drying lip pencil, it’s not comfortable on its own for me. It is clingy and lightly to moderately drying, even though it does last for six hours. MAC Half-Red (P, $17.50) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty #032 (P, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Dead of Summer Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Dead of Summer Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
NARS Dead of Summer Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Dead of Summer Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.13 oz.) includes four Dual-Intensity eyeshadows and a travel-sized Via Veneto eyeliner, which is part of the permanent range. The palette includes Subra, which is also part of the permanent range. The palette contains $69.60 worth of eyeshadow and $12.50 worth of eyeliner, making the palette worth $82.10. (Note: the back of the palette says 0.30 oz. worth of product, but each shade is 0.03 oz., which is what is written on the box packaging alongside the ingredient lists). I liked the palette, but the shades are on the dupable end, and Subra has been released previously in a palette, so seeing it again feels unnecessarily repetitive. The Dual-Intensity formula is supposed to give eight-hour, can be used wet or dry (dry for “sheer soft touch of sensual color” and wet for “high-impact finish”). They are sheerer applied dry, but I find them surprisingly buildable dry as well, so it takes two to three layers, and it doesn’t take real packing on, just going back for a little more product. They will be more intense right off the bat if applied with a damp brush, though, which is as described. The formula has a soft, finely-milled feel to it, and they’re very smooth and easily blended on the skin. The only downside is the wear varies anywhere from six to nine hours, and dry application seems to consistently wear between six and seven hours before creasing, whereas damp application lasts slightly longer with seven to nine hours of wear.

Studly is a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied damp, it was opaque with a stronger sheen. The consistency was soft, smooth, and just a smidgen “dry” to the touch, but it didn’t seem to impede application or blending on the skin. It wore well for seven hours dry, eight hours damp.
Makeup Geek Karma (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Mermaid (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $4.49) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #2 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Up to No Gold (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia 5th Ave (LE, $12.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia 10K (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Dior Phenix (545) (LE, $32.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Pearl (56P) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Self-Made (LE, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #2 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Unlimited (P, $19.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stag Film is a medium-dark taupe brown with rosier undertones that was neutral-to-cool (I think it may looker cooler-toned on those with naturally cooler undertones!) and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and appeared a little warmer, while damp application yielded opaque coverage with a smoother sheen. It lasted for seven and a half hours when applied dry, and it wore well for eight and a half hours applied damp. Tarte Up Too Slate (LE) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Satin Taupe (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Pain au Chocolat (P, $5.99) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Delicate Acidity (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Prom Night (P, $6.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Ring-a-ling (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Dior House of Pinks #4 (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Stroke My Ego (P, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fall in Lust (LE, $16.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Free Hug (P, $10.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Steel the Scene (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Nude #3 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #2 (LE) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Tarte First Kiss (LE) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #3 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Viseart Cashmere #6 (P) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Subra is a dark, purpled burgundy with warmer undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque coverage applied dry with richer, darker color payoff applied damp. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours when applied dry and nearly nine hours when applied damp. Urban Decay Blackheart (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Round Midnight (LE, $20.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Yoga (LE, $14.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Boudoir Noir (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Cocoa (P, $19.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Precious Embroidery #5 (LE) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $19.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Brownluxe #5 (P) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #311 (DC, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Fumé (Right) (P) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Magic Moor (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Right) (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Sugared Violet (LE, $16.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Dior Trafalgar #5 (P) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #2 (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blackmail is a muted, medium-dark gray-black with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied dry, and it was fully opaque and much smoother when applied damp. The texture is a little drier initially, but it seems to get softer and easier to blend over time. It wore well for six and a half hours dry, seven and a half hours damp. theBalm A4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 19 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $39.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Volcano Fairy Wren (P, $19.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm #26 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Reykjavik (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Studly

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Stag Film

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Subra

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NARS Humoresque Audacious Lipstick Coffret

NARS Humoresque Audacious Lipstick Coffret
NARS Humoresque Audacious Lipstick Coffret

NARS Humoresque Audacious Lipstick Coffret ($160.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes five full-sized Audacious Lipsticks held in a hefty, mirrored case with a velvet-lined interior (that has indentations where the lipsticks fit) that can be removed to just use the case in its full capacity. All five lipstick shades are part of the permanent range. Audacious Lipsticks retail for $32 each (or $160.00 for five), so this set is only “worth it” if you’re looking for the packaging, but otherwise, you might as well pick your personal five favorite shades. The quality of all five seemed exactly the same as the full-sized versions, which is quite high–soft, smooth, creamy consistencies with good pigmentation, comfortable wear and moderate wear-time. I don’t personally find it to be a very hydrating formula, but it isn’t drying either. You can see my round-up on the Audacious Lipstick formula here. I’ve swatched and re-tested the five shades as they were included in this set.

Raquel is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a creamy, natural finish. It had very nearly opaque color coverage, but it is one of the creamier, more slippery shades in the range, so it doesn’t apply as well as the majority of the range does as a result. It doesn’t apply badly, it just shows lines more readily and is harder to keep looking even. It lasted for almost four hours on me and was lightly moisturizing. Bobbi Brown Pink Sand (P, $35.00) is glossier, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Dream Big (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). MAC Enchanted One (LE, $17.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Adrienne (402) (P, $37.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $17.00) is less glossy, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Insatiable Ivory (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Catherine (410) (P, $37.00) is less pigmented, more muted, darker (90% similar). NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC French Twist (LE, $17.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). MAC Pure Vanity (LE, $17.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Daddy (P, $22.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is less glossy, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Peppermint (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC She's a Peach (LE, $17.00) is less glossy, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Unicorn (P, $17.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Latte (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $55.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). Chanel Volage (227) (LE, $37.00) is cooler, less pigmented, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Juliette is described as a “pink coral.” It’s a bright, pink-coral with a satin finish. The consistency was light-medium in weight, creamy, and glided on easily. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was comfortable to wear. MAC Tropic Tonic (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C303 (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Wired (P, $17.00) is glossier, darker (95% similar). MAC Style Surge (P, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Fever (P, $39.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is glossier, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Misbehaved (49) (P, $50.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Smarty Pants (P, $12.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Chella (LE, $5.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $22.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Retro Coral (P, $35.00) is glossier, more muted (90% similar). Smashbox Pinch Me (P, $21.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). MAC Puttin' on the Spritz (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Gingersnap (P, $26.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Vegas Volt (P, $17.00) is glossier, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Centifolia (LE, $28.00) is glossier, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anna is described as a “smokey rose.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark pinky-plum with subtle, cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff that went on smoothly without tugging. The consistency seemed a little better in this particular version than my full-sized, as it was creamier and less dry. It was neither drying nor hydrating over the four hours it wore for. Makeup Geek Proper (P, $15.00) is less glossy, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (P, $18.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Magick (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Mauve (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pastille (P, $24.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Buxom Centerfold (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (P, $17.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Cabana Boy (P, $22.00) is glossier, brighter, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (DC, $22.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $37.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Hot Gossip (P, $17.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Criminal (P, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Fomo (P, $20.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Last Call (LE, $5.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Burberry Fawn Rose (P, $34.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Lovecraft (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Tiny Chum (LE, $6.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Please Me (P, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Julian (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sake (P, $26.00) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fanny is described as a “rich berry.” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-berry with cool undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. It lasted for almost six hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. NARS Janet (P, $32.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Inspiration (P, $21.00) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Twerk (P, $20.00) is less glossy, cooler, darker (90% similar). NARS Damned (P, $27.00) is less glossy, more muted, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (DC, $30.00) is brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Xavier (DC, $35.00) is brighter, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Shame (P, $17.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Violet (16) (P, $50.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is less pigmented, more muted (85% similar). MAC Splurge (LE, $23.00) is less pigmented, more muted, lighter (85% similar). MAC Rebel (P, $17.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (DC, $34.00) is glossier, darker (80% similar). Kat Von D Mother (LE, $21.00) is less glossy, cooler, more muted (80% similar). MAC Acai (LE, $17.00) is less glossy, more muted, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte is described as an “oxblood burgundy.” It’s a dark, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a light shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered well without looking streaky. The texture had some slip but was less heavy compared to other shades (but it was also not as pigmented). This version was more pigmented and appeared a bit darker as a result on. It wore well for five and a half hours and was slightly hydrating. NARS Eva (LE, $32.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Dreaming of You (LE, $17.00) is less glossy, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Your Majesty (P, $35.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mistletoe (LE, $26.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nikita (Right) (LE)(90% similar). NARS Mona (P, $32.00) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty #001 (Reformulation) (LE, $36.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Shirley (P, $32.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty #001 (LE, $36.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Despair Cheek Palette

NARS Despair Cheek Palette
NARS Despair Cheek Palette

NARS Despair Cheek Palette ($65.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes four blushes (three new, one part of the permanent line) and a travel-sized ITA kabuki brush. The palette contains $90 worth of blush, so it is a good deal for those who enjoy NARS’ blush formulas, and what’s nice is that three are totally new (though not without their dupes, of course!). I’m not a fan of the ITA in any shape or form, let alone the travel-sized version, which is just rougher and scratchier than the full-size. NARS’ blush palettes like this one seem bulkier than they need to be, but it should still travel well.

Nico is a light beige with a satin shimmer. It had good color coverage with a lightly powdery texture, but it was very smooth and blendable on the skin. This doesn’t show up much on me; it’s more like a very, very subtle highlighter on my skin tone, and I’m not sure if it’ll work at all on deeper skin tones, but it may be something you could mix with one of the other shades to lighten then. On me, it lasted for seven hours. This is part of the permanent range. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Star! (LE) is darker (95% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #4 (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Savage is a medium, coral-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that applied without too much trouble, but it could have been easier to blend out on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before fading along the edges. Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is cooler (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Orange #3 (P) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Sid (Shade) (P) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $22.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). NARS Boys Don't Cry (LE, $41.00) is better quality, more pigmented, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Coral #2 (P) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Esoteric is a soft, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and fine gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a very easily blended texture, though it was noticeable dusty and kicked-up excess in the pan. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Style Cast (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Synthetica (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $22.00) is brighter, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Bright Response (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (90% similar). Becca Tigerlily (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is better quality, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Freshen Up (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Minnie's Inner Glow (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $27.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ferocious is a muted, medium-dark plum with cooler undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture–it was the best shade in the palette–that lasted for eight hours on the skin. Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate (Shade) (LE) is warmer, less pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Petulant (LE, $22.00) is glossier, less shimmery (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry Silk and Bloom (LE, $68.00) is more muted, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve (P, $24.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC All Aflush (LE) is less pigmented, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Plum Foolery (P, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Easy (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Right) (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). CoverGirl Deep Mauve (P, $9.99) is cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Mauve Mystique (P, $34.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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