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NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette (Spring 2016)

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette
NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette ($65.00 for 1.01 oz.) includes a highlighting/contour duo, bronzer, and four blushes. Three of the blushes are exclusive to the palette with one blush being part of an exclusive offering for Sephora VIB Rouge members (as a single). Strangely, the Paloma duo, which is available in the permanent range (see my original review here), was very chalky and clumpy in the palette–it felt smooth and soft to the touch, but it looked dry and chalky on the skin. I wish NARS (and other brands guilty of it) wouldn’t include one-size-fits-all contouring products; matte highlighters are also difficult to make inclusive (without the shimmer, it is hard to salvage one that really doesn’t work for one’s skin tone).

Paloma Highlight is a pale beige with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was sheer, chalky, powdery, and looked all those things on the skin. It’s harder to tell the wear on a shade like this on my skin tone, but based on how powdery the skin looked in the area I applied it, it seemed to wear about six hours. Guerlain Mythic (P, $59.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is darker (90% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Light (P, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Nico (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Highlight (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Paloma Contour is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm rosy tones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer consistency that was hard to blend out or build-up in coverage. It wore for six and a half hours on me. NARS Gienah Highlight (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Sculpting #2 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Sculpt (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Sombre (P, ) is cooler (80% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, better quality (80% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Contour (P, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Zoeva Unfinished (P, )(80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. This version was firmer, sheerer, and harder to blend on the skin than many others that I have tried. It is similar in color, but the performance is sub-par. It lasted for seven hours on me. Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $70.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Ultra Shine (LE, $61.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #2 (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Soft Sand (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio I is a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a dusting of gold shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It looks primarily like a matte blush on the skin as the shimmer is fine, and as it is buffed into the skin, the finish is less flat-looking. The texture was lightly powdery but blendable, and the color lasted for seven hours. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Promise Ring (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $74.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio II is a light-medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too loose in the pan. The color applied well and lasted for eight hours. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Left) (LE, ) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne (P, $2.99) is lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio III is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dry texture that applied decently but needed some extra love to blend the color out evenly. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Golden Hour (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Hushed Tone (P, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Embruns (-, ) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Faux Sure (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Goulue is a medium-dark, berry rose with subtle, cooler undertones and warmer gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to use. The color wore well for almost eight hours on me. This shade was released previously, and it is presently available as an individual shade for VIB Rouges at Sephora. NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Milani Red Vino (P, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). KIKO 104 Pastel Pink (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Exotic (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Black Up NBL 03 (P, $26.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Morticia (Shade) (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Becca Dahlia (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Cheek Studio Palette Spring 2016
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Laguna

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Cheek Studio I

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Cheek Studio II

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Cheek Studio III

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Tom Ford Lilac Dream Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Lilac Dream Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Lilac Dream Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Lilac Dream Eyeshadow Quad ($80.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a set of cooler-toned shades that range from pink to purple. Two of the four shades didn’t do so well, and the other two had minor issues (none were perfect, unfortunately). I think this quad in particular really is incapable of being used with decent results without a good primer (and adhesive base, if you want to use the glittery shade), whereas most of Tom Ford’s quads I think can be used without a primer (of course, a good primer will always improve your results!).

Lilac Dream #1 is a pale, light pink with cool, blue undertones and a frosted sheen. It had decent to good pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blended out well, but it emphasized the texture of the lid slightly. It wore well for eight hours. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #8 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #6 (LE, ) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Dance Flowers Dance (LE, $23.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #8 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Jardin #4 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Touch of Lilac (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Purity (Right) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Muse (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Whimsical (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Garden Pastels #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Rose Garden #3 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Thessalonique (Left) (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #9 (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Rosewood #1 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lilac Dream #2 is a bright, sparkling silver with cool undertones and a glittery, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a slightly wet consistency (at least, that’s how it felt) that blends over the lid fairly evenly, but I had fall out over time. The glitter felt looser and chunkier in this shade than in the average sparkle shade in Tom Ford’s quads. I would use this with an adhesive base. Lancome Tower Bridge (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #2 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Electric Illumination (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Tinsel (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Oyster (Eye Color) (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #3 (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Lit Cosmetics Tinsel Town (P, $12.95) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lilac Dream #3 is a muted, medium taupe with cool undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was slightly dusty but didn’t look powdery on the skin and didn’t sheer out when applied. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. Tarte Wave (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Clarins Silver Plum (07) (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Swell (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Wrapped in Silk (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Smoky Black Friday #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is darker (90% similar). Clarins Rosewood #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Mixed Tape (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bounce Around (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Stroke My Ego (P, $18.50) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Up Too Slate (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Cherie (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Lancome Tenacity (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Black Orchid (130) (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Sasso (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lilac Dream #4 is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly shimmer and faint sparkle. It had semi-sheer coverage that was somewhat buildable, but it was finicky to work with. On one eye, it applied decently (not exceptionally well, though), but on the other eye, it was incredibly patchy (the photo of it in action is the best case scenario). I had trouble with the color applying and adhering evenly, so this is one that really can’t be used without a good primer in place. It lasted for seven and a half hours, though. Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Elegant Friend (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Champs Elysees (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Flowers 1 #2 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). City Color Spring Fling (P, $6.99) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Getaway (P, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Canberra (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sephora Rockstar (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Scarab Violetta (33) (LE, $33.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Get Physical (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad Lilac Dream
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
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Surratt Beauty Scandal Eyes Prismatique Eyes

Surratt Beauty Scandal Eyes Prismatique Eyes
Surratt Beauty Scandal Eyes Prismatique Eyes

The following was previously written for my first review on this formula, as all three I tried were very consistent in performance: Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a two-part compact that twists to reveal a glittery, more powder-like eyeshadow on the lower level, and then on the upper level, the lid twists off and reveals a cream eyeshadow. The brand states that the cream eyeshadow is a long-wearing, “water-proof shadow base” that can be used underneath the glittery eyeshadow or as an eyeliner. The glittery eyeshadow is called a “prismatic top coat.” The two only work well when used together, but neither works that well alone. Together, they’re pretty, but the cream eyeshadow is fussier than ideal for a cream-based product, so blending and getting even coverage were quite challenging.

Based on the fact that the cream eyeshadow is the long-wearing part and has the most claims, I rated this as a standalone product plus how well it did hold the glitter eyeshadow, but the wear considers it on its own as well as when worn with the glitter eyeshadow. On the other hand, the glitter eyeshadow’s wear is based on how long it wears over the cream base (there seem to be next to no claims made for the eyeshadow, other than calling it a top coat and it designed to be very sparkly!). The cream eyeshadow worked decently as an eyeliner without the glittery eyeshadow on top of it, but on the lid, it had a tendency to crease before it had a chance to set due to a longer dry-down time. If I applied the glittery eyeshadow on top of the cream base as it was drying down, the glitter was fairly locked on and seemed to prevent any initial creasing. Then the whole layer cake of product lasted for nine hours before I noticed faint creasing. The cream eyeshadow was fairly crease-resistant, but the longer dry down time meant keeping the lid close and lightly patting the cream eyeshadow back into place after 15-20 seconds until it was fully dried at about 45 seconds. I recommend a flat, slightly narrow, synthetic brush to pat on the glitter eyeshadow for best results.

The glitter eyeshadow will get everywhere without the cream base to lock on, and the glitter seemed like flecks, which were a pain to remove from the skin (it is always amusing that glitter won’t stick to the lid, but it’ll stick to your nose no problem!). The cream eyeshadow was generally pigmented but had a fair amount of slip to it without being really thick, so it tended to look patchy and uneven on the lid, especially the more I blended out the edge. It is the type of product that is easier to use as a base on the lid and then use traditional powder eyeshadow to do crease work. The packaging felt flimsy to me, and I’ve too often swiveled open the lower level and nicked the edge of the pan as a result. I had consistent results across the three shades I purchased inasmuch as wear and application went.

Scandal Eyes (Cream) is described as a “deep black.” It’s a very dark, inky black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a natural sheen. It was intensely pigmented–the most pigmented of the three–and had the least slip, so it also applied the best out of the ones I purchased. The color was only slightly streaky but remained mostly opaque on the lid. The color didn’t take as long to dry down, but I still had to be careful about keeping the product out of creases while it was drying down. Once it set, the color was crease-resistant for eight and a half hours. When I patted the glitter eyeshadow on top, the wear was over nine hours with minimal fall out. The edges were difficult to diffuse; I tried fingertips, synthetic flat and fluffy brushes, as well as natural brushes. Laura Mercier Tuxedo (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Filbuste (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $6.00) is less glossy (95% similar). theBalm #9 (P, $6.50) is less glossy (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Onyx (LE, $30.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is less glossy (90% similar). Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackout (P, $19.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE, ) is less glossy (90% similar). NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is less glossy (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Scandal Eyes (Glitter) is described as a “sparkly bewitching black duo-chrome.” It’s a multi-colored shimmered dark charcoal gray with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a fair amount of glitter. The texture felt smooth in the pan, but it was so soft that it was also a little crumbly to work with, so it was harder to blend out the eyeshadow over the base and was better only patted on with a firm, flat synthetic brush with only very subtle blending on the edges to keep it from getting everywhere. Givenchy Inattendue #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Let's Boogie (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Dark Matter (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Smoke & Mirrors (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #5 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes Scandal Eyes
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
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Clinique A Pink Honey Affair All About Shadow Palette

Clinique A Pink Honey Affair All About Shadow Palette
Clinique A Pink Honey Affair All About Shadow Palette

Clinique A Pink Honey Affair All About Shadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.41 oz.) contains eight shades of warm, pinky neutrals. Three shades are from other palettes (duo/quad/palette, actually), and then five are from the singles range. I half-hoped that this was going to be a cooler-toned neutral palette, but it ended up quite warm-toned overall. The All About Shadow formula is supposed to be long-wearing, crease-resistant, fade-resistant, and have “creamy colour [that] glides on in one smooth stroke.” The formula is more what you might associate with Clinique: subdued, sheerer, better for those who like exactly that type of application and look, but if you want intense coverage, you’ll want to look elsewhere. The colors have some overlap within the palette, which makes it easy to use and blend everything together, but it could be more contrasting and versatile.

Jammin #1 is a light, subtly pink-tinted beige with warm undertones and a pearl shimmer. It had semi-opaque coverage with a firmer press, which made it seem thinner in consistency and a little dusty on the lid. I could see it working for those who prefer a sheerer wash or want something less opaque for highlighting the brow bone. The color lasted for seven hours on me before fading. Tarte Chantilly Lace (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte In a Flurry (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S522 Pinky Nude (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Blush Stilettos (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pretty (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sugar Rush (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Smokeluxe #1 (P, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Transforming Pearl (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Venitien #2 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sahara Dust (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Skimp (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ballet Flats is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was a little soft and looser to work with, but I didn’t notice it sheer out much on the skin. The color started to fading after seven hours. LORAC Black Tie Attire #2 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Champagne (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (P, )(95% similar). The Estee Edit Riff (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Nuance #4 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC MACnificent Me (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Enjoy (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Precious (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Custom Made (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Grain (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Pure Bred #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lucky Penny is a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones with a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly dense, blendable texture that applied well to the bare skin and wore for almost eight hours. Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #2 (LE, $21.00)(90% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #397 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Third Eye Blinded (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Give Me Fire (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #30E (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Morphe Obsessed (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome My French #5 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Custom Made (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Zoeva Sweeter End (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Divergent Humble Sheen (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Champagne (16) (P, $4.49) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Jete (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Wattles (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nude Rose is a light, rosy beige with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. This one had a really firm texture–very packed in–and was harder to get coverage out of (semi-sheer was the best I could do). It started to fade after six and a half hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty At the Office (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M518 Nude (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Hey Nude (04) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Framed (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M534 Oat (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Commando (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay ABC Gum (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 5 (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Nougat (P, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Georgia Peach (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Portobello is a muted, medium-dark taupe with strong, cool gray tones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a blendable but dusty consistency. On me, it wore for seven hours. MAC Fabulous Fit (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Hard Currency (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Friend Zone (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Priceless (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Rose Blend #2 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). MAC Howzat (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Silent Mary (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Undercover (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hazy is a slightly subdued, medium brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a blendable, lightly dense, and smooth consistency that applied well. It started to fade after seven and a half hours. Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Enhance) (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 12 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Spiked Cider (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Spotlight (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Grand-Palais (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). YSL Saharienne #4 (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Nevermind (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Ursa Major (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Moi (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Crisp Apple Strudel (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 14 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bamboo (P, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals A-Ha (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing (P, $19.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pink Chocolate #4 is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a lightly soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. It blended out well and lasted for seven and a half hours. YSL Rosy Glow #3 (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Stila Character (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pure Bred #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Chestnuts Roasting (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Romance (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Ithaca (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Dior Fairy Golds #5 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Factory (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte One Too Manet (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

French Roast is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and blendable, though a little dusty, and while it had semi-opaque coverage, it was buildable on the lid and blended out without becoming patchy. It wore well for seven hours on me. Viseart Tabac (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Mystery (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Smoke (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #3 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Couture (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Saddle (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Sumatra (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Deep Brown (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bewitchin' (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced La Femme (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Cedar (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Sephora Espresso (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Fuze (LE, )(85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Kat Von D Sid + Nancy Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Sid + Nancy Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Sid + Nancy Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Sid + Nancy Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a new, permanent set that features a darker pink-coral paired with a peachy-pink. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” As we’re now at the seventh and final blush duo to review, I must sound like a broken record, but the darker shade is dismal and difficult to blend due to sheer pigmentation and chalky texture. The lighter shade was more powdery and less chalky, but it was at least more pigmented.

Sid (Shade) is described as a “bright tulip.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was disappointingly sheer (a far cry from “highly pigmented”) and incredibly chalky, thin, and difficult to blend. It’s the type of texture that tends to stick to wherever there are natural oils on the skin and then doesn’t want to blend or move, which results in fairly uneven, patchy application. I have tried these blush duos countless ways (beyond what I would normally test), and even applying them over a powdered face still requires two to three times the amount of effort to blend them out than even so-so blushes. The color wore well for eight hours, which is good, just not close to the marketed claim. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Amour (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Bottom) (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is darker, brighter (85% similar). theBalm Toile (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nancy (Light) is described as a “ballet pink.” It’s a light, warm-toned pink with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff paired with a lightly dusty texture that was blendable. I found the shade to darken slightly on the skin compared to the majority of the other light shades, which while I expected them to, did not darken against the skin as much. The color faded after seven and a half hours of wear. Kat Von D Mallory (Light) (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Highlighter) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Yet to Come (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Luma (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Conquest (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Sid + Nancy
4
Product
5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
3
Longevity
3.5
Application
46%
Total
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Surratt Beauty Mesmer Eyes Prismatique Eyes

Surratt Beauty Mesmer Eyes Prismatique Eyes
Surratt Beauty Mesmer Eyes Prismatique Eyes

The following was previously written for my first review on this formula, as all three I tried were very consistent in performance: Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a two-part compact that twists to reveal a glittery, more powder-like eyeshadow on the lower level, and then on the upper level, the lid twists off and reveals a cream eyeshadow. The brand states that the cream eyeshadow is a long-wearing, “water-proof shadow base” that can be used underneath the glittery eyeshadow or as an eyeliner. The glittery eyeshadow is called a “prismatic top coat.” The two only work well when used together, but neither works that well alone. Together, they’re pretty, but the cream eyeshadow is fussier than ideal for a cream-based product, so blending and getting even coverage were quite challenging.

Based on the fact that the cream eyeshadow is the long-wearing part and has the most claims, I rated this as a standalone product plus how well it did hold the glitter eyeshadow, but the wear considers it on its own as well as when worn with the glitter eyeshadow. On the other hand, the glitter eyeshadow’s wear is based on how long it wears over the cream base (there seem to be next to no claims made for the eyeshadow, other than calling it a top coat and it designed to be very sparkly!). The cream eyeshadow worked decently as an eyeliner without the glittery eyeshadow on top of it, but on the lid, it had a tendency to crease before it had a chance to set due to a longer dry-down time. If I applied the glittery eyeshadow on top of the cream base as it was drying down, the glitter was fairly locked on and seemed to prevent any initial creasing. Then the whole layer cake of product lasted for nine hours before I noticed faint creasing. The cream eyeshadow was fairly crease-resistant, but the longer dry down time meant keeping the lid close and lightly patting the cream eyeshadow back into place after 15-20 seconds until it was fully dried at about 45 seconds. I recommend a flat, slightly narrow, synthetic brush to pat on the glitter eyeshadow for best results.

The glitter eyeshadow will get everywhere without the cream base to lock on, and the glitter seemed like flecks, which were a pain to remove from the skin (it is always amusing that glitter won’t stick to the lid, but it’ll stick to your nose no problem!). The cream eyeshadow was generally pigmented but had a fair amount of slip to it without being really thick, so it tended to look patchy and uneven on the lid, especially the more I blended out the edge. It is the type of product that is easier to use as a base on the lid and then use traditional powder eyeshadow to do crease work. The packaging felt flimsy to me, and I’ve too often swiveled open the lower level and nicked the edge of the pan as a result. I had consistent results across the three shades I purchased inasmuch as wear and application went. This particular duo had a more pigmented, buildable cream eyeshadow in it, though it was even more slippery than Glamour Eyes, so it easily looked patchy and streaky applied.

Mesmer Eyes (Cream) is described as a “khaki green.” It’s a murky, medium-dark olive green with warm, brown undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to opaque coverage after two passes, but it takes some doing to manage the formula as it dries down. I kept my eyelid closed and patted lightly over the natural crease about half-way through the dry down phase, which helped to push color out of the crease. Once it dried down, the color would last for eight and a half hours. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $6.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #12 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Shade III (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Mozambique (P, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mesmer Eyes (Glitter) is described as a “glistening green-gold duo-chrome.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold base with a green-to-gold shift that is most apparent when it is layered but is very subtle on its own. The texture was smoother and less crumbly than Glamour Eyes, so it was easier to use and applied more smoothly over the cream eyeshadow. MAC Night Thrill (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Gorgeous Gold (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes Mesmer Eyes
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
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