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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 darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $32.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). Urban Decay Strip (DC, $22.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Buxom Hooligan (P, $21.00) is more pigmented, glossier (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 brighter, more pigmented (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. Urban Decay Protest (DC, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Liar (DC, $22.00) is more muted, glossier (90% similar). Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bite Beauty Sweet Cream (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Etonnante (131) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Double Dare (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bumble (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Beloved (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Aim to Please (P, $20.00) is darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Colour Pop Schnookums (LE, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Amazing Grace (P, $32.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Lady at Play (P, $23.00) is brighter, glossier (85% similar). Bite Beauty Chablis (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Too Faced Bachelorette (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Double Dare (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). Laura Mercier Cozy (P, $24.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). bareMinerals Feel the Love (LE, $20.00) is more muted, glossier (90% 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 lighter, brighter (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 (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Up to No Gold (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia 5th Ave (LE, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (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 lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia 10K (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Phenix (545) (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Pearl (56P) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Self-Made (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #2 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Unlimited (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (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 less shimmery, darker (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 less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Prom Night (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Ring-a-ling (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior House of Pinks #4 (LE) is lighter, cooler (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 less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Free Hug (P, $10.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Steel the Scene (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clarins Nude #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #2 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte First Kiss (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #3 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Cashmere #6 (P) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (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 lighter, cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Yoga (LE, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Boudoir Noir (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cocoa (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Precious Embroidery #5 (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P) is more shimmery, warmer (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 lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #311 (DC, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Fumé (Right) (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Magic Moor (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Right) (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Sugared Violet (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Dior Trafalgar #5 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #2 (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (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 more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 19 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $39.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Volcano Fairy Wren (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (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 less shimmery, lighter, warmer (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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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 lighter, glossier (95% similar). bareMinerals Dream Big (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Adrienne (402) (P, $37.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Enchanted One (LE, $17.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $17.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Insatiable Ivory (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Catherine (410) (P, $37.00) is darker, more muted, less pigmented (90% similar). Estee Lauder Flash Nude (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, 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 darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Pure Vanity (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Daddy (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Peppermint (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC She's a Peach (LE, $17.00) is warmer, less glossy (85% similar). NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Unicorn (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Crystal Baby (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (85% 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 darker, glossier (95% similar). MAC Style Surge (P, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Fever (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is more muted, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Misbehaved (49) (P, $50.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek Smarty Pants (P, $12.00) is darker, less glossy (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 lighter, warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $22.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Retro Coral (P, $35.00) is more muted, glossier (90% similar). Smashbox Pinch Me (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Puttin' on the Spritz (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Gingersnap (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Vegas Volt (P, $17.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Centifolia (LE, $28.00) is lighter, glossier (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 cooler, less glossy (90% similar). NYX Whipped Caviar (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (P, $18.00) is darker, less glossy (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 darker, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Centerfold (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Cabana Boy (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (DC, $22.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Criminal (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Fomo (P, $20.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). NARS Roman Holiday (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Last Call (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Hot Gossip (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Burberry Fawn Rose (P, $34.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Lovecraft (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Tiny Chum (LE, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Please Me (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% 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 more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Smashbox Inspiration (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Twerk (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Damned (P, $27.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (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 more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Shame (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Violet (16) (P, $50.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is more muted, less pigmented (85% similar). MAC Splurge (LE, $23.00) is lighter, more muted, less pigmented (85% similar). MAC Rebel (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (DC, $34.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). Kat Von D Mother (LE, $21.00) is more muted, cooler, less glossy (80% similar). MAC Acai (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (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 darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Dreaming of You (LE, $17.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Smashbox Brick Trick (P, $24.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Mona (P, $32.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty #001 (Reformulation) (LE, $36.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nikita (Right) (LE)(90% similar). Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Your Majesty (P, $35.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mistletoe (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Shirley (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty #001 (LE, $36.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (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 more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is less shimmery, lighter (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 more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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 lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Sid (Shade) (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Boys Don't Cry (LE, $41.00) is brighter, more pigmented, better quality (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Coral #2 (P) is lighter, brighter, cooler (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). MAC Linda (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Synthetica (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Bright Response (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, better quality (90% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Tigerlily (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Daydream (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (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 less shimmery, warmer (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 less shimmery, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). MAC Petulant (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, glossier (90% similar). MAC Plum Foolery (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Silk and Bloom (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC All Aflush (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Easy (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Cle de Peau Pale Fig (P, $60.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Right) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). CoverGirl Deep Mauve (P, $9.99) is cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Mauve Mystique (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). NARS Misconduct (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Holiday 2015 Cheek Palette Despair
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Becca Afterglow Cheek Palette

Becca Afterglow Palette
Becca Afterglow Palette

Becca Afterglow Palette ($39.50 for 0.26 oz.) is a cheek palette that features three of the brand’s pressed highlighters and two of their blushes. I think it’s a great concept, and it is a nice way to try their famous cheek products, but I do wish the pans were on the larger side; they are the size of your typical eyeshadow (the palette itself is the same size as Becca’s eyeshadow palettes), like MAC, Urban Decay, etc. There is a little space between each pan, so it is possible to use some blush brushes without issue, but it’s something to consider if you tend to use medium or large-sized blush brushes. If you use a highlight brush to apply the pressed highlighters, I think you’ll be just fine, though. The quality of the palette’s contents is fairly comparable to the standalone versions, but I noticed all five seemed ever-so-slightly drier here, as if there was less binder, which actually made the highlighters more forgiving on the skin (Becca’s highlighters have a fine line between gorgeous glow and pore-emphasizing). This palette contains $20.36 worth of highlighters and $17.92 worth of blush for a total value of $38.28, so you’re paying just over a $1 for the “for the price of about one, I get to try five” point of view. (Becca’s highlighters cost $38 each, while the blush comes in at $32 a pop). This particular palette is VERY warm-toned, and I wish they had done a cooler-toned option or else mixed up the shades more to make it more versatile across skin tones. If I could have chosen the shades (assuming only one edition), I would have gone for Pearl (yes, creating a pressed version just for the palette!), Moonstone, Blushed Copper, Hyacinth, and Nightingale–which is really proof that Becca needs to consider adding cooler and more neutral-toned shades into the ranges.

Moonstone is a pale, golden champagne with warm undertones and a luminous shimmer. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture–it was a little drier than my full-size version–that gives the skin a lovely glow. It wore well for eight hours. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Highlighter) (P) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Highlighter) (P) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Crystal Glare (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (Lightness of Being) (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Gold is a soft, light-medium copper with warm undertones and a frosted, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty, but blendable, consistency that sat well on the skin. The shimmer seemed a little larger in the palette than in my full-size version. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC A Latte Sheen (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles d'Etoiles (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 11 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Smashbox Blow a Fuse Gold (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Stila Kitten (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Hush (LE, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Bronzed Amber (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Topaz is a medium, bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a strong, golden sheen. The version in the palette is noticeably lighter–more subdued–than my standalone compact, which was surprising. The consistency was still quite smooth, blendable, and illuminating on the skin, though, and it didn’t seem less pigmented, just lighter in overall color–not as an intense. Unless applying more heavily, they still looked quite similar applied. This shade wore for eight hours on me. Anastasia Golden Bronze (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 14 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 03 (P, $62.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wild Honey is a soft, medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture–it seemed more pigmented than my individual (though Becca’s blushes are supposed to be buildable, actually)! This shade wore well for eight hours on me. KIKO 100 Cookie (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Zoeva ND020 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #6 (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Unique (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). NARS Craving (Right) (P) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flowerchild is a pop of light-medium pink with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer. It was very similar in color to the standalone version I have, though the texture of the shade in the palette is just a smidgen drier. The blush wore for eight hours before fading. Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.49) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Benefit CORALista (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). KIKO 103 Golden Peach (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Culture (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Chaotic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Becca Holiday 2015 Palette Afterglow Palette
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
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NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains a highlighter and blush shade in the wet/dry Dual Intensity formula. I like this formula, but the ratings may make it appear less desirable, which is a result of NARS claiming that it is more intense dry and “translucent” applied wet–the complete opposite of reality. (Even funnier, this isn’t how the eyeshadow version of the formula is described!) I think if you tend to like this type of wet/dry formula, it’s a formula worth considering. This duo gave me a very fall-into-holiday vibe, as you have the rustiness of the blush shade that represents fall, while the more traditional shimmering gold screams holiday.

Vengeful (Left) is described as a “white-gold highlight.” It’s a light-medium, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had good pigmentation with a fine, shimmer-sheen finish, while damp application yielded slightly more intense pigmentation and a more frosted finish. The damp application just barely emphasizes pores, but I didn’t have any issues with pores becoming more noticeable when I used it dry. The color lasted for eight hours dry, nine hours damp. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 13 Ivory (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vengeful (Right) is described as a “shimmering brick-red.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly bright copper-red with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had intense color coverage applied wet or dry, though it was deeper and richer when applied damp. The finish went from a softly luminous one to decidedly luminous as the application went from dry to damp. The texture was soft, smooth, and fairly blendable, but it was easier to blend out when dry. It wore well for eight and a half hours dry, nine and a half hours damp. MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Almeria (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Taos (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Glamour Feast (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Seduction (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Duo Vengeful
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