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Marc Jacobs The Free Spirit (224) Style Eye-Con No. 20 Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit (224) Style Eye-Con No. 20 Eyeshadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit (224) Style Eye-Con No. 20 Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit (224) Style Eye-Con No. 20 Eyeshadow Palette ($99.00 for 0.564 oz.) includes twenty eyeshadows with two being repeats (though not sure exactly from what palette) and eighteen being brand new. It’s an interesting mix of shades; it’s not your typical holiday assortment with a lot of golds and neutrals, nor is it full of jewel-tones. It skews a bit lighter, and there could be more mid-tone shades in it, but I liked it overall. I think if you like the Marc Jacobs eyeshadow formula, you’ll probably like this set. Overall, the eyeshadows have good color payoff, soft and blendable textures, and are long-wearing.

For a designer brand like this, the price is really in line with what I’d expect to see for this many shades, and it may actually be more product than you’d see from similarly-priced brands (think Chanel, Dior, etc.). It is a good chunk of change to plunk down at once, so I still think it’s a good idea to really consider what shades you’d use and how often on whether this is the right palette to invest in this season. For those keeping track of value:

  • Style Eye-Con No. 20 | $99.00 for 0.564 oz. or $175.53 oz.
    • Value: Using the 7-pan palettes, this contains $138.65 worth of eyeshadow; using the trios, this contains $169.20 worth of eyeshadow
  • Style Eye-Con No. 07 | $59.00 for 0.24 oz. or $245.83/oz.
  • Style Eye-Con No. 03 | $42.00 for 0.14 oz. or $300.00/oz.

The Free Spirit No. 1 is an icy, pink-tinged white with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, silky, and blendable texture that lasted for eight hours. Sephora Gal Pal (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Jelly Donut (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Douce France #1 (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Matt Chung (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Velvet Lavender (LE, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Aaah (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Kitten (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 2 is a muted, light-medium peachy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was really easy to use and worked well as a blending shade in the crease (for my skin tone). It also mixed nicely with some of the lighter shades to adjust to a brow bone highlighter. This shade lasted for eight hours. Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Sante (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #2 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Skinny Latte (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Adore (P) is brighter (90% similar). Sephora Flirt in a Skirt (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Kid (DC, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cobblestone (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Suede (58V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Maya Bay (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Anaheim (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Cookie Swap (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #3 (P) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (P, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 3 is a soft, light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a really smooth, creamy consistency that applied well and had good color coverage. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. LORAC Bisque (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is brighter, warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Wind (LE, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE)(100% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Divinity (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Conch (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Full Moon (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Lifelike (P) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Eggnog (LE) is more muted, less pigmented, lower quality (90% similar). NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 4 is a pale, muted yellow with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, blendable texture, but it was powdery and tended to look a bit dry on the skin. This shade wore nicely for eight hours on me. LORAC Porcelain (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Rock Candy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Preview (P) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Vintage Lace (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Puppy Love (LE) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Sage (Highlight) (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Instinct (P) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Glamour Light (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Custard (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 5 is a muted, light-medium peach with a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a smooth, blendable texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm. This shade stayed on well for eight hours. Tarte Tartetini (LE)(95% similar). Too Faced Reindeer (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Party Girl (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). L'Oreal Little Beige Dress (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #5 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Sorbet (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Hour by Hour (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Chic (P) is darker (85% similar). Clinique Nude Rose (P, $15.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 6 is a muted, medium-dark purple-taupe with subtle, cooler undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice color coverage with a soft, buttery texture that adhered well to bare skin and blended easily. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #2 (P) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Aristocratic Aura (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Up Too Slate (LE) is darker (90% similar). Dior Fairy Golds #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #2 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Buxom Patent Leather (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Mixed Tape (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sephora Rockstar (LE) is cooler (85% similar). NARS 413 BLKR #1 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior Front Row (P, $29.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Tendersmoke (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 7 is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a really soft, creamy, and dense consistency that made it apply well to bare skin. The color lasted well for eight and a half hours on me. Disney by Sephora Drizella (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere (P) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #3 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Double Feature #6 #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Zoeva Pure Ganache (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Ethereal (P) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Snakebite (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Pret-a-porter (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Fallen (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior Night Golds #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Copper (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 8 is a muted, medium olive green with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was dusty and a little dry, so it sheered out a bit when applied. The color wore for eight hours on me. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Color Field #4 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Safari (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop 8 Track (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Mildew (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $39.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Take Two (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Right) (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Stash (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #1 (P) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Chains (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Moss (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Bronx (LE, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #7 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Mosaic (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 9 is a muted, silvery pewter with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a buttery, blendable texture that was easy to work with. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Grind (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Venitien #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Full Orbit #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Hello Kitty Cookie (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Melancholia (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Pistol (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #3 (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Gilded Envy (755) (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Lost Coast #1 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME554 Gunmetal (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Stila Substance (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 10 is a brightened, medium-dark molten gold with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It was richly pigmented with a really smooth, creamy, buttery texture that was a dream to use. The color started to show signs of wear after eight and a half hours. Inglot #430 (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Girls Night Out (03) (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Kylie Cosmetics Queen Bee (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Gold (22) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Old Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Self-Made (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Metallic (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Coloured Raine Superstar (P, $6.99) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Smashbox Gold (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #7 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 02 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Buxom Rose Gold (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Goldmine (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Natasha Denona Cosmo (109K) (P) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 11 is a muted, medium purple-taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had great color coverage with a really silky, smooth texture that was very blendable on the skin. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Zoeva Gallery (P) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Harley (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Stormy Pink (P, $18.50) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Guilt-Free (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Friend Zone (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Base) (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is darker, warmer (80% similar). LORAC Stone (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Energetic (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 12 is a bronzy taupe with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a lightly buttery texture that was blendable and adhered well to the skin. The color started to fade after eight and a half hours. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals A-Ha (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Under the Mistle-taupe (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Dark Mocha (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D 3AM (LE) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Tan Lines (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Regal (LE) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Rum Raisin (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Treasure Hunt (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Midnight Sun (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #1 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Hazy (P, $15.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Homecoming (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 13 is a medium copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had great color payoff with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that went on evenly on the skin and blended out easily. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Kat Von D Harpsichord (LE) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Stila Rose Gold (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Golden Topaz (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). YSL Scandal #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Wine (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). YSL Steamy Coral (05) (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Liquid Fire (P) is darker (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Carnelian Opal (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Peanut Brittle (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Copper (23) (P, $4.49) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Melonie (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Friendspiration (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #5 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 14 is a medium-dark, bluish-gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. The color coverage was totally opaque, while the texture was soft, silky, and very smooth, which made it easy to work with. This shade started to fade after eight and a half hours on me. Inglot #387 (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). L'Oreal Meet Me in Paris (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Stealth (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Steel Blue (11V) (P, $29.00) is less pigmented, cooler, lower quality (90% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Contour) (P) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Cloud (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Lovey Dovey (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild I'm His Breezey #3 (P, $2.29) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M110 Cement (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 15 is a muted, medium-dark violet purple with subtle, cooler undertones and a satin finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a slightly firmer consistency, which made it harder to get true-to-pan color out of. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Too Faced Provence (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Pin-up Purple (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Violet Impact (LE, $16.00) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Follow Me (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Nocturnelle (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 16 is a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. This was the worst shade in the palette, as it was dusty an had sheerer color payoff. It was somewhat buildable, and it wasn’t too hard to blend, but this was a miss. It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Snappy Style (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Eclectic #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #7 (P) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Plum (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #160 (DC, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #15 (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Delectable (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Tendres #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #6 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Mauve Over (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Mulled Wine (LE) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 17 is an intense, blackened brown with hints of red in its undertone paired with a dusting of shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture, and I was surprised to see that some of the shimmers actually translated to the lid (but they are subtle!). The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Cinders (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty In the Dark (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Miss Sparkles (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Overnight (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Celestial Black (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS 413 BLKR #2 (P, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Dark Desires (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #4 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Topkapi #3 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). The Estee Edit Mood (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackheart (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dim the Lights (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D830 Black Rose (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #1 (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 18 is a deepened purple-burgundy with warm, brown undertones and soft, violet and purple micro-shimmer over a more satin-like finish. It had great color payoff with a soft, silky texture that wasn’t powdery nor was it too firm. The color blended out nicely and lasted for eight hours. Tarte Glamorous (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Eclectic #5 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 19 is a muted, medium black with subtle, iridescent micro-shimmer over a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but it was noticeably firmer/stiffer in the pan, though I wouldn’t describe it as firm… but it had less give compared to other shades in the palette. The color wore well for eight hours, but it could have been easier to blend out on the skin. Anastasia Spirit Rock (LE, $12.00)(100% similar). The Estee Edit Mood (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Cookies and Cream (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Tres Chic (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Charbon (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Penthouse (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 16 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Tuxedo (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Black (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Knight (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Black Water (-, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Blackmail (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #7 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Oddfellow (LE) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Blackout (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #4 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Free Spirit No. 20 is a muted, dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had very nice pigmentation with a silky-smooth consistency that easily blended out along the edges. On me, it wore for eight hours beforre fading. MAC Bowl Out (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Saleos (P) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Defy (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Licorice Lane (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dark Chocolate (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Join My League (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (P) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Downtown (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Black Factor (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Sumatra (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Persuade (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Serious (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Belle Femme (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Adios (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Not Basic Black (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 20 Eyeshadow Palette The Free Spirit (224)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.29 oz.) includes three Ambient Lighting Powders, two Ambient Lighting Blushes, and one Ambient Lighting Bronzer in a large, plastic palette with an interior mirror. If you don’t mind having to finagle your brushes just so or have no issues using two or three shades at a time, and you’re a fan of the Hourglass Ambient formulas, then it might be worth looking at. I think that with how out of line it is compared to their other palettes that it is hard to recommend, even if the quality is good, because I see more value in picking up one or two that you’d use often and love. I had some texture issues with Luminous Flush, which was much more powdery/dusty this time around. Otherwise, the blushes/bronzers were more or less of one shade due to the nature of it being a mixed composition (so they can vary from pan to pan quite a bit).

With respect to the size and quantity of the palette, here is what I wrote previously: One of the main concerns I saw from readers when the palette was announced was with respect to the size of the palette, both actual size as well as quantity. The pans are smaller than prior palettes, and the majority of blush brushes are too small (even my SUQQU/Chikuhodo Z brushes barely fit, and those are smaller cheek brushes). Here is how it breaks down for value:

  • Ambient Lighting Edit:  0.294 oz. for $80.00 = $272.11/oz.
    • Contains:  $18.90 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder; $22.87 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush; and $6.28 worth of Ambient Lighting Bronzer
    • Value:  $48.05
  • Ambient Lighting Blush Palette: 0.33 oz. for $58.00 = $175.76/oz.
    • Value:  $77.00 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush
  • Ambient Lighting Powder Palette: 0.35 oz. for $58.00 =$165.71/oz.
    • Value:  $45.00 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder
  • Ambient Lighting Powder: 0.35 oz. for $45.00 = $128.57/oz.
  • Ambient Lighting Blush: 0.15 oz. for $35.00 = $233.33/oz.
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer: 0.39 oz. for $50.00 = $128.21/oz.

It’s a real shame that Hourglass priced this year’s palette so high; the value is really out of sync compared to the past palette releases.  On one hand, you can justify spending more even if the quantity isn’t a great value to get six shades for the price of 2-3 products, but the difference in value of products to what you pay is so much more than most kits and palettes where a pesky thing like principles can come into play.  I also think that having the actual size of each pan being so small makes it very hard to use; you really can’t use a powder brush for all-over dusting with the Ambient Lighting Powders (which is how they’re often used) or a blush brush (and forget about a bronzer brush!).

Dim Light is described as a “neutral peach beige powder.” It’s a light, peachy beige with warm undertones and a fine, satiny shimmer. It’s very close to my skin tone, so it doesn’t add or take away from my natural coloring, but on fairer skin tones, it may warm up the skin. I find it works well as setting or finishing powder dusted all-over, and it does a nice job of making the skin appear smoother and more diffused without reading powdery or heavy.

Iridescent Light is a “sheer illuminating highlighter.” It is a very light, peach-hued beige with white shimmer. The texture is soft but dusty (more so than most Ambient Lighting products) and produces a light sheen. I imagine it will be appealing to anyone who finds the average highlighter too much. I’m not sure if this will work as well over deeper skin tones, as it has a whiter base against my skin tone, but it may work and it may also work if layered over a blush. It wore well for eight hours on me. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Diffused Light is described as a “soft, warm pale yellow.” It’s a very light, yellowed white with very subtle shimmer. This shade is supposed to “reduce redness and give skin clarity.” It should work as a finishing or setting powder on some skin tones, and then will likely be too light for deeper skin tones. The powder softens and gives skin a smoother appearance without making it look flat or totally matte. Though it is more of a finishing powder by design, Hourglass’ formula has enough powderiness to it that it also extends the wear of my base by an hour or two.

Mood Exposure is described as a “soft plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with warm undertones and a satin sheen. This performed just like the full-sized blush I have–soft, smooth, blendable–with eight hour wear. Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Perfect Peach (P, $60.00) is lighter (90% similar). Black Opal Hibiscus (P, $8.95) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Blush (-) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Baby Love (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Luminous Flush is described as a “champagne rose.” It’s a soft, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color was similar to the full-sized version I have, but the texture was more powdery and prone to sheering out. It seemed drier, though it still sat well on the skin and didn’t look powdery applied.
MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Red Obsessed (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (-) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Luminous Bronze Light is described as a “medium tan shade infused with Luminous Light.” It’s a soft, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and soft shimmer. It had good color payoff with a glowing finish that didn’t emphasize pores but was still noticeable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $70.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is lighter, warmer, lower quality (90% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Lit (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (-) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) (P, $64.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hourglass Holiday 2015 Ambient Lighting Palette Ambient Lighting Edit
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.96 oz.) includes 24 eyeshadows in an assortment of rainbow hues, plus seven more neutral-hued shades. We’re still early in the holiday season, but I liked this one, and many shades worked surprisingly well over bare skin without losing vibrancy. There are a few shades that are misses and could use improvement and others that need a primer underneath to fix some minor imperfections. I wish the neutrals had been in more of a gradient order with less emphasis on light and lighter, as there could have been more transition shades for light-medium and darker skin tones (I ended up mixing the shades together to get something that wasn’t so stark on my skin tone). This palette is a good value with plenty of product; the Shade + Light Eye palette has 0.60 oz. of product for $46.00 or $76.67/oz., and with this larger palette, you’re paying $61.46/oz.

Swoon is a bright, fuchsia-pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a lightly powdery texture, but it was really blendable and didn’t lose coverage when applied to the lid. It wore well for eight hours on me. LORAC Pomegranate (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Ruddy (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bird's Eye View (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Exaltation (108) (P, $29.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Mu Mu Bloom (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Simply Marlena (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 (LE) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #362 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Gossip (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #10 (P) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Destroyer is a medium, orange-toned red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a blendable texture that ran a little powdery but was easy enough to use. This one should do well over a primer, I think, but if you want to wear it over bare skin, pat it on with a flatter brush. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Strike While Haute (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Carnal Charm (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Razzleberry (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #9 (P) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Seize (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Inglot #366 (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Sugarpill Love+ (P, $12.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Hunger (LE, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rewind is a medium-dark burgundy with warm, brown undertones and a plummy sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore for eight hours. Kat Von D Queen (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #1 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Seduction #1 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Showtime (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Raw Power (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Alchemy (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Harpsichord is a medium, coppery brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth, buttery texture that was blendable and applied beautifully to bare skin. The color started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. Too Faced Peanut Brittle (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Wine (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Milani Bella Copper (23) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Rose Gold (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 13 (LE) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Copper Shimmer (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #27 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #5 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Scandal (LE, $14.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hot & Cold (LE, $12.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Coloured Raine Downtown (P, $6.99) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). City Color Cheers to Life (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Copper Pot (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I702 Mahogany (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Analogue is a bright, tangerine orange with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a matte finish. It had great color coverage with a really soft, silky consistency that applied well and blended out with ease. It lasted for eight hours. Zoeva Through the Window (P) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Cheer Me On (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Rule (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Bunny Fu-Fu (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop I Owe You (P, $5.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #6 (P) is darker (90% similar). Coloured Raine Empress (LE, $6.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #7 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Vulgar (P) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Poppy (P, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Red Brick (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Sugarpill Flamepoint (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Inglot #123R Top (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is lighter (80% similar). Zoeva Chat Late at Night (P) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fran is a sunshine yellow with warm undertones and barely-there satin shimmer over a matte finish. The texture was lightly powdery, and this shade was prone to sheering out a bit when applied to bare skin, so I would recommend using a primer to keep this true-to-pan in color. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Calavera (LE, $19.00)(95% similar). MAC Chrome Yellow (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Honey Buns (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #323 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Phresh (LE, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #7 (P) is brighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Cave of Wonders (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sugarpill Buttercupcake (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S402 Mimosa (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Goldenrod (DC, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Juicer (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Banana Split (05) (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Hype (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #4 (P) is more muted (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Your 15 Minutes Aren't Up #1 (LE, $2.29) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Star (LE) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Legend is a slightly muted, light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dry texture that seemed to keep it from binding as well, so it didn’t go on as smoothly or as intensely as many gold eyeshadows do. This shade wore for eight hours. Smashbox Goldenrod (LE) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Rising Star (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Heaven Loves You (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Standing O (P) is darker, more muted, cooler (95% similar). Hello Kitty Mimmy (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Goldfinger (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Burberry Gold Shimmer #1 (LE) is more muted (95% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #1 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sun's Out, Buns Out (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Lemon Tart (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Amberluxe #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Coloured Raine Flashy (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Let's Rage (P) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Rose Blend #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay 1987 (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #1 (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vinyl is a light-medium, chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and subtle gold shimmer (but it is mostly matte in practice). The pigmentation is better than it looks, but the texture is really thin and dusty, so the color sheers out a lot on bare skin. It really needs a primer or colored base to pop. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. Makeup Geek Fuji (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Lime (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Aveda Papyrus (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S336 Lime (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Cult (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #2 (P) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Fresh Green (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Floridazzle (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Lisa's Spikes (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Mean (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). NARS Celebrate (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Misfit is a medium, grassy green with warm, yellow undertones and faint green micro-shimmer. It had great color payoff with a soft, silky consistency that ran a smidgen powdery but blends out nicely with minimal fall out during application (none during wear). This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Inglot #384 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Fledgling (P) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Hajar Karim (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #3 (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #331 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Gloom (LE) is lighter, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lemmy is a medium-dark, forest green with warm, olive-brown undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color coverage with a fairly soft consistency (perhaps a touch dry) with good blendability. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? (P, $6.80) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Rolling in the Grass (10) (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Epic (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Milani Bella Emerald (18) (P, $4.49) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Whispering Ibis (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Emerald (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Malachite (Left) (P) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Hundred (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Sugarpill Junebug (P, $13.00) is darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Fauna (P, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). Coloured Raine Unexpected (P, $6.99) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Kush (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Craft (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Fresh Flare (DC, $21.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Dragon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hyperballad is a medium-dark, bluish-teal with cool undertones and a matte finish. This was another shade that had a very soft texture that ran powdery, which meant that it didn’t apply well over bare skin. With some coaxing, it can be packed on and intensified by layering on bare skin, but it is one that would be better over a primer for sure. It lasted for eight hours. Inglot #338 (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Shark Bait (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Illamasqua Burst (P) is brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S234 Azure Blue (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #4 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm C2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm #43 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Powder Blue (84V) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #2 (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Heads Will Roll (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Synth is a bright, cyan-like blue with very faint silver micro-shimmer over a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that applied fairly well to bare skin. I was able to retain most of the vibrancy without primer, but to maximize your oomph, I would still recommend a primer. It showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Urban Decay Blindsided (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Inglot #371 (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Gonzo (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Blue Candy (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Liquid Sky (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Mad Mad World #1 (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild A Regular at the Factory #2 (LE, $2.29) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #8 (P) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Electric Eel (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Doom (LE) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Wave is a muted, medium-dark navy blue with a mostly matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a lightly dusty texture that was a little thin but remained blendable on the skin. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Inglot #336 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Stormer (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). theBalm Matt Horowitz (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Echo is a medium-dark, violet purple with cool, blue undertones and silver sparkle over a matte finish. The sparkle gets lost, as it doesn’t bind with the underlying powder. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, slightly buildable, color payoff, but this was definitely a shade that needed something to adhere to (like a primer or base product). I tried to pack it on and only blend minimally, but it still sheered out a lot. It faded within seven hours of wear. Sephora Night Owl (93) (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Fascination Street (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Maybelline Painted Purple (P, $6.99) is more shimmery (85% similar). Inglot #379 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Zodiac (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (80% similar). Urban Decay Metamorphosis (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Muse is a light, lavender purple with subtle, cool undertones and a satiny sheen. It had so-so pigmentation with a lightly dusty, silky texture that was blendable and easy to use. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. Coloured Raine Chameleon (P, $6.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Digit (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sugarpill Frostine (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Great Beyond #3 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Lilac (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Silverwear (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anthem is a plummy purple with warm undertones and a satin micro-shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a silky feel that ran dusty, so it didn’t perform well on bare skin as it had a tendency to sheer out. It can be built-up to about 80% coverage at most (without a primer). This eyeshadow lasted for seven and a half hours for me. Make Up For Ever I-90 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Fashion Rebel #2 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sugarpill 2AM (P, $12.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Vibrant Grape (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #11 (P) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Violet Impact (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom VIP (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Provence (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Meow (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Love is a light-medium rosy pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that worked well on bare skin and lasted for eight hours. Urban Decay Hot Pants (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Marshmallow (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Kimber (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Fast-Ball (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm Safe Bet Annette (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Macaroon (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Cotton Candy (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bubbly (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Page Six (P) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #3 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) (P, $7.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Je t'aime (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Ingenue (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Starlets (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Sensibilities #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nostalgic (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Kindness is Free (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #29 (LE, $33.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Paranoia (LE, $19.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lyric is a light, yellowed beige with a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a soft, silky feel that made it easy to blend out on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Onai (DC, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Shroom (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Satin Seduction (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Maybelline Pure Nude (80) (LE, $6.99) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte It's Snow Time (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blonde (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Transforming Pearl (P) is darker (90% similar). Dior Jardin #2 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Throttle (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pretty (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Champagne Truffle (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced White Peach (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Strutter is a light-medium, taupe brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a silky-smooth texture that ran a little dusty. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Cappuccino (LE, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm #44 (P, $6.50)(95% similar). LORAC Latte (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Omega (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Vanish (P) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Trench Coat (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Mud Mask (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Sweet Dreams (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Sephora Smoke Signals (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). Zoeva Lost in Thoughts (P) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vox is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade had a stiffer consistency compared to all of the other shades in the palette, so while it wasn’t powdery, it could have been easier to blend. It had good pigmentation and lasted for eight hours before fading. Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Join My League (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Roasted Chestnuts (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Chocolate (LE, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #3 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #5 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Stila Bark (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Smoke (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #4 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Give In Take VI (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Blaze (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced La Femme (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moulder is a yellowed beige with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a really soft, silky texture that was a smidgen dusty/dry. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Pre-Game (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Summer Breeze (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Puppy Love (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #1 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Entomology (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Real Fantasy (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #1 (P) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Undressed (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Banana Date (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Sephora Secret Boudoir (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Stila Pale Peach (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Heaven (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Noble is a light-medium, peachy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a soft, powdery texture that made it harder to get true-to-pan color as it would sheer out on bare skin. The color lasted for seven hours on me. Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Love Hue (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Cookie Swap (LE) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #5 (P) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #3 (P) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Werk It (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Cove (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Sandcastle (P, $10.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Bold (P) is darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Frappe (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Sage (Base) (P) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Skinny Latte (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Viseart Beige (P) is warmer (85% similar). Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Golden Ochre (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Indie (P) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dimmer (LE) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (P, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Skulls is a bright, creamy white with a metallic sheen. The eyeshadow had good pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that was blendable and adhered well to bare skin. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. NARS Mortal (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Buxom Diamond Darling (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Holy, Holy (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Viseart Yves (P) is lighter (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Blanc Scintillant (LE, $26.00) is more muted (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Ball Gown (LE) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #9 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Royal Flush (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #1 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced La Croisette (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Antique White (LE) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Rainbow (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #2 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Gluten Free (LE, $19.00) is more muted (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #8 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Vapor (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Dessert's On Me (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Iced (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Metal is a deep, dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It was intensely pigmented with a silky, smooth, and blendable consistency, so it should be an excellent way to darken any shade in the palette as it mixes with the other shades well. The color wore for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Wanted (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Black Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE) is warmer (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is lighter (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fin (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Black Coffee (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Cinderblack (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Jet (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Devotion (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Blackout (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Cookies and Cream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC x Guo Pei Morning Light Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Morning Light Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Morning Light Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Morning Light Eyeshadow Quad ($70.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a warm-toned set of hues with three being more golden and the last being a deep brown. For someone who likes their golds and yellows, this might make for an easy go-to. The quality is there, which is a good thing since the packaging of the products drives the price up from the more typical $40 to $44 for a quad to whopping $70. The MAC x Guo Pei collaboration launches online on September 24th at maccosmetics.com, and it will only be available at MAC 5th Avenue in NYC and MAC at South Coast Plaza (in southern California) for U.S. locations.

Earth Scent is described as a “blackened brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deep brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It was intensely pigmented, and it had the same dense, cream-like texture of Nehru from the other quad in the collection. The eyeshadow is very smooth and blendable on the lid, and it wore well for nine hours.
Stila Chocolate (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Activist (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). NARS Give In Take VI (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Stila Bark (LE, $18.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Amber Lights is described as a “peachy brown with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a bright, medium-dark golden copper with a frosted, metallic finish. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture was soft, buttery, and dense, which made it adhere well to the lid for eight and a half hours on me. This shade is part of the permanent range. Milani Bella Copper (23) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Isolde #1 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Unleashed (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Isolde #1 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Isolde #1 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Game Face (P, $5.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Viseart Cindi (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Louder (LE) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is more muted (90% similar). Coloured Raine Your Majesty (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Waking Dawn is described as a “light medium gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a bright, sunshine yellow with a frosted sheen and slight orange-y undertones. It had great pigmentation with a smooth, dense consistency that blended out easily without losing its intensity. On me, it started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. City Color Pharaoh (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Yellow Brick Road (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Fyrinnae Banana Mochi (P, $6.75) is darker (90% similar). theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D410 Gold Nugget (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Amberluxe #2 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sunny Outlook (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Admiration (114) (P, $29.50) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Heat (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Lemon Drop (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #1 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME400 Buttercup (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Gus Gus (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm #12 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Bright Sunshine (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Big Shoes to Fill (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sweet Vapours is described as a “soft beige with a pink duochrome [with a Pearl Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium, pinky-beige with a cooler pink iridescent sheen paired with gold sparkle. The texture was drier and tended to apply unevenly over the skin, so this one would need a base or primer of some sort to give it a smoother appearance on the skin. It wore well for eight hours. Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Mauve (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Cygne Blanc #1 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Constellation (864) #3 (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Hello Kitty Friendship (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Aura #1 (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Cassiopeia (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Ready to Party (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Fast-Ball (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Guo Pei Eyeshadow Quad Morning Light
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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MAC x Guo Pei Night Sky Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Night Sky Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Night Sky Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Night Sky Eyeshadow Quad ($70.00 for 0.19 oz.) includes three cooler-toned shades paired with a warm white. It is a good set of shades overall, though you may find the black and white shades within your stash as they are more basic shades. This is a limited edition piece in the MAC x Guo Pei collaboration, which has limited edition packaging (and pricing!) to match. The exterior of the lid is covered in a printed fabric, which may this less durable/travel-friendly (not sure about cleaning it/whether it’ll catch and fray over time). The MAC x Guo Pei collaboration launches online on September 24th at maccosmetics.com, and it will only be available at MAC 5th Avenue in NYC and MAC at South Coast Plaza (in southern California) for U.S. locations.

Nehru (Guo Pei) is described as a “black grey [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deep black with cooler undertones and a matte finish. This isn’t like the Nehru I know from the permanent range, which translates as gray, and it might have something to do with the texture of this being incredibly dense, smooth, and almost cream-like. This was very, very pigmented and just an intense shade to work with, but it was still blendable — it’s just not really like the permanent version, so I have distinguished it as the Guo Pei version. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Giorgio Armani #1 Fall Collection 2012 #4 (LE)(100% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Chrome #1 (LE, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Scandal Eyes (Cream) (P) is glossier (95% similar). Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Cinderblack (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Righteous (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fin (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Celestial Peak is described as a “dark frosted blue [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a muted, dark navy blue with a soft, frosted sheen. It’s a “warmer” navy blue, but it isn’t truly warm-toned. The texture was soft with a slight dustiness but was fairly easy to work with, though it sheers out a bit when applied to the skin so two layers may be necessary to achieve true-to-pan color. It wore well for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Rhinestone (LE, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Stormy Seas (113) (LE, $13.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #12 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #8 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Goddess (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Time (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Nightfall (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Navy #6 (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Heavy, Black and Pendulous (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Natasha Denona Metallic Steel Blue (11M) (P, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blue Horizon is described as a “mid-tone frosted blue [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium blue with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery so it is best patted on with minimal blending/sweeping motions to main its intensity. It lasted for eight hours before fading. Sephora Rio (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S214 Ultramarine Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Afterparty (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Blue Calm (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Gonzo (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Shiseido Esmaralda (BL 620) (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Blue Candy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Blue Lagoon (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Peace (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #6 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Beehive Blue (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Bukowski (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Paranoid (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Petroleum Blue (92M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). CoverGirl Sapphire Flare (315) (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bright Moon is described as a “warm white [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a creamy white with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that was easy to use and apply. I felt like it turned almost silvery when combined with the cooler blue tones from the other shades, but it may appear truer in undertone on someone with naturally cool undertones. This shade wore for eight hours before fading. Tarte Pearl (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Girly (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Andromeda (P, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Flagstone (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Vanilla (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced La Croisette (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Satin Seduction (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Wipe Out (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Famous in a Small Town (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Onai (DC, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC This or That #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Iced (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Guo Pei Eyeshadow Quad Night Sky
Night Sky
Night Sky
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Chanel Tisse Smoky (246) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Smoky (246) Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Tisse Smoky (246) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Smoky (246) Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a set of shades to give you a classic, gray smoky eye. It’s by no means particularly unique, but if you tend to go for a softer, smoky eye in shades of gray, you may appreciate having them altogether. I prefer using this one damp, even though Chanel doesn’t seem to call out this formula as a wet/dry one (but it has that baked-like texture that lends itself well to the dual application), but that being said, this one isn’t “pigment-rich” for most shades when used dry.

Tisse Smoky #1 is a medium, silvery gray with a frosted finish and neutral-to-cool undertones. The texture was soft, silky, and very smooth to work with, though it seemed a little prone to sheering out on the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Icy (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Coloured Raine Flashing Lights (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Chloe (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Interstellar (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Bells (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Moonshine (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Chihuahua (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). NYX Tin (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Shellshock (LE, $19.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Just Breathe #1 (LE, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Primped & Precious (LE, $7.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Static Age (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Dior Trompe L'Oeil (011) (LE, $31.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Grand Tiara (P, $13.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Extra Silver (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Pure Platinum (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). NARS Euphrate (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Architectonic #3 (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tisse Smoky #2 is a brightened white with cooler undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that was finely-milled and adhered well to bare skin. This shade wore for eight hours before fading. NYX Frostbite (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is brighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Self Portrait 2 #2 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Tassel (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Crystal Avalanche (DC, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Anti-Star (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Camelia #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tisse Smoky #3 is a medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color payoff applied dry, and it wore well for eight hours before fading. The soft, smooth texture made it easy to work with. Colour Pop Feather (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Lancome Nuit (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Buxom Cool Caviar (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is warmer (95% similar). CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Quick Silver (09M) (P, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Dios (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Tundra (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Obsidian (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC A Waft of Grey #3 (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Nickel (304) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #9 (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tisse Smoky #4 is a medium-dark black with cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. The pigmentation was rich and intense with true-to-pan color that had a silky-smooth texture that applied like a dream. This was the best shade in the palette. On me, it started to fade after eight hours of wear. Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $39.00) is darker (95% similar). Coloured Raine Black Moon (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). MAC Bleuluxe #5 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Volcano Fairy Wren (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 16 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Charbon (P) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Knight (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Violet Underground #4 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Sense of Doubt (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Lancome It list (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #4 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Tisse Smoky (246)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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