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NARS Hardwired Eye Kit

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit
NARS Hardwired Eye Kit

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six eyeshadows (0.04 oz. each) and a travel-sized eyeliner and #43 brush. As you might have discerned from the rating alone, this was a major miss for me. I’m not a fan of the Hardwired eyeshadow formula, as I find that for all its softness, it is an incredibly powdery formula that is prone to fading, sheering out during application, and often blends unevenly. The more shimmery finishes in the formula are easier to use, but the satin/matte finishes need some sort of tacky base to even have a chance of working.

Shade I (2015) is a light-medium beige with a subtle, almost cool tone to it (runs a little gray-ish) with a matte finish. It’s extremely powdery and prone to getting everywhere, both in the pan as well as on the eye. It lasted for six hours before fading. Laura Mercier Vanilla Nuts (P, $23.00) is cooler. Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE, ) is lighter. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is lighter. LORAC Nude #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Summer Breeze (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Light Study (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Nassau (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $5.99) is lighter. Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $5.99) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade II (2015) is a muted, medium-dark taupe with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It’s very powdery, thin, and doesn’t adhere well to the skin. This needs a sticky primer–desperately–to yield better color payoff as well as to last longer than the measly four hours it did. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is darker. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Cover (P, $18.00) is lighter. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is darker. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is more shimmery. Tarte Feeling Grey-t (LE, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade III (2015) is a dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft shimmer… except that it’s so powdery that the shimmer disappears and it looks more matte applied. It goes on unevenly and turns rather patchy as soon as I started to blend it on the skin. It was a complete disaster to use and had disappeared after five hours but had noticeably degraded after a mere two and a half hours. Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Chocolate Kisses (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is darker. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is less shimmery. Hourglass Obscura #4 (P, ) is warmer. Hourglass Infinity #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Saleos (P, ) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Obsessed (P, ) is more shimmery. Viseart Cool Matte #5 (P, ) is lighter. NARS Zagreb (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Black #5 (LE, ) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade IV is a soft, yellowed beige with a frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff with a soft consistency that wasn’t too powdery that applied decently to the skin, but it’s no savior for the palette as a whole. It lasted for seven hours on me. Make Up For Ever D504 Celestial Beige (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Viseart Kifu (P, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Devotion (P, ) is darker. Smashbox Flirt (P, ) is darker. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Galore (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade V is a muted, dark forest green with subtle, gold pearl over a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a smooth consistency, but I found it more challenging to blend out in the crease as it looked uneven. It wore for seven hours before fading. Too Faced Punk (P, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME310 Fir Tree Green (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade VI is a dark black with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It was slightly firmer in the pan, but it was prone to sheering out and looking blotchy on the lid. Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $5.99) is darker. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #3 (LE, $2.29) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Pandora (P, ) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Black (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is darker. Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE, ) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is warmer. Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #1 (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Jet Black (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Sephora Collection Black Lace (P, $13.00) is . First 15 dupes, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Via de Martelli is a medium-dark, mahogany brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a satin finish. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke but was buildable to opaque coverage with two layers. It lasted for eight hours on me before thinning. Stila Spice (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Stila Lionfish (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Stila Lionfish (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Stila Espresso (P, $20.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Tiramisu (P, $9.00) is warmer. MAC Gentrified (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented, warmer. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Brown Border (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Rich Ground (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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LORAC Black The Skinny Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Black Skinny Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Black Skinny Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Black Skinny Eyeshadow Palette ($15.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a mix of darker neutral shades that ranges from a gray-ish beige to a medium-dark black. The quality is decent to good, but the more powdery formula could benefit greatly from an eyeshadow primer/base. A few shades are powdery enough where they don’t adhere smoothly to the lid or they’ll dust away as you blend them. The wear was decent at seven and a half hours on average, despite no primer. The darker shades were a little firmer and harder to blend, while the lighter shades felt very smooth and finely-milled (but on the powdery side).

Black #1 is a light, gray-tinged beige with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled texture that was very smooth without being powdery. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler. theBalm Adagio (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Cozy Grey (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is lighter, less pigmented. Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $5.99) is darker. Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter. Tarte Full Moon (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is cooler. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Orb (P, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black #2 is a light-medium, beige-brown with a sparkly, frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a slightly drier texture where the shimmer seemed to separate from the powder, which made it harder to apply. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Rouge Bunny Rouge Rain Dove (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker. Laura Mercier Topaz (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Smashbox Doe (P, ) is darker, warmer. Smashbox Flirt (P, ) is lighter. Dior Golden Reflections #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Vast (LE, ) is darker. bareMinerals Air (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Fashion Beat (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Ginger Sugar (LE, $14.00) is warmer. theBalm Stand-offish (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Ashes to Ashes (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Spotlight (LE, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black #3 is a light-medium taupe brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled texture that made it easily blended on the skin. It wore for seven and a half hours on me. LORAC Latte (P, ) is darker, warmer. Sephora Collection Smoke Signals (P, $13.00) is darker. Becca Ombre Rouge #1 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Hello Kitty Hot Cocoa (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Mud Mask (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M518 Nude (P, $21.00) is cooler. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is darker. NARS Yamal (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black #4 is a softened, medium brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was soft, though a little powdery, but blendable on the skin. This shade stayed on for seven and a half hours on me. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is warmer. theBalm Allegro (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever S610 Almond (P, $21.00) is warmer. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #1 (P, ) is lighter. MAC Terre (Right) (LE, ) is warmer. Viseart Taupe (P, ) is more shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Hipster (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, darker. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Milk Chocolate (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Charming #2 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Romance (P, ) is darker. Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black #5 is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish–there was a subtle sheen to the eyeshadow, but it was less apparent once applied. The texture was drier and stiffer, which made it harder to blend when used on the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Sephora Collection Rocky (P, $13.00) is lighter. LORAC Chocolate (P, ) is darker. Sephora Collection #tbt (P, $13.00) is darker. LORAC Corduroy (P, ) is warmer. Viseart Jori (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $18.00) is warmer. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is darker. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Hourglass Obscura #4 (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Unedited (P, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black #6 is a muted, medium-dark taupe with an almost pink-sheen. It had subtle, cooler undertones. The texture was powdery, and the coverage was semi-opaque at best. The color wore for seven and a half hours. Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Mystere #3 (LE, ) is warmer. Makeup Geek Taupe Notch (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #2 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Khaki (LE, ) is lighter. Zoeva Delicate Acidity (P, ) is more shimmery. NARS Oaxaca (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black #7 is a medium black with a satiny sheen. The texture was firmer, which made this shade extremely difficult to blend as it turned quite patchy. It lasted for seven hours before fading. MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Oddfellow (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Love in London (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Black Market (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is darker. Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #3 (LE, ) is darker. Viseart Charbon (P, ) is more shimmery. Viseart Tuxedo (P, ) is more shimmery. LORAC Onyx (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. YSL Fetiche #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sneak Peek: Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette Photos & Swatches

Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette
Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my haul of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale beauty exclusives, which I photographed for the most part, but I still have a whole palette to swatch and then almost all of it still to test, so it’s going to be a bit. That leads me to: sneak peeks! The first I have ready to share with you is Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette ($79.00), which includes eight eyeshadows and one blush, plus a mascara. I wish they had skipped the mascara and gone with a lower price.

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NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Eyeshadow Palette

NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette
NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette

NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette ($65.00 for 0.41 oz.) is a medium-sized (but thicker) palette that houses eight eyeshadows and a travel-sized eyeliner. The first row of eyeshadows are matte, while the second row of eyeshadows are shimmery. Long-time readers will know that I find NARS eyeshadows to be extremely hit or miss with more misses than hits, and I’m not a big fan of this palette either. The formula is described as “highly pigmented, long-wearing, crease-resistant” and that they “blend effortlessly.” They are generally semi-sheer to semi-opaque and run either a little powdery or stiff enough that they’re uneven and harder to blend. The darker mattes tend to look patchy applied, no matter what tool I use to blend.

Nassau is described as a “creamy French vanilla.” It’s a light-medium beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly powdery consistency that lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. As you might expect, it’s a basic shade, which makes some sense to include in the palette (though it will never suit all skin tones), there are a lot of dupes for it as well. NARS Biarritz (P, $24.00) is darker. NARS Madrague #1 (P, $24.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Laura Mercier Vanilla Nuts (P, $23.00) is less shimmery. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is lighter. LORAC Buff (P, ) is warmer. Dior Sundeck #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maya Bay is described as a “rosy clay.” It’s a muted, medium brown with a mostly matte finish. You can see tiny flecks of shimmer in the pan, but almost none of it shows up even in a swatch, let alone on the eye. It had decent color coverage with a soft but not too firm texture, so it wasn’t too difficult to use. It lasted for seven hours. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is darker. LORAC Taupe (P, ) is darker. MAC Rose Cloud (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Charming #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is darker. Kat Von D Glasswing (P, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Glasswing (P, ) is warmer. LORAC Lt. Brown (P, ) is darker. Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE, ) is lighter. Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #3 (P, ) is darker. Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE, ) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ithaca is described as a “warm nougat.” It’s a softened, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish that has a smidgen of white sparkle sprinkled in it. The sparkle doesn’t really bind with the powder, so most of it is lost either as fall out or gets trapped in the brush. It lasted for seven hours on me and was slightly patchy when blended. MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. NARS Galapagos (P, $24.00) is warmer. NARS Flowers 3 #4 (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. Anastasia Chocolate (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Hourglass Obscura #4 (P, ) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Solas (P, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $18.00) is more muted. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is lighter. LORAC Chocolate (P, ) is darker, more muted, cooler. Sephora Collection #tbt (P, $13.00) is darker. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. Dior Sundeck #5 (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dogon #2 is described as a “charcoal black.” It’s a deepened, medium-dark black with subtle navy-ish shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It was semi-sheer and powdery, which made it difficult to blend on the lid as it looked uneven and patchy. It lasted for seven hours on me. When swatched, it looks quite similar (and ultimately has the same effect in a look) as Heraklion, so I have no idea why they included both. (This is part of the permanent duo, Dogon.) Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Black Star (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. LORAC Indigo (LE, ) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P, ) is darker. Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Onyx (LE, ) is more shimmery. Viseart Charbon (P, ) is more shimmery. NARS Heraklion (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Tornay (P, ) is darker. bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is darker. Anna Sui Diamond Blue (LE, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Mandchourie #1 is described as a “golden-infused denim.” It’s a medium-dark, bluish-gray with lighter gold shimmer. The base color was semi-sheer, while the shimmer blended off of the base color so it ended up looking rather matte. You would need a tacky, white base to make this work decently. It faded quickly and had noticeably faded by the fifth hour, and I had a gaping hole in my look after eight hours. This is part of the permanent Manchourie duo, and the one I had when I reviewed the duo (years ago) performed better. Too Faced Chimney (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Hello Kitty 1974 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Hello Kitty 1974 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Dios (LE, ) is brighter. Colour Pop Tink (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Rouge Bunny Rouge Trumpeter Koel (P, $19.00) is brighter, cooler. Viseart Cool Matte #8 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Lovey Dovey (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bonifacio is described as a “pink sand with shimmer.” It’s a soft, light-medium golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had decent to good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture and was one of the better performing shades in the palette. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Giorgio Armani #10 #2 (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced New Romantic (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Stila Kitten (P, ) is lighter. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Truth (P, $5.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #10 (P, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Natural Vigor #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarte Go for the Gold (LE, ) is darker, more muted. Cle de Peau Satin Moon #1 (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Zagreb is described as a “chocolate-infused with raspberry shimmer.” It’s a dark, chocolate brown with warm, yellow undertones and gold and red sparkle. It had good pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled texture, but it was still a little challenging to blend out as it tended to turn patchy. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Well Put Together (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented, lower quality. Too Faced Yule Log (LE, $16.00) is warmer. NARS Baalbek (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever S622 Black Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Obsessed (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Mekong (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Heraklion is described as a “starry night.” It’s a faded, matte black with silver sparkle over a matte base. The eyeshadow is powdery, uneven, and patchy applied to the skin, and it primarily looks like a matte black applied as the sparkles do not bind with the powder itself. It lasted for seven hours before fading. Sugarpill Stella (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Indigo (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Rouge Bunny Rouge Volcano Fairy Wren (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Black Star (LE, ) is more shimmery. Viseart Charbon (P, ) is more shimmery. LORAC Onyx (LE, ) is more shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Night Clubbing is described as a “black with gold pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black with gold sparkle. It had so-so pigmentation in a single stroke that was buildable to opaque color in two to three layers. It lasted for eight hours before migrating on me. Kat Von D Black Metal Love (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, cooler. MAC Blitz & Glitz (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Stila Stargazer (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Absolute Black (P, ) is warmer. Sephora Collection Clubbing Stilettos (P, $9.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Zero (P, $19.00) is . Urban Decay Smokeout (LE, $19.00) is darker. MAC Local Wares (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Avenue (LE, $16.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Claretluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Claretluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio
MAC Claretluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Claretluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bold combination (which I love seeing!), and I think the colors work really well together. This formula is supposed to have “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when applied dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when applied wet. My experience with this formula is that sometimes it can be really nice, other times it is a total miss. I think they are most practical used damp or over a slightly tacky base if you want to use them dry. They’re actually longer-wearing than you might think, given how they feel and swatch, but I usually get seven to eight hours of crease-free wear. With Claretluxe, I think it is most viable damp or if used dry, over a slightly tacky or white-hued base. The wear was good, and for the most part, the shades were true to description: sheer when used dry, richer when used damp.

Claretluxe #1 is described as a “light pearly pink.” It’s a light, pinky-peach with warm, gold sparkle with a highly reflective finish. Applied dry, it was sheer and prone to having a lot of fall out during application, while applying it damp yielded better coverage (about semi-sheer) that was buildable to opaque coverage (two to three layers really patted and packed on). The sparkles adhere better to the base powder when you use a damp brush–I used MAC’s 242 dampened with water for best results. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before creasing. MAC Pastelluxe #2 (P, ) is warmer. MAC Pastelluxe #2 (P, ) is warmer. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Good Fortune (LE, $16.50) is less shimmery. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler. Dior Trafalgar #1 (P, ) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #3 (P, ) is cooler. MAC Whisper Pink (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Pink Sugar (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Claretluxe #2 is described as a “clean burgundy pink-red.” It’s a brightened, reddish copper with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer with a drier consistency that applied more unevenly to the skin and was harder to blend out. Using a dampened brush, the color was intensely pigmented and very smooth while becoming blendable. It wore for eight and a half hours before fading on me. MAC Spicy Smoke (LE, $32.50) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Cranberry (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Quartz Fusion (LE, $21.00) is darker. Milani I Heart You (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker. Milani Primary #2 (P, $6.99) is darker. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Sonic (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Zoeva Warm Notes (P, ) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence (DC, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Sugarpill Asylum (P, $13.00) is darker, brighter, more pigmented. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Claretluxe #3 is described as a “purple.” It’s a slightly muted, dark purple with cooler undertones and a pearly sheen. It was semi-sheer applied dry, but it blended well, so it was usable dry, though you’ll definitely want to use a damp brush to achieve opaque coverage if that is more your style. It remained blendable for the most part even when used damp. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Disney by Sephora Sea Witch (LE, ) is lighter, cooler. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #1 (P, ) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #1 (P, ) is lighter. Ulta Purple (P, $10.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Snarfblat (LE, ) is lighter. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Warm & Smoky (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Half Truth (LE, $18.00) is cooler. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Drawn to Drama (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. MAC Dusty Desire (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio Claretluxe
Claretluxe
Claretluxe
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette

Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette
Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette

Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette ($40.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a set of five, warm-toned neutral eyeshadows with matte and satin finishes. It’s a nice palette overall, and it’s not quite as dupable as your typical neutral palette, but there are a fair amount of dupes for each shade. All five shades coordinate well with each other, and I liked that the finishes ranged from matte to satin, so you could get a little more depth out of the combination while also having an easier time blending out the shades.

Omber Rouge #1 is a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It wore for eight hours before fading on me. This could be a highlighter on medium to dark skin tones or more of a transition shade on fairer skin tones. Viseart Beige (P, ) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Hey Nude (04) (P, $34.00) is darker. Tarte Barefoot in the Grass (LE, ) is lighter. Becca Ombre Nudes #1 (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Vespertine (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Anastasia Cream (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Macaroon (LE, ) is warmer. bareMinerals Velvet Nude (LE, $14.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Omber Rouge #2 is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had nice color coverage that was mostly opaque, while the powder’s consistency was blendable with just a smidgen of powderiness in the pan. It wore for seven and a half hours on me. Le Metier de Beaute Smoky Quartz (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarte Pinky Promise (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Smoky Quartz (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Lingering Dusk (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Buzz (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. Aveda Bare Bellis (P, $14.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Omber Rouge #3 is a muted, medium brown with a hint of rosy-beige tones to it and a satin sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage that blended easily on the skin without sheering out. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Make Up For Ever S610 Almond (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Chantille (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Dior Ambre Nuit #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Saint-Honore (P, ) is darker, warmer. LORAC Dusty Rose (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Golden Shock #2 (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach (P, $5.99) is warmer. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Omber Rouge #4 is a softened, medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff that applied easily to the skin and blended out without issue. The texture was a little firmer compared to the other shades, but it wasn’t difficult to work with in practice. It wore for eight hours before it started to fade. Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Cookie (P, $16.00) is darker. Colour Pop Cornelious (LE, $5.00) is lighter. Zoeva Substitute for Love (P, ) is brighter, warmer. Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is darker. LORAC Unspoken (P, ) is darker. Stila Individual (P, ) is lighter. Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Frappe (P, $5.99) is lighter. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is more muted. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter, more pigmented, warmer. Urban Decay Beware (P, $18.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Omber Rouge #5 is a lightly brightened, dark brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation, but it was the least pigmented of the five shades, and it also had a drier, firmer texture that didn’t feel as finely-milled. This shade could have been easier to work with on the lid, as it took a little extra patience to blend it out. It wore for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is lighter. MAC Amorous Alloy (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Exposed (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Colour Pop Hot Tamale (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE, ) is lighter. Laura Mercier Cocoa (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. Colour Pop Mittens (P, $5.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Bandit (P, $5.00) is lighter. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. NARS Dolomites (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Apricot Blend #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. LORAC Untamed (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Divergent Burnt Mahogany (LE, ) is more muted, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Becca Eye Palette (5-Pan) Ombre Rouge
Ombre Rouge
Ombre Rouge
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
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