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Dior Nocturne & Rosee Fusion Mono Eyeshadows

Dior Nocturne (091) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow
Dior Nocturne (091) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow

For spring, Dior’s released a new finish to their Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow range called Diorshow Fusion Mono Matte. They also released one additional shade of the range, Rosee, as a Nordstrom exclusive. This post is a review of Nocturne, which is from the Fusion Mono Matte range, and Rosee, as they’re both shimmery–Nocturne has a lot more in common with the original formula than the matte one. According to Dior, the new formula is “soft” (presumably sheer) when applied with fingertips and then “bold” (presumably pigmented) when using an applicator “to reveal pure matte color.”

Dior Nocturne (091) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a charcoal black with teal and silver micro-shimmer. Whether applied with fingertips or packed on with the mini brush (which seems like a flat, firm synthetic brush) or my own personal choice of brush (MAC 249), the color coverage was only buildable to semi-opaque pigmentation. If you like a softer, sheerer black cream eyeshadow with some shimmer, then this might be right up your alley.  Otherwise, I think you’ll be disappointed.  Though it’s part of the new matte formulation, it really felt like the original formula, and at most, it seemed more velvety in the dry down–less sparkly, too.  It wore well for nine hours before showing signs of faint creasing. Le Metier de Beaute Starry Night (P, $28.00) is warmer. Sephora Collection Animal Instinct (01) (P, $13.00) is a powder product. MAC Blacklit (LE, $18.50) is darker. MAC Black Diamond (LE, $16.50) is darker. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is darker, larger silver sparkle. Sugarpill Stella (P, $12.00) is a loose powder. See comparison swatches.

Dior Rosee (141) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a cool-toned, shimmering lavender with a hint of pink and a frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage when applied, but the consistency allowed for it to sheer out to a wash of sparkle if desired. This is really, really lovely applied and in-person–it just glimmers and catches light in a special way–but I admit, I was surprised that there are quite a few dupes for it. This shade lasted ten hours without fading or creasing on me with very minor fall out appearing around the eighth hour. MAC A Party of Pastels #3 (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #1 (P) is slightly darker but similar. Kat Von D Arcadia (LE) is purpler, darker. CoverGirl Blazing Purple (340) (P, $4.99) is pinker, darker. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is darker. NARS Marie-Galante #1 (LE, $24.00) is also darker. MAC Amethyst (P, $21.00) is more glittery. MAC Kitschmas (P, $21.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Cheers My Dear (LE, $21.00) is more metallic. MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is cooler-toned. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow Nocturne (091)
Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow Rosee (141)
Rosee (141)

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MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette ($100.00 for 0.68 oz.) contains fifteen eyeshadows with a cool-toned theme. Aside from some of the quality issues, one of the things I noticed as I used this palette was that it wasn’t that cool-toned. Not only is it labeled a cool palette, but it is the counterpart to the Warm Neutral palette, which was very warm-toned. I thought the pigmentation was weaker in this palette overall, and there were some shades with texture issues (most of them Lustres, though). In general, these shades wore well for eight hours without fading or creasing, but one of the Lustres did have noticeable fall out during wear. This palette also contained a few of repromotes/permanent shades: Blackberry, Brun, and Black Tied are part of the permanent range, while After Dusk, Deception, and Silver Fog were repromotes. I thought Cumulus was a repromote, but it’s a totally different shade than the past limited edition release (from several years ago).

Flounce is described as a “chalky white pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned pink–almost a little lavender to it–with a matte finish. MAC was right about a chalkiness to it, too; I’m not sure it will work well on deeper complexions due to the chalky, white base. The consistency was a little dry and powdery, but soft and blendable, and yielded semi-opaque color payoff. bareMinerals Velvet Lavender (LE, $14.00) is more lavender. Too Faced Strawberry Bon Bon (P) is pinker, less cool-toned. Urban Decay X-Rated (LE, $18.00) is darker, pinker. LORAC Light Pink (P) is similar. NARS Bouthan #1 (P, $24.00) is pinker. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is also pinker. Inglot #319 (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Allure is described as a “soft light pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a soft, pinky-beige with a soft, frosted finish and subtle warm undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable but a bit powdery. Laura Mercier Sparkling Dew (LE, $23.00) is more beige. Laura Mercier Guava (P, $23.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Dope (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Chanel Delicatesse #3 (LE) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is darker, warmer. MAC Orb (P, $15.00) is less pink, more beige. See comparison swatches.

Sun Tweaked is described as a “soft frosty coral [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium orange with a frosted finish. It felt more like a Lustre, as it was soft but a little loose/powdery, and it didn’t bind together for great color payoff. This was a surprisingly warm-toned shade for a cool-toned palette. Too Faced Marzipan (P) is similar. Makeup Geek Cinderella (P, $5.99) is less frosted. LORAC Light Bronze (P) is more golden. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is darker. NARS Nepal (P, $24.00) is slightly browner. MAC Sweet Heat (LE, $19.50) is more metallic, browner. See comparison swatches.

After Dusk is described as a “mid-tone rosy pink with pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a warm-toned, muted rose with reddish-orange undertones and a pearly sheen. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and buttery. Urban Decay Buzz (P, $18.00) is very similar. MAC Mineral Mode (LE, $21.00) is less warm-toned and less pink. Chanel Abstraction (LE, $36.00) is more frosted. Inglot #399 (P, $6.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Blackberry is described as a “muted burgundy-plum brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, plummy brown with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and velvety, while the color payoff was really nice–it was just a little powdery but still adhered well to bare skin and didn’t sheer away easily. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE) is lighter. theBalm Sexy (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Pick Me Up is described as a “pale ivory [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, white-beige with a matte finish. It’s not quite as stark as a true white, but it’s not too beige either. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it applied evenly overall. It’s a more basic shade, so there are a lot of shades very similar to it — see comparison swatches.

Cozy Grey is described as a “cool grey [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium taupe with a neutral-to-cool undertone and a matte finish. MAC Camel Coat (P, $18.50) is a cream product, darker, grayer. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Inner Strength (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Inglot #390 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Crushed Clove is described as a “dirty gold olive [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium, golden bronze with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth overall. bareMinerals Hot Commodity (LE) is slightly darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 (LE) is very similar. Sleek MakeUP Court in Cannes (LE, $9.99) is also similar. Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is darker. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Deception is described as a “chocolate gold [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark, plum-tinged brown with gold sparkle. It felt more like a Lustre finish than a frost–it was glittery, grainy, and dry with sheer color payoff. This one had problems with fall out during wear. Too Faced Amaretto (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE) is warmer. Too Faced Yule Log (LE) is darker. MAC Damson (LE, $21.00) is more glittery. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is similar. MAC Roasted Chestnut (LE, $32.50) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Brun is described as a “muted blackish brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned brown with a matte finish. It was soft but powdery, and it had semi-opaque color payoff. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P) and Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) are darker. MAC Midnight Hour (LE, $15.00) is also darker. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) darker, cooler-toned. Benefit Quick, Look Busy (P, $20.00) is similar. Inglot #363 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Silver Fog is described as a “white with silver pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a pale, silvery-white with a frosted sheen. The texture almost felt emollient, and it had semi-sheer color payoff. It’s so sheer and light, there are a fair amount of very similar shades — see comparison swatches.

French Clay is described as a “dirty grey charcoal [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, golden taupe with a frosted sheen. It seems to be slightly warm-toned–just slightly–but you’d expect it to run cooler in this type of palette. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #8 (LE) is less frosted. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is a cream product. MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is slightly warmer, cream product. See comparison swatches.

Cumulus is described as a “dirty grey charcoal [with a Frost finish].” It’s a subtly cool-toned, dark taupe with an olive-brown base. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was really soft and buttery. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #4 (P, $21.00) is less frosted. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is warmer. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is more glittery. MAC Shale (P, $15.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Pearled Earth is described as a “deep blue-grey [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a cool-toned, muted medium-dark purple with a frosted sheen. It had fairly good color payoff but could have been more intense. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $18.00) is darker. Too Faced Bluff (LE) is similar. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is grayer. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Electroplate (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is more metallic, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Black Tied is described as a “black with silver sparkle [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a matte black base with silver sparkle. This is the best Black Tied I’ve ever tried, including a permanent single I’ve had forever. It was really quite pigmented, and the texture was very soft and finely-milled. It can take some extra effort to blend just right, but it’s pretty intense. This combination of matte black and silver sparkle is really common, so there are several very close shades — see comparison swatches.

MAC Eyeshadow x15 Palette Cool Neutral
Cool Neutral
Cool Neutral
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Warm Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Warm Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Warm Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Warm Neutral Palette ($100.00 for 0.68 oz.) contains fifteen, warm-toned eyeshadows. It has four permanent shades and four repromoted shades (ones that have been released previously as limited edition shades). This is actually one of MAC’s better pre-made palettes, which is even more impressive give there are 15 shades in the palette. Vanilla Extract and Honey Lust were the worst performers, but there were a lot of nicely pigmented, easy to use and blend shades overall. The palette could have used one or two additional medium-dark to dark shades for more contrast, as a lot of them were in the light-medium and medium range. All of the shades wore just around eight hours on me before fading, with a couple of shades that had some fall out (noted below). If you’re curious about pricing and value, consider checking out my lengthy discussion/thoughts after the review.

Hey is described as a “metallic coral [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light, peachy beige with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly and evenly. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is similar. Laura Mercier Primrose (P, $23.00) is pinker. Too Faced Cheers! (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is also similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P) is lighter, more beige. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is slightly more beige.MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is browner. bareMinerals Peace (P) is less frosted. Inglot #397 (P, $6.00) is darker, less beige. See comparison swatches.

Warm Breeze is described as a “pastel coral [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, peachy beige with a satin-matte finish. The texture was soft, and it had fairly good color payoff. Chanel Charming #1 (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Bubbly (LE) is similar. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE) and Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) are pinker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is also pinker. bareMinerals Peace (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Gingersnap is described as a “deep rosy pink [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, rusty brown with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. MAC Amorous Alloy (LE, $19.50) is darker, browner. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is browner. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is redder, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is more metallic, warmer. Disney by Sephora Trust Me (LE) is redder. NARS California (P, $24.00) is darker, browner. MAC Star Myth (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Mythical (LE, $15.00) is slightly browner. See comparison swatches.

Dark Brew is described as a “deep chocolate with pink pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It is a medium-dark, chocolaty brown with warm, yellow-red undertones and a satin finish–almost matte. The texture was soft and silky, while the color payoff was really nice. Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is lighter, yellower-toned. LORAC Sable (P) is darker. MAC Brown Script (P, $15.00) is redder. Make Up For Ever #17 (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Dance in the Dark is described as a “dark brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark, cool-toned brown with a matte finish. It had a softer, slightly dry, texture that was a smidgen powdery, so it doesn’t adhere as nicely to the skin as other shades in the palette, but it is actually on the pigmented side. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is warmer. theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $15.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE) is darker. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #3 (LE, $21.00) is similar. Inglot #326 (P, $6.00) is redder in undertone. See comparison swatches.

Brule is described as a “soft creamy beige [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish that borders almost matte. It was nicely pigmented and very soft and silky–easy to blend out on the skin. There are a lot of comparable shades to this one–it is a basic/staple: See comparison swatches.

Vanilla Extract is described as a “soft warm yellow beige [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted sheen. It almost seemed like a Lustre finish, as it had a sort of sheer, slightly wet, texture. It was semi-opaque. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker, less yellow. Giorgio Armani #10 #2 (P) is similar. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is also similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is slightly yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Honey Lust is described as a “bronze-dipped peach [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a warm-toned, coppery orange with copper and gold micro-glitter. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the texture was gritty and glittery, which is typical of the Lustre finish. I had fall out with this shade during wear. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is less glittery, less frosted. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE) is more golden. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) is browner. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is more orange. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is yellower. LORAC Gold (P) is less glittery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is less glittery. Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is browner. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Amber Lights is described as a “peachy-brown with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a vibrant, warm-toned, coppery brown with a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff and a soft, buttery texture–one of my favorite MAC eyeshadows for color payoff and texture. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is less metallic. LORAC Gold (P) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is also similar. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is slightly less orange. MAC Campfire (LE, $32.50) is browner, darker. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is slightly less orange. bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) is more muted, less orange. See comparison swatches.

Saddle is described as a “golden orange brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had a really soft, silky texture that can be a little powdery, though it’s really pigmented. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is darker. Anastasia Sienna (LE) is redder in tone. Kat Von D Cleopatra (P) is also redder. MAC Soft Brown (P, $15.00) is more muted, less yellow-toned. MAC Exposed (LE, $15.00) is browner, shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Lemon Tart is described as a “metallic gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a muted, yellow gold with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is very similar. Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. (LE) is yellower. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Dreammaker (LE, $15.00) is also similar. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is slightly yellower. See comparison swatches.

Creative Copper is described as a “frosted gold [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a rich, coppery brown with warm undertones and a frosted, almost metallic, finish. Though it says it is a Lustre finish, it’s a lot smoother and infinitely more pigmented than most Lustres, though there is a little glitteriness to it (and some fall out). But this is a lot like Amber Lights (and its many dupes!), just a little browner. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is lighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE) is similar. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is more orange. LORAC Gold (P) is more orange. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is less frosted. MAC Amber Lights (P, $15.00) is warmer, more orange. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is similar. Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is browner. See comparison swatches

Butterfudge is described as a “dirty mocha with gold pearl [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer. It had fairly good pigmentation and was soft to the touch. Too Faced Milk Chocolate (P) is less golden. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE) is less brown. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Divine Decadence is described as a “soft bronze [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a dark, bronze-shimmered brown with red-orange undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was a little dry and, in a way, gritty. It had good color payoff, though, but it was a little messy to use and didn’t blend as easily. It didn’t apply as intensely as the single I have does. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is darker. Clinique Fuller Fudge (P, $17.00) is a cream product, darker. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is similar. MAC Sable (P, $15.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Unwind is described as a “dirty olive [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a muted, yellowed khaki–it’s not gold, yet it’s not really an olive or a green. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was incredibly soft and buttery. bareMinerals Stay Golden (LE, $14.00) is less yellow. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P) is less yellow. Too Faced Twinkle (LE) is not quite as yellow. NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is a cream product. Sephora Collection Girls Night Out (03) (P, $13.00) is yellower. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Eyeshadow x15 Palette Warm Neutral
Warm Neutral
Warm Neutral
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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NARS Khao San Road & Puerta del Sol Larger Than Life Eyeliners

NARS Khao San Road Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Khao San Road Larger Than Life Eyeliner

The NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) range has two new shades releasing for spring. Khao San Road is permanent, while Puerta del Sol is limited edition.  They’re both really fun, bright pops of color that are perfect for adding oomph to any look, but I wish they were a little creamier and more pigmented.  They are buildable to varying degrees (Puerta del Sol more so than Khao San Road), and they were both long-wearing and didn’t smudge at any point (but gradually faded/thinned after eight hours).

Khao San Road is described as a “metallic aquamarine.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with silver sparkle. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The formula is just lightly creamy, so it doesn’t smudge easily and dries and sets very quickly. It lasted for eight hours without fading or smudging on me. Sephora Collection Summer Cruise (23) (P, $9.00) is lighter. Chanel True Blue (57) (LE, $30.00) is similar. bareMinerals 4AM (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Puerta del Sol is described as a “parrot green with shimmer.” It’s a grassy green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It is an eyeliner that really has to be layered and built-up in order to achieve more opaque color payoff. It wore well for eight hours before starting to thin. Ardency Inn Grass (P, $19.00) is warmer with no shimmer. Sephora Collection Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $9.00) is less shimmery. NARS Rue de Rivoli (P, $24.00) is much darker (included here more because it’s in the permanent range). See comparison swatches.

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Khao San Road
NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Puerta del Sol

NARS China Seas Eyeshadow Duo

NARS China Seas Eyeshadow Duo
NARS China Seas Eyeshadow Duo

NARS China Seas Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new and permanent duo just in time for spring that features a teal and plum. While Kauai knocked my socks off, China Seas left me wanting more–pigmentation, softer, smoother textures. It’s a workable duo, and there’s no stiffness despite some of the drier consistencies, so they still blend out without a lot of work. The left side of the duo lasted almost eight hours on me, while the right side of the duo had faded noticeably by seven and a half hours.

China Seas #1 is described as an “iridescent turquoise with gold infusion.” It’s a bluish-teal with a golden sheen and frosted finish. The texture was fairly soft and smooth, but it didn’t have as much pigmentation as I expected–it was a little weak and resulted in more semi-opaque color payoff. It didn’t build up much more than what was there, but if you use it wet and really pack it on, you can get a more true-to-pan color to come forth. Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $5.99) is very similar. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #9 (LE) is greener. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is surprisingly similar–perhaps a smidgen bluer. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is brighter, richer. MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is more metallic, darker. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

China Seas #2 is described as an “iridescent plum.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a sparkly finish that’s just slightly frosted. The texture was somewhat dry, though it didn’t feel stiff so it wasn’t difficult to apply or blend, but it is a drier texture, which resulted in a less color payoff. MAC A Medley of Mauves #3 (P, $21.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is also a bit darker. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE) is warmer. Makeup Geek Last Dance (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is slightly lighter. Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is similar. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is more metallic. MAC Star Violet (P, $15.00) is browner. Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) is similar. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

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NARS Kauai Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Kauai Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Kauai Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Kauai Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new and permanent duo from NARS’ spring collection. Both shades were very, very pigmented with an incredibly soft, almost creamy, texture. The consistency was dense, buttery, and over-the-top metallic. It’s a formula that could also be used wet to bring out the metallic finish even more (though entirely unnecessary, as it is opaque and metallic applied dry). When I wore these shades, both lasted for a full nine hours without creasing or fading.  This is one of the best eyeshadow duos I’ve seen NARS put out from the intensity of the pigmentation to the feel of the powder itself.

Kauai #1 is described as a “gold lame.” It’s a muted, slightly antique-y gold with a rich, metallic sheen and fine gold and antique gold shimmer and sparkle. It was intensely pigmented, and the texture was smooth, soft, and blendable. Too Faced Tinsel (LE) is very similar–a touch warmer. bareMinerals Gold Medal (P, $16.00) is also very similar. See comparison swatches.

Kauai #2 is described as an “iridescent smokey orchid.” It’s a medium-dark purple with subtle violet undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was dense, buttery, and so, so soft. I actually found that it can be easy to over-apply or load-up the brush with this product, because it is quite soft, so I recommend using less than you think you’ll need. L’Oreal Purple Priority (758) (P, $7.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE) is less intense. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is less violet. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is brighter. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, more muted. theBalm All the Way Annie (P, $16.00) is darker, less metallic. Urban Decay Freakshow (P, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Gravity (LE, $18.00) is similar but slightly lighter. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Dusty Desire (LE, $32.50) is slightly cooler-toned. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple (P, $7.99) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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